How Far Back Should Your Employment History Go?

How Far Back Should You Go With Your Resume?

It’s a question I get asked all the time. Nearly everybody that comes through my Resume Writing Service asks the same thing – How many of my jobs should I list on my resume?

You can watch the video above that explains it all or read on and I’ll give you a brief run-down.

Usually 4-5 of your most recent positions BUT there are exceptions to this rule.

Rule 1 – If listing your last 5 jobs takes you back to the 70’s or 80’s – don’t do it. I’m iffy about the 90’s these days as well but sometimes it can’t be avoided.

Rule 2 – If you held a whole bunch of short-term contracts – you might want to take your job history far enough back to show a job you were stable in (provided it wasn’t in the 80’s or 70’s.

Rule 3 – If you previously worked in an industry but for the past 4-5 jobs have been doing something different then absolutely go back far enough to show your experience in the industry. (but see rule 1 first).

Let’s look at some scenarios to clarify the rules:

Example 1: Jane used to work as a Retail Assistant from 1975-1980. Since then she had been working in administration. Jane wants to return to Retail. Should Jane list her retail experience on her resume as it is relevant to the job?

No, Jane should not list her retail job from the 70’s on her resume. Because (a) it shows her age and sadly we have a HUGE problem with age discrimination and (b) being a Retail Assistant in the 70’s is NOTHING like being a Retail Assistant in 2017. No EFT, No Credit Card processing, No Automatic Cash Register etc.

Instead Jane should highlight the customer service experience she gained through her administration roles in her professional profile, achievements and role descriptions to showcase her transferable skills.

Example 2: Joe used to work as a Workplace Health and Safety Officer from 1999-2004. But since then has had (6) jobs as a Sales Rep for the next (6)  but now wants to go back to Workplace Health & Safety. Should Joe list his previous experience on the resume?

Yes, the easiest way for Joe to do this is to add in a career summary that shows his dates, company name and job title for his work history and nothing else AND then write a title ‘Workplace Health & Safety Experience’ on his resume where he elaborates on the Workplace Health & Safety Officer job in great detail. This shows he has a work history and hasn’t been lying on the beach for the last few years while also minimizing the sales experience and focusing on the Workplace Health & Safety role.

 

ACHIEVES RESULTS SELECTION CRITERIA EXAMPLES

 

Don’t know what to write for ‘Achieves Results’ in your selection criteria application? Check out these real life examples:

Office Manager Application  

I achieve results through the continuous review of my progress. I consult with others, coordinate projects, foster relations with my team, meet deadlines, secure stakeholder commitment and use innovative solutions to solve any challenges in order to deliver a measurable result.

For the past 2+ years, I have been employed as the Student Advisor for the University of Kingsthorpe where I provide advice, registration and individualised assistance to international students from admission through graduation. At the start of the 2013 school year, I arranged an Australia Zoo style orientation for the international students which involved a race consisting of various activities (and prizes) to familiarise students with their surroundings in a fun environment. In order to meet deadlines and budget concerns, I needed to carefully evaluate the costs and benefits for each individual challenge and the race as a whole.

After I received feedback that the students wanted the ‘race’ pushed forward one week so that it would not conflict with their university studies, I weighed up the potentials and concerns of the situation to see if this was viable. The advantage of moving the race forward would be increased participation. However, it would also mean re-advertising the ‘race’ and getting the final touches on the competition completed in time, which included sponsorship arrangements.  After consulting with my team, we decided the increased participation from our students (our objective is always to support the student) would be worth the cost to re-advertise and that we could meet this new deadline by making some simple changes to our existing milestones. As a result of this change, we achieved the highest student participation rate since starting the ‘Australia ZOO Challenge’ a few years ago, with positive feedback from the students and staff members alike.

Achieves Results: Marketing Officer Application

I contribute my own expertise in marketing and promotions, including principles and practices to achieve results.  For example one of the key practices of marketing is to build trust with your audience. I have achieved this by creating personal and transparent content which is posted to our employment blog and sent to our customers via email marketing. Specifically a recent post called ‘I Failed At My Career’ based on my personal experience as a teenager resulted in a 34.5% open rate compared to the industry average of 16.1%. I received extensive positive feedback from this post and a number of new clients who stated they had read the post and as a result wanted to work with another human rather than a faceless corporation. With regards to mailing list management I adhere to the marketing principles of building relationships with clients by providing relevant and helpful content. Another recent post “You Want a New Job So Why Aren’t You Doing This One Thing?”’ had an opening rate of 35.7% compared to the industry average of 16.1%.

One of my main responsibilities is to manage the mailing list which includes updating and checking the accuracy of our records. I schedule this to occur weekly on a Friday. I also schedule monthly blog posts and emails to the list; automating the process to send on a set date and time. I use the automation functions of Mail Chimp to create launch sequences for new products which deliver according to a set schedule. As a small business NCRS has a small budget and through the implementation of the blog and email list I was able to reduce this expenditure by 70% demonstrating my ability to work with the budget resources available.

 

How Do I Find My Achievements For A Resume?

As an Employment Consultant one of the most common questions I’m asked is often how to find or write achievements on a resume. Sure we all know achievements are what sells the resume or CV to the Employer but how does one go about pinpointing that these are?

I’ve compiled a ‘Resume Achievement Questionnaire’ to take the guess work out for you. Answer the following questions and your next resume is halfway written all ready.

Ready to get started? Here we go…….

  1. Describe a problem that you recently solved at work. What was the problem? How did you solve it? What was the result?

 

  1. Have you completed any training, tickets or licences not listed on your resume? What were they? How could you use them in this position?

 

  1. Have you ever worked with cash? What amounts were you authorised for? What amounts did you handle? Did you have any added responsibility such as balancing the till, locking the money in the safe etc.?

 

  1. Have you ever worked in customer service? What was your customer feedback like? Did they ever give you gifts, cards or mention you in a positive light to management?

 

  1. Has customer services formed a part of your Key Performance Indicators? What has your score been? Did you meet or exceed these targets? By how much?

 

  1. Have you ever participated in in house training or further professional development? For example: First Aid, Fire Warden Safety or Selling Skills?

 

  1. Have you had anything to do with marketing or advertising? Where were you working? What was your role? Was it successful?

 

  1. Have you ever made a lot of money for a business? Where were you working? How much did you make? How did you do it?

 

  1. Have you ever saved a lot of money for a business? Where did you work? How much did you save? How did you achieve this?

 

  1. Have you ever worked in a place where you had sales targets to meet? Where did you work? How did you meet them? Did you exceed them? By how much?

