Your resume is the first point of contact with a potential employer. Make a good impression! I've include some notes in brief below on how to write your own resume for people living in Adelaide, Canberra and the NSW South Coast. There are longer instructions on this blog but this is a good start.
Here are some ideas that will save you time and money if you use Republic Resumes. 1. Before you contact us, jot down your duties and good results/achievements from your last five years of work and send them when asked. Measurable achievements such as profit, revenue and statistics which show improvement, are resume gold.
Many interviews in the corporate world and the public service in Adelaide and Canberra contain behavioural interviews. They can be curly if you don’t know how to respond. Recruitment agency Robert Half wrote the info below. It’s good! If you hit the link at the end of the story, there are more examples.
Anna Patty from The Age does an excellent job debunking university and government spin about ‘careers of the future’. About one quarter of my clients come from STEM in Adelaide. They can’t get any job. Worth thinking about before racking up a $70,000 HECS debt.
This story by ABC business editor Ian Verrender, conflates a number of stories I have written in the last two years. All are focused on intergenerational transfers. How important is a good job for young people? It’s crucial as it determines a raft of other outcomes later in life. Republic Resumes fights for young people to get meaningful work.
This story by Annie Brown appeared in The Age recently. It rang bells with me. The problem here is recruiters (most are female) create untenable conditions for mum’s working from home. Recruiters don’t want to deal with it and they don’t like it. Their thinking belongs in the mid 20th century.
Many of my clients are middle class white-collar men, battling to hold on to their jobs or finding a job at the same level of pay. This is happening across the western world and is part of a radical change running though liberal democratic societies. The story below is an opinion piece I wrote for InDaily in Adelaide.
Most online resume writers don’t live in the cities they claim to be in. They ‘trick’ Google to saying they operate in Adelaide or where ever. Most work out of Sydney or Melbourne. That makes it hard if you want a resume for the Adelaide or Canberra market (I work out of both).
In true SA media style, no one expanded on this story. This was meant to be a major investment and key to employing hundreds of South Australians. It was hailed as a cutting edge investment by the former ALP government. What happened? No one knows.
This story appeared a few years ago in the Sydney Morning Herald (Rachel Loock, SMH, December 3, 2016). It's still the best article around on the nerve-wracking process of job interviews. Doing research helps to limit those nerves while understanding what interviewers are looking for. There's a book called 'Interview Skills' by Michael Spiropoulos that expands on what is written here.
By ABC reporter, Stephen Letts A good story and I see the effects of this almost every day, especially in Canberra and Adelaide. One important fact to keep in mind is that even though employment is strong, much of the jobs growth is in short time contracts.
As a professional resume writer, I see older folk battling to get work. Any sort of work. When I worked in Canberra for Labour Market Strategy, this was a key area for me and I spoke on it at conferences in Adelaide and the east coast of Australia. The story below is from ABC 7:30 Report (5 March 2019)
This story is a cracker. There have been a couple of times when I've regretted taking a promotion. The organisational politics were terrible in one position and I didn't stay long. This story is by Anna Goldfarb from The New York Times, 12 Feb 2019
Message to Canberra Mums looking for a job. This story by Polly Dunning appeared in the Canberra Times recently (14 Feb 2019) and it struck a chord. The work Mum’s do isn’t counted in national productivity statistics, which is astounding. When they decide to re-enter or enter the work force, their skills are downgraded yet they are multi-skilled and work under pressure (daily). There is plenty to put in a resume for Canberra Mums.
The best time to look for a job is in Spring in Australia but there are more job searches in January than any other time of the year. Data from Indeed data shows December is the slowest for both job postings and job searches. In Adelaide and Canberra, recruiters start to post jobs mid to late January.
This story was written by David Martin-Guzman and appeared in the AFR on January 9, 2019. Many of my clients are not big fans of recruitment agencies and this is a major problem for Hays. The stories I could tell you about Hays. But I digress. Always make sure you are being paid the correct amount if you were places by a recruiter or labour hire organisation.
This from The Age, 9 January 2019 by reporter Craig Butt. Below are some of the median salaries for jobs you don't need a degree for. Universities are flogging their degree programs for all they are worth. I sometimes wonder if they are REALLY worth the HECS debt. It's up to the individual but doing research before enrolling in a degree course it very necessary.
From The Age, by Charlotte Grieve, 7 January 2019 "Shane Bywater guesses he’s been a referee on over 150 resumes. Most of the time, he considers the task a privilege and an opportunity to help someone out.
I occasionally bang on about the ABS figures no longer reflect the true state of unemployment and under employment in Australia. I have good company now with a senior ANU demographer agreeing with me.
People ask me, why I like helping people get jobs in Adelaide, Canberra and the NSW South Coast. Why I spend so much time on getting resumes and cover letters on top of the 'must interview pile'. The two testimonials below from Matt and Ashley from Adelaide, answers that question.
