Why Career Objectives Are Outdated

Career ObjectivesThe concept and history of the Career Objective is an interesting one; while it was once considered an integral part of an executive resume or CV, Career Objectives are now often viewed as an unnecessary and outdated practice that adds no value to your resume document. Why is this?

The History of the Career Objective

In more traditional recruitment times, a Career Objective was thought to be useful for candidates to communicate their career goals and to explain how their skills and experience could contribute to a given organisation.

Some employers also argued that a Career Objective was a way for them to quickly see whether the candidate was the ‘right’ person for the job and to confirm that the candidate was committed to the role long term.

However, over time, Career Objectives have lost a lot of credence, mostly because they are very limiting in nature and because they are usually poorly composed by candidates.

What many employers also discovered was that there was very little room for candidates to justify or elaborate on their supposed talents in the Career Objective.

Many candidates also used the career objective to tell the employer what they wanted to hear or to simply repeat what they had read in the job advertisement.

Why You Shouldn’t Include a Career Objective

When you apply for a job, a Career Objective does very little to convince the employer you are the best person for the job. Most of the time, the reader will simply skim over or ignore your objective and skip straight to the nitty-gritty details of your experience.

A Career Objective is also redundant because:

  • In applying for the job, you are automatically telling the employer that the job aligns with your career goals. If it didn’t, why would you apply for the role?
  • Recruitment is much more fast-paced and diverse industry in today’s times and most recruiters are now unconcerned about your personal career objectives or needs. All that matters to them is that you are the right person for the role. If they do want to know more about your long term plans, they will ask you during the interview.
  • If you do happen to make your Career Objective too detailed or specific, an employer may rule you out at the first glance, especially if what you have stated does not fit in with what they are looking for.
  • A poorly written objective can detract significantly from your professional resume, particularly if it clashes with the rest of the details in your resume or if it uses vague, flowery or weak language.

When Should You Use a Career Objective?

The only circumstances under which you should include a Career Objective in your executive resume is if:

  • The recruiter or employer has, for some reason, specifically requested it.
  • You are changing industries and your experience does not support the role you are applying for. In this case, you can use the Career Objective to clarify this move, so that the reader doesn’t feel your application is completely unsuitable or mismatched.

Alternatives to the Career Objective

Some executive candidates feel that having a Career Objective acts as an introduction on the front page of their resumes. If you feel the need to explain your competencies in your application, you should instead:

  • Include a cover letter with your executive resume application. A cover letter is a much more comprehensive document that allows you to clarify exactly how your skills relate to the employer’s selection criteria statement.
  • Replace your Career Objective with your Value Proposition. Your Value Proposition is a brief defining statement that summarises who you are, what value you can bring to a company and what your personal brand represents.
  • Consider including a summary of your talents and experience. This might be similar to the background summary that is included on your LinkedIn profile. This should be a quick, easy to read snapshot that gives employers an overview of your skills and value.

Above all else, you will need to make sure that whichever method of communication you choose is extremely well written in order to stand out from other applications.

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Fantastic Options for Retiring Executives

Options For Retiring ExecutivesAs a cultivated corporate executive, you may or may not be looking forward to reaching the finishing line of your career. Wrapping up a lifetime worth of professional experience and achievements is no easy feat and it is usually one that is fraught with mixed feelings.

While some executives may look forward to relaxing in the sun or spending time with family, other executives may have issues ‘letting go’ and instead wish to stay active in the corporate world.

If extending your current position is not feasible, there are many other options open to you that will allow you to sustain your talents and your passion for work.


Finding a job as a corporate mentor is a wonderful and lucrative way to cultivate your leadership abilities and keep your hands in the workplace pot. You can mentor other executives in your field or you could consider continuing working with your present organisation but in a mentorship capacity. This can be a rewarding position that allows you to contribute to the success of others and impart your wisdom to less experienced executives. To top it all off, it can be very financially rewarding as well.

