Is a Skills-Based Resume Right For Your Career?

Skill_base_resumeWhat Is a Skills-Based Resume?

Skills-based resumes differ significantly from ordinary, professional resumes in that they are not presented chronologically. That is, they do not list your experience from the most recent position to the oldest position.

Instead, they focus on portraying your skills and talents in a highly attractive way that will stand out in the eyes of employers and search consultants. The emphasis in a skills-based resume is on your skills and competencies, rather than on your work history.

Why Use a Skills-Based Resume?

Skills-based resumes (which are also sometimes called ‘functional’ resumes) are best suited to candidates who do not have the right amount of relevant experience in a particular area or industry.

This might include:

  • Candidates who are changing industries or career paths and whose skills are predominantly transferable, rather than industry-specific
  • Graduates or students who haven’t yet gained much formal or relevant work experience
  • Candidates who have been consistently working, but whose experienced is varied; for instance, they might have held multiple temp or casual roles in a short period of time
  • Unemployed applicants who have been out of the industry or job market for a long period of time

If you fall under one of the above categories, a skills-based resume may be ideal for your career and can mean that your talents are showcased in a way that is more beneficial to your situation.

How to Format Skills-Based Resume?

The best way to format your skills-based resume is to group your abilities and any experience using particular ‘skills’ headings, rather than listing your chronological employment history. Sample headings you can use include:

  • Leadership Skills
  • Technical Skills
  • Personal or Behavioural Skills
  • Key Competencies
  • Qualifications & Training
  • Work Experience
  • Key Achievements

You should be as honest as possible when deciding what skills to include in your resume; don’t include skills that you don’t possess or portray your skills as ‘advanced’ when they are more ‘intermediate’ or ‘basic.’

When deciding which of your skills to include in your documents, ensure that you review the job advertisement or description. This will tell you exactly what the employer is looking for and will give you a clear idea of which of your skills you should emphasise over others.

Explaining Your Skills

All of this information should culminate in your document to give readers a strong idea of the overall value you can contribute to a business. However, your skills-based resume needs to be more than just a series of lists if you are going to be successful.

It is vital to demonstrate in your resume how you have used your skills in particular situations to achieve something or produce a winning outcome for the business. Hence, you will need to expand on each skill that you present and spell out to the reader how your talents were valuable in past situations.

Do you need a skills-based resume or a more traditional resume? Contact Resumes Australia for further resume writing information or visit: http://www.resumes-australia.com.au

Regards,

kylie hammond

Graduate Tips for the Corporate World

Graduate employment tipsMaking that significant transition from student life to corporate world is a big step for many up-and-coming executives. You may still be applying for positions, you may have already secured your first great role or you may have no idea where to start looking.

Whatever stage you are at, there is much to be learned from a new ‘real world’ environment. Here are my best tips to help you stay fresh and competitive in the corporate space.

1. Create Strong Career Strategies

The first thing every graduate needs – after their degree – is direction. The candidates who most often succeed in the corporate world are the ones who develop a strong career strategy. No matter what industry you are in, the job marketplace can be highly competitive and you will have a much better chance of success if you give your career a clear direction and purpose, rather than simply figuring things out as you go along.

A good first step towards a good career strategy is to define your goals and work out the best way to achieve them, given your talents and growing expertise. What types of jobs and promotions would you need to reach your goals? Do you need any additional qualifications or education? How will you improve your skills and enhance your weaknesses?

If you are unsure about how to implement your ideas into a practical career strategy, working with an experienced career coach in this instance can be extremely advantageous.

2. Focus On Your Value

Everyone brings a specific type of value to a position, including graduates. The best way a candidate can stand out in the corporate world is to emphasise his or her value. This is called a Value Proposition. Your Value Proposition is a quick summary describing who you are, what you do and what value you can bring to a business.

Focusing on your value is a much stronger way to approach job searches and it is a great way to present yourself to employers, especially since you won’t have a huge amount of corporate experience.

Ensure your Value Proposition is central to your documentation, like resumes, cover letters and profiles, and even your job interviews and networking meetings.

3. Connect With the Right People

If you haven’t already begun networking, you will need to do so as soon as you enter the corporate world. Networking is a critical part of any career and it can often mean the difference between standing out and achieving success and fading into the background.

Networking with the right people is also important. Although you will be making lots of new friends in your job, networking essentially means connecting with people who can make a difference to your job or your career, whether immediately or at some point in the future. Networking with existing executives and leaders is a good place to start and if done well, it can lead to exceptional career and job opportunities.