I didn't know Sisto Malaspina well. He was killed in Bourke Street last Friday by a mad man. When I first arrived in Melbourne back in 1988, one of the first places I went was Pellegrini's Cafe in Bourke Street and it was Sisto who served me. I remember because he said as I was a new customer, he'd throw in a cake for free. That was appreciated because I was broke and probably looked like it.
I’ve spend a lot of time in Canberra, working in Federal politics (those were the days) and the Australian Public Service in the Department of Employment (called DEEWR then). I worked in Labour Market Strategy. Below is the scree from the APS jobs portal. If you’re thinking of applying, send me an email and I’ll give you some tips for free.
A resume is usually the first point of contact between you and your next potential employer. It's the first impression you get to make, and with a well-written professional resume, it could be one of many more to come. These tips are from SEEK and they’re pretty good.
This story is by William Arruda, which appeared in Forbes Magazine and in June this year (2018). It’s a succinct piece on the importance of the LinkedIn summary. Something I focus on a lot. The summary tells a story in strong verbs of achievement and results. It packs a punch.
Competition for graduate jobs in South Australia is fierce. I work in the labour market as a resume writer and employment specialist. My clients ask, ‘when will our universities start to focus on quality over quantity?’
A very odd decision from the SA government. Some of the most draconian pay and worker conditions stem from these labour hire organisations. As a resume writer, one in ten of my clients are either locked in to labour hire contracts or else would never go back to labour hire organisations. This story is from ABC Adelaide.
This story is from ABC Life. Taking a job can help you get a foot in the door for another job. Plan for tomorrow today. Resume writers understand that people have to put bread on the table but that doesn't mean you have to stay in a job you dislike forever.
The official statistics aren’t telling a complete or accurate picture of unemployment and underemployment in Australia. I wrote this story in 2018 for InDaily. As a professional resume writer, I know the real state of the job market in Adelaide, Canberra and across Australia and it is nothing like what is being portrayed in the media or by politicians.
This is one of the major problems with the resume writing industry. A lack of professionalism, education and copy writing skills. Anyone can call themselves a resume writer. Ask to see their qualifications and a sample of previous work. The story below is a nightmare for the client and the resume writing business. It could have easily been avoided.
I wrote this story for the Adelaide Advertiser in 2015 on generational inequality. As a resume writer, I get to work with lots of people and this story came from the stories my younger clients told me. It's one of the most serious issues facing Australian society.
This is a story I wrote for Smart Company last year. It made no friends amongst recruiters but their lack of professional practice and ethics means that employers are now creating recruitment departments inside their organisations. They fear that abhorrent practices by some private recruiters are damaging their brands.
As a resume writer, I take great care in creating first class resumes and cover letters. I know how good they are because I used to be a recruiter and I have worked at the most senior levels of journalism. It breaks my heart when clients don't get jobs simply because they were over 45 years of age.
I enjoy writing targeted cover letters in partnership with clients. We have a lot of success with them. Every paragraph is a ‘punchy’ selling point, which goes to the heart of the application. Below is some good advice from Youth Central in Victoria. It’s aimed at young people but much of it also applies to older applicants.
Like their counterparts around the world, South Australia's battlers feel betrayed by the major parties and a reckoning is coming, writes Malcolm King.
I wrote this story for the Sydney Morning Herald. I used to work at RMIT as a senior lecturer in the professional writing programs. I was interested in how far creativity could be pushed in the creation of literature. It doesn't have much to do with resume writing but did you know there are programs out now which can write resume resumes which fool the most seasoned recruiters? The rise of Artificial Intelligence has just begun.
Plenty to like in this article in the SMH about people professional writers to write selection criteria. We don’t. We advise and edit selection criteria but we don’t write them. How can someone write an accurate selection criteria for a structural engineer if they're not an engineer? We write in partnership with clients. In doing so, the final product is more accurate and compelling.
As a professional resume writer working in business services, I know the official unemployment statistics for South Australia hides a bigger problem – massive under employment and people who have dropped out of the workforce. My story which appeared in InDaily in Adelaide, is about them.
I’m a resume writer with a background in organisational systems (weird, I know). This story of mine was published in InDaily. About half of my clients are under 30 years of age and many are heading interstate to look for work. I thought that was worth writing about.
I’d just written my 2000 resume and an increasing number of young people had contacted me about getting out of Adelaide. They wanted work in Sydney and Melbourne. This story which was published in Opinion Online in 2016. It is aimed at the adventurous young people.
I started Republic Resumes up many years ago. Back then, I saw people face-to-face. Now I work fully online as a resume and cover letter writer, focusing on the Adelaide and Canberra job markets. This story originally appeared in Opinion Online but was also rewritten for other media.