How does a resume in Australia look like?
Think who is your public.
If you’re looking for a job in hospitality, you should highlight the experience you have related to this sector. For example, if you’ve worked for a catering in an event, as public relationship for an hotel, or as waitress in a café; there’s no need to include your experience in childcare from 5 years ago. If you were the employer, would you rather give the job to someone who has got an accurate knowledge in the sector or to someone who has been changing every three months his profession?
Write an extract about you.
Think about the typical question asked by every employer: “What are your strengths?” So take time to have a deep thought about it and write a summary including your career goals and interests. Talking about oneself is always the most complicated point, so consider it from the marketing perspective: you have a product and you want people to buy it. In the same direction, make your best skills to stand out, avoiding to say the typical adjectives such as “perfectionist” or “efficient”. Australian employers like honest and out-going people.
You need to explain which tasks you were doing in each job and which were the required skills for that. Keep in mind to incorporate only the important information, better if it’s only under one page.
Contact details and personal information.
It sounds obvious, but it’s important to make sure that your phone number and e-mail address are correct. On the other hand, you don’t need to include a photo on your resume (fact which could be surprising for other nationalities), relationship status, age or any medical issues. The reason why is that the Australian law punishes the employers who hire or not people because of these aspects.
Be ready for an interview.
On the interviews, it usually happens that the manager doesn’t print your resume and you have to think as he got 100 more people to interview next. So probably he just wrote your name on a extense list of other candidates who have the skills for do the job, but he wants to know you in person. Because it’s more a fact related about the “feeling” with the person who he’s going to hire, think in your strenghts and weakness before going to the interview. For the strenghts don’t memorize them, but think to demonstrate them in a practical manner, by using examples coming from your experience; and for your weaknesses, try to convert your defects in strenghts.
Make the difference.
Check their social media and website before the interview, try to discover their menu and the personality of the business. Tell the interviewer what do you think about it and your added value to the company. Be genuine; you want them to remember you once you leave.
You don’t need to shine in for all the universe, but for the person who sees a light in you.