Read more about the article How to Write a Resume in 2022
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How to Write a Resume in 2022

How to write a resume in 2022 And why. By Jacquie Liversidge Each year, the focus becomes more and more on brevity in both written applications and resumes. Watch as requirements slide down from a covering letter to a 600 pitch statement, from 2 page statements for most government roles to one page or less, and requirements for resumes to be vaguely ‘concise’. Writing resumes for 2022 and your success in writing them is going to hinge on your ability to meet the…

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Job Hunting in Omicron

Job hunting during Omicron By Callie Buchwald In the last month, COVID-19’s omicron strain has swept across Australia, having an extraordinarily destabilising effect. After the first two quarters of the 2021/2022 Financial Year saw an increase in job vacancies, the job economy is now predicted to continue a downward trend over the next six weeks. Confusion about job availability and stress regarding employment stability only adds to the overall atmosphere of uncertainty and fear. There is nothing worse for an economy than ambiguity.…

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Semantics of Management versus Leadership

Cutting through the corporate jargon: Management versus Leadership By Callie Buchwald Table of Contents The Problem with Corporate Jargon Understanding and using corporate jargon in our professional lives can be difficult. We are bombarded with similar expressions, repeated with slight variations, or substituted for synonyms. Often the differences between corporate jargon are semantic. It's normal to find them confusing. Human Resources and our employers might encourage us to think outside the box, to utilise best practice, or to represent corporate values. ‘Management’ and…

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Why Resumes Are So Hard To Write

Why resumes are so hard to write And why they won't be getting any easier By Jacquie Liversidge The major challenge faced by job hunters presently is not a scarcity of jobs. In fact, the job market at the present time is not experiencing any shortage of jobs. But it does feel that way. Applicants are applying and not hearing back, and employers are complaining of a skills shortage and low numbers of quality applications for roles across the gamut of industries. The…

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The Job Market for 2022

The Job Market for 2022 Follow the trends. By Jacquie Liversidge Get a quote from us In 2020, we watched as new clients joined our ranks the like of which we would not have seen otherwise. Qantas leaders with 20+ years’ experience. Pilots. Self-employed publicans and resort managers. Trades. We watched as chefs and front of house personnel fled the industry, we helped nurses move from hospitals to COVID-centres and we worked with clients to get transitionary roles with the Australian Taxation Office,…

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Creating a Career Plan

Creating a career plan Why now is the perfect time to develop a plan! By Sophie Whitfield Having a career plan is something we all aspire to have, but maybe not necessarily know how to do or have the time to do. Throughout our schooling lives we are constantly asked what we want to do as a career, and we are expected to have an answer. But what if we don’t? I didn’t – I still remember the confused faces every time I…

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Applying Ikigai To Your Career

Applying Ikigai To Your Career Strike the perfect balance. By Sophie Whitfield Ikigai as a conceptApplying Ikigai to your lifeWhat do you love?What are you good at?What can you be paid for?What does the world need?Revitalise your careerMaking that changeHow many times in the morning have you hit the snooze button when your alarm goes off?Surely, we are all guilty of it – right? But what is the reason?Are you not passionate or motivated to do your current job?Do you dread going to…

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How to Interview Well

How to Interview Well Executive, manager, graduate. It's all about value offered. Nail the interview by changing your mindset. By Jacquie Liversidge Find in this article: What is means to interview well What an interview truly is (hint: partnership) The employer perspective Your perspective Change your perspective A good interview response A bad interview response What defines 'good' in an interview An interview for a role is not merely the employer deciding if they want to hire you over someone else. An interview…

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Your Foreign Sounding Name

Your foreign sounding name And how it affects your job hunt. By Jacquie Liversidge Your resume is fantastic.You have made all the right decisions.Perhaps you have engaged us and we have sent you into the job market with the best material we can produce to win jobs.Your work experience is from overseas, but this doesn’t actually matter so much.Or, at least, for me it wouldn’t. I am Australian, I am white and my name is a regularly used Anglo name.I know that were…

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Read more about the article Discrimination in Hiring Practices
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Discrimination in Hiring Practices

Discrimination in Hiring Practices The Religious Discrimination Bill 2019. It's not law, and it's hurting you already. By Jacquie Liversidge It’s finally happened.I’ve been waiting to see the ways in which the Religious Discrimination Bill will affect potential candidates. Not yet enshrined in law, it has not yet passed through both Houses of the Parliament, and already those seeking to discriminate have jumped on its potential with fervour.Today we received a call with an enquiry pertaining to a very unusual clause in a…

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Applying for Australian Government Jobs – State by State

