Resume Writing Tips

Posted on July 22, 2014 by
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By Ross Larkin

Certain aspects of writing a good resume are debatable, like maximum number of pages, style or design.

These three keys to a steadfast resume, however, are essentially non-negotiable.

  1. Catching your reader’s eye
  2. Communicating quickly
  3. Selling yourself

The first two points are actually tools to enable the third. In fact, any element from design to length are all working towards the selling of oneself.

This may sound obvious, yet many job seekers forget they are selling something.

How do you catch your reader’s eye?

The key is not to go overboard. Don’t choose a fancy, hard to read font. Go with a conservative standard like Arial and ensure the size isn’t too small or large.

Your spacing must also be appropriate so your resume isn’t cluttered and difficult to read.

You should have clear sections such as education and employment, so be sure to make your headings slightly larger and well spaced.

Employers are generally busy people with hundreds of applicants to peruse. Hence, you need to communicate a lot in a little amount of time.

Bullet points can be useful but be wary of writing long lists which are irrelevant or unimpressive. Choose the best and ditch the rest.

Highlight your specific skills so they stand out. Many companies nowadays use digital databases to search for keywords, so sometimes it’s also a case of catching the computer’s eye.

Common buzzwords include “strategic” or “proactive”, but it depends on the industry you’re in, so do your research first.

Now, what are you selling?

Don’t just state your skills, state the benefit of them.

For example, “Strong interpersonal skills, helpful when dealing with sensitive topics”.

Aim for achievements over responsibilities. Every job has responsibilities. Specific achievements are far more impressive and memorable to the reader. Sometimes using numbers is also effective.

For example, “I was jointly responsible for saving the organisation more than $5000 during the budget”.

Just remember, your resume is your chance to sell yourself whether the design, the format or the content – it must be slick, easy to read and full of great buzz words.

How to write a cover letter

Posted on July 9, 2014 by

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By Ross Larkin

Writing a cover letter can be one of the most difficult aspects of job searching – even more than the dreaded job interview.

Sure, you might possess the most impressive, skill-laden resume in the world, yet it won’t mean a thing if your cover letter isn’t right.

Why? You need to communicate and summarise your relevant skill set, previous experience, reasons for your interest and why you are the right person all within the confines of a single page, using the perfect tone and just the right amount of personality.

It’s easy to see why so many get it wrong.

The first golden rule is never recycle a cover letter. Each one must be tailored according to the specifics of the particular company and role you’re applying for. Blanket letters are obvious to any trained eye, so you will only waste your own time.

The second is to address a real person and never “whom it may concern”. The preference being, of course, to use the correct person’s name, which you should be able to ascertain with a quick telephone call.

Refer to the job title within the first paragraph. There’s no need to keep your reader guessing and you have very little time to get to the point.

Now jump straight in and make your enthusiasm and appropriateness for this opportunity clear by matching your specific skills and experience with the particulars of the job.

“For the past three years I have worked in a similar role primarily as an administrator”,

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“My training in this area has given me the relevant skills required.”

A little research on the company and the position will go a long way in addressing each area with the most relevance.

Remember – you’ve only got one page. Nobody has time to kick back and read your biography, no matter how intriguing it may be.

Finally, wrap up your letter with a summary about why you are right for the job and encourage the reader to peruse your resume, making it clear you would love the opportunity to meet and discuss your application further.

How to write a resignation letter

Posted on June 27, 2014 by

By Ross Larkin

Writing a resignation letter

It’s no secret that younger people change jobs more frequently than ever, so most of Gen Y and beyond are developing seriously killer interview skills and a resume to rival any that came before it. Yet, it seems when writing a resignation letter, many are somewhat in the dark. 

The resignation letter requires thought, planning and strategy. It’s definitely not something to leave until the last minute.

Before you begin, ask yourself the following questions.
  1. Am I certain about the length of notice I’m obliged to serve?
  2. Will that notice period line-up with my future start date or world trip departure?

Now, try not to stress out about your boss’s potential reaction to the news. Even if you know your boss tends toward the dramatics, remain confident and firm about your decision, and whatever you do – don’t let him or her talk you out of your decision. Staying in a role you threatened to leave will forever leave an awful taste in both yours, and your boss’s mouths.

Decide whether to keep the letter strictly formal and brief, or take the opportunity to express some thanks and even sadness at the closing chapter.

