What is a Resume?

This term is often used to describe a work history document provided to employers. However, strictly speaking, Resumes are an abbreviated document in which the key points of knowledge, skills and experience are outlined for an employer. Resumes tend to focus more heavily on achievements and outcomes particularly where these are relevant to the position or job for which an applicant is applying.

When reading Resumes, you will tend to see that regency and relevance are drivers for material included. Common mistakes in preparing a Resume include providing irrelevant work history, training or personal details.

What is a Curriculum Vitae?

Curriculum Vitaes (CV) are a full work history with knowledge, skills and experience dated back to commencement in the workforce. Membership of associations, publications and professional subscriptions are often included in CV’s. Although the style of writing and presentation is not worlds apart, CV’s tend to be lengthier and detailed. Aspects of professional history that are less recent and less relevant to the position sought are often included. This is often true in particular professions where good character is deemed to be of paramount importance. For example, no matter how knowledgeable, skilled and experienced a doctor or lawyer might be, they are often required to demonstrate a lifelong track record of excellence and integrity.

Notwithstanding, CV’s should avoid excessive or complex language and be presented in the most straightforward manner possible.

Your Portfolio

Your Portfolio is a goldmine of information that will open doors to new employment, career opportunities and promotion. Find out how to develop and maintain your Portfolio and to make it work for you. “Best Foot Forward…” shows you how! Remember, the templates are more than free samples. They are highly professional, easy to use and dynamic tools that will grab the attention of prospective employers. These templates can be used over and over again for a range of different jobs and promotion. It doesn’t matter whether you are a school leaver or a Chief Executive, you will find the resources you need when you use “Best Foot Forward…” as your guide.

A Job Hunters’ Guide

School’s out and now you want to get a job, be independent, earn some respect and earn some cold hard cash? There are plenty of bad news stories about job seeking, but you can do a few simple things to improve the odds in your favour.

So Where Do You Start?

You could:

  • What is a Resume?drop by different workplaces and organisations and give employers the chance to eyeball you first-hand. This works for some, but not everyone.
  • look for vacancies in the papers and send in an application. Basic, but important.
  • talk to friends and “friends of friends”. Employers often like to employ someone they feel they know a little bit about (even if indirectly).
  • enquire at places where you have done work experience.
  • visit the local Centrelink or job network offices and check out the vacancy boards.
  • all of the above! (and anything else you can think of).

The Very First Step – Your Resume

Whatever you do you, are going to need to have a Resume to leave with employers, job agencies or to send with a letter of application for any advertised jobs. A Resume is a great “memory jog” to leave with a busy employer, who has plenty of other business in the day to fill their head. You think you don’t have enough experience to make a Resume worth the effort? Think about this – even school may have taught you some useful skills such as;

  • computer skills
  • numeracy and literacy
  • communication skills
  • team work (maybe on school projects)
  • Work experience is a great way to get an idea about how some industries work. What have you learned from work experience?

If you have already had part time jobs that experience is a real bonus. A well-presented resume creates a good impression about your organization, attitude and motivation.

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