5 Things Your Resume Is Not.

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5 Things Your Resume Is Not.


I was so delighted to receive another email asking me to add this article below by Arnie Fertig | U.S.News & World Report – Thu, Aug 20, 2015 to our NAILING THAT DREAM JOB IN AUSTRALIA BROCHURE that we produced to assist our Filipino SkillSelect visa applicants for Australia.

Our opening statement in our brochure goes something like this.

“In order to nail that dream job in Australia you need to have an Australian-style resume. Otherwise you will be immediately disregarded by the recruitment agency or employer.

You have to market yourself well. People who work in the recruitment industry say that your resume must attract their attention “in the first 8 seconds”.

This is why potential Filipino migrants bound for Australia should stop and understand that securing a visa grant for Australia under the SkillSelect general migration program is just one in the many steps that they need to prepare for before they physically fly and enjoy a wonderful career and life there.

So, if that is the case lets then see what Arnie Fertig has to say on the subject matter as well and on a personal level, I agree with him completely.

Your resume is not your autobiography. 

It is not the story of your whole life. It is a business document that should not include a picture of yourself or personal information about your marital status, children, sexual identity or age.

Your political leanings and religious beliefs or affiliations should only be included if they are relevant to the particular job for which you seek consideration.

You need not include every job you ever had or everything you ever did or were responsible for at those jobs.

Typically, you don’t need to go back more than 10 to 15 years on a resume and should make a logical cutoff depending on your work history.

While everything you claim on your résumé must be accurate, there is no rule that says it has to be all-inclusive. You can simply state under you earliest listed job: “Details of prior employment history are available upon request.” 

Your resume is not a list of your job descriptions and responsibilities. 

Perhaps the most common resume mistake is making it the record of the things you were supposed to do in your various roles without including how you went about fulfilling those responsibilities or what results you achieved.

Your resume is not about your aspirations. Put simply, employers won’t be impressed to read that they hold the key to the job of your dreams.

On the other hand, they will be impressed when you show them how and why you are the candidate of their dreams.

Employers care about what you have to offer and the value you can contribute to the company you seek to join. That’s why objective statements are “out” and personal branding statements are “in” at the top of well-crafted resumes.

Your resume is not an employment application. 

“What? Of course, it is!” you exclaim. “It’s how I tell an employer that I want to be considered for a job.” You wonder why it isn’t an application.

Many companies will have their own application forms that candidates fill out at or around the time of their first in-person interview.

By signing the document, you often consent to background or other checks and attest that all the information you give about prior employment and anything else on the form is truthful.

You thereby acknowledge that if unfavorable information is revealed, or if the employer discovers that any information you provide is untruthful, you may be immediately excluded from further consideration, or fired if you have already begun to work at the company.

Your résumé may be fairly considered as the grounds for which you seek to be considered. As such, everything you include in it must be entirely accurate. But it doesn’t constitute in and of itself a formal job application document.

Your resume is not a list of your actions. 

A functional resume “focuses on your skills and experience, rather than on your chronological work history,” writes Alison Doyle, job search expert for About.com.

The problem with this kind of format, however, is that it muddles what you did, where you did it and when you did it.

That makes it difficult for decision-makers to determine your overall career development. Moreover, because people who are fighting age discrimination or returning to the workforce after an extended absence often favor this format, it raises a red flag about what you are trying to mask by not giving a simple, straightforward, chronological story.

Your resume is ultimately your unique story of professional experience including challenges, what you did and what you attained. It tells the story of a discrete set of work activities, the skills you’ve attained and the education and credentials that enable you to perform as a valued employee.

When you choose relevant facts to include and weave them together in a way that shows you’re the answer to an employer’s needs, you’ll stimulate interest in what you have to offer. At that point, you’ll most likely get that all-important invitation to begin a dialogue.

Well there you have it.

More insights into what employers are looking for in this day and age and how they verify and perhaps process different types of employee searching activities to find a suitable applicant.

In my next blog I will cover what can possibly ‘ENHANCE your RESUME’, even more.

Until then ‘take control of your life and career’ and take the time to see if Australia is a destination where you would like to live and raise your family up in the future. Start your FREE assessment NOW!

August 19, 2015