Applying for Australian state government jobs Tas Gov, VPS, NSW Gov, WA Gov, ACT Gov, QLD Gov, SA Gov and how they differ. By Jacquie Liversidge Applying for Australian Government Jobs - State by State In this article, we'll detail the requirements for each state. Read ahead to your state with the links below if you prefer.TasmaniaVictoria New South WalesAustralian Capital TerritoryQueenslandNorthern TerritoryWestern AustraliaSouth Australia By this point, I’m sure you’re familiar with the STAR approach for selection criteria response. If you’re not, go…

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Change Fatigue and COVID-19

Change fatigue and COVID-19 Why you're sick of the news. By Jacquie Liversidge You’ve stopped watching the news. But to begin with, you were really invested in the federal government updates. And then you weren’t. You’ve stopped checking the coronavirus numbers. You have no idea what you can actually do with today’s restrictions, and you might not care. There’s plenty to do around the house, and it’s going to be left undone. You haven’t done anything for weeks and you need a holiday…

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Read more about the article The Coronavirus and your Confidence
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The Coronavirus and your Confidence

Coronavirus and your confidence In a world where wages equal worth. COVID JOBS By Jacquie Liversidge From a government mandated distance, I just spoke to the woman serving me at the grocery store who explained that she was new to the role at Coles. Congratulations, I said, with real enthusiasm. She explained that she had been looking for a job for months. She got a job in our regional municipality. A job selected for praise by our highest ministers in the last week.How…

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Failing at Engaging Your Audience

Failing at engagement Reunions, networking, relationships. We've all been there.Here's how to avoid it. By Jacquie Liversidge I sit here in this moment reflecting on the overwhelming failure of a 10 year reunion to engage its audience. An audience who all have something in common. In terms of audience engagement for an event, this event should be reasonably straight forward on the surface level to unify its attendees.Who out there dreads networking events? Hands up. My hand is up so far I am typing…

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Demonstrating your worth: Selling yourself in your resume

How to sell yourself in your resume By demonstrating your worth. By Jacquie Liversidge How to really sell yourself in your resume Getting a job is just about putting together a resume that just sells yourself, right? Skills and all that? Not quite. Absolutely fundamental to getting work anywhere is demonstrating your worth to the organisation. Let’s break that down. The business you are applying to is likely just that—a business. Unless it’s a government tribunal or administrative service, the place you are…

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How To Get a Job – 5 things you can do to stand out

How to get a job 5 steps that will help you every time. By Jacquie Liversidge How to get a job in 5 steps (even if your application wasn't very good)For after, or during the submission of your application.Find out how to write your resume and cover letter in these links.What you'll find in here:The OverviewStep 1: Call themStep 2: Give them somethingStep 3: Show that you want to know themStep 4: Follow upStep 5: Drop off a paper copyWhat this demonstratesAn exampleClosingResources…

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Selection criteria is disappearing. Is STAR dead?

Selection Criteria is Disappearing Is STAR (Situation, Task, Approach, Result) dead? And what does that mean for applications now? By Jacquie Liversidge Is selection criteria, and STAR, dead? Over the course of time, selection criteria has changed a great deal.Originally, selection criteria was only used for government and university roles, and generally used to required a whopping one full page per response. Moving with the punches of changing digital job submission trends, an ongoing emphasis on equality in hiring practices and challenges in talent…

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Questions to ask before an interview

Questions to ask before the interview It's not the responses you get. It's all about the questions you ask. By Jacquie Liversidge As I've written about before, the digital age has ushered in a time of job application havoc-- employers face completely irrelevant and generic applications submitted through the likes of SEEK, Indeed and LinkedIn, which allow candidates to upload their application and apply for many roles, often with no effort involved at all.This has the effect of employers very quickly scanning applications,…

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Employment Services VS Recruitment Agencies

By Jacquie Liversidge Employment Services VS Recruitment Agencies For newcomers to the country, or just newcomers to using a third-party for getting work, navigating which provider to use, what they offer and who they service can be difficult.There is a number of important differences between employment services and recruitment agencies in Australia.Firstly, employment services are privatized government funded contracts which can either be not-for-profit business or for-profit.Jobactive is the primary stream, a responsibility of the Minister of Employment administrative by the Department of…

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Why SEEK sucks

Why SEEK kind of sucks And it's the preferred job board for professional roles. By Jacquie Liversidge Most of us have never had to upload a job to SEEK, so most of us get to avoid the frustration that is one of the preferred online job board for employers.SEEK is a little bit narrow in the parameters that you are allowed to work with. So jobs that might actually permit lots of flexibility in location and hours don’t generally tend to list this…

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RESUMES: Dealing with a blow to your confidence

