job search tips

The Resume

If you just started looking for work again or new to the workforce, you’ll know how important it is to have a resume. These pieces of paper hold everything about your professional experiences. A resume is a summary of your skills and experiences that include; Academic achievements, professional experiences and other industry related information. Don’t worry if you have never worked before! You can include any internships and voluntary work to your resume too! So let’s begin…

So what should I write?

Good question! When writing your resume, it’s important to think about the industry or job you’re applying for! Think about the skills and experiences that are required and highlight these skills in your CV. But, don’t worry if you don’t match every skill in the job description, focus on what you can contribute.

Is it okay to follow a template?

Absolutely! Unless you’re super creative and want to design your own CV from scratch, you can find great resume templates on word or google. Just make sure your resume is in word format, many recruiters require this to be able to forward your CV to potential employers.

What are your thoughts on CV designs?

Keep it simple, it’s much easier to read and go through resumes with a simple (readable) font and layout. We go through hundreds of CV’s and the ones that stand out are the ones that look simple, professional and to the point. No fancy graphics, unless you are going for a design role, of course!

Is a cover letter important?

Not for every role. Cover letters can be important for reception, EA and PA roles, these jobs may require good typing and writing skills and a cover letter is the perfect place to highlight these professional writing skills. You could take the time to type up a professional email with an attached resume to your consultant.

One last thing!

Remember to add your work experiences in chronological order. That means the newest job first to the oldest job last. For example, if your last job was in 2017 it should be the first job we see in the work experience section of your resume. And, if your oldest job was in 2012, that should be the last thing we see. It’s amazing how often we see resumes with dates the other way around. The problem with this is employers may not go through every page of your CV, This means that they could only get to see your very first role. You want to be able to give yourself every chance of success, especially if your CV is one of many!

About The Author – Lauren Stuckey

Lauren Stuckey, Senior Recruitment Consultant, has been with PKL Recruitment since 2009 and currently managing a temporary desk. Having had two maternity breaks between 2013-2015, she would be happy to discuss how PKL Recruitment have worked to build a flexible working relationship to support her successful work and home life. Contact Lauren directly at lauren.stuckey@pkl.com.au or on LinkedIn.

The Active Search

So what are you waiting for?

We get it, it’s hard searching for job after job and attending interview after interview with no results, this can slowly wear you down. Searching for work has to be treated as your full-time job, but it doesn’t have to feel so mundane. There are so many things you can do to enjoy looking for work and finding the right role for you!

Firstly, you need to ask yourself, why am I not getting a call back? It’s good to update your resume and get a friend, family member or recruiter to review your CV and give you some feedback. Also re-assess the roles you’re applying for, do you meet the requirements of the job? Are there any extra skills you need to be able to successfully work in the industry you want? Another option is you could work as a temp while you’re training. Temp work gives you the flexibility to work while you’re looking for your next permanent role or could be a way of gaining the skills you need to break into a new industry.

Make job hunting fun! We are so lucky with technology today, you can job search anywhere! Go to your favourite café, beach or park - anywhere to be honest that makes you feel good. By doing this you’ll not only feel better within yourself but will reduce the stress and pressure about getting a job.

Don’t forget you come first. Keeping a routine of exercise, healthy eating and looking after yourself can keep your mind and body in great shape whilst mentally preparing you for your interviews.

Get out there! Join networking groups or sporting teams, do something that is going to help you move out of your comfort zone and push you to meet the right people. Ask questions about what it takes to get into that dream career, make friends with like-minded people. You just never know who you could meet!

 

About the Author – Lucy Millett

Lucy started with PKL Recruitment in March 2015 as a temporary business support consultant. Her previous profession as a primary school teacher results in a genuine empathetic nature, changing the stigma of ‘recruiters’ in the recruitment industry. Now in 2017, Lucy’s client and candidate network is at its strongest, she is now a senior consultant with an exciting career ahead of her. Contact Lucy directly on lucy.millett@pkl.com.au or on LinkedIn.

Top 3 Tips For Interview Preparation

Once you have been selected for an interview, it can be an exciting and challenging time. It means you have passed the first stage of the recruitment process with a successful CV and cover letter.

Many candidates experience nerves throughout the interview process and there are a few quick tips you can apply to calm the butterflies in your stomach.

