Recruitment - Resume Hints
You need to take the time to read through this - imagine being asked to do so in the advertisement and then not doing - or just brushing through it and not taking the advice - would that be a good idea - the first relationship you need to build is with the recruiter!

The task of the resume is to connect with the employer in such a way that the applicant achieves an interview. This is your one big chance!

Send less applications - better quality is the way to go. Add in your photo - you are supposed to be making a connection - 'include no  photo, is the usual recruitment advice guide lines as to your set up' - no photo then you become 'one of many'!

You need to stand out in a professional way.

  • (don't) send more than one document when emailing your resume
    • this means the reader has to open more than one document - often in a busy office just the 'covering letter' is opened and if there is no immediate 'connection', nothing more happens
  • (don't) send more than four pages - and make sure they are pertinent, adjusted to meet the requirements of the employer - the position
  • (don't) have the first page just as a domicile introduction, leaving huge amounts of white space
  • (don't) just list off loads of statements that anyone (and almost everyone) does - do make your point with illustrations of what you have done
  • include what was once your covering letter into the top of your resume - keep it all together not two floating documents
  • publish a photo -  think about apparel and posture to fit the situation
  • address the main requirements of the position with examples not just platitudes
  • make the translation - you want this, I have done this
  • keep it short and to the point
  • include referees (these are not to be contacted until you give authority but they do help in making the picture)

More often than not, the job advertisement is somewhat misleading
  • lacking in facts
  • overstating facts
  • outdated information used to compile the advertisement
  • open to mis-reading
Sometimes the actual position itself is in flux - the position and the need being somewhat maliable dependent on the various applicants experience, attitudes etc It can be that the position is still being 'discovered'.

To send in a resume without asking first for the job and person description is to sell yourself short. Once you have those documents (if available from the employer - not always available) then you need to
  • read the 'descriptions' carefully and ensure your resume attends to the needs of the description
  • don't 'hope' the reader is skilled, has enough time (or interest) to make the transference of your background into the skill sets required - make that very clear yourself
  • if unsure 'ask'! (you never know, you may get asked into an interview once you start talking - the interview is the goal!
Make sure you access information about the prospective employer - demonstrate that in your application.

If possible, drop off the 'application' to the business. If a recruitment house, see if you can drop off personally - you want an interview so if possible, put yourself there.

Employers are after qualifications and industry experience BUT the main thing employers want is people who
  • are dynamic
  • show initiative
  • can interact with people
  • understand that in a conversation there are more than one person
  • do what they say they are going to do
  • are respectful but not down trodden
people with pizaz - that can be quiet or slightly louder but is about self confidence and knowing in ones self that you are capable - maybe needing some training and more experience and so capable of learning, capable of interacting, capable of empathy and capable of self discipline and organisation!

Re-read your application as if you were sitting in the employers chair - ask someone else to read your application and give you 'real' feedback

Interview tips and,

Some adjusted hints for school leavers

Some things to think about


The resume:


*     The purpose of the resume isto gain an interview

*     So submit fewerapplications, do more research, more translating of your experience and skillsback to the job / person description. Find ways to demonstrate from your lifeto date, the skills / experiences you have; they need not only be workexperience but come from sports, part time work, extra curricular activity etc

*     Add a photo to the resume –appropriate to the type of position - always add referees and give some background to the referee about their position and the relationship between youboth

*        It is better to hand deliver your resume – you may get an interviewwhen you arrive – that is the purpose!


The interview:

*     Make sure you know where togo, the time it takes to get there, who you are seeing, their position – getthere early, take two copies of your resume – one for you and one for theemployer if they haven’t got theirs handy

*     Remember –sometimes theemployer can be distracted, uncertain, unpractised in interviewing, pushed fortime, have no real analyse experience or tool to use to come to a decision –Impressionsare really important – leave them feeling good about themselves – askthem questions – help them talk – ask leading questions Don’t take over butdon’t let their inexperience or own self worth leave you with no chance to sellyourself.

*     Be aware of the timeallotted for the interview – keep it on track – don’t run out of time beforeyou can add your succinct benefits, ideally they are responses to leads givento you – what you can bring to the position / how you work effectively in andwith a team, meet objectives -  are aresponsible person

*     Be aware of the interviewersgender and age – there could be prejudices – be aware of them! The interviewermay be sceptical  of generation ‘Y’, showrespect, ask questions, demonstrate manners, be the perfect son, don’t getimpatient or put off, but don’t complete their expectations of ‘gen Y’as a know it all –want it all right now!

*     Help the interviewertranslate your experience to the position on offer by finding out they keypoints of the job / what has and hasn’t worked before / what internal andexternal customers want from the position

*     Know about the organisationyou are applying to – research and convert – show empathy and interest

*     Don’t be afraid to askquestions about hours and remuneration – demonstrate a business approach –demonstrate through your responses how you can meet standard and extraordinaryrequirements eg after hours /weekends / what is needed to get the job done

The purpose of the interviewis to get the job – that is through standing out – not pushing through – notbeing too full of self, in fact being a bit selfless – the interview needs todemonstrate you as the team member not afraid to earn the right to be teamleader. Nothing about the interview process can be that you would be a handful.

Remember, youare coming from an excellent school, have a solid background and whilst theworld can be your oyster, you still have to earn it. You may be a brightstudent or someone just getting through at the moment – what ever it is, it is.Your future is determined through your behaviour, your attitude, yourcommitment to this process of gaining the right employment.

The first position is importantbut not necessarily defining – at this stage in your life you are likely tochange positions / industries several (if not more) times. Be aware, be carefullook for the positive and negative, use your decision-making tools to analyse,use gut feel but also use process. Don’t be too concerned about what your matesare doing. Your life!

Rex Buckingham


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