Dealing with a blow to your confidence. We've all been there. By Jacquie Liversidge Aside from all of the other external factors that applicantsfor roles can be affected by, the biggest factor, one which may or may not relate to external factors, is your confidence in applying for roles.Your level of confidence completely dictates how your application will read to employers, because it dictates the way you frame your skills, the skills you feel that you can list, the achievements you can perceive and…

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Things your LinkedIn writer should consider

Things your LinkedIn writer should consider And stay away if they don't. By Jacquie Liversidge Getting your LinkedIn worked on is a bit of a different process to getting your resume worked on. Why the approach is different: Audience: Your LinkedIn is likely public, and accessible to anyone at any time.So unlike your resume, you don't choose who gets to see it and when they see it.Your writer should be asking you what the purpose of your LinkedIn is, what you are hoping to…

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When You Don’t Know What to Put in your Resume

When you don't know what to put in your resume. We've all been there. By Jacquie Liversidge At some point, every single person that has put together a resume has been faced with the same internal question: What Do I Even Say?When you’re staring at the barrel of an empty experience section, some really great questions to start asking yourself are:What is the most important part of my role?This will help to start get the ball rolling. Is supporting your manager the most…

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2-Page Cover Letter Addressing the Statement of Duties

How to write a 2-page cover letter that addresses government requirements The point is to get the point. By Jacquie Liversidge How to write a 2-page cover letter that addresses government requirementsMore and more, there are content length limitations placed on selection criteria responses. This is due to enormous selection criteria responses being submitted for government roles filled with content that is only somewhat relevant.When applicants write their selection criteria, there is a tendency to fill the selection criteria with 'padding', or useless material,…

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Is LinkedIn any good for getting a job?

Is LinkedIn any good for getting a job? That thing that we all hate-- it might actually be a good thing. By Jacquie Liversidge Short answer—it depends.Long and winding answer—yes; all opportunities to bolster your online appearance in the inevitable google search by your prospective employer are very welcome indeed.What LinkedIn offers:Most people I speak to hate LinkedIn. It's a pain.But the great thing about LinkedIn from the perspective of employers is the consistency. Employers don’t need to pore over a range of different…

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Is Hiring a Resume Writer Cheating?

Is hiring a resume writer cheating? Won't the employer notice, or be unhappy? By Jacquie Liversidge Oh, heavens—no.Most politicians have their books ghost-written by copywriters.Most businesses pay marketing professionals to get their products sold.… Think that PM Scott Morrison writes his own speeches? (He doesn’t. Also, someone please fire his speech writer.)When a business makes a decision to hire you on the basis of a resume that has been professionally worked on, they’re also hiring an important decision you have made: you have…

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Why your career doesn’t matter unless…

Why your career doesn't matter unless... By Jacquie Liversidge A nihilistic line to open today’s article up on, but, it’s not all bad news.Whether you are an astronaut, an accountant, a customer service representative, an ICT specialist, a long-term volunteer, a mother, a teacher—you all have something in common:Absolutely nothing you have done will benefit your chances in the job market if you don’t spell it out on your resume.At this stage you might be thinking, “sweet, my most recent and most important…

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Using an online resume generator

Using an online resume generator The good, the bad and the ugly. We tried it so you don't have to. By Jacquie Liversidge There are now hundreds of websites that offer free or cheap visually stunning resume builders and templates which promise to make your resume stand out from the crowd.We went through an online resume generator called Canva, and wrote down some of our thoughts into seven main criticisms:PrintingIndustry targetedPage LengthFuture EditingApplicant Tracking System (ATS) failureImproper sectioningContent limitations PrintingWhilst the templates look incredible,…

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How to Choose a Resume Writer

Choosing a resume writer. What to look for, what makes a good writer, and getting your money's worth. By Jacquie Liversidge And just like that, BOOM: the internet is jam packed full of resume writers.As resume writers ourselves, we are regularly repairing resumes for our clients who have gone through Airtasker, Fiverr and through cheap online providers.Resume writing has become a massive industry for a couple of important reasons:Most resume writers work from home, so do not need to have an office spaceThere…

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Cover letter and resume: How are they different?

Cover letter and resume: How are they different? It seems straight forward, right? By Jacquie Liversidge Aside from the obvious fact that a covering letter addresses the employer and the resume presents an overview, a key difference that people tend to miss in their approach to cover letters and resumes is a difference that has it’s roots in professional writing.When deciding on the primary purpose for business communications, there are only two options that need to be considered; informing, or influencing.Informing means just that. In fact,…

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What sections should you have on a resume?

Choosing the right sections to add to your resume is not as straight forward as it may appear at first glance. Get your message across to employers by including sections specific to your industry by using this approach.

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