 

  1. Have you ever given a presentation or sales pitch to a large group? Where did you work? What did you do? In front of how many people?

 

  1. Have you ever implemented a new way of doing things in the workplace? What was the situation? What was the result?

 

  1. Have you ever needed to make a difficult decision? What was the decision? What was the result?

 

  1. Have you ever managed an investment portfolio? How much was it worth? What were your achievements?

 

  1. Have you ever managed a team? Where did you work? How did you manage them? How many people did you manage?

 

  1. Have you ever resolved a dispute? What was the situation? What was the result?

 

  1. Have you ever negotiated a deal with a company? What was the deal? How did this benefit the company?

 

  1. Have you ever had to plan a conference, party or event? For many people? What steps did you take? What was your feedback like?

 

  1. Have you ever had to manage a budget? How much were you responsible for? What steps did you take to ensure that you did not go over budget?

 

  1. Have you ever been featured in the media? Where? What for?

 

  1. Have you ever written a published article? Where? What About? When?

 

  1. What has your feedback been like on performance reviews?

 

  1. Have you won any awards (Team Member of the Month etc.)?

 

  1. What professional memberships do you have and which associations do you belong to?

 

  1. Have you completed any community service or volunteer work? Where? What did you do?

 

  1. Have you ever been rapidly promoted? Where did you work? What was the position? What was the timeframe?

 

  1. What computer programs do you have experience with? What do you use them with?

And Presto! You now have the information you need to work out what your career achievements are and how to find and add these on to your resume:)

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Your career achievements sell your resume. Here is how to find them. 

Real Life Winning Selection Criteria Example

Winning Selection Criteria Example: 

What does selection criteria look like? Take a look at this winning real life example and find out.

******Note that the applicant was required to address the criteria in a cover letter of no more than three pages. Due to formatting, this criteria appears longer than actual size.

******This application was written with a copy of the above questionnaire and Jody’s resume.

 

To whom it may concern,

It is with great interest that I write to present my application for your position as a Finance Officer as advertised. I understand that you are looking for a passionate individual with experience in Accounts Receivable and Payroll.  With 9+ years’ experience in Accounts Receivable and current experience completing weekly Payroll for 70+ staff, I am confident that I have the skills required to be a success in your team. I offer the following:

Demonstrated experience in an Accounts Receivable role or similar

I offer a combination of experience and qualifications, which will allow me to perform the responsibilities of the position such including extensive experience in handling Accounts Receivable. From 2003 until 2012, I was employed as an Accounts Receivable/Accounts Payable Clerk for One Man and Action Results. I generated invoices for our customers which were either mailed or emailed depending on their individual preference. At times, I also needed to follow up with customers who did not pay in line with our credit and payment terms. As part of my role, I was also responsible for recording all sales the business had made, money received for goods and services and the amount still owed at the end of each month. I processed all payments (including cash, cheque and credit card) and tracked our bank statements. I also completed banking and reconciling duties and end of month procedures in line with company protocol.

Demonstrated experience with payroll

I am currently employed as the Payroll Officer for Trade Industries where I perform weekly payroll duties for 70+ staff members. This involves ensuring that wages are designated to the correct costing and that all allowances are paid in line with company procedures. I also run reports for management as required, create and maintain employee files and provide support to our accountant with regards to super contributions and PAYG deductions.

Ability to acquire knowledge of Awards and Collective Agreements in an educational environment

I am confident in my ability to quickly obtain a working knowledge of the awards and collective agreements relevant to the position. At Trade Industries, our staff is eligible for several different awards based on their positions and whether they are classified as ‘inside’ or ‘outside’ staff. We also operate under a number of different legal agreements in regards to allowances, job classifications, overtime etc.  We operate under several different agreements based on individual staff members in regards to holiday pay and sick leave entitlements. The most difficult part of my current position is that every individual is on a different pay rate and has different entitlements depending on what was negotiated with management at the start of their contract. Since I have successfully managed to research and record this information for every staff member, I am certain that I will quickly and accurately be able to form an understanding of your awards and collective agreements and how they relate to an educational environment.

Capacity to work with a broad range of individuals

My ability to work with a broad range of individuals is demonstrated through my previous employment as a Customer Service Attendant for the CMR Bank where I consistently exceeded all set targets in relation to my ability to build rapport with clients and refer clients to specialised services. Customer service has also been a key competent of role at Action Results where I have responded to customer enquiries regarding our services, resolved disputes and was frequently complimented by management and customers for my ability to exceed customer service expectations. I was awarded ‘Team Member of the Month’ on numerous occasions throughout my employment.

I’m able to work cooperatively in a team environment as demonstrated through my employment at Action where I worked as part of a team of five permanent staff. In this position, I was responsible for prioritising and delegating the workload to each staff member and ensuring that these jobs had been completed by the close of business. We also held regular team meetings where I actively contributed my ideas. I developed relationships with all internal and external stakeholders through simple measures such as displaying common courtesy, remembering birthdays and complimenting others on a job well done. I have also always displayed personal attributes of trust, fairness, empathy and understanding which I believe are key to building functional interpersonal relationships with others.

Ability to work under pressure, to meet timeframes and to plan and organise workload

I remain calm when under pressure despite tight deadlines and numerous issues with our internet access at Trade Industries. Since Trade Industries is made up of a large casual workforce, I rely on timesheets to know each worker’s hours for the week. However, as the staff members are frequently working in ‘the outback’, these timesheets are late coming through causing a considerable backlog in work. I have implemented a number of procedures to combat this issue such as a spreadsheet marking off the timesheets as they come through. I can forward this spreadsheet to each supervisor to follow up on who still needs to submit timesheets in order to get them through in time for payroll. As my hours of work as flexible, I also rearrange my schedule so that I can work longer  on the busy days (Tuesday, Wednesday) and fewer hours on the quiet days (Thursday, Friday).

Well-developed computer skills in the area of computerised accounting systems, spread sheets and other associated computer software

With regards to computer skills, I am proficient in the MS Office Suite, including Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint and Outlook. I also have experience with accounting software such as QuickBooks and MYOB.  I am familiar with a number of internal computer systems such as Ostendo. I can operate all office equipment including scanners, printers and faxes and can troubleshoot basic issues (paper jams, internet access) with limited supervision. I’ve used Word to write reports, draft memos, type procedures and draft correspondence. Excel is used in my current employment to track timesheets and was used for customer data entry in my previous role at Action. I’ve used Publisher to create marketing material for Action and Power Point to formulate presentations for management. I used MYOB to perform Accounts Receivable/Payable operations for Trade Industries and Quick Books for the same tasks during my employment at Action. Currently I use Ostendo to perform payroll operations for Trade Industries.  I also undertook training in MYOB and MS Excel when I identified that I would like to strengthen these skills.

