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Interview preparation: One critical piece you can’t afford to overlook

Why should you research an employer?  Let me tell you a story.

interview-607713_1920I had been offered an interview for a role that I knew I could do. My resume, cover letter and responses to selection criteria had obviously done their job for me to reach this point.

I knew where I was going and arrived early, which was good; the specific location I was heading for was a bit more difficult to find than I had anticipated.  I had brought the presentation I had been asked to prepare along with hand-outs for the panel interviewing me.  I knew the panel members’ names.  Grooming was impeccable and I felt good about myself.

Introductions were friendly and the questions began. The panel seemed to like my responses and I felt a bit of give-and-take as I gathered information about their questions before responding.   I gave the presentation I had prepared, even rolling with an unexpected snag. The interview was going well until…

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Chronological or functional resume content layout: Which is better?

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The content of  your resume needs to be organised to draw attention to your relevant transferable skills and experience.  The layout of your employment history and experience within your resume is therefore an important consideration.

What options are there for resume content layout?  What are the benefits and challenges of each?

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Creating a resume that gets read: how to make your resume stand out from the crowd

img_7657-retouched-2Let’s face it: Most hiring managers don’t have the time to sift through hundreds of applications. If they can’t quickly determine your potential value from a quick skim of your resume, all your hard work is likely to end up in the bin.

So what can you do to make your resume stand out?

The simple answer is: Make your resume easy on the eyes.

How?

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How to write good resume content: what to include and leave out

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A good resume should give the employer a brief overview of what you have to offer them.  It should be relevant to the employer and to the position for which you are applying. It should highlight the value you bring with you that could contribute to the employer’s success.

So what information is worth including?

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Looking for a new job? 5 things to consider

If you’ve been out of the job-hunt for a while, it can be hard to know where to start.  Here are 5 considerations to keep in mind as you start looking for new employment…

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