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QUT Careers and Employment Resume & Letter Writing DR. Alan McAlpine QUT Careers and Employment
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Contact Careers and Employment LOCATION Gardens Point Campus: Level 2, X Block Reception: Room X222 Kelvin Grove Campus: Level 4, C Block (Above the Refectory) Caboolture Campus: Student Centre - J Block WEBSITE PHONE Gardens Point: Kelvin Grove: Caboolture
QUT Careers and Employment Resumes & Application Letters
Outline Resume Application letter On-line Applications
Possible Selection Process Advertisement (information, application process) Application (letter, form, selection criteria, resume…) Short list Initial interview Testing In-depth interview Assessment Centre Reference checks Offer
Typical No of Pages For Resume Australia, Brisbane –3 pages (2-5 depending on qualifications & experience) –Plus: Cover page, Academic history, 1 Reference International –USA, Singapore… –1 page only
How long does an employer take to read a resume? Not Long!
Variations for Your Resume Paper – size, colour.. Design – graphics, borders, colour.. Cover page – design, scanned self-photo.. Font – size (11), density, style (arial).. Emphasis – bold, italics, underline Bullets – dashes, shapes.. Prioritise – headings, order TAB settings – minimum(2 or 3) Headers/footers – name, page no.. Spacings – large between sections, closed within sections
Possible Enclosures Application Form LetterKey Selection Criteria One Selected Reference Academic Record Resume Cover Page OptionalOnly when required
Possible Headings Personal details Education – reverse chronological order Work History – reverse chronological order Interests, extra curricular activities Achievements Memberships Career goal Referees Selected Reference
Alternative Headings Academic background Career achievements Career objective Community involvement Educational background Leisure activities Professional highlights Professional experience Professional skills Research Interests Research skills Special skills Specialist knowledge & skills Sporting achievements
Personal Details Name in bold with CAPITALS for the surname Both home and semester addresses Sem/home phone, fax Include nationality if employer is likely to be unsure Usually DO NOT INCLUDE –birth date –marital status –health
Example -RESUME- Lucy Mai NGUYEN
Education Tertiary –from most current backwards –provide as many highlights as possible –refer to attached Academic History Secondary –provide limited highlights only Other qualifications/skills –Computer (competent, familiar with) –Foreign languages (studied, fluent, familiar) –First Aid, Music, Scuba…… Awards/achievements –only education related ones here
Example EDUCATION Tertiary Bachelor of Business - Marketing Queensland University of Technology Secondary Major - Management (expected completion date - November 2007) (You may wish to include a 4/5 line description of the degree here) The course focuses on the activities of product and service innovation, development, pricing, selling, promotion, distribution and the provision of customer service. Credits and above in over 65% of subjects Course GPA (scale 1-7, 7 highest) (see attached Academic Transcript/Record)
2004 Selection of High Distinction & Distinction Subjects: Principles of Marketing Management & Organisation Publicity & Promotion (Print) Skills Developed: Marketing analysis, market research and management Planning and managing promotional campaigns Preparing and delivering corporate reports Team Projects: Retail analysis for Country Road Australia Public relations campaign for Sportsleaf Individual Projects/Seminar Presentations: Complete business venture plan and strategy Research design Associate Diploma in Management Southbank Institute of TAFE (Transferred to QUT after first year)
Secondary Year 12 Senior Certificate - Gympie State High School Overall Position (OP) – 5 Other Qualifications/Skills Foreign language skills: fluent in Cantonese familiar with Mandarin studied French to Year 10 level Computing skills: competent using:familiar with: Word Perfect PageMaker Microsoft Access DBASE Excel Word Music: A.Mus A. Piano Awards/Achievements Year 12 Economics Award School Debating Team School Prefect
Work History Career related –job title –company/organisation name –approximate no of hours per week if part-time –approximate no of days or weeks or months –skills developed/responsibilities/achievements Other (Casual) –focus on transferable skills Awards & achievements
WORK HISTORY Career Related Administrative Assistant (vacation - 8 weeks) Department of Lands - Brisbane Skills Developed/Responsibilities: preparation of daily correspondence reception and meeting clients compilation of survey data preparation of reports, environmental impact Sales Assistant (casual - 5 hours per week) Myer Department Store - Coorparoo Skills Developed/Responsibilities: customer relations and retail selling administration of records cash management displays and visual merchandising design product knowledge and training supervision and coordination of competitions stock take and ordering Awards/Achievements Casual salesperson of the Year Award 2004
Transferable Skills Communication –effective writing –effective speaking –listening –languages –computing Managing & Organising –organising –can work independently –Achieve outcomes Teamwork –Cooperation –Motivating others Problem solving –identifying/analysing –applying knowledge –research –decision making –follow through –capacity to see the ‘big picture’ –Appreciation of values/ethics
What Are My Transferable Skills? Think about a recent job that you have held. Write a list of the tasks you performed while in that position. List the skills you utilised to complete those tasks these are your transferable skills.
