The importance of a Cover Letter for your resume

It is an old adage – searching for a job is a job in itself. Hunting through job ads, selecting the few that really interest you, and then looking at the requirements for the application. Obviously you need a well written resume and in most cases, a selection criteria document or a statement of claims. […]

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Statement of Claims or Selection Criteria – Whats the Difference?

Jobs within the Public Sector of the Australian government and increasingly with other organisations require, along with a cover letter and resume, a Statement of Claims to address your suitability for the role applied for. For most people applying for jobs, Selection Criteria as a supporting document for job applications have become the norm, but at […]

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We’re Going to Make You a STAR!

Your resume serves one purpose and one purpose only – to get you ahead of the pack and in front of a recruiter at an interview. Resumes tend to follow a predictable pattern – the candidate’s details, a short list of personal strengths, a list of qualifications, a rundown of the work history, some referees […]

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LinkedIn. It is – are you?

Used properly, LinkedIn is an incredibly powerful professional networking tool that can significantly improve your ability to find a fitting employer and for them to find you. But, like social media it is only as good as the effort you put in. Do you keep it as up to date as you should? Do you […]

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Is the Design of your Resume Important?

The schools of thought about resume layout and design seems to change with the seasons. Do you go with a minimalist approach? Use a headshot? Include your date of birth? Make it two pages maximum? The truth is, there is no hard and fast rule. But the fact is, you are performing a sales pitch […]

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So Why is Your Resume So Important?

Many job candidates approach job hunting as a chore. They fire off letters and resumes without properly checking the qualifications of the position, the selection criteria that must be addressed, or even if their documents make grammatical sense. In short, they show scant regard for the core principles of the company they applying to, or […]

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60-Seconds that could change your life

A lot can happen in one minute. 15 books will be published, Facebook posts will get 1.8m ‘likes’, 21,000 pizzas will be baked and 250 babies will be born. Something else that can happen in 60-seconds, is that your career could change forever. The reality is that many people responsible for hiring, by the very […]

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The Importance of a Great Resume

It is a fact of life that any advertised job will receive a massive amount of applications. Statistically speaking an employer will only spend a very short time on each resume. This initial point of contact is the crucial instance to make an impression. There are no second chances – this is the moment.  In […]

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The Human Being behind the Resume Jargon

At Select Resumes we review an awful lot of pre-existing resumes. The overarching thing that has struck our creative team of writers is the prevalence of jargon that peppers these documents. Phrases like “Motivated self starter” or “Results-oriented professional” come so often they become almost meaningless. And so it is that your prospective employer will […]

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