By Nicolina Bosnic
Seeking work in Sydney? Here are some top tips on how to write a resume if you are on a working holiday visa!
It is fast approaching a busy time of year here in Sydney; the sun is shining, the ocean is warm and it seems as if everyone on a working holiday visa is looking for work. We are seeing a high number of applicants from candidates all over the world here at Lotus HQ and would love to share some top tips on how you can be best placed to secure work. Read on to help you stand out from the crowd!
- Fill in the gaps – Many of us have been very fortunate and travelled for extended periods of time without work. We recommend that you put a line on your resume to include the dates of travel. This explains the gap plus it always sparks a great conversation in interviews and you never know what you will have in common with an interviewer which may make you more memorable than the next person.
- Ditch the paragraphs – Bullet points are a much easier way to pick out the main key duties you performed in your role and easier for the reader to match your skill set to the role you are applying for. You could be one of a hundred people applying so the easier it is to read, the easier we can see if you are the best person for the role. I have heard that most people will only skim a resume for 5-10 seconds before they come to a decision so make it easy to read.
- Be specific and relevant – It is not unusual for people to have more than one version of their resume. A lot of us will have had various roles across different role types, eg hospitality or office-based work. When applying for roles in administration or reception, please be mindful of highlighting your relevant work experience. Still include your other roles to fill the gap but there is no need to go into great detail about the duties there.
- Dates – it may seem an obvious one but always include the month and year next to your employer name and job title. It doesn’t need to be your exact date but a rough idea of when you started works and keep your most recent experience at the top working your way down getting to your least recent.
- Correct and current number – The most obvious, and you may be surprised at how many incorrect or old numbers are on resumes, but make sure all of your details to contact you are correct and up to date! There is nothing worse than seeing an amazing resume and not being able to reach out!
Please take away a few key points to enhance your opportunity in finding your next role in Sydney. We are coming into a busy time for roles so get ahead and send your updated resume to firstname.lastname@example.org