Commitment to continuous improvement strategies

My commitment to continuous improvement is demonstrated through the further professional development I have undertaken to broaden my existing administration skills such as training in MS Excel and MYOB and a Certificate IV in Office Administration through TAFE. I was also responsible for the innovation and implementation of all office procedures at Action Results. This was a business that was started from scratch with no existing procedures in place. I utilized what I had learned from One Man (same industry), made improvements and implemented these procedures at Action. This resulted in streamlined and quality office procedures that were user friendly with minimum paperwork requirements.

During the Global Financial Crisis, I implemented a direct marketing campaign at Action in order to attract more customers. I identified a number of targets according to their occupation, drafted a leaflet advertising our specials and compiled a specific mailing list to our targeted audience which resulted in new business for our organisation and improved our financial performance.

Demonstrated experience working within schools or the educational sector.

I offer the experience of having volunteered at KTown State School in numerous capacities relevant to your role. For example, I spent (5) years teaching Religious Education to students in grades 1-3 on a part time volunteer basis and spent another (3) years on the Parents and Citizens Committee, including the position of Treasurer for the organisation. This position involved fundraising, event planning and working with teachers and administration staff to make KTown State School the best place for educating young students.  I also volunteered with the Japanese Home Stay Student Program for (2) years which included supervising students on excursions and teaching primary aged Japanese students about Australian Culture.

I possess the skills and knowledge required to succeed with both my own and educational objectives. I welcome the chance to discuss my application with you in person, and I appreciate your consideration and look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

This selection criteria example beat an application process of 96 applicants to be one of (4) interviewed. 

Three Hacks To Change Your Career In 2017

3 Hacks To Change Your Career In 2017

It’s that time of year. The time of year where everyone is looking to change their careers. Administration Officers want to become Real Estate Representatives, Truck Drivers want to become Fire Fighters and almost everyone is looking for a change.

In a tight job market, it can be difficult to get your foot in the door, especially when you don’t have the experience. For that reason, I’ve compiled a list of the (4) things, you need to stand out in the crowd.

It’s a (4) step process which I will detail below. The steps are:

  • Participate in Short Courses, Workshops or Formal Training in the field
  • Clock up volunteer hours within the field
  • Rewrite your resume to highlight the skills, professional development and volunteer work
  • Use the back-door to access new jobs

When I decided, I wanted to work in the Youth Employment sector I had zero experience with youth or employment. I did a night class at the Adult Learning Centre on basic counselling skills. It wasn’t a formal class but I did highlight it on my resume to show the employer I was committed to my career path (I added it to my resume after my first class and listed the study as current).

Following this I volunteered (1) day per week with a community outreach centre in the area. I wrote my resume mentioning this the day of my first shift so you don’t have to work there forever – as soon as your first shift is complete, you are officially a volunteer.

After this I wrote a resume and listed this information on the first page – along with the key skills I had through the course. Finally, I posted an expression of interest to all the community agencies I wanted to work for. It didn’t take long before DSDS accepted and created a new job just for me.

 

Step One: Professional Development – Let’s say that Sally is an Administration Officer who wants to work as a Youth Worker.  The first step for Sally to take is to gain qualifications in this area. If Sally has the money and the time, she can do an online TAFE course or similar. If Sally doesn’t have the money or the time – her next step is to look at the online learning platforms that offer free, short (non-accredited) courses. Udemy is my favourite. Some of the courses are free and the ones that are paid can usually be picked up for $10 or so.  For the sake of our example let’s pretend Sally completed the following short courses  or workshops:

  • Creating Youth Friendly Environments
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Creating Employment Outcomes for Youth

You could be forgiven for thinking an unaccredited course isn’t worth the paper your certificate is printed on and in many ways that is true. But….. when it comes to writing your resume in the next step, the more short courses you can list related to the area the better.

 

Step Two: Volunteer

The next step is to gain work experience in the industry you are interested in. For example, Sally would look at community agencies. Since most of these agencies need volunteers, she should find it very easy to find a placement. It gets a bit trickier if your focus isn’t in community services. You can always type Volunteer and your city into Google and see what they offer but if you can’t find anything related to your field – you need to approach some employers about work experience. One of my clients secured work experience with a major wedding planner using this approach which resulted in a paid role as an Event Manager based on that experience.

 

Step 3 – Resume:

Once you have your official qualifications or informal short courses, it’s time to put together your resume. In Sally’s case the front page needs to look like a Youth Worker resume. If the employer looks at the first page and see’s Administration Officer, that’s as far as she is going to read.  The (3) main areas on the resume that you need to focus on when switching careers is ‘Professional Profile’, ‘Key Skills’ and ‘Qualifications’. You want all these listed on the front page (along with any volunteer or work experience relevant to the role). In Sally’s case the professional profile should read something like this and be at the top of the page:

‘Dynamic Individual with a passion for enriching the lives of disadvantaged youth through access to training, employment and education options. Offers a strong knowledge of creating youth friendly environments, mental health issues and in creating employment outcomes for youth. Committed to results with a track record of achievement throughout career’.

The next step is to list the key skills Sally has which could be an asset to Youth Work. For example her list may look something like this:

  • Able to write structured assessments and reports including referrals to community agencies.
  • Strong understanding of mental illness and addiction.
  • Able to empower youth to promote positive choices.

Next comes your formal qualifications that you updated in step 1.  If you took the short courses option instead, instead of listing the courses under qualifications. Put this under the heading of ‘Professional Development’ instead.

The next section of your resume should include the work placement or volunteer work you completed in Step 2. Use the title ‘Work Experience’ and add in the name of the place you volunteered with and what you did there.

Now that your resume is sorted – it’s time to move onto our final step: Cold Calling

 

Step Four: Cold Calling

It’s hard to compete for an advertised position with 300+ other applicants. There will always be people with more experience. If you aren’t sending a letter expressing your desire to work within the industry to every business within the industry in your region – your job search will take a lot longer. Print out multiple copies of your resume and your cover letter and send them out. Make sure you use snail mail. Email is too easy to delete and never gets to the right person anyway. Snail mail is so rare it pretty much guarantees that your letter will get looked at. I’ve lost count of the times my clients have secured their dream job using this approach. Usually once they have finally realised that the traditional approach isn’t working for them.