Coaching & Teaching

Coaching and teaching can also be a fulfilling career step post-fulltime employment and the wonderful thing here is that you can work as much or as little as you’d like. You can become involved in any facet of coaching or training that you enjoy, such as coaching people on various leadership competencies or obtaining employment with a college, institution or a private educational body.

Starting a Business

Starting a business is a great option for executives who find themselves finishing up in the corporate world, but who still want to exercise their leadership and business competencies. This may be the ideal opportunity to start the business you’ve always dreamed of, but have perhaps never had time to initiate and manage.

It’s good to keep in mind here that your new business doesn’t have to be corporately focused and instead can centre on any hobbies or personal interests that excite you. For instance, you could start business that is based on gardening, writing, consulting, finance trading, being a handyman or anything else you find enjoyable.


Volunteering can also be a very rewarding job to take on once you retire and it will give you the opportunity to both use your skills and meet new and like-minded people.

If volunteer work appeals to you, consider searching for work within your community or donating time to a specific charity that you feel passionate about. Once again you can volunteer as much as you like, whether in a fulltime capacity or a casual one.

Don’t have a soft spot for any particular type of charity or cause? You can also volunteer in places like hospitals, retirement homes, special schools, museums or at events and festivals that you are interested in.

Starting a New Career

You will have no doubt built up a lifetime of talent in managing a business, so you should be able to easily apply these skills to another job altogether after your retirement, especially one that is less demanding and less “executive.” Starting a new career can also mean you cultivate new abilities, keep your brain active and get to know new and interesting people, even if you only work part-time.

In Australia, there are plenty of job search sites you can utilise in order to find employment suitable for seniors and one of the biggest benefits here is that you can be as choosy as you like, so dedicate the time to finding a job that both interests and motivates you.

Need a little help with your post-retirement employment? Resumes Australia provides flexible executive services such as career coaching, resume writing and more.


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5 Ways You Can Make a Difference To Your Company

Make a difference to your companyForwarding and progressing in your career is often of utmost importance; it can mean keeping your resumes up to date, working on your social media profiles, gunning for that next promotion or trying to find ways to attract head hunters and recruiters.

But if you are content where you are, you can still advance your career by staying put and simply finding ways to enhance or grow your present organisation.

1. Go Global

Globalisation is consistently breaking down the barriers between organisations and their customers, both on a local scale and an international one.

If you sit in a top position in your company, one of the ways you can expand is to consider entering into a global market. This might not yet fit in with the company’s greater goals or vision, but presenting the idea in the first instance can open the door to lucrative conversations and opportunities.

This is not a step to be taken lightly, however; you will need to conduct careful planning, develop strong strategies and assess key risks before you open your doors to international clients.

If you can’t simply take your organisation into global water, consider how enhancing your products or services could create more appeal for a global audience or fill a crucial niche in another, overseas market.

2. Implement a Better Procedure

No matter how small or large your organisation is, there are undoubtedly many procedures or processes in place that are not perfect. Improving any of these processes for better efficiency and productivity can make a huge difference to your company.

You’ll need to make sure that you have the authority to change the procedure and if you are working in a larger business, you may need permission or support from various stakeholders before you just go ahead and amend things. If you are successful, however, it will demonstrate a great stroke of initiative – and it’s also a great achievement to put on your resume.

3. Work on Company Morale

Poor productivity, lack of consistent results or low quality outcomes are often all symptoms of poor employee engagement and low company morale. Trying to lift employee morale can be a big and highly involved task, but it can be very rewarding.

You will need to assess what is causing the organisation’s low morale and consider how you are going to approach other executives in the company about the issue.

If you are not in a position to work closely with HR on the matter, consider initiating other measures, such as encouraging better communication between staff or organising social events, like company/department lunches or outings.

4. Encourage Learning

Learning and education is a huge part of any employee’s career and organisations that provide avenues for staff learning consistently produce more loyal, happy and productive employees.

