Weathering the Storm

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The last 10 years have seen a lot of changes within the job market. 2008 marked an economic downturn that found far too many people without jobs, or afraid to leave jobs they hated for fear of being unable to find a new position.

While the economy has bounced back, there are still some industries, companies and geographical locations that are struggling, or that will in the years to come. Layoffs, pay freezes, and restructuring are far from being things of the past, and it is always possible you could be facing tough times in your current job.

Nobody wants to find themselves unemployed or awash amidst a terrible job situation. But how do you weather the storm and make it through those career struggles relatively unscathed?


Boost Morale

When a company is struggling, everyone working there feels the pain. Fears of being laid off can poison a work environment, making it difficult for everyone to perform at their best; which is, of course, especially unfortunate when a company clearly needs their employees working at 100 percent to get back to a successful place.

Employees who are able to push past that fear, and encourage others to do the same, can quickly become irreplaceable. You can be the company MVP by finding ways to boost morale around the office. Even just maintaining a positive attitude and being pleasant to be around during times of strife can make a difference. But if you are able to keep spirits high, especially when there are plenty of reasons for morale to be low, the difference you make won’t go unnoticed.


Be a Team Player

If you are hoping to avoid the next round of layoffs, one of the best things you can do is make yourself invaluable. Beat your deadlines, pay attention to detail, focus on producing quality work, and… be the team player your company needs you to be right now.

When companies are struggling, they tend to reduce down to a skeleton crew. Which means that some jobs aren’t getting done, and others are being done only superficially. It is during these times, especially, that you don’t want to be caught playing solitaire at your desk. Instead, capitalize upon any free time you may have by offering to help your co-workers and taking on extra tasks that need to be done. Genuine team players tend to hold on to their jobs longer when those layoffs come around, and their hard work and dedication is remembered when things start looking up and promotions become available again.


Hedge Your Bets

Yes, you want to remain loyal to your company and do what you can to help them stay afloat. But sometimes, you also have to be willing to recognize the writing on the wall. If things seem to be heading south, now is the time to brush up your resume and start reaching out to your networking connections.

It doesn’t mean you have to jump ship right away, but putting feelers out and remaining open to what else might be available could mean the difference between transitioning smoothly into a new role, and being left out in the cold. So don’t be afraid to keep an eye out for openings elsewhere, or to submit an application when something else worthwhile comes along. Just remember to be discreet about it when you do.

It is almost always easier to find a new job when you are currently employed – so don’t wait until you find that pink slip on your desk to start looking for new opportunities.


Securing Employment With an ASX 200 Company

NetworkingWhile there are plenty of amazing benefits and perks associated with ASX 200 employers, landing a job with one of Australia’s top organisations can be challenging. Positions can be extremely competitive (and sometimes rare) and ASX employers are often highly stringent when it comes to candidate selection.

How do you get your foot in the door of your ideal ASX organisation? And what else can you do to enhance your executive search strategies and increase your chances of success?

Build Strong Relationships

The ASX 200 job market is saturated with capable executives, which is why you may need help from your networks to get your foot in the door. Top companies do a lot of hiring from within and rely heavily on recommendations from current employees as well.

To build a network fit for a top company, you must create genuine relationships with the right people who may ultimately be able to impact your career movements. You can network with: industry leaders, peers and colleagues (both current and former), recruitment consultants, head hunters, hiring managers and other executives who presently work in your ideal organisations.

The key to great networking is to target the right people, be professional at all times and work consistently on building rapport with other individuals.

Develop Your Personal Brand

Creating a distinct, personal brand is important no matter what type of job you are seeking, and at the ASX 200 level, personal branding is critical.

Branding starts with a solid understanding of what you can offer a company, so decide what makes you valuable and work on highlighting the unique abilities and talents that put you one step above other candidates.

If you have your heart set on an ASX role, you may also choose to customise or direct your brand and image so that it is more suitable for the ASX space. For instance, if you are an avid blog writer, you may want to focus your content on issues that openly relate to public organisations and/or stock market trends, as well as other industry-specific topics.