4. Get On Social Media

Whenever I take on a new candidate at Resumes Australia, one of the first things I ask is whether they are active on social media. Social media drives many facets of the corporate world, particularly recruitment and networking, and so ensuring your social media profiles are up-to-date and 100% professional is important.

LinkedIn is especially meaningful here and a weak LinkedIn profile can be detrimental to your corporate growth and success. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is completed, detailed and that it encompasses all of your talents and skills.

5. Keep Up With Technology

I can’t emphasise how important technology is in today’s industries. Technology is often considered to be one of the most important factors in driving company growth, innovation and success and if you are not up with technology, you and your job prospects may be left behind.

At the job search stage, if you lack an understanding of the technologies that are crucial to your industry, you may find yourself trailing behind the strength of other candidates.

Developing an awareness or understanding of the technology available to your industry can mean that you are able to create insight and value for organisations where other graduates cannot. This can make you much more appealing as a young executive and your innovative approach will likely grab the attention of either recruiters and head hunters or other executives and leaders in your company.

6. Keep Your Resume Updated

You will be learning a lot in the corporate world and your first few graduate positions will bring plenty of new experiences and lessons. But one of the biggest mistakes many graduates make upon securing a role is to ‘slack off’ on their resumes.

Keeping your resume updated as you acquire new experience, knowledge and skills is ideal at this stage because it means you will capture everything, without having to “back track” and remember what you learned later on.

This will result in a stronger and more effective document when you come to apply for that next corporate position and means you won’t have to scramble around at the last minute trying to make sure your resume is up to scratch.

Resumes Australia specialises in corporate career development and resume development/writing for graduates, executives, professionals and even CEOs.

Regards,

kylie hammond

How to Write a Corporate Biography

Corporate BiographyCorporate biographies are extremely useful tools that can be published almost anywhere you choose, from your resume to your LinkedIn profile to your company website. You can also use your biography to promote your talents at conferences and other public relations events or in industry publications and reports.

Like writing a resume, however, composing a corporate biography is often a challenge. It must be accurate and succinct and it must successfully portray you as a compelling leader.

Begin With Your Value Proposition

The opening paragraph of your corporate biography should explain who you are, what you do and why you are so highly valued as a leader in your industry. You should highlight your key competencies for the reader and spell out what makes you a unique innovator and front-runner in your field.

You can also use the introduction to communicate your overall objectives and what you hope to achieve in the industry long term (alternatively, you can also leave this until the end).

Dive Into Your Achievements and Contributions

There are many ways to approach the juicy content that makes up your career. You can use the body of your biography to describe your career ‘story’ and how you came to be or (if you are trying to keep your biography short) you can instead focus solely on emphasising your key achievements and contributions to the industry. Of course, you can also create a combination of both (story + achievements).

Try to be as detailed as you can here, using concrete ‘facts’ to illustrate your expertise. For example, you could mention any prestigious companies you have worked for, conferences you have spoken at or locations around the world you have worked in. You can also mention any awards or commendations you have received.

Go Out With a Bang

You can communicate a wealth of facts or details to readers at the end of your corporate biography, but two approaches I recommend include:

  • Ending with your future goals, your vision or the ‘next steps’ of your industry mission – what’s upcoming on your agenda as an executive or leader?
  • Finishing with your most recent accomplishments, such as a global seminar you might have presented at or an article you might have had published

Both of these endings create the impression that you are actively influencing and contributing to your industry and that you are consistently working to progress your value as an executive.

As time moves on, don’t forget to update your biography with any new ‘next steps’ or accomplishments.

Biography Language

Like any professional document, the language you use in your corporate biography should be formal and professional.

Depending on your target audience, however, you can tweak your language slightly to alter the ‘image’ your biography creates. For instance, if you were to give a talk to a group of school students, you might want to come off sounding a little more ‘fun’ and ‘outgoing’, rather than ultra-corporate.

You should also write your biography using the third person. For example: “John Smith is the CEO and founder of…” or “In 2005, John joined…”

Working With Your Corporate Biography

Once you have the initial account of your corporate biography created, it is much easier to rework it into different versions that vary in length or detail.

You can expand on your biography to create a longer story about your success (keep this around 1 page) or you can shorten your biography into a ‘snippet’ that can be used at the end of posts or articles you write or on your social media profiles.

Resumes Australia works with executives and CEOs on a range of career documents, including corporate biographies, resumes, cover letters, branding documents and social media profiles. Visit Resumes Australia to learn more.

Regards,

kylie hammond

9 Ways to De-Clutter Your Resume

Professional Resume and resume writingMany people cringe at the idea of having to write or rewrite their professional resumes. But failing to update or de-clutter your resume can considerably decrease your chances of success.

