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One of the biggest challenges for Australian job seekers is that much of what can be found on the internet (and in books) is written for markets other than the Australian job market (although I am working hard to change that!). Many people think that a one-page resume is the norm in Australia, but that is a bit of a myth. I always say that a resume only needs to be as long as it needs to be, to get the message across that the job seeker is the best candidate for the job. Sure, a school-leaver may have a one-page resume, however, we find most Australian resumes tend to be 2 – 3 pages, which also means that our resumes tend to have a lot more words in them. (Big thanks to Jobscan for making Australian job seekers aware of this on the Jobscan ATS tool). Other market-specific idiosyncrasies include spelling (we use British English as standard), grammar, the meanings of certain words, measurements etc – and things such as paper size. Australians are not great at shouting about their achievements, and many have very bland I did this, I did that statements on their resumes. In our experience, people (recruiters and employers) buy people (job seekers), so what we do is really turn our clients resumes around to focus on authentic, personality-driven documents that shout out just how amazing our clients are by providing tangible evidence of the outcomes of the work they have done. It is a winning formula.
Of course, your resume will start with your name and contact information (phone number and live links to both your e-mail address and LinkedIn profile) prominently positioned at the top of the page. Immediately following that, include a headline statement that tells readers, who, you are professionally in regard to your current career objective. With just a quick glance, readers instantly recognize that you are an HR generalist, an employee and benefits specialist, or a senior HR and organizational development executive. Your headline statement replaces the now outdated Career Summary or Professional Profile heading that you may have used in the past to begin the summary section of your resume. Those headings do not communicate any information, while your headline instantly does. After you have written your headline, think about adding one or two subheadings to further define your expertise. Do you have an industry specialization? Any distinguishing credentials? Experience with a hot-button HR issue? With just a few words, you can quickly convey relevant and valuable information about yourself that will set you apart from other candidates. In the two sample resumes that accompany this article, you will immediately notice the relevant headlines: Human Resources Manager for Leslie Grant, followed by three short, bulleted statements that summarize her key areas of expertise. (The resumes are both linked to each persons name, and appear at the end of the article.)
If you are switching industries, do not launch into job experience that the hiring manager may not think is relevant. Heifetz suggests adding an accomplishments section right after your opener that makes the bridge between your experience and the job requirements. These are main points you want to get across, the powerful stories you want to tell, she says. It makes the reader sit up straight and say Holy cow, I want to talk to her. Not because of who she is but because of what is she is done. Here is a sample mid-career resume that does this well (source: John Lees, Knockout CV). After the accomplishments section (if you add it), list your employment history and related experience. See below for exactly what to include. Then add any relevant education. Some people want to put their education up top. That might be appropriate in academia but for a business resume, you should highlight your work experience first and save your degrees and certifications for the end. And that ever-popular skills section? Heifetz recommends skipping it all together. If you have not convinced me that you have those skills by the end of the resume, Iam not going to believe it now, she explains. If you have expertise with a specific type of software, for example, include it in the experience section. And if it is a drop-dead requirement for the job, also include it in the summary at the very top.
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