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Australia Week at RedStarResume

January 26, 2011 Leave a comment

How do Australian Resumes differ from those of other countries?

A well written and properly presented Australian resume can be your ticket to finding an Australian job. The Australian job market is different to job markets around the world and it is important that your resume is presented in the “Australian way”

Responsibilities, achievements and duties need to be written clearly and backed up with supporting evidence. If these are not present, it is assumed you do not have any experience at all

Use British English ONLY in your Australian Resume – words such as  “specialise” and  “realise” need to be spelled with an “s” not a “z”

Ensure you tailor EVERY application to suit the job for which you are applying. If you are going to stand out from the crowd, you have to make sure that your application is outstanding

No picture is necessary on your Australian Resume

Do not include personal information such as marital status, date of birth, number of children, occupation of spouse, gender, religious affiliation, colour or race on your resume. It is true that in certain countries (South Africa, for example) personal information is included and is required, however it is not necessary or needed on your Australian Resume

Spend as much time as possible ensuring you address EXACTLY what the Australian employer wants. For example, if the job advertisement lists certain duties for the job, make sure you incorporate these duties into your current resume. If the job requires excellent customer service skills, provide examples about how you have provided excellent customer service

Get the edge on other job seekers and save yourself enormous amounts of time and stress by ensuring your resume ticks all the right boxes.

Good Luck!

© RedStarResume Publications – www.redstarresume.com

 

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College is finished and it’s time to get a job!

January 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Tips and advice for the college graduate

 

Don’t despair! Just because there is doom and gloom in the world does not mean businesses are not hiring. It does however mean that competition for the job you are searching for is even more competitive than ever. Remember first impressions count so make sure the right one is made about you. 

 

 

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“The Ultimate Guide to your 20s”

January 15, 2011 Leave a comment

FANTASTIC FREE EBOOK:

121 pages on how to succeed in your 20’s. Written by Dain Lewis from the Smart College Grad (www.thesmartcollegegrad.com)

Dain has collaborated the The Ultimate Guide to Your 20s- Tips & Secrets for Your Job Search, Career, Finances, and More!”

Written by the top experts, in the fields of job searching, career, and financial advice for those in their 20s, this fantastic FREE EBook will provide you with answers to some of the top questions you are facing! …. Search hard enough and find a couple of tips from RedStarResume!  

Click here to Download the Ultimate Guide to your 20s

 

Contributors of the Ebook:

Author: Dain Lewis  http://thesmartcollegegrad.com/

Shane Mac: http://sayhellothere.com/

Rao Srinivas from http://theskooloflife.com/

Stephanie http://www.twenty-somethingtravel.com/

Ryan Paugh http://www.BrazenCareerist.com/

Gavin Redelman http://www.redstarresume.com/

Charlie Hoehn http://www.CharlieHoehn.com/

http://www.CollegeRecruiter.com

Lauren Bayne Anderson http://www.monstercollege.com/

http://www.careerealism.com/

Rich DeMatteo http://www.cornonthejob.com/

Mary Colomba http://experience.com/

Kevin Donlin, Instant Job Search System

Adam Starr http://monstercollege.com/

http://www.aftercollege.com/

Jenny Blake http://www.lifeaftercollege.org/

David Weliver http://www.moneyunder30.com/

Jarret Turner: http://budgetsnob.com/

Secrets on how to take charge of your career in 60 seconds

January 14, 2011 Leave a comment

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

Good Luck!

© RedStarResume Publications – www.redstarresume.com

Dressing 4 Success – Does the color of your clothing really make a difference when it’s time to Interview?

January 11, 2011 Leave a comment

The psychology of color:

Preparing for a job interview is tough work. You rehearse answers to common questions, decide on what clothing to wear and ensure you have done an adequate amount of research into the company. But what about the color of your clothing – does this matter? Is wearing a white shirt with a blue tie going to help you get the job over wearing a blue shirt with a black tie?

Studies have shown that the colors you decide to wear in an interview can actually make a difference. In the competitive world we live in you need to ensure that you take every advantage you possibly can.

Different colors evoke different emotions and it is imperative when you’re interviewing that you evoke the right emotions from the interviewer.

