There are plenty of ‘What To Do’ and ‘What Not To Do’ tips for job applications, resume writing and interview skills out there if you care to look and most will say much the same thing including us at White Now:
- Be active in your job search and keep a record
- Write a cover letter for EACH job application you make
- Address the selection criteria in the advertisement
- Have more than one Resume tailored to each job/industry you are applying for
- Keep your Resume professional and only include information relevant to your ability to do the job not your date of birth, religious beliefs or hobbies
- Include achievements on your Resume for each role
- USE SPELL CHECK!
- Dress professionally for job interviews
- Practice your interview responses – BE PREPARED
- Plan your travel to your interview
Most of these are probably ‘common sense’ to most people, but then ‘common sense’ isn’t necessarily ‘common’ to every one!
Some tips will also be quite subjective, whether or not to include your photo on your Resume, for example. Personally, I am not a fan of this, but some will recommend it – personal choice I guess. Please, do make sure it is an appropriate photo that presents you in a professional light and suitable for the job you are applying for. A photo of you skiing may not be the best representation of you as a professional, committed manager.
So the advice you do get can be conflicting. The thing that is important to remember is that your application letter and resume is likely to be the first impression the recruiter will gain of you and like it or not, FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT! Especially if the recruiter has received 100+ applications and they are looking for a reason to exclude, rather than include an application.
Therefore: make sure you create a great first impression, use spell check, get a trusted person to review your application/resume honestly, check details of the contact person, company and position you are applying to and make sure the documents are presented professionally and that they are easy to read.
Your resume is a marketing tool for YOU, so think about how you want to market yourself to potential employers.
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If you would like to chat for some advice please call the White Now Team in the office or check us out on the website at www.whitenow.com.au for lots more information and positions vacant!