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Final Note:

To recap: When changing jobs to a new industry or field there are (4) steps that guarantee your success.

  • Update your professional development
  • Gain some industry experience through volunteering or work experience
  • Write a resume that highlights the skills you have related to the position
  • Use the back-door approach – snail mail your expression of interest to all the prospective employers in your area.

Good luck and if you need any further assistance – get in touch. I write resumes that get results and I’d love to write yours as well.

9 Things To Do To Catapult Your Career In 2017

9 Things To Do In 2017 To Catapult Your Career

New Year, New Career. I’ll keep it simple today. Here are the 9 things you must do in 2017 to get the job you want.

 

Refresh Your Resume: The job search market is only getting more competitive. It doesn’t matter how qualified you are for the job – if the employer has an issue with your resume, you will never get the chance to prove how brilliant you are. Get a friend to critically review your resume and if they think it needs work – pay to have it professionally written.

 

Use Cold Calling: The job market is full of lazy job-seekers at the moment. Everybody is content to use large search engines such as seek.com but it’s creating massive competition and screwing your chances of securing your position. Employers can be lazy as well which is why if you have mailed them your resume before they even know they have a job and you meet their requirements, they won’t bother advertising the position. I’ve lost count of the amount of times this happens.

 

Update Your Professional Development: I always recommend taking a minimum of (1) new course or workshop every year in an area related to your field. It keeps your knowledge fresh but it also shows on paper your commitment to your own learning and helps keep the resume look current and up to date.

 

Start A Career File: everyone should have a career file stored on their computer or even written in a notepad that they keep in their filing cabinet. On it you should be writing down every new software system you use, course you take, scores from customer feedback forms, copies of customer feedback, performance reports, awards, achievements, performance indicator scores etc. When it’s time to write your next resume, this information is the gold dust that sells your resume to the employer. It’s amazing how much you can forget in such a short period of time.

 

Career Coaching: It’s hard to see your own blind-spots so having someone that can point them out, give professional advice and help you to map out a step by step process to get to where you really want to be can be a god-send. Can’t spring for professional coaching? Try using one of the free career tests online. My favourite at the moment is Gopher. It will help you work out what your strengths are and compile a report of the occupations best suited to you.

 

Negotiate for A Higher Salary: This is something you want to do every year, and yet another reason to keep the career file up to date. This way you have evidence to demonstrate your worth to the employer. The best site to get assistance with the negotiation process is ‘I Will Teach You To Be Rich’ ( http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/). Ramit has some great tips and worksheets to get you through the negotiation process.

 

Use EFT to Release Old Fears: I’m a recent convert to the ‘Emotional Freedom Technique’. If you are not familiar with it, it uses a simple tapping process to release fears and to assist you basically move forward faster with your life. Check out Brad Yates on YouTube. I do his productivity videos every morning before I start work, but he has videos on every subject you could ever need.

 

Read Up: I recommend a goal of (5) career related books per year. For example, you might read a book on interview tips, one on identifying your ideal career and another on negotiation in the work-place. Bonus points if you take notes and take steps to implement what you have learnt.

 

Interview Coaching: If you find that the interview process is where your job search goes south, it’s an excellent time to get some tips from a professional. An interview coach can help you identify your key selling points and how to incorporate these into the conversation.

 

Thanks for reading. Now go catapult your career in 2017:)

Get The Job Challenge: Make Sure Your Job Is The Right One For You

Make sure the job is right for you.

Make sure the job is right for you.

Challenge 2- Make Sure Your Job Is Right For You

First up, you should know that the start of this challenge is going to cover multiple career assessment techniques. This is because it is so important to love you job. I mean, you spend the majority of your life there – so make sure you like going!

In the old days, it was said that a job is a job and to some extent that is the truth. If you don’t have a job, anything that can put food on the table is a priority. But – once you have your basic needs met, it’s time to start upgrading to a job you actually like.

Skimp on the following challenge at your own risk!

Your challenge is to answer the following questions to help you identify the right job for you. This is not a career personality test (but we will cover that in a later challenge). This is a challenge to identify what a workplace has to have to make it a job you love.

Do not cheat. Yep, we are always tempted to say ‘yes’ because we have our hearts set on something, but be honest or regret it later.

Pull out a pen and paper and let’s go:

  • Is travel important to you? Domestic or International? Local or Interstate?
  • Do you need flexibility to cater for small children, pets, ill relatives?
  • How many holidays do you need every year?
  • Is routine important to you, or do you thrive on shift work?
  • What is the minimum amount of money you need to make?
  • What amount of money do you want to make?
  • Is a fly In/fly out role suitable? Can you work away from home?
  • How long can you work away from home for?
  • Do you need weekends off?
  • Can you work night shift?
  • Are you able to handle being on call? (Note: Usually this means you can’t be over the legal drinking limit for the whole time you are on call, so if you like to get tipsy every weekend, this is probably going to make you tear your hair out.)
  • Can you start work at short notice, or do you need set hours?
  • Do you need sick leave and all the benefits that come with full time?
  • Do you like working with people?
  • Can you handle working with small children?
  • Do loud noises bug you?
  • Are you okay with wearing a uniform?
  • Are you cool with being supervised by others?
  • Do you need to be the boss?
  • Do you prefer to work alone or with a team?
  • Do you prefer to work with large or small teams?
  • Do you prefer to work indoors or outdoors?
  • Do you mind getting dirty?
  • Do you need constant stimulation, or do you prefer routine?
  • Are you good with numbers?
  • Does reading give you a headache?
  • Are you cool with having conditions attached to your private life? For example, in some occupations it would be considered inappropriate to be seen dancing naked on a table on a Friday night, in others no one would bat an eyelid.
  • Can you pass a drug or alcohol test?

To really get the maximum benefit out of the above exercise, I need you to keep this in a safe place, and every time you go to apply for a job, check it against the advertisement to ensure it matches your requirements.

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Communicates With Influence Selection Criteria Examples

My guess is that you need some help to find out what you should write to address selection criteria relating to ‘communicates with influence’. Some times the selection criteria is called something else like ‘interpersonal skills’ or ‘high level of verbal and written communication skills’ but for most part it means the same thing. 

 

To help I’ve compiled a quick list of example selection criteria relating to the communication topic pretty much every application wants you to address.

