resume 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 Second Interview

Congratulations you’ve made it through to round two of interviews. Now what!?

You had a great first interview, found out more about the role and now you really, really want this job! It can be both daunting and exciting going for your second interview, so how do you nail it and leave a lasting impression?

Preparation is key, do your homework. Find out as much as you can about the company or industry you’re entering into. Check out the company’s press page for the latest company updates. Also have a look at your interviewees LinkedIn page, this is the best way to breeze through a second interview.

Practice makes perfect, get a friend to ask you likely interview questions and practice your answers. Preparing in advance will help calm the nerves and keep you feeling confident throughout the interview process.

You’ll be amazed at how a firm handshake and eye contact can leave a good impression. Small things like standing up to greet your interviewer, remembering their name and thanking them at the end for their time goes a long way.

The second interview is an opportunity to analyse if this role is suited to you. Have some questions ready. Assess and see if you think you’ll like your potential colleagues, managers or the culture? Are there any red flags?

After all, this is an opportunity for potential employer and employee to get insight on what working together would look like.

About the Author –               

Ryan Wilson joined the PKL Melbourne team and manages a permanent desk. Specialising in Contact Centre, Sales and Customer Service based roles. He would be happy to discuss any opportunities with you and is always happy to hear from sales superstars. Contact Ryan directly on ryan.wilson@pkl.com.au or on LinkedIn.

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.