Coming from overseas? 8 tips to write a winning Australian resume

Australia received more than 526,000 migrants in 2018, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Part of the group are skilled workers looking forward to entering the workforce.

However, some of them don’t spend enough time researching how recruitment processes happen nationwide and what companies expect from candidates. 

They start a journey in the dark, and they fail right at the beginning. The CV is created without meeting the Australian standards.

Lynx People know how challenging it is to translate work experience and talk about skills in a different language.

To help you out, we’ve listed 8 tips to write a winning resume that will make you stand out from the crowd.

-Leave your old CV behind. The format you’ve used to build a resume in your home country might not match the expectations of Australian recruiters. Date of birth, photos, and full-length home address are irrelevant for them. Employers aren’t allowed to hire people based on their age or how they look.

Specify your qualifications. Lynx’s team receives CVs from job seekers every week. They notice how often people forget to provide essential details about their skills. Evelin Alvares, one of the company’s consultants, says that candidates need to point out which types of jobs they’re qualified to do. If someone can operate a machine, they should describe what kind of equipment it is and which environment they handled it.

Take time to identify proper keywords. On several occasions, recruiters will go through a pile of CVs within a few hours. They’ll spend seconds checking a resume. Some recruitment agencies are now relying on software to scan these documents and choosing the ones that best meet the selection criteria. As people use hashtags to search for content online, keywords let headhunters and computers find applicants quickly.

Add appropriate terminology. In many situations, your job title will be different in Australia than it was in your country. The same applies to courses and diplomas. They may have a different name here. According to Evelin, it’s better to make sure you’re writing terms and nomenclatures easy to understand in English. If companies you’ve worked for overseas aren’t familiar to Australians, you can either translate part of the business name or briefly describe it. For example, ‘it’s a start-up with over 100 employees in the telecommunication sector.’

Highlight your achievements.  It’s time to let them know why you’re the person they’re looking for. This is the topic where you can sell yourself while explaining what you’ve accomplished in past or current jobs. Summarise your top results, introduce data and numbers if that’s the case. Then, talk about your responsibilities. Remember to start with the most recent experience and only keep crucial information.

Mention what is relevant for the role you’re after. Past employment, training, and education must have a connection with the position you’re going to apply. If there’s a long gap between the jobs you’ve had, you can clarify it in your resume or in your cover letter. Volunteer jobs related to the occupation count as work experience.  If not, put it in a section called volunteering. 

References upon request. It is a common practice in recruitment processes in Australia.  Most employers and recruiters will ask you for the contact information of people they can talk to get to know you better.  Although you must have two or three referees, you shouldn’t include their details on your CV.

Make it readable. Recruiters should be able to understand your work history and who you are in a few moments. Organise the content using a format that is easy to read, avoiding excessive creativity. Write in a positive tone and concise language. Review your contact details. Ensure your email and mobile number are available. Bear in mind that being able to communicate effectively is a suitable skill for any role.

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