Here are your selection criteria examples:

 

Selection Criteria Example: Communicates with Influence (Office Manager Application)

I communicate with influence and present information in a clear and concise manner. I also offer demonstrated experience in networking and communicating with external bodies. For example prior to NCRS I worked in Child Protection where I frequently networked and negotiated between Foster Carers and the Department of Communities (DOCS). Child Protection matters can be highly charged and sensitive so it was vital that I approached all negotiation from a neutral perspective based on facts and evidence.  In this role I was also responsible for conducting Foster Carer Assessments to determine the suitability of potential carers which required a comprehensive assessment report to be completed and forwarded to DOCS. It was vital that the report contained all information prevalent to the assessment no matter how small as this evidence could be used in court in the event of a future incident.

In my current role I write clear and concise advertising for Google Adwords Campaigns. With an Adwords Campaign I only have three lines to meet a number of objectives. As the company only pays when someone clicks on the advertisement it is vital that the text discourages individuals who are not the right fit for the service. For example I include the price so people with a limited budget don’t click on it. I also include the fact the NCRS only does phone or email appointments so that clients looking for a face to face consult also avoid clicking on the advertisement. At the same time I need to ensure the text invites out ideal clients to visit our sales page by including the terms they are searching for such as “professional resume service” and any specials or promotions.

 

Selection Criteria Example: Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills (IT Team Leader Application)

My interpersonal skills are demonstrated through my position as Team Leader. I lead a team of four staff members, sometimes in high pressure and tense environments. I also work with both technical and non-technical stakeholders on cross function projects and via remote communication such as email, phone, instant messenger and video conferencing.

Reporting to Senior Management, I produce ad hoc reports, including progress reports for management, technical data reports and analysis and coverage reports. I also write technical papers, respond to email enquiries, write content for the internet, deliver presentations, chair the Change Advisory Board, conduct team meetings and run meetings according to specific projects. I have presented to audiences of 40+ participants and conducted workshops and training for groups of 12.

 

Selection Criteria Example: Communicates with Influence (Team Leader Application)

I have the ability to communicate with influence, including well developed oral and written communication skills. For example, I had a customer who presented in an aggressive and stressed state. The customer stated that he had been “terminated” by his employer and that he required emergency income assistance in order to feed his family. When I contacted the employer to confirm the customer’s testimonial, the employer stated that the customer had not been terminated but had instead refused to come to work. This information meant that the customer had breached his participation requirements and could face an 8 week non-payment period.  After listening to the customer and taking his individual circumstances into account (which were quite extreme), I was able to make a decision in favour of the customer and arrange for an urgent emergency payment through our service centre so that the customer could buy food to feed himself and his family.

I respond to emails from other staff members, process claims, read forms to confirm that clients have completed the paperwork correctly and study legislation and payment types to ensure that I am providing customers with the correct information. When it comes to written communication skills I apply basic organisation and structure to my communication to ensure that it is clear and easy to read. I avoid jargon and ensure I understand the issue that is being addressed.

I apply the same skills to verbal communication. I communicate with customers via the telephone and I liaise with other staff members and external agencies through email or in person. I acknowledge any differences of opinion, negotiate, use analogies to explain concepts, utilise logic and explain technical terms to people with no technical background. I actively put forward my views demonstrated by speaking up on a regular basis at team meetings.

 

Selection Criteria Examples – Achieves Results

Ok, so my guess is that you are reading this because you need to write selection criteria and you have no idea how to address the criteria for the topic – achieves results. To help you, I’ve listed three selection criteria examples that directly relate to the ‘achieves results’ question.

 

Selection Criteria Example – Achieves Results: (Office Manager Application)         

I achieve results through the continuous review of my progress. I consult with others, coordinate projects, foster relations with my team, meet deadlines, secure stakeholder commitment and use innovative solutions to solve any challenges in order to deliver a measurable result.

For the past 2+ years, I have been employed as the Student Advisor for the University of Kingsthorpe where I provide advice, registration and individualised assistance to international students from admission through graduation. At the start of the 2013 school year, I arranged an Australia Zoo style orientation for the international students which involved a race consisting of various activities (and prizes) to familiarise students with their surroundings in a fun environment. In order to meet deadlines and budget concerns, I needed to carefully evaluate the costs and benefits for each individual challenge and the race as a whole.

After I received feedback that the students wanted the ‘race’ pushed forward one week so that it would not conflict with their university studies, I weighed up the potentials and concerns of the situation to see if this was viable. The advantage of moving the race forward would be increased participation. However, it would also mean re-advertising the ‘race’ and getting the final touches on the competition completed in time, which included sponsorship arrangements.  After consulting with my team, we decided the increased participation from our students (our objective is always to support the student) would be worth the cost to re-advertise and that we could meet this new deadline by making some simple changes to our existing milestones. As a result of this change, we achieved the highest student participation rate since starting the ‘Australia ZOO Challenge’ a few years ago, with positive feedback from the students and staff members alike.

 

Selection Criteria Example  – Achieves Results: Marketing Officer Application

I contribute my own expertise in marketing and promotions, including principles and practices to achieve results.  For example one of the key practices of marketing is to build trust with your audience. I have achieved this by creating personal and transparent content which is posted to our employment blog and sent to our customers via email marketing. Specifically a recent post called ‘I Failed At My Career’ based on my personal experience as a teenager resulted in a 34.5% open rate compared to the industry average of 16.1%. I received extensive positive feedback from this post and a number of new clients who stated they had read the post and as a result wanted to work with another human rather than a faceless corporation. With regards to mailing list management I adhere to the marketing principles of building relationships with clients by providing relevant and helpful content. Another recent post “You Want a New Job So Why Aren’t You Doing This One Thing?”’ had an opening rate of 35.7% compared to the industry average of 16.1%.

One of my main responsibilities is to manage the mailing list which includes updating and checking the accuracy of our records. I schedule this to occur weekly on a Friday. I also schedule monthly blog posts and emails to the list; automating the process to send on a set date and time. I use the automation functions of Mail Chimp to create launch sequences for new products which deliver according to a set schedule. As a small business NCRS has a small budget and through the implementation of the blog and email list I was able to reduce this expenditure by 70% demonstrating my ability to work with the budget resources available.

 

Selection Criteria Example – Achieves Results (Project Manager Application)

I have the ability to achieve results which has resulted in positive feedback from all my employers and a number of key stakeholders.  I have been praised for my ability to coordinate the delivery of projects and for my commitment to undertake additional activities. Senior management has stated that I am “dependable” and “responsible” with “the ability to deliver results in shorter timeframes than anticipated”.  I am able to meet project terms and exceed expectations on the work that I deliver. I am the recipient of a number of awards that demonstrate my ability to achieve results. For example, I have received a number of “Excellence” and “Project Delivery Awards” through my current employment at Custom Carriers and I am also a recipient of the “Clear Thinker” award and a “Compliance” award for achieving best practices.

