Job Seekers Resource Guide
Give yourself the best chance of securing the job of your dreams.
Welcome to the CS Executive Group Job Seekers Resource Guide. Here, you will find all the information you need to give you the best chance of landing the job of your dreams.
1. First Things First
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You can even download a desktop version for your computer to use when writing email messages, word documents, PowerPoint presentations and more. Therefore, since you will mostly be applying for jobs in a written format, you want to make sure there is absolutely nothing wrong with your application and so downloading Grammarly is a great place to start!
2. How to Write the Perfect Resume
When considering you for a role, your resume is the first thing an employer or recruitment agency will critically evaluate. Accordingly, it is crucial you are confident you provide within it as much useful and relevant information relating to the job you are applying for as possible.
Additionally, like any marketing document, a resume must also be easy to read, flowing nicely from one section to another, and clearly identify key points the reader shall be looking for. How best to ensure your resume checks off all of the above? Well, there are a few tools you can use to get yourself as close as possible to submitting the perfect resume.
One such tool is My Perfect Resume, which is an online resume builder and a fantastic place to start when crafting your resume. Following their step-by-step process allows you to select a template, input all of your information, and then download your new resume in a format ready to be submitted for job applications. Furthermore, when you’re stuck with what to write My Perfect Resume has built-in statements, skills and more that will help you fill in any gaps, which are categorised by sector/industry.
Although My Perfect Resume helps with the structure and flow of your resume, you do still need to be sure to do the following steps when piecing it all together: –
My Perfect Resume Steps
– When selecting the template for your resume, CS Executive Group highly recommends opting for the “Executive”. Although it isn’t perfect, this template is as close as you’re going to get without having to build one for yourself.
- Complete your Resume heading
– Be sure to include the suburb you live in. Doing so may make you a more attractive applicant for jobs that are located close to you; it won’t hinder your chances for jobs that are in different locations, as you can highlight your willingness to relocate elsewhere in your resume.
- Employment History
– This is where you can really start to make a statement. When filling in your employment history, use metrics to provide tangibility to the successes you achieved within each role. It is also a good idea to highlight any skills and/or responsibilities relevant to the position you are applying for.
– This is a section of a resume that job seekers often undervalue. Due to the implementation of resume scanning software, such as ATS and keyword search, recruiters and employers may only be reading your resume if a skill or keyword they have flagged was located within your resume somewhere.
This is why reading the job description carefully, doing a bit of research on the position, and then adding in the skills you have that are relevant to the job you’re applying for into this section of your resume—giving yourself the best chance of not being overlooked.
- Professional Summary
– Your sales pitch: this section is your opportunity to really sell yourself by creating a career overview geared towards the job you are applying for. This can be challenging, so you’ll appreciate My Perfect Resume having plenty of examples which you can draw from then edit to match your background.
3. LinkedIn – Trust us, you need it.
A resume might not be the first thing recruiters and employers see that influences their opinion of your suitability for a role, a candidate’s virtual presence is accessible 24/7 via online channels that are readily searchable. LinkedIn probably tops the list of social media platforms directly related to supporting a successful job application.
Your LinkedIn profile page is essentially your online resume. It contains a professional summary, employment history, education, skills and more. Having a fully built out profile is imperative to maximising your visibility to employers and recruiters, who will use LinkedIn to find individuals they consider to be potential candidates for positions they are filling. It is worth remembering that not all jobs are advertised.
Once you create a profile, LinkedIn has a progress bar near the top of your page that lets you know how complete your profile is. Make sure it is full before you start applying for jobs as this will make you more visible to employers and recruiters and show that you are on top of it. Be sure the information presented in your profile aligns with your resume so that there aren’t any gaps or differences when employers or recruiters inevitable compare them.
4. Social Media: Keep it Clean.
Social media. Most of us have so many accounts we don’t remember the passwords to them anymore, but between Instagram and Facebook, there is a lot of public information about you out there that anyone with half-decent search skills will find out.
So before you apply for a job, it’s probably a good idea to give your Facebook and Instagram a quick sweep to see if you have made any statuses or posted any pictures that may come across as offensive or unprofessional. Then, just to be even safer, consider changing your settings to private—it’s just easier this way.
4. Where and How to Apply?
Once you have created your new Resume, fixed up your LinkedIn profile, and cleaned up your social media profiles, it’s time to apply for the job you had your eye on. And, other than our website, the best place to do this is through SEEK. The reason for this is most recruiters and employers use ID numbers assigned to every job they post, this means when you apply through SEEK, your application gets tagged with the Job ID number and makes it almost impossible to miss, rather than relying on emails or a contact form through a company page.
When you apply on SEEK, your profile also gets uploaded onto their Talent Search platform, which allows recruiters and employers to search for candidates and their resumes who are actively seeking work.
*If you are applying for a job through CS Executive Group, your best bet is to head to our Jobs page and apply directly through there.
5. Research Time
Once you have been shortlisted for a role, it is time to do your research on the company you may be working for. A quick Google search of the company name should bring up their website and any news or articles that may be worth looking into. Once you find their website, head to the about us section and read up about their company culture, what they stand for, and the brief history of the company. This will help you be gear any answers to questions they may ask you towards their company goals and will show you have been proactive and done your research – an important trait to possess!
6. Interview Techniques
So you have followed all the steps and now have been called up for an Interview (*Virtual High-5), you’re on the home stretch! Now, all you have to do is follow these key interview technique rules to give yourself the best chance of receiving your letter of offer!
- Dress to impress
When deciding what to wear to the interview, make sure you select your outfit based upon the industry and position you are applying for. Ensure your outfit has no stains or wrinkles, and that your clothes fit well. If you need to update your wardrobe, our favourite place to shop for workwear is UNIQLO – they have plenty of high-quality and affordable pieces for a great price.
- Be on time
Never arrive late for an interview. Always plan to arrive with plenty of time to spare, allowing for factors like traffic, getting lost, parking problems etc. You want to enter the place of interview about 10mins beforehand.
- Be Prepared
To really make a good first impression, be sure to bring a folder or briefcase with spare copies of your resume, a copy of your references, some questions and/or talking points you have prepared earlier, and a notepad and pen to take notes with.
- Listen Carefully
During your interview, be sure to listen carefully to what the interviewer is asking and/or telling you. They may be giving you hints on how to respond to questions or trying to help you read between the lines.
- Give Specific Examples
When answering questions, try and give specific examples that contain objective information. So instead of, “I worked in….”, Say “I managed a laboratory which consisted of 5 employees and turned over 5000 samples per day.”
This will give the interviewer a deeper understanding of your capabilities and allow them to feel more confident in you.
- Ask Questions
Be sure to ask relevant questions about the position, company culture etc. This will show your interest in the role and may provide you with an opportunity to showcase yourself in an area other candidates haven’t had the chance to discuss.