Author: Michael Healy (page 2 of 2)

Make a difference with ethical jobs

If you’ve been through the Career Ready resources on “knowing yourself”, you may have started to consider how your values impact your career decisions. We all need to earn a living, but often we fear that it means compromising our ability to contribute to our community or the world at large. A big part of preparing to enter the world of work is to figure out what your priorities are and what you will and won’t compromise on.

A great way to explore values-driven employment is through the website ethicaljobs.com.au, which was set up to provide a place to find “community jobs, environmental jobs, not-for-profit jobs and social enterprise jobs that contribute to a more equitable, more just or more sustainable world”.

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Why listing skills can kill your resume

By now you should know that employers value fundamental employability skills: communication, teamwork, problem solving, organisation, self-management and so on. You know that your resume has to display these skills for you to have a shot at the job, so you put a section like this on your resume:

Skills

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving

Unfortunately, listing skills like this on your resume is entirely pointless and will not impress anyone.

To understand why, watch a minute or two from these three videos.

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Beware the job application self-destruct button

Self destruct

It looks convenient, doesn’t it? A single button on a job search website which will fire off your resume off at the click of a button. It allows you to apply for dozens of jobs in the time it takes to eat your cornflakes in the morning.

But clicking that button is possibly the worst thing you can do for your chances of success. It’s essentially a self-destruct button for job applications.

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3 easy ways to target your resume.

If you want your resume to make the best impression possible, it has to be closely targeted to the job you’re applying for. Start by highlighting the key skills, experience, and other requirements listed on the position description. Then, make sure that your resume shines a spotlight on each of them as much as possible. Continue reading

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