Some of the results that I have achieved over my six years of employment with Custom Carriers include my vender management style which in one example reduced vender costs from $10,000 to $1,500. I have also reduced the call costs of Senior Management by enabling them to use Wifi to make interstate and international calls or leveraging back to an Australian Provider when overseas. I removed a 27 second call wait time by noticing that the privacy policy was repeated and therefore eliminated it. This was from a department that received over 10M calls per annum.

An example of my ability to achieve results was my recent management of the BAA Project. I was required to design how call transfers were processed from one call to the next, based on the customer requirements of a 1300 number. I needed to meet a number of objectives such as matching the transferred call to the best possible person, putting in contingency plans for emergencies and public holidays and matching databases to calls.  The project also required that clients be transferred in the quickest possible time. In order to do this, I first gathered the system requirements and researched the option coding and self-serve options. I also completed a “position matrix” for call responses. After I had developed the design, I had a “walkthrough” meeting with the key stakeholders to explain the technology, how it worked, what it would look like, what the result would be and how much it would cost. I also conducted individual meetings for the stakeholders who had additional questions or who were unsure of the technology involved. During these meetings, I further explained how the system would operate. After this project was signed approved, I completed all the coding and testing before putting the project into production. The end result was reduced holding times for customers, a better transfer rate and a contingency plan that worked.

80 Things You Can Do Right Now To Find The Job Of Your Dreams

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80 Things You Can Do Today To Find the Job of Your Dreams

 

When people want to find their dream job they jump online, search for the job they want and submit their resume for the position along with everyone else who is doing exactly the same thing. This can work, but here are 84 things you should also use when you start to look for the job of your dreams.

Please note some of these ideas are extreme job search ideas so proceed with caution and keep an open mind. Want good job search karma coming your way? Pay it forward by sharing this article using the social media icons.

 

Improve the content on your resume – As a resume writer I see a lot of customers focus on design instead of content. You need to start adding achievements to your resume because this is what sells your resume to the employer. You can download a free resume questionnaire that will help you pinpoint your achievements here.

 

Upgrade to a designer resume – Once you have the content perfect, it’s time to work on the design. If you aren’t comfortable doing this yourself you can purchase a ‘designer resume’. I particularly love the ones LOFT offers. They are AMAZING and you can get one for less than $100. You can see some of their designs here.

 

 

Improve you cover letter – Most cover letters are boring as bat shit to read. While it’s true only about 50% of employers actually bother to read them, you stand a better chance of getting noticed if you take the extra time to send a job specific one, rather than a generic puff piece.

 

Write a job search schedule and stick to it – I talk to a lot of people trying to find a new job. The thing is 80% of job seekers don’t treat finding a job as a job. If you are unemployed and looking for work, you need to be applying for positions from 9-5, Monday to Friday. Even if you are already employed you need to set a schedule of say one hour per day from 5-6pm to focus on your job search efforts.

 

 

Send out cold calling letters – This is so effective, yet very few people do it. Your competition on job seeker websites is fierce with over 150+ applicants for one position. One way around it is to set a goal of say 20 organisations a week and send them a letter and your resume. Your letter should make it clear that you really want to work there should a position become available. (Do not use email, I have split tested this and it is only really effective if you use traditional snail mail)

 

Make some cold calling phone calls – Just like writing a letter, this is when you give prospective employers a call and ask if they have any potential positions available. I find letter writing is more effective but this approach can still work provided that you can handle being told ‘no’ multiple times in an hour.

 

 

Go see the people you want to work with in person – This is my favourite approach for anyone looking for work in retail or hospitality. It is hands down the most effective job search method out there for kitchen, waiting and bar positions. Simply print off multiple copies of your resume and hit the pavement handing them out.

 

Get a LinkedIn Profile – LinkedIn is becoming more popular by the day. The biggest mistake I see is people don’t use a profile picture or don’t put any effort into their profile. Make sure you treat your profile like a resume and include all your achievements.  If you are going to do LinkedIn make sure you do it properly or it’s a complete waste of time.

 

 

Get endorsements on LinkedIn – LinkedIn give you the opportunity to endorse people for skills you know they have. It also gives users the opportunity to endorse you. If you haven’t already start endorsing your contacts for their skills so they return the favor – make sure you only endorse them for skills you know they have.

 

Post that you need a new job to Facebook – You can always post a status update letting your contacts know the sort of work you are looking for and asking if they know anyone. Of course, only do this if you don’t mind your current employer finding out about it. If you don’t want to post a status, try sending everyone a personal message instead.

 

 

Tweet that you need a new job – You can use a similar approach with Twitter (again, only if you don’t mind your current employer finding out about it). Tweet the sort of position you are looking or and ask anyone that might have a contact to tweet you back.

 

Send an email to all your contacts letting them know you want a new job – Building on social media, you can also send a person email to all your contacts asking them to forward your email to anyone that may be interested. Again be careful with this one if you don’t want your employer finding out.

 

 

Personally call your contacts and let them know you want a new job – Another approach is to personally call your contacts, let them know what you offer and what you want and ask if they have any contacts that may help.

 

Apply for jobs in the paper – Of course, there is also the traditional job search way of finding a job out of the paper. Most of you will already be doing this but if you haven’t started – now is a good time to get started.

 

 

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Apply for jobs on websites – If you haven’t already, make sure you check out job search websites such as Seek. The competition can be fierce but if you have a resume and cover letter ready to go, you can apply with the click of a button.

 

 

Sign up for a recruitment company – Get in touch with your local recruiters and introduce yourself. They usually make you fill out some forms and give you a quick interview so they have you on file if a suitable job turns up.

 

Get some interview coaching – There is always room for improvement and if you find yourself getting interviews but not getting the job, it’s a sign you might need some help. An interview coach can help and a quick Google search of your area will point you in the right direction.

 

 

Get professional written selection criteria– Most government positions require you to address some kind of criteria as part of your application. If you don’t have experience in this area and you find your application is getting overlooked it may be time to get some professional assistance.

 

Update your professional development – You don’t need accredited training to be able to list it under your professional development section on your resume. There some really great online training options available to help you update your skills in any area. Take some free courses through Udemy or Allison and add this to your professional development resume section.