Executives in a managerial role may be able to implement learning systems, organise relevant training days or perhaps even find mentors for their staff. Lower-level employees without this kind of authority can contribute by finding and researching workshops or seminars that will benefit the group as a whole.

5. Give Back to the Community

Of course, not all changes to your organisation have to be directly related to its products, processes or staff. Many companies become involved in community or charity programs in order to give something back to public. This creates a positive image of the company and can also significantly boost employee morale and loyalty.

As a staff member, you can consider making a huge difference to your company in this way. Try taking the initiative and arranging involvement in an ongoing support or volunteer program or organising something simple, like a charity lunch or morning tea.

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Effective Leadership Conversations for Job Interviews

Interview CoachingJob interviewing at the executive level demands a high level of professionalism and engagement, particularly if you are looking to secure a top-tier role. Mastering interview dialogue is a must for any executive, especially as this will be your key opportunity to showcase your leadership skills and confidence to the employer.

1. Think about the bigger picture

If you are going for an executive role, you will probably have a wealth of accountabilities placed before you and many interviewers want to simply focus on know how you are going to handle such pressure and responsibility.

But one of the most critical things that many aspiring leaders should realise is that the bigger picture of the organisation is just as critical as their individual role. In addition to discussing your responsibilities and skills in an interview, link your competencies (and conversations) to the larger vision of the company.

This will portray you as a forward-thinking executive who is capable of considering much than his/her job role and who is able to truly think like a leader, rather than an employee.

2. Lead the Conversation

At the senior level, job interviews should take on the form of a true conversation or dialogue, rather than a quick back-and-forth firing of questions and answers. This will allow the conversation to develop more naturally and to flow more comfortably; as a result, you will find many more opportunities to build rapport with the interviewer and further highlight your unique talents.

While it can be easy to get stuck in the Q&A format, try taking the conversation to the next level by offering consistently intelligent responses that go beyond answering the question in a couple of sentences and that provide additional insight and value to the employer about who you are and what you can achieve for the business.

3. Understand Your Leadership Values

Knowing your values as a leader is also vital an interview and your values and strengths are what will essentially keep the interview on the right path. What do you believe in? What qualities do you feel every great leader must possess? Although you don’t need to endlessly promote your leadership values in the interview, you should find ways to translate your values into specific actions that you can employ within the organisation.

For instance, if one of your values is to always produce high quality results, this might manifest itself in actions such as engaging your staff to create better productivity and outcomes or implementing control measures to ensure quality is being met. This not only demonstrates your leadership values to the interviewer, but also shows them how your qualities can directly and positively impact the employer, should you be successful in the role.

4. Give Lots of Examples

Being concrete in your conversations will also help you create interview conversations and stand out against other executive candidates. You should be consistently providing detailed examples in your interviews about the contributions you have made to previous employers and what achievements or outcomes you produced that truly rewarded or progressed the company.

Using lots of concrete examples in your interview dialogue will allow you to take the conversation into a new arena and gives the interview a much more comprehensive picture of your skills and talents, becoming more of a discussion, rather than an ‘interview’, about who you are and what value you can bring to an organisation.

For further information on how to transform your job interviews into powerful and successful conversations, contact Resumes Australia about our executive interview coaching workshops.


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Using Jargon In Your Resumes

Using Jargon In Your ResumesWhen it comes producing effective and engaging resumes, there are many “rules” to follow, from getting rid of your photographs to being as detailed as you can about your past achievements.

Good resume writing often takes plenty of time, effort and skill and one of the most common issues my resumes writers encounter when working with executives is whether or not they should use jargon in their resumes.

Do Resume Writing & Jargon Go Together?

Using jargon in your resumes has no real benefit for you as a job seeker. Some candidates assume that using jargon and technical terminology in their resumes will demonstrate their aptitude for the industry or will somehow make them appear “smarter” on paper and therefore more appealing to employers.

