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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.
This is perhaps the most critical strategy in creating a powerful and memorable resume. Without specific achievements, your resume will sound much like that of any other HR professional who has similar experience. While your knowledge and expertise are important, hiring managers want to know more. They want to know what you have done—how you have contributed to business objectives, how you have made a difference, what measurable results you have produced, how you have strengthened the HR organization, what you have done to improve company culture and more. In the accompanying sample resumes, you will see both quantified and unquantified achievement bullets. It is important to realize that both add value to the resume, so do not feel that you must have a number or hard result for every bullet point. In fact, HR professionals sometimes find it difficult to quantify achievements. After all, HR is not sales. But we encourage you to dig deep to find results wherever possible. Often if you ask yourself about the problem you solved—not just the activity, but why that activity was important to the business—you can find positive and perhaps measurable outcomes.
For Loretta Danielson, we have used a three-line headline. The first line, Human Resources Director, positions her for the level of job she is targeting: the second line communicates the breadth of her experience, from startups to high-growth organizations: and the third line, Positioning HR as a Business Partner for Excellence, is what we refer to as a branding statement, her unique value proposition. One word of caution about headlines—and, in fact, about everything that you include in your resume. Be certain that what you are highlighting matches not only what you have done in the past but also what you want to do in the future. This is extremely important because you want readers to perceive you as a qualified and experienced candidate for the positions you are currently targeting. If you have extensive experience managing compensation and benefits, for example, but you do not want that to be a major part of your next job, do not highlight it with a headline. You can mention it as appropriate in the experience section, but do not make the mistake of drawing attention to something you do not want readers to focus on. Be selective and be strategic.
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