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Creating a Resume

You applied to the dream job, you had all the right skills, but…you didn’t get it. Why? Well it could be your resume (aka your CV).

A resume is really important when it comes to applying for jobs – it presents your skills and experience in a clear and concise way. Well, at least that is what it’s meant to do. If you feel like yours doesn’t quite do that, then here are some tips and resources to help

First, make sure your resume is properly formatted. In other worlds, neatly laid out on the page.

Your resume can have six sections as follows:

1. Resume Header with your contact information. This info should include: your full name, professional title, email address, telephone number, LinkedIn profile, home address

2. Personal Profile: this is about you, your skills and what you hope to bring to the role you’re applying for. (Look at the resources below for examples).

3. Work Experience. List your experience but focus on your achievements in the role. For example: “Published 2000 newspaper articles in one week”. Use action works like “created”, “analysed” “managed” etc. Emphasise the achievements that match the job you’re applying for.

4. Education. List the latest qualification you got, where you got it, and when you graduated. If the last place you graduated from was high school, put the name and location of your high school and underneath the year you graduated. If you are applying with little or no work experience, put education above your work experience.

5. Skills. List any skills you have. Include a really short description. Make sure they are relevant to the job.

6. Additional Information. Here you can have things like volunteer experience, hobbies and interests, projects, freelance work etc

Lastly:
- choose clear fonts,
- have a consistent resume layout
- don’t cram your resume with graphics
- No photos (unless they ask)
- Keep your resume brief and relevant

Take a look at the resources below for some examples, I know you’ve have just read a lot of text and probably just want to see some good old images. .

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Great
reads

Rip the Resume by Torin Ellis
Loaded with real-life examples, self-analysis exercises, and advice from an industry professional this book will help you take complete control of your job search.

The Resume Writing Guide by Lisa McGrimmon
This book will show you, step-by-step, exactly how to create a resume that makes a great impression and gives you more power in the job search process.

Write a Winning Job Application by LLoyd White
Believe it or not, this is Australia's #1 job application book. It got plenty great info and examples that will give you the confidence you need.

Great
Films

The Pursuit of Happyness
A Will Smith classic. A man loses everything, but has to make things work to provide for his child.

Oceans 11
It might not be about finding a job, but it sure is about making your own.

The Intern
Nothing like a role reversal. This time it's Robert De Niro who is the newbie at a massive firm.

Spotify

This playlist will give you the motivation you need start the job hunt.

Podcasts

The CV Confidence Coach
Ever wanted CV advice from a professional? Well this podcast is your chance.

7 Minute Job Interview Podcast
This podcast is packed ob interview tips, resume tips, career advice, linkedin training to college students, recent graduates and young professionals.

Job Seekers Radio
This podcast helps you navigate today's job search. Packed great ideas around building a networking philosophy, tactical execution of ideas, and methods to deal with the emotional roller-coaster of career transition.

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