Yet what a lot of candidates fail to realise is that quality resume writing is all about translating jargon, as well as other abbreviations and terminology, into plain English and easily understandable business concepts. There are many reasons for this:

  • Most recruitment agents, search consultants and HR managers won’t be overly familiar with the jargon used in your industry or field. Including jargon in your resumes, especially when applying through an agency, can create confusion and can mean that you miss out on being selected for an interview.
  • A lot of the time, your resume will not go straight to the person who is going to interview and/or hire you. Instead, it will likely pass through a “gate keeper,” who will review your resume first. This gate keeper will likely be a recruitment consultant or a lower level employee in the organisation who may not understand industry jargon.
  • Employers generally want to see evidence of what you can do for an organisation. They are more interested in the value and expertise you can bring to the role, rather than on what technical skills you have. If you do have extensive technical skills, you can discuss these in the job interview.
  • Recruiters and employers will not be won over by jargon. If you think that filling up your resume with jargon is enough to impress an employer and win you an interview, you should rethink your resume writing approach. Recruiters and employers will be able to see through any ‘jargon tactics’ you are using and will most likely be unimpressed with your efforts.

Is ANY Jargon OK to Use?

Resume writing rules are not always set in stone, however, and there can be some instances when jargon may be suitable to include in your resume.

If you do need to use any jargon or abbreviations, you should make sure that they do not saturate your resume document. This can make you come across as unprofessional and trying too hard to impress the reader.

  • You can use some industry jargon or terminology if it is listed in the job description. If this is the case, the employer will usually expect you to directly address the criteria, which means you should use the same terms they have included.
  • Some specialised professions may require the use of jargon in order to demonstrate the capabilities and achievements of the candidate. This usually applies to very specific fields, such as medical, scientific, legal or technology niches. In these instances, you should ensure that your resume contains a strong balance between plain English and jargon.
  • If you are using any abbreviations or acronyms, replace these with a full name or title instead. Avoid including the abbreviation or acronym in brackets after the full name, unless you are going to be using the shortened term frequently throughout your document.
  • Make sure you avoid any jargon or terms that are specific to your current company. Large organisations often develop their own, internal vocabulary to give their projects and responsibilities definition. However, don’t assume that anyone outside of your company will understand these terms. Instead, translate these terms so that they make sense to people who know nothing about your organisation.

Not sure if your resume has too much jargon? Contact our resume writers at Resumes Australia for a complete audit and review of your resume. Remember, the better your resume is, the more success you’ll have!


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Resume Writing: From the Public to the Private Sector

Resume WritingWorking in the Public Sector or in a government job often entails many key benefits, such as increased superannuation, flexible working hours and dedicated time-in-lieu. However, for many public sector employees, there may come a time when private employment is desirable.

What to Expect

Changing sectors is often a positive and engaging move and public sector job seekers will often find a wealth of possibilities open to them. However, there are many things you will need to be prepared for, such as:

•    Culture changes – these can be small or large, depending on your current role and your desired role
•    Different people with different mindsets, goals and personalities
•    A need to undertake further education or qualifications
•    Demanding interviews, often using competency-based interviewing structures (however, the interview phase can often be shorter)
•    More industry fluctuation and volatility
•    Potential for higher salaries, but lower superannuation payments

Resume Writing

Moving into a private or corporate role means that you will have to write a new resume or significantly rework your current resume so that is specifically targeted at corporate or private roles.

This may seem difficult at first, but the key to success here is knowing exactly what value and skills you can bring to a corporate company and understanding how to demonstrate this via your professional resume.

Understanding Your Value: Make sure your value is portrayed clearly in your resume. What can you offer companies that other candidates can’t? You will need to point out to a private employer exactly what talents and competencies make you stand out over other candidates. You might have international experience, second language skills or experience in coordinating tasks across different locations. Think about what you can uniquely bring to a private company.

Including Achievements: Any employer or recruiter will want to see evidence of your achievements, no matter what your experience entails in the public sector. If your resume is simply a list of your duties, take the time to expand on the accomplishments you’ve made in your past roles. Employers not only want to see what you can do, but how well you can do it and how it improved your organisation as a whole. Include concrete examples where possible and use statistics (e.g. I improved this by x% or decreased costs by xyz amount) to support your claims.

