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What are ‘Significant Achievements’ in a Résumé?

Achievements are very important in senior résumés and are those (very few) things you did that stood out, had an impact and made a difference to the agency or business. Perhaps you reduced the cost by X%, saved the business $Y, introduced a new policy that is still being used

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By Abi White

4 Ways NOT to get a job interview (& what you need to do to get one!)

If you’re not getting a job interview, chances are, you’re doing something wrong. Let’s take a look, and see if we can right things. Not getting that job interview may boil down to you simply not reading and  responding to the requirements correctly. The requirements, as listed in the advertisement,

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By Lloyd White

Selection Criteria – how to respond to “Contribute to strategic thinking”

Australian Public Service and many state government position have the selection criterion, “Contribute to strategic thinking” or something very similar. Wikipedia quotes David Hussey, “There is no generally accepted definition for strategic thinking, no common agreement as to its role or importance, and no standardised list of key competencies of

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By Lloyd White

Job interviews: what is a referee?

Let’s take a look at what (or rather, who) a referee is, and the protocols involved in nominating one… A referee is not a “reference”; it is the name and contact details of someone who can vouch for your ability to do the specific job. After your interview, and if

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By Lloyd White

How to target your resume to win a job interview!

Do you have the one CV or a Résumé that you keep up to date by adding the latest job, latest courses or achievements, then submit with EVERY application you make? If you do, it’s time to change your habits! Your résumé might be factually up-to-date but it is not ready to

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By Lloyd White

How to choose a job that makes you happy

    Extract from Write A Winning Job Application by Lloyd White   Not feeling happy at work? It’s important to choose a job that makes you happy. After all, you spend an awful lot of hours, days and years at work, so let’s look at some of the factors you

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By Lloyd White

University Graduate Positions: Apply NOW!

April 11 2015 University graduate positions in both government and private companies have some advantages over other positions that require degrees and are worth trying for. These positions offer a range of experiences and training in various section of the agency, or business, before you finally select the best area

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By Lloyd White

How to choose a job that makes you happy

  It’s important to choose a job that makes you happy. After all, you spend an awful lot of hours, days and years at work, so let’s look at some of the factors you should consider when making that choice. What’s making me unhappy at work? I know I can

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By Lloyd White

Applying for a job by letter

The most common problem with job application letters is that they become a data-dump. Applicants describe where they have been and what they have done and leave it to the employers to work out what is relevant to their needs. The message appears to be, “Here it is. I don’t

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By Lloyd White

Target Your Resume!

It’s essential that you target your resume to fit the specific job you are applying for. Don’t simply hand in your usual résumé! When applying for a specific job, where you know what the duties are and what skills are required, don’t just submit your “usual” résumé. People tell me they

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By Lloyd White