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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.
You know how important keywords are for both human readers and electronic eyes scanning your resume. If you don not include those all-important terms, you may be perceived as unqualified and your resume may be passed over. Do not let that happen to you!. Look for opportunities to introduce keywords throughout your resume. You can create a Core Competencies or Professional Skills Summary at the top, but that is not enough. You want keywords to be prevalent throughout every section of your resume. Look at Leslies resume. When you read her Professional Experience section, you find a wealth of HR keywords in every sentence. What is more, her resume is not loaded with lengthy responsible for statements. Rather, the keywords are seamlessly integrated into all of her achievement bullets so that readers gain clear and compelling evidence of her HR activities, expertise and value. Next, look at Lorettas resume. One of the first things you notice in the Professional Experience section are the bold keywords at the start of each bullet point. This is a very effective strategy both for increasing the keyword density of your resume and for making your resume highly skimmable. Readers immediately gain a sense of your expertise from a quick keyword scan, setting you apart from the competition.
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.
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