Your personal brand should be evident in every space that relates to you professionally, whether online or offline. Branding the right way can get you noticed by key leaders and other industry experts who work in ASX organisations – and in some cases, it means they will come to seek you out, rather than the other way around.

Capitalise On Graduate and Internship Positions

If you are a graduate or a younger executive, it can be comforting to know that ASX 200 companies are well known for offering young candidates job opportunities via graduate programs and internships. This can be an ideal way to get into an ASX organisation, especially if you lack executive experience.

These types of roles allow you to establish your value to a company and showcase your skills, which will ideally lead to a paid position. At the very least, you’ll have frequent opportunities to network with other executives in the company and if you are not successful in obtaining fulltime employment, your experience will still look fantastic on your executive resume.

Stand Out On Paper

There is a lot more to landing an ASX 200 job than simply networking and job searching. The most significant element of any career is your documentation; this can include resumes, CVs, online profiles, biographies and references.

Even if you make great connections, these contacts will most likely ask to see your resume if an opportunity arises, so it is vital that you are prepared and that your documentation is impressive and professionally written. Imagine the disappointment of finding an ASX opportunity, only to be told, upon viewing your resume, that your experience and talent is not enough.

Many candidates choose to work with an executive career coach or an expert resume writer at this point, simply because they realise the value of standing out on paper at the ASX 200 employment level. Without the right representation of your competencies, you will find it difficult to convert your opportunities into real-world achievements and positions. Remember, the more brilliant your resume and accompanying documents, the more you will convince employers that you are the right person for an ASX 200 role.

Are you looking for an ASX 200 role? Learn more about ASX organisations here or contact Resumes Australia for assistance with executive career strategy, resume writing and development or interview preparation.


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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.

Resumes Australia provides results-driven services to executives, CEOs and professionals who seek career guidance, resume writing assistance and executive coaching. Review all of our career services here.


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10 Things You Must Check Before You Sign a Job Contract

Job contractsBeing offered a new job is a strong indication of just how much your job searching, resume writing and interview rehearsing has paid off. But before you sign on the dotted line, it is important to make sure that the details are in order and that nothing negative will come back to affect your satisfaction in the role later on.

1. Role & Responsibilities

Although you may feel entirely familiar with the role on offer, you should make efforts to clarify all details relating to your new position.

This can include:

  • Your position title
  • Your main responsibilities and duties
  • Your additional responsibilities and expectations
  • Exactly who you are reporting to
  • The locations you will work at
  • Your salary and benefits

2. Salary Package

If you were on the ball early on, you should have negotiated a suitable salary for yourself that is on par with the expertise that you will be bringing to the organisation. If your negotiated salary is now higher than the original offer, ensure that this is updated and reflected in the contract. Other details such as base pay, superannuation, bonuses and method and frequency of pay should also be included.

3. Benefits

The same rule above applies to any new benefits that you have negotiated with the employer. If you have agreed on rewards such as additional bonuses, higher super, company vehicles, company equipment or flexible working terms, make sure these are included in the contract. If they are not existent now, the employer may be able to argue later on that these benefits were never offered in the first place.

4. Start Date

Your start date should also be listed in the contract. Make sure the start date gives you ample time to give notice and finish up in your current job. If you are not happy with the start date, negotiate further with the employer; they will most likely respect that you are trying to do the right thing by your current organisation and will be flexible in when you need to start.

5. Probation Periods

If you have been given a probation period, you need to not only review the time period (e.g. 3 months, 6 months), but also ensure that any of the details and terms of the probation are included.

6. Performance Reviews

Your contract should also outline how your performance will be measured in the role and how and when performance and/or salary reviews will take place. Performance reviews are often linked to your salary and bonuses, so make sure that the details of the review process are clear.

7. Notice Period

Your employer will also require you to give sufficient notice if you choose to resign from the company or if they decide to dismiss you. How much notice do you need to give if you resign? How much notice do they need to give if they terminate you? Check your notice period both in relation to your probation period and your permanent employment.

8. Non-Compete Clauses

Some employers will also include non-compete clauses in their contracts. This means that if you leave the company, you are prevented from working for a competitor (or in a competitive capacity) for a certain amount of time.