Turning Tasks into T Skills wait at table serve food & drinks take food from the kitchen look after the bills talk to the customers meet customer requests do many tasks quickly work with manager, cooks… being neat and tidy –attending to clients –prioritising & managing tasks –taking instructions –handling accounts & money –effective communication –problem solving, conflict management –time & task management –good team work –high level of professional presentation
Other Voluntary Work Promotional hostess (casual - 4 hours/week for 20 weeks) Billabong Family Bistro - Gympie Skills Developed/Responsibilities: promotion of Billabong restaurant entertainment of children at the restaurant compare and promote shows Awards/Achievements Employee of the Month Award - February Waitress (casual – 4 hours/week) - Terrace Coffee Lounge - Coorparoo - Sang Pho Takeaway Restaurant - Gympie Skills Developed/Responsibilities: attending to clients following instructions reconciling money taking telephone orders organising and managing tasks Assisting with computer training at Woolloongabba Job Club
You The Person Interests/activities –include extra-curricular for the past 5 years Achievements (optional) –community, sporting Memberships –student groups, student chapters, professional.. Career Goal (optional) –give an indication of your short/long term plans
Example EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES MEMBERSHIPS CAREER GOAL Member of School Social Committee Participated in school musicals and choir Piano Tennis Swim and attend the QUT gym Assist in the organisation and promotion of the QUT Ball Listen to classical and contemporary music Business Student Association (BASS) Borneo Students Association To put my studies and work experience skills into good use by combining my interests in management, marketing, and publications in a relatively large company with an eventual opportunity to work overseas.
Referees & References Referees –minimum of 2 -maximum of 4 –work-related are the highest priority –let them know first time you use them Reference (optional) –select only ONE to add –ONLY if outstanding –refer to it in the text as attached
Example REFEREESMr Ross Maynes Purchase Manager Myer Department Store Goodfields Hyperdome COORPAROO Q 4152 Tel: Fax: Dr Mary Green Senior Lecturer, QUT Faculty of Business GPO Box 2434 BRISBANE Q 4001 Tel: Fax: Ms Pat Dayson Quality Manager Fastfoods Inc Fairfield Rd FAIRFIELD Q 4215 Tel: Fax: REFERENCE One selected reference from Ross Maynes is attached.
International Resumes USA based companies require resumes to be: ONE PAGE only Be extremely brief Provide both a one page and three page to be safe
Format & Variations Paper – size, colour.. Design – graphics, borders, colour.. Cover page – design, scanned self-photo.. Font – size (11), density, style (eg Arial).. Emphasis – bold, italics, underline Bullets – dashes, shapes.. Prioritise – headings, order TAB settings – minimum (2 or 3) Headers/footers – name, page no.. Spacings – large between sections, closed within sections
QUT Careers and Employment Application Letters
Hints for Application Letters NO longer than ONE page Develop a basic design and content Rewrite specific bits for each application Spell check & person check Error free Positive Balance self confidence & modesty It is their first contact with you
All left justified Your Name & Address (Suburb/Town in CAPITALS) Date Person’s name, title & address (Suburb/Town in CAPITALS) –to Human Resources Manager, if unsure Dear Sir/Madam or the specific name (Mr/Ms..) Introduction (why writing - 2 lines + what you are doing- 4 lines) Body (minimum 2 Paras, maximum 3 paras) –highlight your strengths and relevant experiences –focus on what you can do for them & why they should take you –indicate strongly why you want to work for them Closure (refer to attachments, thank them, give contact details) Sign off (sincerely if person known, faithfully if unknown)
Lucy Nguyen 62 Staghorn Drive BALMORAL Q 4171 Tel March 2007 Ms Mary Graham Human Resources Manager XYZ Consulting PO Box 123 BRISBANE Q 4001 Dear Ms Graham I wish to apply for the position of Marketing Officer as advertised in the Courier Mail, Saturday 8 March, Reference No: KL23 (or through QUT Careers & Employment). or I am writing to express my interest in being considered for an appropriate position within your company when I have completed my current studies. This year I will complete a Bachelor of Business at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with a major in Marketing and secondary major in Management. I have achieved an overall Grade Point Average of 5.3 (on a 7 point scale) and have a special interest in Strategic Planning (or obtained a High Distinction in Principles of Marketing).
As part of my studies I participated in two industry-based project groups. One involved undertaking a detailed analysis of the consumer markets for a major clothing retailer and the other developing a market plan and campaign for a relatively small, energetic and upcoming sports clothing manufacturer and distributor. Both projects provided me with an opportunity to work closely with industry personnel and strengthen my interest in this area. The two companies regarded the outcome of the projects as highly productive and successful. I have undertaken direct promotional work as part of my Billabong Family Bistro work in Gympie and have consolidated my basic communication and clerical skills through my work at Myers and my vacation placement with a Queensland Government Department. I bring to any job a strong work ethic and desire to succeed, a willingness to cooperate with others, and a need to produce quality work. As a result of the knowledge and skills gained through my studies at QUT and my industry- based experiences, I will be able to fulfil more than adequately fulfil the requirements of the Marketing Officer position at XYZ Consulting. Thank you for considering my application. Enclosed is a copy of my resume and academic transcript. I would appreciate an interview and am available at short notice. If I am not contactable on my home phone: , a message could be left with my neighbour, Mrs Reid on (or my parents on ). Yours sincerely Lucy Nguyen
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