Even if you didn’t see eye-to-eye with your boss or completely loathed your job, put all negative feelings behind you and remain professional with a positive tone so you leave on good terms.

If keeping it brief, just state the facts. You’re submitting your resignation letter effective as of the date chosen with an indication of your notice period. It’s also worth mentioning how long you worked for the company.

Generally speaking, a touch of personality and warmth in your letter doesn’t go astray. You might like to wish your employer all the best for the future and offer to assist with a handover. Keeping strong relations is worth much more to you than burned bridges and departing animosity.

Writing a resignation letter might seem the least of your priorities, but it is essential, and a good one with the right tone and timing can mean the difference between a mediocre reference and a sensational one.

Adzuna Australia is hiring!

Posted on March 11, 2014 by

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​Join Australia’s most exciting recruitment start-up and change the way Australians find their next job!

Adzuna.com.au is a young, hungry start-up on an exciting growth journey to disrupt the online recruitment sector (backed by Fairfax in Australia). Launched in the UK in 2011 we are now live in 11 countries around the world! We are already growing the business by over 100% each month and our ambitions are to become the premier destination for Australian job-seekers.  Adzuna.com.au is a search engine for job ads which makes it easier for you to find the right job. We search thousands of websites so you don’t have to and bring together millions of ads so you can find them all in one place. We add powerful search, insightful market data and social connections, so you can find your perfect ad with a little help from your friends.

Marketing Executive
We’re looking for a Marketing Executive to join us.  This position is responsible for implementing SEO and content tactics, managing social media communications, and, acting as first point of contact for customer service enquiries. You will implement the agreed SEO and Social tactics in order to:

• Improve SEO page rankings
• Drive traffic to the website
• Engage the Adzuna audience across social networks
• Effectively manage inbound customer service enquiries
• Act as brand ambassador
• Maintain and develop a very positive impression of Adzuna in the public mind
• Always keep the customer front and centre – be customer focused.

National Sales Executive
We’re looking for a National Sales Executive to join us.  This role is responsible for winning new business and building profitable relationships in the large and mid-tier recruitment agencies by selling cost-per-click (CPC) services to support Adzuna’s rapid growth.

Reporting to the CEO, the role involves researching the recruitment agency market, generating a list of leads, reaching out and acquiring new business across Australia.

To be successful you’ll have 2+ years of proven sales and account development experience in online cost-per-click advertising or the recruitment agency arena and a good understanding of the online jobs/classifieds market and recruitment agencies.  You’ll have experience in selling & handling client accounts over the phone as well as face-to-face sales, excellent communication and presentation skills and be well organised, detail-oriented, ambitious, energetic and smart.

Partner Engineer and Client Onboarding
We’re looking for a Partner Engineer to work with our partners to integrate their content into our search engine. In this role, you will engage with some of the most influential advertisers, their developers and work closely with Adzuna’s world-class engineering and product team. The ideal candidate will combine excellent technical and business skills with programming experience to make our partners in Australia successful and improve the Adzuna platform. The engineer is also expected to translate technical requirements back to ‘english’ for the client & the sales team.

To be successful in this role you you need:

• BA/BS in Computer science or related field
• Previous experience: preferred (1 + years) actual experience as a developer or software engineer
• Software development skills in one or more of the following languages: HTML, Perl, Python or PHP
• Experience using regular expressions
• Familiarity with Debian/Ubuntu (or other Linux distribution) and Linux command-line
• Ideally you will have experience with SQL and MySQL (or another DMBS) and git (or another VCS or DVCS)
• Solid communication skills

If you’d like to be part of a fun, dynamic and effective start-up then we’d love to hear from you.  Get in touch at careers@adzuna.com.au

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Adzuna announces next stage in international expansion!

Posted on January 17, 2014 by

Adzuna and Fairfax join forces!

This week we announced an exciting partnership with Fairfax Media Limited, which will help grow your favourite job search engine even faster :-) Happy Days!

Adzuna.com.au will be linked right across the Fairfax network including Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and Australian Financial Review.

To consolidate it’s global presence, Adzuna also launched in FranceRussiaIndiaPoland and The Netherlands this week. This is an exciting phase in Adzuna’s journey to become the world’s leading job search engine.