Cluttered or chaotic resumes can create confusion for the reader and they can also bog your resume down with fruitless details that overshadow your true worth and value.

If you are in the process of resume writing, Resumes Australia has devised these 9 steps to help you de-clutter your document and enhance your professionalism:

1. Get Rid of Personal Details

The only personal details you need to include on your resume are your contact details. Other information like your birthday, age, marital status or salary is irrelevant and should be deleted.

2. No photos

 Including your photo with your resume is an outdated and inefficient practice. Unless you are applying to be a model or an actor, your suitability for the role should be purely based on your skills and experience, not on what you look like.

3. Space Out Your Document

Make sure that your document uses consistent line spacing and that your headings are clearly defined and labelled. You should also use bullet points when writing about your achievements and responsibilities. Don’t worry about how long your resume is, as this is not important. What matters is that your information is clear and concise.

4. Ensure Readability

Use a standard font throughout your document and ensure it is easy to read. You should also avoid using any design elements like graphics, borders and colours (stick to black and white). This is the mark of an amateur and does not belong on a professional resume.

5. Delete Your Career Objective

Career objectives are a thing of the past and are considered irrelevant to modern employers and recruiters. An objective is not necessary, as employers will assume that applying for the role is part of your career objective anyway.

6. Focus On Relevant Experience

Remember, recruiters, employers and HR managers are all very busy people. They don’t want to have to sift through your resume in order to figure out whether you’ve got the skills they’re looking for. To determine what’s relevant, simply take a look at the job description and consider how your talents or achievements correspond to what they’re looking for. Anything else should be given lesser priority or deleted in order to de-clutter your resume.

7. Forget Hobbies & Interests

Only include hobbies that are directly relevant to the job you are applying for. For example, if you are going for a sales role, hobbies like attending product launches or getting to know sales software will be useful; other hobbies like watching movies, spending time with family or playing sport have nothing to do with your suitability for the job.

8. Include the Right Skills

Listing any and every skill you’ve ever acquired is a sure way to add to your resume clutter. Instead, only include skills or qualifications that are overtly relevant to the requirements listed in the job advertisement.

9. Use the Right Language

Your resume writing language should be clear, succinct and easy to understand. Ensure that you use plain, business English in your descriptions and avoid flowery or extravagant language that fails to reveal anything about your talents, as this is essentially clutter. A good way to de-clutter is to focus on providing concrete examples and evidence in your resume to back up your claims.

Our Resume Writers at Resumes Australia know exactly how to de-clutter a resume and make it as professional as possible. For further information on our resume services, click here.

Regards

kylie hammond

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!

Regards

kylie hammond

Resume Writing: How Long Should Your Resume Be?

Resume WritingProfessional resume writing is a critical career step that many executives, CEOs and candidates choose to invest in, simply because they understand just how competitive the market is and much a quality resume can impact their career success.

One of the most common questions I’m asked when approached about our resume writing services is, “How Long Should My Resume Be?”

Quality, Not Quantity

Two pages? Five pages? Ten pages?

Effective resume writing is all about making sure that the talents you possess are highlighted and fleshed out on paper, so that they relate directly to what the employer is looking for. It’s as if the employer is saying, “this is what we need for our company,” and your resume is responding by saying, “I can do what you need! Here’s the evidence.”

When it comes to determining how long your resume should be, it is essentially a simple matter of quality not quantity. That is, it does not matter how long or how short your resume is at all. As long as your strengths, achievements and skills are described in an effective and accurate manner, recruiters and employers won’t care if your resume is 10 pages or 2 pages.

Myths About Resume Lengths

There are many myths surrounding the idea of resume lengths. Some candidates believe that if their resume is too long, employers won’t bother to read it. So, they look for ways to cut down on important details or skills, and as a result, their resume ends up being too vague. Others feel that if their resume is too short, it makes them a weaker candidate. This prompts them to try to fill up their resumes with useless information that is not beneficial to their application.

Once again, the key to success here is to remember that it’s all about quality and about how well you portray your talents and value on the page. If your resume is 6 pages long and filled with fluff or unnecessary details, then yes, employers won’t bother reading it, but if it is 6 pages long and filled with fantastic insights about what you can do as a professional, then the reader will most likely be impressed.

As long as your resume is openly and clearly answering the employer’s request for experience and skills, you shouldn’t worry about whether your resume is too long or too short. Instead, focus on what unique talents you possess and what you can bring to the table.

General Resume Writing Rules

Knowing how long your resume should be is really about knowing what you should and shouldn’t include when resume writing.