 

 

Take a career test – Achievements sell resumes and one of the best things you can use to demonstrate your achievements is some kind of evidence to back up your claims. Do some career testing in your area of expertise and use the results to sell your resume.  Career tests also have the added bonus of helping you prepare for positions that will want to test you before you start. Try one here.

 

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Get publicity in the paper – If you have an angle, the local paper may interview you for a story. Examples of angles include “I have 3 degrees and can’t get a job at McDonalds” or “I’ve submitted 5000 applications and still can’t get a job”.

 

See if you can get extra media attention – You may also be able to get media attention on the local news or current affair program using the same approach. Again, you will need an angle before you get in touch to pitch your story

 

 

Pull a stunt – If you don’t mind putting yourself out there, it’s always possible to pull off a stunt. Maybe you can hire a group of flash dancers to stage a dance outside the place you want to work. It can be risky, you can never be sure what the employer will think but it could also pay off.

 

Do some work experience – There is a mistaken belief that work experience is just for children. The truth is working for free for a limited time to gain experience also works for adults. At the very least you will have some more experience to add to your resume. They may even offer you a full time job if you impress them enough.

 

Move – I’ve relocated to advance my career three times successfully. The trick is to choose locations that a) no one else wants to live in b) are very small and remote and have a limited number of suitable candidates or c) have a transient population where people move on every few years creating new job opportunities.

 

 

Start your own business – If you can’t find the job of your dreams, you can always create one instead. With the internet going from strength to strength, it’s now possible to start your own business with less than $100. You can read my post on 100 Business Ideas for $100 here.

 

Take an advertisement out in the paper – Most parts of the newspapers have a section where job seekers can take out an advertisement advertising their services and availability. If you have the cash, you may want to take out premium advertising space for extra effectiveness.

 

 

Take an advertisement out on radio – Using a similar approach you can also advertise on the radio. This rarely happens so you may have the added bonus of getting interviewed by the station for free publicity.

 

Pin your resume to noticeboards – I used this approach with success when working my way around Australia as part of a working holiday. You may want to blot your your phone number and just use an email address instead to cut out prank calls and dodgy employers. (Also make sure you list references on request so they don’t end up with random strangers calling their mobile)

 

 

Set up your own website and blog about your job search – If you have time to spare and reasonable computer literacy you could also start your own blog and blog about your job search efforts to get attention. Blogs take work to get noticed so for this to be any good you will need to promote it on your social media channels

 

Write a desperate letter – Of course, if you are applying for positions and not getting a response you can always write a brutally honest letter about how you need a job to feed your children, fund your drinking etc……………..most employers won’t want to know you but every so often someone will appreciate your honesty and at least meet with you.

 

 

Write an ‘out there’ letter – Taking it a step further, you can always write a totally wacky cover letter. It doesn’t have to be totally out there. You may include a joke or personal info about how you are a GOT addict – just something different to stand out in the crowd.

 

Update your make up and wardrobe – Before your next interviews take some time to update your make up or your wardrobe. The more confident we feel, the more confident we act and since confidence is so attractive to the employer, this may give you the extra 1% you need to get the job.

 

 

Watch some You Tube videos for job ideas – YouTube can be a fantastic resource on everything from interview tips to resume writing help. Next time you need help, do a quick search of YouTube and see if you can learn or update a new job hunting skill

 

Sign up at an employment agency – Employment agencies are different to recruitment agencies. With recruitment agencies the employer is usually the client, with an employment agency you are. You have to pay for their services but they usually have one ear to the ground and can give you some tailor made tips for your job search, along with resume and interview writing. Many will also write up an entire career strategy for you to follow based on your chosen profession.

 

 

Research your industry extensively and compile a report on it – If you have the skills needed to write a research paper, you could research your industry and write and publish a report on it on the internet.  Once the report is published, you could email potential employers that may be interested in the report with a link to it and follow up a week later to let them know you are looking for employment

 

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Tell everyone you know that you are looking for work and ask if they can help you – I mean everybody from the car mechanic to the lady that sells you your milk. Everyone is connected to somebody. You never know – the guy that services your car may have an aunty in a management position where you want to work.

 

Snail mail your applications as well as email them – When you apply for a job in the paper or online, snail mail a copy of your application as well. This means they get a second chance to read how fabulous you are, in case they missed it the first time

 

 

Make up work wanted business cards – Entrepreneurs have business cards that they hand out to find potential clients. There is no reason you can’t get cheap business cards made up and hand them out to people you network with or talk to. At least this way they have your contact details if they know someone who has an opening.

 

Use FiverrFiverr has a whole bunch of marketing and advertising services from $5. You can hire someone to pin a work wanted notice all over a busy train station, create a video advertisement, create a radio advertisement, proofread your cover letter for typos etc.

 

 

Use LinkedIn – We have talked about LinkedIn before, but this time I’m talking about using it to network. You can reach out to your contacts and ask for introductions to people they are connected with who may have openings.

Replace TV with job search – How many hours of non-essential TV do you watch a week just to unwind? Set a goal of replacing TV time with job search time and watch what happens.

 

Hire Elance To Do Your Job Search –Elance allows you to post jobs that you need done and applicants from around the world submit a bid for your job. If you don’t have time to update your LinkedIn profile or submit applications, Elance has access to low cost virtual assistants who will do it for you.

 

 

Download your resume questionnaire and use it for interview – Next time you have an interview take some time to prepare in advance. Simply download the resume questionnaire (you can get it from here), write out your responces and chances are next time an interviewer asks a tricky question you will already have an answer that fits the question stored in your memory bank

 

Keep a log of everything you do on your computer – Every time you do a new course, learn a new computer system, get your key performance report, feedback from a client or meet your sales targets write this information down on your computer somewhere and keep it stored in a safe place. This way when it’s time to do your resume, you will already have all the information you need and won’t have to try and remember it all. It’s easy to think you will remember the name of the accounting software you are using right now, but chances are – five years down the track you won’t remember what it was called

 

 

Go back to school – We have already talked about updating your professional development section. This time have a think about formal qualifications such as university degrees and TAFE courses that you could do to increase your career prospects. Can you become an external student or do night school?

 

Attend events – You can also attend events in your industry. These could include specific networking events, training, seminars or other places that give you an opportunity to connect with others in your field.

 

 

Check Gumtree– You can also check online classified sites such as Gumtree and Craigs List for possible job openings. You may also choose to advertise in  their work wanted section. Childcare and farming workers seem to always be in demand on these sites.