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These launches mark the growth of Adzuna’s global footprint to 11 markets, helping job seekers in no fewer than 7 languages. With 4 million monthly visitors, the site aims to arm jobseekers worldwide with real-time employment market data and social job hunting tools – ultimately hoping to help people make better career decisions.

Adzuna Australia will now become Fairfax Media’s primary online job listings vehicle and will be actively promoted across Fairfax’s network of over 200 leading mastheads and digital brands including The Sydney Morning Herald and The Melbourne Age.

Best Jobs in the World 2013

Posted on August 14, 2013 by

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A job that activates your sense of adventure for exploring the wilderness, makes you touring restaurants and wineries and gives you the opportunity to improve your photography skills while discovering exciting cities? Have you every wondered what the best job in the world would be like? Tourism Australia gives you the answer. The campaign was inspired by Tourism Queensland’s competition in 2009, where people were encouraged to apply for ‘The best job of the world’ being a high-paid ‘Caretaker of the islands’ of the Great Barrier Reef.  This time people from all over the world could apply for not only 1 but even 6 best jobs in the world.

The six dream job positions are:

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Chief Funster, Park Ranger, Outback Adventurer, Taste Master, Wildlife Caretaker & Lifestyle Photographer. SALARY: $ 100,000

Out of more than 600,000 applications and more than 45,000 videos from 200 countries the 6 finalists have been announced on June 21 2013.

The applicants had to convince the jury by their 30 seconds video and ability to create publicity to support their application. The campaign was part of a major marketing strategy to attract young people from around the world to move to Australia and fill the tourism positions available. The result was huge publicity and 6 lucky winners.

Watch the winner videos here:

https://bestjobs.australia.com/

Find YOUR dream job now on http://www.adzuna.com.au!

Where are all the Australian jobs?

Posted on June 14, 2013 by

Which are the best and worst cities in Australia to find a job? Which sectors are hot and where? Where are all the jobs?

Brisbane is one of the best cities in Australia to find a job

Brisbane is one of the best cities in Australia to find a job

We’ve been doing some serious number crunching at Adzuna HQ over the past few weeks, comparing our job search index to the latest Newstart claimant numbers and unemployment statistics. This data provides a unique insight to the Australian economy, and can help you tailor your job search! Here’s what we found:

The Best Cities to Find a Job…

Darwin tops the list of easiest places to find a job in the country, with more vacancies than there are people unemployed. After Darwin, Brisbane, Sydney, Perth and Toowoomba are the next best cities for job seekers to find work.

… and the worst!

At the other end of the table, Bendigo is the worst city in Australia to find a job, with 32.7 job seekers per vacancy. Shepparton, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga were the next worst cities, with over 20 job seekers per vacancy, while the town of Lismore rounds off the list.

On an industry level, we found that Construction and Finance are the top hiring sectors nationally, followed by IT, Engineering and Healthcare. IT workers should head to Sydney, miners to Gladstone, and teachers to Alice Springs.

Keep checking our blog for regular updates on the Australian job market, and remember to use Adzuna Connect to find your perfect job with a little help from your friends!

For more information on this research, please contact james@adzuna.com.

Fighting the Job Search Blues

Posted on May 10, 2013 by

We know that job hunting can be a long and lonely process, but it’s important to stay positive and motivated during your search. The more enthusiastic you are, the more it will rub off on potential employers, and the more likely they are to offer you the job.

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Here are our top tips:

1. Organisation is key

Organise your job search by setting yourself daily and weekly targets. Break everything down in to small tasks and work through them one by one. Your tasks could be as simple as “research five companies” or “ask for introductions from five contacts” to “apply to three jobs today”. Breaking your goals down in to small tasks will stop you from feeling overwhelmed – which can be incredibly demotivating and stop you from getting anything done at all.

2. Connect and Leverage Networks

Family and friends can be an integral source of support during the job hunting process, but they can also be an invaluable fount of connections, networks and more importantly potential job introductions. The average jobseeker is directly connected to 500 live job vacancies through 1st degree relationships and thousands more via 2nd and 3rd degree relationships. Adzuna has created a tool called Adzuna Connect to give jobseekers the power to leverage these awesome connections. Connect via Facebook or LinkedIn and you never know what opportunities are a click away. In addition, involving friends, family and professional networks can make the job search far less lonely.