What You Should Do:

  • Include your Value Proposition in your resume – what makes you unique and different from other candidates? Why should the employer choose you over others?
  • Link the responsibilities and duties in each of your roles directly to the employer’s job description – if an employer is looking for specific skills or talents, place these at the top of each of your jobs
  • Highlight your achievements and expand these using the ‘Action, Process, Outcome’ technique. Don’t worry about how much space this takes up in your resume, just concentrate on explaining how you brought value to the organisation

What You Shouldn’t Do:

  • Include any personal details related to your age, birthday, marital status, race or religion or salary – this information has no impact on your suitability for the role
  • Look for ways to fill up your resume just for the sake of it. Instead, make sure every word on your resume is relevant to the application
  • Include jobs you had over 8-10 years ago; only include older jobs if you feel that your accomplishments there are directly relevant to the position you are applying for. For instance, if you are going for a financial management position, the employer won’t really care about a casual retail job you had while you were studying
  • Adjust your formatting to make your resume longer or shorter; recruiters are not stupid and will immediately see through this lazy technique

Specified Lengths

In some cases, the employer may stipulate a maximum resume length or application length in their job advertisement. Since this is a direct requirement, you should aim to stick to the employer’s instructions as failure to do so can put you in a negative light.

If you are unsure about how to cut down your resume (or expand it) to suit the specified number of pages, you may want to engage the assistance of an experienced resume writer.

Not sure if your resume is cutting it? The resume writers at Resumes Australia constantly produce high calibre resumes for CEOs, senior executives, mid-level professionals and graduates. Learn more at: www.resumes-australia.com.au

Regards,

kylie hammond

Switching Jobs: How to Stay Positive In Your Interview Responses

Interview CoachingYou might have any number of reasons for switching employment or looking for a new job. From everyday job dissatisfaction to downright unhappiness, any job change should bring about more positive and enlightening opportunities.

But when it comes to explaining to an interviewer why you want to leave your current company, it’s important to be honest without being negative.

Reasons for the Switch

The first thing you will need to do is determine why you are searching for a new role. For example, it could be because you:

  • Are unhappy with your salary, pay or benefits
  • Dislike the people you work with
  • Don’t enjoy your everyday tasks or responsibilities
  • Feel that your career is not going in the right direction
  • Don’t respect or value the company you are working for

Whatever your reasons are, it is extremely beneficial to be positive about your decision and the changes ahead of you.

Staying Positive

When an interviewer asks you why you want to leave your current role, it is tempting to start complaining, whinging or being negative about the company and your position. However, this essentially casts you (not your company) in a negative light and portrays you as a candidate who perhaps can’t handle pressure, deal with conflict or who doesn’t want to take on new responsibilities.

For instance, I once interviewed a candidate who wanted to find a new job because he said he was sick of being “scolded” in his current company. While this was understandable, it also indicated that he might not perform well under pressure or that he wasn’t open to criticism. Even though he was being honest, it cast many doubts in my mind as to whether or not he was competent enough for the job he was applying for.

What to Say

In any interview, it is crucial to stay positive and avoid negativity at all costs, since employers feel that if you’re negative about your current role, there’s nothing stopping you from being negative about your new role. Candidates with negative attitudes also come across as being unproductive, uncreative and inefficient.

Instead, your responses need to demonstrate the positive aspects of your decision to switch jobs. Here are some great examples and focus not on what you dislike, but what you are looking for:

  • “I don’t get paid enough” – “The salary on offer is not on par with my skills or with the industry norms. I feel that I bring a lot of value and strengths to the role, but this is not shown in the remuneration or benefits given.
  • “I hate the people I work with” –  “The culture in the company is quite unproductive and people tend to not pull their weight. I’m more interested in a role where I can do my job to the best of my ability each day and be supported by a passionate and likeminded team.”
  • “What I do is boring” – “I feel that my current role doesn’t allow me to use my main strengths and as a result I don’t enjoy my everyday tasks or feel as if I’m learning anything new. I’m keen to find a job where I can use my talents and find ways to learn and grow.”

Remember, whatever you dislike about your current job, make sure you shed some positive light on your decision to leave in any interview you attend. This will show you are an enthusiastic, determined and career-focused candidate who knows exactly what they want and who is making the right moves to achieve success.

Resumes Australia specialises in great interview coaching techniques that can significantly enhance your interview performance. Learn more about our interview packages here.

Regards,

kylie hammond

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.

Regards,

kylie hammond

Going Global: The Rising Importance of Global Experience

Global Experience When it comes to executive employment and senior-level positions, global experience and expertise is becoming a highly respected talent that many employers – particularly those with an international reach – consider invaluable in new candidates.

