No mobile phone or email address?

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Have you never owned a mobile phone or acquired an email address?  Are you a person doggedly resisting the technological age?  In terms of applying for jobs in the 21st century what will this say about you, will it impact on your job search outcome? The answer to that question is almost certainly a resounding yes. If your reputation is such that employers are beating a path to your door, you might get away with it … for the rest of us, it’s an enormous risk.

Do I need my landline number on my Resume …

Do you need your landline phone number on your Resume?  Not usually, unless you live in an area where mobile coverage is poor or non-existent which can occur surprisingly close to major cities.  Including your mobile number on your Resume is critical, as is an appropriate email address.  Where you have poor mobile coverage, it may be worth including both phone numbers on your Resume. Whether it is your landline or mobile number, make sure you have a professional voicemail message on both.

Driver’s Licence on your Resume?

dashboard-1856_640Have you included your driver’s licence on your resume? If not, why not? Is it a case of just forgetting to, or is it thinking that it is not relevant to the job you are applying for?

Even though a reason to include it isn’t obvious and the job advertisement doesn’t state the need for a driver’s licence in the selection criteria; should you include it in your resume anyway?

Yes, is my resounding answer, it is a good idea to include it? Why? My experience is that even though it is not always stated in a job advertisement that a driver’s licence is required, sometimes ‘current driver’s licence’ are keywords entered into an applicant tracking system which is used to read applicant resumes and eliminate those not meeting the job requirements. Check your resume to see if you have included your driver’s licence and if you haven’t, weigh up whether it may be wise to do so.

Some Random Thoughts on Resumes

A resume is not a one size fits all document.

Your resume has one purpose and one purpose only, to gain an interview.

Use your name in the file name of your resume document. Your resume will stand out if you end up on a list.

Have you included your name and mobile number on every page of your resume? Keeps your name in front of the recruiter and will make it easy to put your resume back together if the pages get separated.

Choose a font for your resume carefully. Some companies scan resumes and not all fonts scan well. Keep it simple – arial, verdana or calibri are just a few examples of good, simple, clear fonts.

Do you speak another language? Is that on your resume? Could be to your advantage…..

A photo is a risky strategy and may give an employer an opportunity to discriminate against you.

Is formatting important in your Resume? Absolutely, for presentation, consistency and if you are sending via email………

Don’t put anything in your resume that would allow an employer to discriminate against you, e.g. Date of birth, age, marital status, children or ages of children.

When writing your resume, make sure you spell out uncommon industry specific abbreviations.

Who are you? What are your talents and personality traits? What is your unique contribution in the workplace, what are you the ‘go to’ person for? Does your current resume reflect the answers to these questions?

How to make a recruiter’s job easier, don’t fold your resume.

Do not lie on your resume – ever!

Thoughts on Referees

Do your stated referees know they are your referees? Did you ask them before naming them?

What will your referees say about you? Are you absolutely certain they will say what you think they will say?

Google your name and clean up your social media, employers are using it like a ‘referee’ to check up on you.

Let your referees know the requirements of the job you are applying for, so they can speak of you in those terms.

Email addresses for referees are commonly asked for on application forms, follow through and list them on your resume as well.

When your referee is asked that all important question, ‘would you re-employ (insert your name)’, will he/she answer yes without hesitation? If you have any doubts, re-think your choices.

 

Are you Resume ready?

question-mark-49958_640Online job sites are a great way for jobseekers to find job vacancies, near and far. Companies, businesses, organisations, large and small advertise vacancies on job sites. Some advertisements include closing dates for applications, some don’t.

What isn’t so great is a noticeable trend in advertisers removing their job vacancies before the closing date or within a few days of advertising. When asked why the advertised vacancy has been removed, the usual response is sufficient applications have been received.

In light of this trend, consider your current resume, that’s if you have one. Would you be remotely Resume ready should a job be advertised that you would like?

 

Should I include my secondary education on my resume?

mathematics-80449_640Good question……again there is no definitive answer but listed below are some thoughts and questions to consider in deciding whether to include your secondary education on your resume.

  1. Firstly, remember that a resume has only one purpose and that is to get you an interview, so anything that you include on it needs to promote you in a positive way, anything that paints a negative picture in any way needs to be left out if possible.
  2. So what year level did you go to at secondary school and does the year level achieved create a positive or negative image?
  3. How old are you and how long have you been working?
  4. What industry, sector or profession are you employed in?

When working with clients, I usually start with the question of how old they are and then examine what they do and the length and depth of their work history.  For instance, if you are a teacher, including your secondary education on your resume may benefit your application, particularly if you went to a prestigious school.  On the other hand if you are a forty-five year old tradesman who finished secondary school at the end of year 10, have gone on to complete a mechanical trade and are currently employed in the mining sector; then your secondary education becomes irrelevant.

To tease out the pros and cons, I generally use what I call my under 30 / over 30 rule.  If you are 30 years old or over, have completed further training since you left school and you did not complete VCE, then I leave secondary education off the resume.  If you are under 30 years old and your work history is not so strong, you have not completed further training since leaving school and you did complete VCE, then I include secondary education on the resume.

It is to be noted, that if you are filling out an application form which asks for your secondary education, then you need to complete that section, but it doesn’t automatically follow that you should then include it on your resume.