 

Check Your Facebook Profile Pic and Privacy Settings – One thing you can do right now is to check the privacy settings on your Facebook account to make sure it’s set to private. Why you are at it, check your profile picture and make sure it’s not a pic of you smoking a joint or anything else that could cause issues. A recent employer survey showed that half of all employers snoop at an applicant’s Facebook page before making a final hiring decision.

 

 

Google Yourself – Why you are at it, you may want to Google yourself and make sure there isn’t anything negative about you on the front page. If there is you can pay a service to try and have it removed or flood the internet so the listing moves down the page.

 

Try EFT to boost confidence – If you always get attacked by nerves when it comes to interview time, you might like to try the Emotional Freedom Technique, also known as tapping to combat the nerves. There isn’t enough room here to go into it, but thousands of people swear by it and a simple Google search should bring up some videos showing you what to do.

 

 

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Get a haircut/blowdry – I don’t know about you, but a blow dry from the hairdresser is probably my no-fail way to boost my confidence. I get it done before any big business meetings but having it done before an interview will increase you confidence and have the added bonus of making you look perfectly polished.

 

 

Read a career book – If you feel like you could use some extra assistance in your job search, it may be time to hit the books at your local library. I really like ‘Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office’ and What Color Is Your Parachute’.

Attend job expo – Most cities run a career expo at least once a year where you can meet with prospective employers, learn about the job search agencies available in your area and get free advice on your chosen career path. Also lots of stalls give out samples bags and who doesn’t love a free pen (or maybe that’s just me)

 

Wage subsidies – If you live in Australia, the government offers wage subsidies for some eligible job seekers. This means they subsidise any employer that takes you for part of the wage – making you more attractive to the potential employer. Check out your options by getting in touch with your local government run employment agency.

 

 

Market stall – If you don’t mind being out in the public you can always print up hundreds of copies of your resume, hire a stall at your local market and make a ‘work wanted’ sign. You never know who might be there and they may just applaud your resourcefulness.

 

Tshirt – You can also print off a ‘Work Wanted’ T-shirt and wear it whenever you are out in public. It might be a good idea to also list in bullets the sort of work you are looking for. You never know, the person walking behind you may have just lost their waitress/bar tender/assistant.

 

 

Networking Group – This is more of a traditional approach. It’s when you attend specific networking events related to your industry to make contacts and possibly network your way into a new position. Industry forums and workshops could also be beneficial.

 

Facebook advertising – Most people use Facebook advertising to sell their business to customers, but there is nothing to stop you using it to target potential employers. Facebook has great targeting capabilities with the ability to target advertising based on industry. You can always run an advertisement linked to your resume. Also Facebook advertising is very cheap with the ability to only pay when someone clicks on your advertisement.

 

 

Signature email – You can also add a signature to your personal email saying something along the lines of what sort of job you ae looking for  with a quick blurb about your experience. Just don’t reply to your current boss with your home email unless they already know you are looking.

 

Check the phone number on your resume – This seems so basic but I have on occasion received a resume that has the wrong phone number listed on it. The resume’s owner has usually contacted me because they aren’t getting a response and they think there must be something wrong with it when the only wrong thing is a typo – one digit can make all the difference.

 

 

Delete cute emails addresses – Please also check the email you are using, Many of us are still using the email address we made as teenagers. Supersexylegs or f*ck mylife may have seemed like a cool username at the time, but it’s time to get a new one.

 

Finder Fees – You could also hold a competition or offer a finder’s fee for anyone that gets you an interview through their contacts. Offering $50 to your contacts to network your way into an interview is a surefire way to make your contacts sit up and take a look at who they know that could offer you a job.

 

 

Send a shoe – It’s worked before. The basic idea is to send a shoe along with your resume and a note attached saying ‘just wanted to get my foot in the door’. It won’t work for everyone, but it will get you attention and hopefully enough to get you an interview

 

Volunteer Work – Volunteer work is a great way to increase your experience in an area, looks great on a resume and you get to help out in the community at the same time. It’s a win, win win. It also allows networking possibilities and the chance to add a new reference to your list.

 

 

Job Search Balloons – Want to work in childcare as a Nanny or rack up more babysitting hours? Hit someplace with loads of kids, print your contact information and what sort of position you want on a balloon and start handing them out. You can easily hire a helium tank from any party supply place.

Pinterest – You could start a board on Pinterest and include infographics on the skills you can bring to the job. It’s a long shot but if you have exhausted every other avenue, you have nothing to lose from trying.

 

Facebook Groups – We have already talked about your own profile and advertising but you could also look for networking groups in your area and post about the sort of position you want. In my city there are plenty of ‘work wanted’ groups that match employers with jobseekers at no charge.

 

 

Lulu Book Publishing – You have two options with this. You can self-publish a book that would benefit your industry, add it to your resume and send free hardcopies to prospective employers as a gift with your resume or you could self-publish a novel on what you can offer an employer (like a really long extended resume with heaps of details) and send this with your resume. It’s unlikely they will read it all the way but it will get their attention.

 

Press Releases – This is an extension of the ‘free publicity’ we have already spoken about. You could write your cover letter up as a ‘press release’ instead to get points for creativity or you could find an angle of your job search that media outlets would be interested in and send out a press release to drum up some publicity.

 

 

You Tube Videos – Alternatively you could create a series of You Tube videos showcasing why you are the best person for the job and include a link in your cover letter.  If you have excellent personal presentation skills and something interesting to say this could work.

 

Podcasts – Similar to putting a link in your cover letter to a You Tube video you could also create a podcast and link to it. This may be a better option if you sound ok but don’t want to put yourself in front of a camera.

 

 

Check Haro and Sourcebottle for leads – Haro and Sourcebottle match up media outlets with people to interview for their articles. Signing up for alerts is free and you can keep an eye on them and see if anyone wants to interview an expert in your industry and pitch yourself to them. This gives you another achievement to add to your resume.

 

Library talks – Local libraries are often looking for speakers that would interest members of the community. Try pitching a talk on a subject matter in your industry. It will allow you to network, build up a positive reputation and add public speaking to your resume.

 

 

Free community event talks – Similar to the Library idea, you could try pitching your ideas at community events, for community organisations or at local schools or universities if they are a good match for your industry.  Again, it allows you opportunities to network, helps position you as an expert in your field and allows you to add some new achievements to your resume.

 

Nominate awards – You could also nominate yourself for awards in your industry to gain extra publicity, add something new to your resume and give you the chance to network at industry events. You never know you might even win.

 

 

Adwords Advertising – Similar to Facebook advertising you could also try Google Adwords. Again it allows you to pay per click but it doesn’t offer the same targeting as opportunities as Facebook.

 

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