Aussie Résumés survey Australian employers and recruitment firms of all sizes – local, national and international companies, Government departments, employment agencies and educational bodies – ensuring we are armed with the correct information needed for your resume / application.
Employers contacted by Aussie Résumés have included (amongst others):
- AC Nielsen
- Adelaide Bank
- Australian Public Service Commission
- Bankers Trust
- Bounty Gold Mine
- Chadwick Personnel
- Department of Human Services
- Department of Public Works and Services
- Mirvac Hotels
- Sony Australia Ltd
- Stamford Hotel
- various shire councils
Here are just a small sampling of some common mistakes as highlighted by employers. It could be costing you an interview!
Forget the section labelled “Career Objective”. Latest survey results were very surprising indeed, revealing that 99% of employers want to see a Profile section in your resume and NOT a career objective! The survey also revealed that your profile (or something similarly named) needs to contain the right mix of information.
Asia Pacific employers prefer (in fact demand) a résumé of 3 to 4 pages in length. If you’re living in Australia and seeking a job in the APAC region, then opt for the Aussie way and not the Yankee way! If you are applying for a position in the US or UK, their market is different to ours and we can assist in this area. Only 2% of our respondents wanted to see 5 or 6 pages (this was for special circumstances), and only 1 respondent wanted to see 1 or 2 pages!
To quote one employer “usually any less than 3-4 pages does not give a clear picture of past experience and skills”.
Graphics & Borders
Unless you’re in a role which requires a great deal of creative flair such as: website designer; graphic artist; photographer; etc – stay away from graphics, photos and fancy fonts, no matter how desperate you are in gaining the hiring manager’s attention! This was one area specifically commented on, time and time again. (This also applies to IT applicants who insert Microsoft logos.)
Enlightening Employer Comments
“In the recently advertised position, we received over 350 resumes. The resumes that were automatically excluded were the ones that had spelling mistakes, unprofessional email addresses, any that had an inappropriate photo attached, anywhere they had used Monster or Seek resume services.”
“Spelling is critical. I often shortlist people who can spell liaison / liaise correctly. Everyone seems to use this word but so many spell it incorrectly. To me it demonstrates an attention to detail. Also, if I receive a resume without a covering letter I don’t even respond to it.”
“Having just received over 500 applications for a part time IT support officer job, addressing the selection criteria in the covering letter was of paramount importance. If I had to wade through each CV to find the details, I was immediately put off.”
“The more professional the résumé the greater appeal to me as the job provider. I generally give each résumé less than 2 minutes of my time. It’s a very short window of opportunity.”
When we asked employers about what bugs them, this was the response from just one employer!
“Plastic folders, career goals, attributes not backed up by proof or specific examples (i.e. loyal, hardworking), spelling and grammatical errors, résumés that are obviously the same from job to job applied for with just the job title changed (or sometimes forgotten to be changed), attached testimonials and certificates (pages of them!), irrelevant personal interests, really long résumés.”
We think that really sums it up!!
As reflected by our employer surveys, it is CRITICAL your resume, cover letter and / or selection criteria contain the correct information. The above is just a small representation of our survey results.
Why would you guess (or include incorrect information) and potentially jeopardise your career prospects?
We’ve done all the legwork to ensure you have the correct information employers demand. Our clients love our resumes but, even more importantly, so does their new employer! Clients typically reduce their time in the job hunt by 50% or more and save potentially thousands in lost income.
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I commissioned Tara to re-write my résumé for me in the “Australian” format, but ended up getting a much more comprehensive professional service from Tara than I signed her up for. This included advice on how to approach the job market through a multi-tier plan, the key aspects of successful interviewing, which types of jobs to focus on etc. Even after I received a number of job offers Tara was kind enough to advise me on which opportunities would suit my skills set better and therefore have a higher probability of long term job satisfaction and career growth for me and my new country of residence.
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If you are looking for that winning edge with your resume, Aussie Resumes should be your first step, in my job I review no less than 30 resumes every two months, and I appreciate resumes that tell me what I want to know in addressing the position that’s been advertised, Aussie Resumes hits the mark – succinctly, to the point and alignment with the position being sought. Antonio
Tara embodies the highest level of professionalism and courtesy that continually strengthens with my ongoing association with Tara.
I have encouraged a number of colleagues and friends to contact Tara to engage her professional service. All personnel directed to Tara from myself have responded to me with an improved response number from job applications and direct short listing to interview process.
Recently Tara upgraded my LinkedIn profile and since my profile upgrade I have received a higher number of contacts regarding opportunities for placements. Wayne
Following her work my profile went from zero for my target role keywords to 1st position and quick contact from recruiters.
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