Examples:

Blue: Words that describe the color blue include: trust, loyalty, wisdom, peaceful. These are exactly the type of feelings you want to be portraying in your interview. Blue is a calming color (think ocean and sky) and sends out a signal to the interviewer that you are indeed honest and sincere. Studies have shown that wearing the color blue to an interview will increase your chances of getting hired more than any other color.

Red: In contrast to the color blue, the color red stirs emotions more than any other color. Red is a strong color, very emotional, an extreme color that in an interview scenario can work against you. Unlike blue which has a calming effect, the color red is a fiery color (the color of love and passion), and can be an intimidating color for the interviewer.

Orange: Similar to red. A color that stirs emotion and therefore a color I would avoid wearing in a job interview. Although orange is not seen to be as an aggressive as the color red, it is still perceived as a color that can evoke feelings of power and aggression.

Grey: My second favourite color to wear after blue. Grey gives the look of sophistication and authority. In a corporate environment the color grey is professional and portrays an individual as being confident without being intimidating.

Purple: The color of “Royalty”. The color symbolizes power, aristocracy, lavishness, and extravagance.

Black: Be careful when wearing just black to an interview.  The color black is seen as a power color and can be viewed as threatening. Wearing black outfits can portray an individual as being powerful or even arrogant. Black is also associated with negative implications such as death, sin, and fear.

Just remember that first impressions count a lot when you go to interview. Know your audience and dress accordingly.

Good Luck!

© RedStarResume Publications – www.redstarresume.com

What is your biggest concern for 2011?

January 9, 2011 Leave a comment

The Holiday season is over and a new year has begun. As people around the globe get ready for another year we ask our readers what are the biggest challenges facing people in 2011?

Are people more optimistic in 2011?

Time for an Interview? Learn everything you need to know from the Step Brothers!

January 7, 2011 Leave a comment

How to land a job interview in 2011!

The economy is slowly turning around and 2011 can be your year to make a change

What can you do to be competitive when looking for a new job? Writing a quick resume late at night and applying for random jobs is NOT going to get you the job you are looking for.  Is there an educational or university course being offered which could help you now or in the long term? What skills do you have to shine above and beyond other candidates.  Make a  portfolio of your accomplishments you have achieved in your academic or professional life. In the current economic climate employers want to know what YOU have to offer them. You need to sell yourself! and sell your success. 

Below are some further ideas and suggestions to find yourself a new job

Learn new skills: It’s never too late to try to learn a foreign language, or a new piece of computer software. (Best example was a senior archaeologist of 10 years who came to me wanting to change life direction. After 6 months learning spanish then travelling through Spain for another 6 months, The senior archaeologist is now a junior English/spanish translator)

Research: Find out where the demand is. While many industries are having trouble in this recession and laying of employees other areas are increasing employment

Sell yourself: Take time writing your resume, and tailor your resume specifically to each job you are applying. Do not send out the same resume to every job advert you see. Remember if you’re sending out generic resumes then you will get the same generic responses

Use your social network. Don’t be embarrassed about looking for work. Tell your friends and family. You never know who may be looking at hiring staff with your set of skills

Use free networking sites to advertise yourself and your skills. Promote yourself via sites like LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/ 

Use a recruitment agency that specialises in your particular area. Get to know the recruitment consultant, and follow them up weekly. The more you appear visible, the more they will remember you

Share with friends: Brainstorm ideas and share experiences with friends that are also looking for jobs. Exchange advice, strategies, and plans

Act straight away: When you get a lead or hear about a job opening apply immediately. There is no need to wait. Prepare your resume and send it immediately. The longer you wait the more likely another candidate will apply ahead of you

Don’t let a lack of experience discourage you from applying for jobs: When tailoring your resume towards the job you are applying for, concentrate on the skills and abilities you have to match that certain job

Most importantly: Don’t give up – Never stop looking.  While you’re searching for your new job is there something else in the meantime you could be doing. Do you have skills to freelance?  Maybe you can sell goods online. Keeping yourself occupied helps you to stay positive and upbeat rather than moping around the house feeling sorry for yourself

© RedStarResume Publications – http://www.redstarresume.com

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