Transferable Skills: Your transferable skills can often be what sells you as a candidate, especially if you don’t have extensive experience in a particular niche or industry. You will also need to relate your skills acquired in the public sector to the skills and experience the employer is looking for. This will be listed in the job advertisement or description.

If you were previously an administration clerk in the Defence Force, for example, your transferable skills might involve a capacity for improving processes, adhering to strict policies, employing attention to detail and gaining extensive database or record keeping experience.

Ability to Learn: If you are lacking in experience in certain areas, it can be beneficial to point out your ability to pick up new tasks or systems. You’ll need to back this up with evidence in your resume, however, by highlighting your learning achievements in your public sector job.

Jargon: Using any jargon or terminology from the public sector should be avoided in your resume. Instead, focus on using plain and simple English. If you do need to use specific terminology (such as for a job title), ensure that you explain what the term means in your resume.

Are you moving from the Public to Private Sector? Resumes Australia can help you write a great resume, figure out what jobs to apply for and ensure you achieve a smooth public-to-private sector transition.


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Going for Gold With Personal Branding

PersonalbrandingIf you are job searching, Personal Branding can make a significant difference to your success. While writing a great resume can place you at a strong advantage, Personal Branding involves moving beyond basic job applications and infusing your value proposition into every aspect of your professional image.

What’s Your Personal Brand?

Your personal brand defines exactly how others should see you when they interact with you, whether via your resume, online or in person. Your brand should be developed based on your key strengths and talents and the value you can bring to an organisation. All of this comes together to create your value proposition and your brand.

What are your most powerful and respected abilities? What makes employers and headhunters want to seek you out and work with you? Make a list of every talent or skill that you feel contributes to your personal brand.

Your Value Proposition

In the same way a blurb often describes the essence of a book, your value proposition needs to describe the essence of who you are as a professional.

When developing and writing your value proposition, think about what you want people to think when they see your name, what you want to be known for in the industry and what your particular niche is.

Your value proposition should consist of one or two sentences and should clearly portray to employers and search consultants:

  • Who you are – What type of expert are you?
  • What you do – What’s your main talent? What can you offer that others can’t?
  • How you do it – How do you bring success to others? Use examples if you can
  • Who you do it for – What’s your market or niche?
  • Why you do it – What’s the motivation or passion behind who you are?

This isn’t a definitive or easy way to develop your brand or value proposition, but it’s definitely a great way to get started.

Promoting Your Brand

Once you have spent a considerable amount of time defining and developing your brand, you will need to find ways to communicate your brand to others.

  • Rewrite your resume, cover letters or any other documentation to include details about your brand and your value proposition
  • Describe your brand in other social media profiles, such as on LinkedIn, or on your own website, blog site or online portfolio
  • Update your personal marketing materials (business cards, letterheads, portfolios) so that they reflect your brand
  • Communicate your brand clearly throughout the course of job interviews, recruitment meetings or networking meetings
  • Advocate your personal brand in professional environments (in your current role, at industry events) via the actions, decisions and conversations you undertake

How Can You Tell If Your Personal Brand Is Working?

Measuring the success of your personal branding strategy can take time, but usually you will begin to see some degree of improved results when it comes to your job search and your general success in the industry.

You might find yourself more victorious when it comes to job applications or interviews or you may find that recruiters and other executives are beginning to approach you, rather than the other way around. Online, you may see an increased amount of interest in your profiles, publications or portfolios.

If you are not seeing durable results despite your personal branding efforts, it may be because your personal brand has not yet fully “materialised” or because it still needs work. If this is the case, go back to your initial notes and consider if you are highlighting your unique talents and offerings strongly enough.

Resumes Australia offers specialised and dedicated personal branding services that are proven to enhance your executive success. To kick-start your branding journey contact us or review our packages here.


