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UWA Careers Resumes And Interviews


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UWA Careers Resumes And Interviews

  2. 2. Employers Want Technical skills & s ubject knowledge Generic skills & p ersonal attributes
  3. 3. Resumes ‘Rights’ <ul><li>Short phrases in bullet point form </li></ul><ul><li>Clear headings & categories </li></ul><ul><li>Clear format </li></ul><ul><li>Descriptive language </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant, detailed information </li></ul><ul><li>Addressed to the employer’s needs </li></ul>
  4. 4. Resume ‘Wrongs’ <ul><li>Graphics and borders </li></ul><ul><li>Irregular fonts and cluttered layouts </li></ul><ul><li>Irrelevant personal details </li></ul><ul><li>Too long or too short </li></ul><ul><li>Generic resumes (non-targeted) </li></ul><ul><li>Spelling mistakes </li></ul>
  5. 5. RESUME <ul><li>Personal Details </li></ul><ul><li>Christine Jones(+Family Name) 24 Baker Street, Shenton Park WA 6008 h. (08) 9437 8564 m. 0407 225 991 </li></ul><ul><li>Career Profile </li></ul><ul><li>Building on my studies in finance and capital markets, where I have developed sound understanding of financial markets, costs and tax implications for Australian investors, I am most interested in developing a career in investment portfolio managment with an international bank. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Education <ul><li>University of Western Australia </li></ul><ul><li>Bachelor of Commerce </li></ul><ul><li>Investment Finance and Corporate Finance majors </li></ul><ul><li>Business Law minor </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Achievements </li></ul><ul><li>Credit/Distinction level average </li></ul><ul><li>2009 P A Ballard Commerce Award – 2nd place in simulated </li></ul><ul><li>financial investment competition involving 38 Business Students. </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Memberships </li></ul><ul><li>APESMA – Student Member </li></ul><ul><li>Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (ICAA) - Member </li></ul>
  7. 7. Skills and Experience <ul><li>Computer skills </li></ul><ul><li>Proficient user of MS Word, Excel and Access - used throughout tertiary studies for assignments and group project work </li></ul><ul><li>Communication Skills  </li></ul><ul><li>Presented numerous class papers to students and academic staff </li></ul><ul><li>Developed customer service skills through extensive retail experience </li></ul><ul><li>Wrote detailed submission to the Wetland Resorts Commission on behalf of the WA Uni Ecology Club on the future development of Hunters Lake.  (Elements of the submission were included in the final recommendations implemented by the Commission). </li></ul><ul><li>Language Skills  </li></ul><ul><li>French (fluent in speech and written) </li></ul><ul><li>Indonesian (conversational level) </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Professional Employment </li></ul><ul><li>Jan – Dec 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>National Australia Bank </li></ul><ul><li>Trainee Analyst </li></ul><ul><li>Duties: </li></ul><ul><li>Developed fortnightly Management Information reports </li></ul><ul><li>Liaised with customers to collate accurate personal details </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinated appointment bookings for 6 senior analysts </li></ul><ul><li>Maintained, checked and updated data on Excel spreadsheets </li></ul><ul><li>Other Employment </li></ul><ul><li>Mar 2009 – current </li></ul><ul><li>Shenton Park IGA Supermarket </li></ul><ul><li>Sales Assistant </li></ul><ul><li>Duties: </li></ul><ul><li>Responsible for cash transactions and banking daily takings </li></ul><ul><li>Trained new staff and organised part-time staff rosters </li></ul><ul><li>Resolved difficult customer queries </li></ul>
  9. 9. Extra Curricula Activities & Interests <ul><li>2009 Inspire Student Mentor </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Visiting schools in rural areas to speak to Year 12 students about university studies and activities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2006 – 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>UWA Bush Hiking Club – President and Expedition Leader </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leading wilderness camping tours; organising venues and transport for hiking weekends; editing monthly newsletter </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Researching investment trends and managing personal portfolio </li></ul><ul><li>Indoor beach volleyball – play in social competition </li></ul>
  10. 10. Referees <ul><li>Name </li></ul><ul><li>Position </li></ul><ul><li>Organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Phone </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile </li></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>Name </li></ul><ul><li>Position </li></ul><ul><li>Organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Phone </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile </li></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><ul><li>Find out about the organisation and the job </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Study the selection criteria again </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work out how to get there </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prepare your clothing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure you have a copy of your application and resume </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anticipate questions, prepare examples for answers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write down any questions that you can ask </li></ul></ul>Before you go
  13. 13. Building Rapport <ul><li>Punctuality </li></ul><ul><li>Personal grooming </li></ul><ul><li>Courtesy to all </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>What we show gives a stronger message than what we say! </li></ul>
  15. 15. Types of Questions…and why they’re asked <ul><li>Introductory, personal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to relax you, to get to know you </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Factual </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to get information - find out what motivates you </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Behavioural </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to find out how you behave in certain situations and approach your work </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Sample Questions <ul><li>“ Give an example of how you work as part of a team? What was your role? What skills did you use to contribute effectively? “ </li></ul><ul><li>“ Tell us about a time when you encountered a significant problem. How did you deal with it and what was the outcome?” </li></ul>
  17. 17. Answering Behavioural Questions <ul><li>S  R  O </li></ul><ul><li>Situation Response Outcome </li></ul><ul><li>Describe the situation What did you do? What was the result? </li></ul>
  18. 18. Have Something to Say! <ul><li>Speak positively but don’t brag </li></ul><ul><li>Give some new examples </li></ul><ul><li>Keep answers relevant to the job </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t ramble on! </li></ul>
  19. 19. Graduate & vacation jobs Employer events Casual and part time jobs UWA CareerHub (jobs, web links, resources, events) Career advice Resume reviews Job search workshops Career mentoring