Why Go Global?

Global expertise is an emerging talent trend and can be leveraged by many executive job seekers to benefit their careers, salaries and reputation.

Even younger executives and aspiring leaders can begin steering their career strategies towards various roles that reward them with global experience. This initiative can take place by seeking out a brand new position or through opportunities offered through present organisations.

If certain executives are keen on tapping into leadership or high profile companies (such as Fortune 500 organisations), global expertise will be fundamental in forwarding the careers of these executives and enhancing their professional abilities on an international scale.

Global experience brings:

  1. A key understanding of international markets, behaviours and trends
  2. Knowledge of niche markets and how growth can be achieved by leveraging various niche areas
  3. Experience in working with the different concepts and methodologies used in foreign organisations
  4. A competitive advantage for job seekers over other executives who only possess local experience
  5. Increased business acumen
  6. Extended network of contacts that reaches internationally
  7. Other key career opportunities that wouldn’t ordinarily be found in local employment

For Executives Already With Global Experience

Ensure your global experience is highlighted in your professional resume. You should include your key responsibilities while overseas, along with your achievements and outcomes

Also make sure that your resume demonstrates your global expertise, rather than just ‘experience.’ How did your experience develop your international expertise and how can this benefit future organisations you work for?

For Aspiring Executives Looking for Global Experience

  • If you are currently in employment, make it known to your employer that you are interested in global experience or find out where global positions are advertised
  • Make connections with executives who are located in other international offices
  • If you are job seeking, consider setting your sights on a medium-large organisation who has international opportunities available or global offices you could potentially transfer to
  • When attending interviews, point out to employers that you are interested in expanding your experience globally and are willing to travel if necessary
  • If you are ambitious about gaining international experience, consider applying for roles with overseas companies offering sponsorship
  • Learning a second language can also greatly improve your prospects of international employment

Considering going global with your career? Whether you are seeking long term or short term global experience, Resumes Australia can provide you with leading advisory, coaching and resume writing services to help you maximise your international success.

Regards,

kylie hammond

Impressing Recruiters in an Interview

Make an impact in an interviewConnecting with a recruiter or search consultant during your job search can be invaluable. Recruiters can open doors to new opportunities outside of traditional applications and they can put you in front of high profile organisations that you otherwise wouldn’t have access to. Once you’ve made it to the interview stage, it is imperative that you impress your recruiter in order to secure that next, crucial meeting with the employer.

1. The Small Things

No matter how much talent and experience you have, the small things can often make or break your success. While they might seem trivial, they are actually indicative of your personality and ethic:

  • Be punctual; show up on time (or earlier); if you are late because of circumstances out of your control, make sure you phone ahead
  • Dress appropriately in clean, corporate attire
  • Ensure your breath is clean and fresh and your hair is neat and tidy
  • Turn your mobile phone off or put it on silent, and don’t be distracted by it during the interview

2. Confidence

Confidence goes a long way in impressing recruiters in an executive interview. Being shy, uncertain or too softly spoken can give the recruiter the image that you are not strong enough to deal with the daily tasks and challenges that the role entails. Confidence needs to encompass all areas of your interview, too; you need to be able to speak confidently about your past/present responsibilities and accomplishments, as well as your challenges and weaknesses.

3. Interview Techniques

Have you mastered the art of answering tough interview questions, talking for the right amount of time and staying on topic? And are your answers fully relevant to the role? If your interview skills are rusty, it will benefit you significantly to polish up your interviewing and speaking techniques. Practising and rehearsing answers or participating in a short interview coaching session can be useful, especially if you haven’t been to an interview for a long time. Remember, if you don’t impress the recruiter, you won’t have the opportunity to impress the employer.

4. Personal Edge

Friendliness alone won’t get you the job, but it is important in building rapport with the recruiter. While you don’t need to be overly friendly, pleasantries and courteousness are ideal in giving your interview that personal touch and ensuring the recruiter that you are a confident, relaxed person. Remaining attentive throughout the interview is also key; appearing distracted, negative or bored will definitely not work in your favour.

5. Asking Questions

Finally, make sure you ask some questions about the role you are applying for once the recruiter has finished interviewing you. Most recruiters will expect this and your questions will shows interest and enthusiasm in the position. Conducting research prior to the interview can also help shape and inform your queries and will also serve to impress the recruiter. While basic questions like, “what does the role involve?” and “what are the company perks?” are important, more specific or in depth queries will also demonstrate your aptitude for the role. Resumes Australia is a top career consultancy firm specialising in interview coaching, resume writing and career coaching for executives.

Regards,

kylie hammond

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