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Common Causes of Executive Unhappiness & How to Fix Them

InterviewcoachingExecutive positions often involve a high level of demand and responsibility. Although this is expected at the senior level, it will be beneficial for executives and their organisations to be aware of the common causes of workplace unhappiness, all of which can result in low employee productivity, resignations and unsatisfying career journeys.

1. Low Remuneration

Low remuneration is the primary reason workers become dissatisfied, especially if their workload or responsibilities are increasing or if their salaries are significantly below the industry benchmark.

Solution: If you feel like you are not being paid fairly, then it could be time to ask for a raise and/or promotion. Build a case that describes in detail why you deserve better pay and make sure you have evidence and examples to back up your claims. If more money is not an option, consider asking for additional benefits or perks.

2. No Work-Life Balance

These days, the corporate work environment is an extremely busy place, with workloads getting larger, hours getting longer, and work being done at home more often. If you constantly operate in high gear, it can lead to feelings of stress, inefficiency, unhappiness and frustration.

Solution: To achieve a better work-life balance, try implementing more rigid work hours, delegating junior tasks, leaving work at work and even taking regular lunch breaks. All of these things can relieve the pressure and make your responsibilities much more enjoyable.

3. Lack of Job Satisfaction

People feel greater satisfaction when doing work that is engaging, challenging and that they feel adds value to the organisation. Lack of job satisfaction generally comes from being under-utilised in a role, being unable to grow and learn or sensing that the role is not a good fit in terms of long term career objectives.

Solution: To shake things up, try taking on more challenging duties, mentoring a colleague or expanding your professional skills and qualifications. If you feel your lack of job satisfaction is related to the big picture, it might be time to brush up on your resume writing skills and find a new position.

4. Lack of Resources and Support

A lack of resources or support to get the job done right is one of the most common causes of workplace frustration. As organisations battle it out to keep costs down, executives may find it difficult to either navigate the multitude of responsibilities they are given or implement desired strategies and procedures without the right staff in place.

Solution: If you aren’t being supplied with the resources you need to succeed in your role, then you need to make changes. These might involve hiring new staff or securing new suppliers, giving current staff more responsibilities, improving processes for better efficiency or even reworking budgets to find funds that can sponsor additional resources.

5. Ineffective Company Strategies or Policies

If your company has business practices that you can’t get on board with, then continuing to work for them can create much workplace stress. While you can still give it your all, you might never feel like your priorities and opinions are truly valued.

Solution: Try finding new ways to make your voice heard or coming up with ideas on how to change the vision or policies of the organisation. If this is not feasible (which it may not be if you are not in a senior role), consider moving on to another employer whose goals, policies and values you respect.

6. Frustrating Processes

Workplace bureaucracy – including cumbersome company processes, strict work rules and tangles of organisational red tape – contributes significantly to employee dissatisfaction. As an organisation becomes larger and more established, managerial layers are added and the corporate rulebook often gets bigger. When a company becomes too bogged down with processes, it can lose touch with employees and shut down individual ideas, creativity and innovation.

Solution: If you find yourself bound by corporate red tape, see if you can come up with more efficient ways of working within the given processes or obtaining additional resources (e.g. an administrator) to assist you or your team in managing the work.

If you are unhappy in your current role, Resumes Australia can work with you to find new job motivation, rethink your career plans or secure new employment altogether.


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Resume Writing for the Unemployed

unemployedTrying to get back into the workforce after you have been unemployed for some time can be challenging.

Employers and search consultants will often want evidence that your skills, strengths and proactivity have been maintained throughout your unemployed period.


When it comes to resume writing for the unemployed, here are some useful ideas on how to account for your down time:

Volunteer Work

Employers like to see that you are striving to remain active while you are unemployed and volunteer work is a great way to fill that gap. You should list any volunteer experience you have taken on, as well as any new skills and responsibilities you have gained. Including any key accomplishments will also be beneficial and demonstrates that you are still motivated and capable of achieving goals.