You should make sure that any non-compete terms are reasonable and that they won’t mean you’ll be out of work for a long time. If you are unsure about whether your non-compete clauses are acceptable, engage the help of a legal professional or at least an experienced career consultant.

9. Confusion

If there is any information contained in the contract that is confusing or unclear, you should seek clarification on these before you sign anything. You can either ask the employer to elaborate on the terms or you can obtain the help of a legal professional or a career consultant. Make sure that you understand exactly what you’re getting into before you sign the contract.

10. Think Ahead

It’s also a great idea before you sign a new contract to think carefully about what lies ahead for your job or career over the coming months and years. Is this really the right position for you? Does it effectively tie in with your career goals and desires?

Hopefully at this stage the answer to these questions is ‘yes’, but if you are unsure, it may be time to revisit your objectives and have a serious think. If you are keen to move ahead, consider how you will handle your job transition and what plans and measures should be in place as you settle into your new job.

Starting a new job? Resumes Australia provides executive coaching services that can help you successfully transition into a new role – or even find a new job. Visit our website to learn more about what we do.


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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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Getting the Most Out of a Job You Hate

job satisfactionBeing unhappy or unsatisfied in a job is something that we all experience at least once in our lifetime.

Looking for a new job can be refreshing, but you may also find yourself bound by financial constraints or challenged by the competition in the market. Until the time comes when you can hand in your resignation, it is important that you try to remain positive and continue to get the most out of your job.

Change Your Attitude

A negative attitude can make your job feel ten times more difficult or unsatisfying than it really is. Instead of being unenthusiastic or negative, try taking a proactive and positive approach to your daily tasks. If there is lots of politics or conflict going on, try and rise above it and find feasible solutions for dealing with it. This can lift some of the weight off your shoulders and make your work much more enjoyable.

Keep Up the Job Search

It’s easy to fall into the trap of laziness in a stale job, even when it comes to job searching. To keep active about your job hunt, consider setting weekly goals for yourself. You might decide to send off your resume for 1-2 jobs per week or you may want to get in touch with at least one new recruiter at the start of each week. Whatever you choose, it will help you stay positive and will keep your job searching on the right track.


Networking and making connections is a fantastic way to find new job opportunities. You can either network online, on social media sites like LinkedIn or you can try and network in person by attending seminars and other industry events. Networking within your organisation can also be beneficial too, however you should be discreet about the fact you are searching for other employment.

Talk to Your Boss

If you feel that your job discontent can be resolved it might be worthwhile talking to your boss about how you feel (but without mentioning your desire to find another job). You may want to point out why you are not enjoying your role and ask whether it is possible to change your job description.  A change in duties can refresh your perspective and make your role much more rewarding. If you do ask for new responsibilities, make sure these align with the strengths and skills you want to develop, as well as your long term plans.

Get More Involved

Is boredom one of the driving factors of your job dissatisfaction? Sometimes, the best way to cope is to keep yourself busy! For example, you could ask for more responsibility, take on extra tasks, get involved with more projects or put your hand up for a committee. Keeping busy each day will mean the days go faster and extra work will also give you extra experience, skills and credentials to add to your professional resume.

Get Educated

Training and education is one of the best ways to get more out of your job. Investigate what training programs or courses are open to you and determine if any of these could benefit your skills or knowledge. If you are keen to enroll in a course outside of your company, consider whether the company will contribute towards the fees. In return, however, you may be required to stay in your role longer.

Prioritise Your Life Outside of Work

If your job is not enjoyable, consider giving priority to the other important factors in your life. You could consider changing your hours to spend more time with your family, spending your lunch break working out, taking up a new hobby after work or simply socialising after hours with other colleagues you’d like to get to know better.

Become a Mentor – or Gain One

If you are bored in your role but don’t necessarily want to jump ship, becoming a mentor or finding one can make a huge difference to your career and your everyday accountabilities. Mentors can gain much fulfillment from guiding others and passing on their knowledge, while those under mentorship can find their goals and strengths changing and growing, and this alone can bring much satisfaction and structure to an otherwise mundane role.