1. Research the company

Reviewing the company website and reading company information will help ensure you are properly prepared to answer questions and will also provide a framework for your own questions to the interviewer.

The most credible way to demonstrate your knowledge about a company is to ask meaningful questions about their current business, future goals and business objectives. A quick review of the media section on the company website or LinkedIn page will reveal the organisation’s current priorities.

2. Dress professionally for the role

You only get one chance to make the best impression in your interview. By dressing professionally no matter the cultural norm, you already have the advantage over other candidates. By wearing corporate attire, your interviewer will appreciate the level of pride you take in your appearance. Most companies adhere to specific dress codes, be mindful of this, as your interviewer will be taking this into consideration when hiring new staff.

3. Prepare and practice potential interview questions

There are a number of questions you are likely to be asked in every interview, such as:

  • Why did you apply for this role?
  • What do you know about our company?
  • What experience do you have in our industry?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Although it is important to prepare for these questions, many interviewers will ask behavioural style questions to help them understand you better as a person and observe how you perform under pressure or in different circumstances.

It pays to write a longer list of predictable and less predictable questions you may be asked. Be prepared to give prompt and articulate responses to questions such as:

  • What motivates you?
  • How do you spend your spare time?
  • What is the scariest thing you have ever done?
  • What is your biggest regret?

These questions are designed to side-step the ‘canned responses’ and encourage candidates to speak ‘off-the-cuff’ on a subject that is not directly related to the role. It may seem challenging but it is an increasingly common way for an interviewer to determine which candidates might be the right fit for their team culture.

In summary, research the company, dress professionally for the role, and prepare and practice interviewer questions.

Good luck in your interviews!

About The Author – Shannon Lippert

As PKL Recruitment’s New South Wales Branch Manager, Shannon is responsible for both the Temporary and Permanent Divisions. Since joining the PKL Recruitment team in 2013, Shannon has always lead from the front, guiding and growing the Sydney PKL Recruitment Branch to be one of the most successful recruitment teams in Sydney. Contact Shannon directly on shannon.lippert@pkl.com.au or on LinkedIn.

About PKL Recruitment

PKL Recruitment strives on assisting candidates to succeed in their chosen career. PKL Recruitment specialises in business support and call centre recruitment for part time, temporary or permanent roles. Visit our website for more information on how we can assist you with your interview preparation.

How To Write A Perfect Resume

Position your application for success with a well-written and tailored resume!

Whether you have just graduated or if you are looking to expand your career opportunities, before commencing your job search, it is important you have an up-to-date and high quality resume.

Your resume is the first point of contact for a potential employer. The first impression can influence your success at securing an interview and potentially a new job.

Before writing your resume, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What are my strengths and attributes?
  • What experience (formal and informal) should I prioritise?
  • What are my relevant work-related achievements?
  • What are the key criteria for the roles that interest me?
  • How can I differentiate myself from the other candidates?

To ensure your resume stands out from the crowd, customise the content to match the potential employer and the position. Emphasise the specific skills that the employer is looking for with genuine examples from your education, work and volunteer history.

Here are some final tips from our PKL Recruitment consultants on how to prepare a perfectly tailored resume:

  • Include only relevant details such as:
    • Your name and contact details including phone number and email address
    • Qualifications: title, year of expected completion and education provider
    • Your work experience: in chronological order – starting with your most recent experience
    • Skills and attributes – Highlight the key skills that are compatible with the role and demonstrate how you achieved results
    • Keep your resume to no more than 2 pages. Only include relevant, concise information and avoid long sentences
    • Choose simple format and design such as styles that are professional and easy to read. Avoid fancy fonts, photos and borders
    • Seek feedback, where possible from a trusted associate in a similar role or organisation

A high quality and well-constructed resume is the first step in the employment process. Its role is to demonstrate your appropriateness for the position and to encourage the recruiter to want to meet you.

PKL Recruitment specialises in permanent and temporary recruitment for business administration, office support and call centre jobs. We can help you perfect your resume and secure your ideal job to match your career aspirations.

About the Author
Phoebe Lane is the Founder and Managing Director of PKL Recruitment. Phoebe founded PKL Recruitment in 1995 with a vision of creating meaningful differences to the lives of candidates and clients.

PKL Recruitment is focused on producing high quality placements that benefit both the candidate and the client. Contact Phoebe today via LinkedIn or phoebe@pkl.com.au.