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Event Recap: Don’t Be A Pack of Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Career Ready hosted on 7th September ‘Career Options in Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG)’ and were joined by six industry professionals from Coles, Coca Cola Amatil and Six Degrees. Emma, a Career Ready Ambassador went along for the event and shares the insights employers gave on what it’s like to work in FMCG and how to succeed in your career.  Here’s what they had to say:

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What can Tinder teach us about resumes?


First impressions count, a lot. It may be superficial, but we humans form opinions of people and things almost instantly. The impression we form in those first few seconds can influence our opinion long after we have learned more information.

The dating app Tinder is based entirely on this aspect of human psychology. A quick glance at a profile picture and then swipe right on someone’s profile to indicate that you’d like to get to know more about them, or swipe left to pass and move onto the next person.

Reading resumes is similar. Studies have shown that recruiters spend just 6 seconds making a decision about a resume. That’s not enough time to read everything you’ve so carefully written, so a lot of it comes down to visual appeal.

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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:


  • 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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FAQs about Resumes

Which jobs should I include on my resume?

All of your full-time, part-time and casual jobs can be highly relevant to the jobs you apply for when you graduate.

Your employment history shows how you have developed skills, especially generic or ‘soft skills’ like:

  • communication
  • teamwork
  • problem-solving
  • customer service.

Having a history of employment also demonstrates that you are reliable, can work with people, and can manage study and work commitments simultaneously.

I’ve had a lot of similar jobs, how should I present these?

If you have had a number of jobs with similar responsibilities, you could  group them under one sub-heading. For example, if you have had multiple jobs as a waiter, list your job title as ‘Waiter’ and below that list the dates and places where you worked as a waiter with the most recent role first and the least recent position last. Then, list the responsibilities of those waiting jobs as though it was one position.


2009 – 2013

Restaurant 123: May 2013 – December 2013
A List Celebrity Restaurant: September 2011 – April 2013
Two Hatters Restaurant: January 2009 – August 2011

  • worked as a waiter for a number of leading restaurants in Melbourne during my university studies
  • developed a reputation as an outgoing, welcoming, and customer-focussed waiter
  • appointed to fill in for the Maitre’d during her two month absence from Restaurant 123 due to my professionalism and knowledge of the menu, systems and staff.

I’ve had some course related jobs and some non-related casual jobs, how should I organise those?

You can use sub headings to highlight the most relevant information (e.g. ‘Industry Related Employment’ for course-related employment, and an appropriate heading for the other jobs, such as ‘Hospitality experience’ or ‘Casual jobs’).

I have returned to study after having a family and haven’t worked for some time. How do I hide my gaps in employment?

You could structure your resume using a functional format where you focus on describing your skills. Think about the skills you have used and developed away from the paid workforce and list these up-front with examples. Perhaps you have been volunteering at your children’s school, such as assisting in the classroom,  organising excursions or being part of a fundraising committee? Maybe you’ve been involved in the community in other ways, as a volunteer, or contributed to a family business. Highlight that you have returned to study to enhance your skills and to get up to date experience with technology.

Your employment section would list where you’ve worked  and the roles and duties each job involved – position this after the skills section of your resume.

Be sure to highlight your  motivation and commitment to your new career, in  your cover letter and at interviews.


DIY Resume Workshop for final year students and graduates

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Applying for a graduate program or role? Your resume needs to be as excellent as you can make it.

Applying for graduate positions can be highly competitive but it’s not a lottery. You can take action to fine-tune your resume and optimise your chances of getting through to an interview (and beyond).

Our DIY Resume Workshop uses:

• skills that you’ve developed through your time at uni (and other experiences) such as research, writing, responding to requirements for assignments, and working with others

• La Trobe University’s online and on-campus career development resources.

Don’t leave your resume to  the last minute. Give yourself a head-start by setting aside some time to fine-tune it using the following tasks and resources.

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Tune into our MasterClass on Graduate Employment

If you attended our February MasterClass,  you’ll know that this 3 hour session packed in a lot about:

  • graduate programs
  • what graduate recruiters look for in applicants
  • the ins and outs of resumes, interviews, psychometric testing,  ways to research and make yourself known to  potential employers (and much more)

We wanted to make sure there was something for everyone and we also know that the timing of workshops might not work for everyone. Here are some resources for you to draw on based on your particular needs and interests. Continue reading

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