Not sure where your career is headed or what to do about your next job move? Resumes Australia provides expert career coaching services, as well as executive resume writing and interview coaching programs.


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How to Beat Rising Unemployment Rates

unemploymentWhile we may not be as unlucky as some other countries around the globe, economists have predicted that unemployment rates will most likely rise in Australia in 2013.

For this very reason, applying for future job openings will become even more competitive – which means that each time, your application and your professional resume need to be even more outstanding.
If you are job seeking in 2013, here is my best advice at how to beat the unemployment rate:

Make Your Resume Exceptional

Recruiters and employers often receive dozens, even hundreds of resumes for just one position. In order to grab their attention and stand out from the crowd, your professional resume must be brilliant. Great formatting, excellent wording and the right amount of detail will ensure that your resume speaks to the recruiter or employer and convinces them that you are the right person for the job.

If you’re unsure how to make your resume stand out or if your current resume is not garnering much interest, consider consulting a professional resume writer to help you.

Network As Much As Possible

While traditional advertisements and applications are still the preferred way to recruit, many positions these days are filled via networking. So, in addition to applying for jobs online, you need to ensure that you network consistently.

This means making contact and maintaining relationships with any friends or professional connections that you feel could help you in your job search. You can network by attending industry events, meeting with recruitment agents, contacting search consultants and setting up social media profiles on sites like Twitter and LinkedIn.

Prepare For Interviews

If you are fortunate enough to secure an interview, you must be prepared! The competition will still be high and you need to make a strong impression with your interviewer in order to move onto the next stage. Familiarise yourself with the company as much as possible and spend some time conducting research into what they do and what markets they operate in.

Next, make sure that you know yourself – and your resume. Your interviewer will ask you lots of tough questions about your skills, experience and abilities throughout the interview – will you be able to answer them all? If the answer is ‘no,’ interview coaching may be the solution you’re looking for.

Don’t Get Lazy

Many candidates searching for employment tend to apply for one or two jobs and then sit back and wait. This is fine if you’re not in a major hurry, but doing this can greatly limit your chances of finding employment. If you need to find a job sooner rather than later, don’t get lazy. Applying for jobs can be hard work, but you need to keep at it. Try not to wait for one response before deciding to apply for something else. My best advice is to be proactive with your job applications: as soon as you see something that could be right for you, apply for it! This will open up your opportunities much more.


It’s easy to spend all your time applying for jobs or simply waiting around to hear back from recruiters. But having large gaps in your resume can also deter employers, recruiters and even headhunters, since these people are much more likely to employ someone who is already actively working or keeping busy.

If you’ve been out of work for a while, broaden your options with tasks like volunteer work, temp work or even internships. These will make sure you continue to expand your skills and they also look great on your resume, giving employers the impression that you’re a proactive and ‘ready to work’ type of person. Volunteering, temping and internships can also open the doors to many other opportunities that you otherwise wouldn’t have known about, including full time and paid employment.

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Applying for Positions in Australia

AustraliaAustralia is one the most rewarding countries in the world to work in.

With respectable salaries, a steady economy, beautiful weather and plenty of executive opportunities, applying for a position here can work wonders for your career.



Your Resume Is Key

Resume writing is a challenging task at the best of times, and even more so if you’re unfamiliar with the Australian marketplace. Yet like all candidates, your professional resume will be your first point of contact with an employer or recruiter – and your first chance at making a strong impression! For this reason, your resume needs to be impeccably written and presented, and also up to Australian standards.

Reviewing or rewriting your professional resume before you begin applying for positions is crucial. You will need to ensure that your resume speaks to Australian employers and recruiters. Also your English and grammar usage needs to be spotless. You will also need to pay strict attention to any specific requirements listed and make sure your resume complies accordingly.

Providing a Detailed Resume for Australian Employers

It’s important to be as detailed as you can in your resume – lazy descriptions or vague explanations will get you nowhere. When it comes to describing your employment history, you should also include valid details, such as the country/city, where each of your jobs were located and even some brief information about each business. Since Australian employers may not be familiar with overseas marketplaces or companies, providing as much information as you can about your international experience is vital.