3. Write a blog and build your social media following

Anyone can now start a blog in just a few minutes, thanks to tools like Tumblr. Blogging is a great way to show off your industry knowledge and skills. Your posts don’t have to be essay length – linking to and commenting on the latest news in your area is a great way to show that you follow trends and understand the market. Make sure you provide a way for people to share your content on social networks, and interact with those who promote your posts. It’s incredibly rewarding and you’ll build a network of people who might be able to help you with your search!

4. Take time off

Job hunting can be a full time in itself. Tweaking your résumé and cover letter, following up on job leads, or keeping current with industry blogs and forums are all time-consuming activities. Stay fresh and focused by taking a break now and again. Exercise is great for the mind and soul and also boosts your energy levels — even if it’s only five minutes every day. Also don’t feel guilty taking time away from your computer. Networking is a vital part of job hunting so heading off to industry drinks and talks is all part of the process, and it’s great fun.

5. Keep the dream

Don’t pin all your hopes on getting the perfect job. Careers made up of a series of stepping stones, amassing necessary skills and experience. If your current job isn’t perfect, remember it is just a step on the way to your next role and ultimately, your perfect job. Find moves that can get you closer to where you want to be, and stay connected to people who may be able to help you get there. Remember to take a step back and put things in perspective – focus on what you’ve learnt, and how to use those skills to land your next job.

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Good Luck!

Welcome to Adzuna Australia!

Posted on March 25, 2013 by

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We’re delighted to announce the launch of Adzuna Australia today! Adzuna is a nifty little search engine and we aim to make it easier for you to find your perfect job. We search thousands of sites so you don’t have to, bring together millions of job ads so you can find them all in one place, and organize them with awesome features which we know you’ll love.

Sounds Great. Where do I begin?

To help you get started with your job search, we’ve put together our top tips for making the most of Adzuna depending on the stage you are at in your job search. We hope you find them useful!

1. Get hired with a little help from your friends

Our power users love Adzuna Connect. Plug in your existing LinkedIn or Facebook network, and we’ll show you all the companies you’re connected to and all the live vacancies at them.  You can then message your connections to get the inside track on what it’s like to work there, or ask them to put in a good word for you.

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Once you’re plugged in to Adzuna Connect, you’ll automatically start to see images of your friends next to relevant vacancies as you search around Adzuna.  Users tell us it gives them a huge leg up in both the research and application stages.  We believe it’s the future of job hunting in Australia – taking networking to find a job to a new level.  We’re continually upgrading this tool, so if you have any feedback at all, please let us know!

2. Research your market value

If you’re researching the job market, check out Adzuna’s stats on the right hand side of almost every search results page. These give you comprehensive data on what the market is currently paying in Australia, as well as other useful facts. Users find this information incredibly useful before applying for a job or when considering a career change. Knowing market pay rates also empowers you at the salary negotiation stage, either with your current employer or a new one.  And we’re expanding this data soon … watch this space.

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3. Find the perfect vacancy

filtersSearching for vacancies is the meat of the job hunt.

We bring together thousands vacancies from every major job board, which means we list nearly every job ad in Australia. Being able to search everything in one place is a huge leap forward for users.

But it can also make for a daunting search experience, as there may be hundreds or even thousands of results for a common search like “Marketing jobs in Sydney”. Our top tips on search are all around narrowing that search experience.

Choose your what and where carefully to specify the job title and location you are interested in.

Use the filters on the left to narrow by salary band or location.

Use your search history which we store further down on the left hand side of the page to quickly navigate back to your recent searches.

And don’t forget to use our awesome advanced search tool to really refine your search.

4. Be the first to know

Once you’ve found the right search criteria for you, you’ll want to keep track of new jobs coming up that match.  The best way to do this is to sign up for an email alert via the box at the top of every search result.  Adzuna indexes literally thousands of new opportunities every day, and we send you a simple, handy email listing the most recent jobs that have come up.  We don’t give anyone else your email address and you can cancel with one click.

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Active jobseekers find these incredibly useful so they can be the first to respond to new opportunities that come up – and we also hear that alerts are good for people who are currently employed but interested in something very particular.

That concludes our top tips, we hope you find them useful. We’re always adding more features, so watch our blog for further updates and send us your feedback and ideas.  And if you’ve found a great job via Adzuna, please do tell us your story!