Consulting Work

Consulting work is a fantastic way to bridge the gap in your resume if you have been providing advice to other businesses during your time off. This will give you the opportunity to showcase your ongoing expertise and knowledge and demonstrate to employers the value you can bring to an organisation.

Temporary Work

Many job applicants also assume that temporary work is not beneficial enough to include in their resume or they worry that it will affect the consistency of their experience. Temporary work, however, can be a useful addition to your resume and shows the employer that you have made efforts to stay within the workforce, even if it has been in a role that is not entirely relevant to your career goals.

Education & Training

Any training, skill enhancement or education that you have undertaken while unemployed should also be mentioned in your resume. Courses, workshops, certifications and conferences are all valuable and mean that you have made the most of your time while unemployed and that you still have a passion for improvement and self-development.

Personal Time

It is perfectly reasonable to be unemployed for personal reasons. This can include time off for things like travel, study or caring for your family and kids. If you mention these factors in your resume, make sure that you make it clear why you decided to embark on these journeys in the first place and why you are now heading back into the workforce.

Other Things to Remember When Resume Writing:

  • Be honest about your unemployment; there is no point in trying to cover up the fact that you are out of work. An employer or recruiter will most probably uncover the truth anyway, so it is important to be upfront and honest in your approach
  • If you are quizzed about how or why your previous role ended, be truthful, but accentuate the positive rather than the negative aspects of what occurred
  • Resume writing can be a difficult balancing act between including just enough detail and not giving too much away. If you are struggling with how to depict your unemployment, consider whether a qualified resume writer could make a difference to your applications

Lost your job? Resumes Australia offers a range of career services, including resume writing and interview coaching, to help you get back into the workforce. Contact Us today for a confidential discussion or email your resume to: resume@resumes-australia.com.au.

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The Secret to Successful Career Goals

success career goalsThe secret to a successful career is all about developing a clear vision.

The questions surrounding this might involve what you want from your career, where you see yourself in 10 years time and the reasons why you want to reach these goals.


Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Yet I’ve also seen many candidates fail in achieving their career objectives and this can often be because the goals they’ve set are misaligned, not properly planned or just unrealistic.

Define Your Idea of Success

We all want to be successful in our careers, but “success” means different things to different people. To begin with, think about what “success” means to you. Is it about achieving a specific salary so that you can live comfortably? It is about having that dream CEO job or is it really about making a difference to others in your community or country?

Consider what you truly want to achieve from your career and what values and factors are important to you. Once you understand what you really want, you’ll be able to develop career goals that automatically grow from your wants and needs and that will eventually bring you much career fulfilment.

Identify Your Strengths

If you are having trouble figuring out what you want out of your career, try thinking about your strengths. They could be technical strengths, behavioural strengths or business strengths.
Creating goals around your strengths and key talents is essential, since many of us gain career satisfaction and happiness from utilising our strengths on the job.

Consider how your strengths can give rise to your career goals; for example, if you enjoy working with facts and figures, your goal might be to secure an analyst position. If your strength is communicating and helping others, one of your goals might be to find employment that involves mentoring, coaching or volunteering.

Want, Not Should

A significant part of career happiness is also making sure you choose goals that you think you can achieve or want to achieve, not goals that you feel you should achieve. While we all face pressure in our lives, such as the need to pay rent and bills, making sure that your goals also bring you fulfilment in one way or another is crucial. If you develop your goals around what you or others think you should be doing, your goals are most likely going to be unattainable; and even if they are achieved, they won’t bring you any satisfaction.

Successful Support

One of the biggest secrets behind successful career goals is also having the right support. Mentors, managers, career coaches, recruiters, search consultants and even resume writers can all form your career support network and many will be invaluable in helping you achieve your goals. These people will ideally possess expertise in certain areas and will be able to assist you throughout the course of your career.

If you are lacking support in some areas, now may be the ideal time to make some great connections and find support from people you trust.

Need help with your career goal setting? Resumes Australia offers comprehensive career consulting services for executives and CEOs, as well as graduates and aspiring professionals.

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