However, it’s also important not to get too detailed or technical. At all times, make sure that you use professional, yet plain English in your resume and avoid any jargon or technical terms that Australian readers (or recruiters in general) may not understand.

Knowing What To Include in an Australian Resume

Australia also differs from many other countries in terms of the personal information that you need to provide in your resume.

While your ethnicity, age, marital status or gender are often strict requirements in other countries, they are not needed when applying for a position in Australia, and it can be illegal for private employers to request these details from you in order to assess your suitability for the job. It is also unnecessary for you to include a photo with your application. However, as an international candidate, you should make it clear to the employer that you are currently based overseas. Including any citizenship or visa details.

Refine Your Interview Skills

Whether your interview is conducted over the phone, via video conferencing or face-to-face in your home country (or in Australia), your interview skills must be refined. This is the point at which your application moves beyond the paper stage. It’s crucial that the employer or search consultant gains a positive impression of you.

Dress appropriately, use professional English when speaking and make sure that you speak clearly and concisely. Various interview coaching programs can help you prepare for an interview with Australian employers and can teach you which interview techniques will help drive your success.

What Next?

Keen to expand your career horizon on Australian shores? Resumes Australia is an innovative and expert resume writing service open to all candidates in Australia and abroad. For our international clients, we offer this exclusive resume and interview coaching package to ensure you achieve success down under.

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What Barack Obama Can Teach Us About Job Interviewing

Job interviewHe’s got one of the most prestigious positions in the world and to the delight of many supporters all over the globe, Barack Obama has just secured his job for a second time.

Why is he so successful? Some say it’s because of his policies, while others claim it’s thanks to his charismatic confidence and his ability to relate to the American people.


While you don’t necessarily have to be a President in the making, there is much to be learned from this great leader when it comes to job interviewing.

He is extremely well spoken…

Like all public speakers and Presidents before him, Obama is extremely well spoken. He rarely falters, stutters or becomes lost for words. He knows his topics and he knows them well. In job interviews, it is imperative that you are the same – you must know your experience, your values and your capabilities. You must also be able to articulate these in a confident, engaging and succinct way. Just as Obama builds rapport with his American followers (and no doubt he’s great at it), you must build rapport with your employers and interviewers.

He addresses the right issues…

Obama is a leader who is very much in touch with the issues and events surrounding daily American life. As a result, his actions and goals revolve around developing a better nation for all. When it comes to job interviewing, your vision should be the same: you will want to address the right issues and the right questions that are not only important to you, but important to your employer and the position on offer. Many candidates head into an interview prepared to talk about themselves, but without assessing what the employer really wants or how their particular skills fit into the job requirements or the organisation at large.

He has a sense of humour…

It’s not all doom and gloom when Obama addresses his audience. He’s been known to make jokes about himself, come up with amusing responses to political happenings and even sing songs. While you don’t have to go this far in your job interview, and while you should remain professional at all times, having a light sense of humour can help build rapport with your interviewers. It also shows that you’re a positive person who has the ability to relate to other co-workers and employees. Beware of being too arrogant or making inappropriate jokes however; there is a fine line between being personable and alienating your employers.

He’s determined…

Part of being a great leader is not only having the ability to make important decisions, but to find the determination to ensure the right outcomes come to fruition. The same goes for job interviews; being determined (without being pushy) is an invaluable trait, particularly when it comes to chasing up opportunities and addressing any concerns the interviewers might have over your suitability for the role. It’s hard work, but being determined often pays off!

He’s got the right support…

One of Obama’s key tactics as President has been to surround himself with informed people who share his values, but also know how to challenge his opinions and views. The same goes for your career – you’re the “President” of your own job seeking campaign and surrounding yourself with mentors, executive coaches, search consultants, resume writers and interview coaches can all help you secure your success.

Are you an emerging leader preparing for that next job opportunity? Executive Interview Coaching is just one of the many coaching services available at Resumes Australia. Get in touch with us today or learn how we can transform your resume too.
kylie hammond

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