We’re very excited to announce that on 28th January 2016, Thursday from 1-2pm we’ll be holding a live Q&A on Facebook with our CTO Melissa Margoulis.
She’ll be taking over the First Avenue Facebook account for 1 hour and at the end one lucky winner will receive our one-on-one career coaching session for free.
To participate, all you have to do is post your question in the comment section of our post (Which will be live on Facebook just before we start the Q&A session).
If you haven’t liked our Facebook page, click here so you are able to follow us through the entire Q&A session.
At the end of the session we will pick one lucky participant to win the amazing prize! Once we have selected the winner, we will request you send us a private message with your email to arrange your prize!
A summary of the Q&A session will be collected and posted on our blog. This way people who couldn’t participate on Facebook during the given time can still read through the content. Once the blog is published we will announce this on Facebook.
Melissa Margoulis is the Chief Talent Officer at First Avenue Group, a company dedicated to connecting top organisations with top talent. Melissa will try her best to respond to your comments during that one-hour period.
How important is tailoring your resume to be country specific? We say it’s essential. The reasoning is simple, the basic element of a good resume is every cover letter and resume should be targeted towards the company you want to work for.
Did you know!
In Malaysia, it is a basic requirement to include your personal details such as marital status or date of birth, but in some countries this can see seen as illegal or inappropriate. Always be careful when preparing your resume.
CV vs. Resume: Do you know the difference?
Did you realised in Britain the Brits use CV and in America they use resume? And in Australia we use both.
CV usually long and covers your entire career, static in nature. Can be more than 2 pages. Changes should be stated in the Cover Letter.
Resume generally a brief summary, no particular format rule, highly customisable.
In the UK, Ireland and New Zealand, CV is used in all situations. The CV prevails in mainland Europe. Recently Europe, the rules for CV writing has changed and there is even a European Union CV format available for download. As part of the European Union (EU), all members follow the same resume criteria and format. This is great in avoiding all the different cultural and administrative differences between the countries.
In Australia, India and South Africa, the terms resume and CV are used interchangeably. Resume is commonly used in the private sector while CV is mostly used when applying for public service positions.
If you are planning on applying to South Africa it is required to have even further personal information such as ID number and ethnicity (the latter to clarify one’s BEE or affirmative action status). In Australia and the US, however, stricter privacy laws make revealing of personal information unnecessary.
Lastly do take note, if you are applying for a job in the USA, as there are major differences between a “resume” and a “CV”. An American Curriculum Vitae (CV) is a longer document and is usually written only by a researcher, educator, or academic.
For all resumes, make sure you have your contact details. That includes details such as your address, mobile phone and an email. You can also include links to social media accounts, such as Linkedin and Twitter.
If you are applying for a senior position, make sure you list an award or achievement that shows the added value to brought to the company. Similarly, make sure you list the systems and technical skills where this is applicable.
For all your relevant roles state in your resume, make sure you clearly state the company name, your title and the dates you worked with them.
Avoid story telling! The hiring personnel usually receive tons of applications, make it easy for them to read and extract the information they need. Use bullet points where possible. Any specific points relating to the role you have applied for should be in your cover letter. This is especially true in Australia.
Happy Resume Writing!
If you are struggling to write your resume, don’t fret. First Avenue is here to the rescue. At First Avenue, we provide tailored career-counselling services to help you get ahead. We will be able to guide you through improving your social profile & resume and advice you on the best way to land your desired job. Contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would gladly help you out.
Melissa Margoulis is the Chief Talent Officer at First Avenue Group, a company dedicated to connecting top organisations with top talent. Follow First Avenue for access to all the hottest career opportunities, news and industry trends in APAC. Be sure to follow First Avenue across Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook for the hottest jobs, trends and news in APAC
Article Written by: Yee Lin Loke, Chief Digital Marketer
If you are in the 29% of people who haven’t looked for a new job in the last 5 years, it’s important you know how the process has shifted. Because of this we have decided to provide an update on some of the major job searching trends in 2015.
They are always mentioned as a necessity in every application, but the fact is most cover letters don’t get read anymore. This is due to the influx of applications received for vacant positions. Due to how time poor hiring managers are they are now relying on Application Tracking Systems (ATS) in the screening process. For this reason it is more beneficial to tailor your resume and ensure it is packed full of keywords.
The reasoning here is similar to cover letters… Each resume only gets a short span of hiring manager’s attention, why waste that valuable real-estate on a paragraph which doesn’t include anything they really want to hear at this point in time.
References on Resume
It is no longer necessary to finish your resume with references. Hiring managers assume that you will provide your professional references at the appropriate time if you are successful during the interview.
Handwritten Thank You Notes
A lot of people find it creepy nowadays to receive a hand written thank you note, that myth has definitely been busted and it is far more appropriate to follow up with a simple email.
Due to the application tracking systems being deployed by large organisations it is imperative every resume job seekers send out is tailored. Don’t ditch the cover letter all-together it is still a nice touch, it’s just a matter of shifting focus to ensuring your resume nails the job description.
Have replaced the old-fashioned objective statement at the start of a resume. Start your resume with a punch by outlining all key skills that you possess, especially those that are relevant to the job description. This shows the hiring manager straight away what you are capable of bringing on board in a digestible format.
Listing your responsibilities is great, but not as important as what you accomplished and achieved within your role. It is now far more desirable to include achievements rather than stating responsibilities.
We hope this blog has helped those job seekers who have been off the market for five years or more get back up to speed. For more advice please follow us across social media.