Résumé Resources – Top Tips For Writing Your Résumé
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IF YOU’RE GOING TO HIRE A RÉSUMÉ WRITER, MAKE SURE YOU’RE HIRING A CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL
At present, résumé writing in Australia is an unregulated industry, so before you invest in getting your career documents professionally written, make sure you are fully informed about what to expect and who is writing your documents. A certified résumé writer will draft your documents from scratch, and detail evidence-based results throughout your document while positioning you for the jobs you want now and in the future, not the jobs you have had in the past. If your documents are merely re-formatted to make them look better, and only contain a laundry list of what you have done in that past, you are not dealing with a professional certified résumé writer.
Make sure your résumé writer is certified and/or a member of (with either or all of Career Directors International, Career Thought Leaders, Career Industry Council of Australia, or the Career Development Association of Australia) before engaging someone to write yours for you. A certified résumé writer is required to complete a minimum number of hours of professional development and training each year to ensure they are up-to-date on the latest industry trends and issues. You get what you pay for, and we advise that you do your due diligence before you spend your hard-earned dollars on someone to write your documents. Your career (and your future income) depends on it.
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HOW TO WRITE A RÉSUMÉ
We’re often asked ‘what is wrong with my résumé?’ and ‘why aren’t I getting interviews?’
Here are some of the reasons why.
1) YOUR RESUME ISN’T APPEALING TO THE READER
2) YOUR RESUME ISN’T GETTING THROUGH APPLICANT TRACKING SYSTEMS
3) YOUR RESUME DOESN’T CONTAIN APPROPRIATE KEYWORDS
5) YOUR RESUME DOESN’T SOLVE THE EMPLOYERS PROBLEM
BUILD A BETTER BRAND FOR JOBSEEKING
There are a lot of professional buzz-words thrown around these days, but there’s one popular term that you really should pay attention to. And that is ‘personal brand’. Just as your personal style in your social life might portray you as being sporty, fashionable, funny, or clever… You have your own unique style in your professional life too. Before you head into your next job interview, pause to think about what your job search identity is going to be: How do you want to represent yourself? Source: The Naked CEO.
TOP SKILLS AND KEYWORDS THAT GET PEOPLE HIRED
It might be last year’s news, but LinkedIn’s list of the hottest skills that got people hired last year still has currency. Are these skills on your resume or LinkedIn profile?
JOBS IN AUSTRALIA
The Clarius Skills Indicator for May 2014, which tracks the availability of skilled labour in the Australian economy, details exactly what skills are in demand (and those that aren’t), across the country. It appears there is an over supply of job seekers in manufacturing, hospitality and tourism. The over supply is expected to continue, and to peak in September quarter, however there is a shortage of skilled advertising and sales managers.
HR MANAGERS REVEAL WHY YOU DIDN’T GET THE JOB
Missing out on a job is tough. But whether it’s nerves, inexperience or overconfidence, it’s often difficult to tell exactly what went wrong. Now a survey of human resource (HR) managers from some of Australia’s biggest companies — including Woolworths, Toll Group, Telstra, Spotless, Rio Tinto, Leighton Holdings, Commonwealth Bank, NAB and News Corp Australia reveals what they’re really thinking. The anonymous results — commissioned as part of a the Generation Success campaign — asked HR managers about what not to do when looking for work. Courtesy of news.com.au
HOW LONG SHOULD A RÉSUMÉ BE THESE DAYS?
There is still a lot of confusion regarding the length of a résumé. Some people say their resume should be one page, others say their resume should not be more than two pages, and still others say it should be very succinct. Well, the rules for resume length have changed dramatically. Courtesy of Careerealism
QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD AND SHOULDN’T ASK IN A JOB INTERVIEW
Career experts agree that asking questions during a job interview is the best way to determine whether the organisation is the right fit for you. Questions are also a great way to show the employer that you’ve done your homework and that you’re enthusiastic about the job opportunity. However, they will only work to your advantage if they are the right questions. Courtesy of The Naked Ceo
HOW TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL INTERVIEW
In July 2012, six students came to Melbourne as part of The Naked CEO Boardroom Competition to meet CPA Australia CEO Alex Malley. Each student won a place based on a question they submitted to Ask Alex. Penny asked Alex what values employers are looking for in potential employees . Courtesy of the Naked CEO
SIX TIPS FOR AVOIDING THE RESUME BLACK HOLE
Human resources people and hiring managers receive heaps of resumes for any given job opening, so they often miss, skip or toss a lot of them. Luckily, there are things you can do to help ensure that your resume is seen. Career experts and a spokesperson for Glassdoor.com, a jobs and career community where people share information and opinions about their workplaces, weigh in. Courtesy of Forbes.com