In some cases, a résumé and covering letter may not be required – particularly when a position is not advertised. To gain exposure in a competitive marketplace you may wish to try other options. For example, a notice on a noticeboard, or an advertisement in your local paper.

Included below are some ideas to help you on your way … the key is to be creative and enhance your personal attributes and work skills in an effective, succinct way. Always bear in mind: you are your own advertisement.

A work wanted ad:

In some papers, such as your community newspaper, you may be able to advertise for free.

“STOP! Your search for an honest, enthusiastic employee is over! With 2 years experience in customer service, I have a passion for treating my customers as the most special person in my life. If you want your customers to feel this way too, please contact me on 03 xxxx xxxx. Your customers will thank you!”

The same marketing principle can be applied to an A5 flier for your local noticeboard(s):

“Receptionist For Sale. Dear Employer, I am a hard-working, honest receptionist who would be an asset to your company. * Exceptional telephonist, command of a 16 line switchboard; * Competent typist, 75wpm with an 85% accuracy rate; * Outstanding organisational skills; * Calm attitude when under pressure; * Excellent communication skills. I am available for immediate employment. Please contact me on (02) xxxx xxxx Alice Citizen, 202 East Parade, Brunswick, 2020”

There are many possibilities! We have more fantastic ideas included in The Aussie Résumé Writer software.