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Casual Employment Tips - What is your resume saying about you?

Posted By Jacqui Nuske on 15/04/2015

Hi, my name is Andrew Klima, Employment & Volunteer Services manager with the Adelaide University Union (AUU). With 15 years’ experience in the Employment Services sector, I have prepared, read, reviewed, adjusted and even discarded a number of resumes in my time.

One of the first things I ask a student when they visit Employment Services is; what does your resume and cover letter say about you, when you are not in the room to clarify it? Is it easy to read? Does it tell the reader what you offer in regards to skills and attributes? Is it speaking the industry language of the field you are applying for? Does it stand out over the other 100+ resumes sitting on a manager’s desk?

When someone gets a job they are employed to perform a specific task. An administration officer does admin work, a barista makes coffee, and a sales assistant sells goods to customers. It is while we go about our daily tasks that we develop our broader skills and attributes which employers look for in a potential employee; professionalism, experience, knowledge base and social skills.

A resume should speak the language that the reader or employer understands and resonates with. If you are trying break free of the fast food industry and get work that relates to your field of study or interests, your resume should not focus on the task of your previous fast food jobs but the transferable skills and attributes you picked up while working. For example, what would resonate with an engineering company more?

Skill: Washed pots and pans and cleaned the kitchen

Or

Skill: Maintained a high Occupational Health & Safety standard ensuring a safe working environment for staff and customers.

It essentially says the same thing but you are not only summarising your skill from your previous tasks but you are speaking into the future and helping a potential manager understand how your skills can relate to the job they are advertising.
Your resume is your very own promotional flyer, announcing to the world that you are capable, reliable, adaptive and would complement any organisation and its working environment very well.

Since joining the AUU team, I have had the pleasure of assisting a number of students work through the challenges of finding casual employment. Once you are able to create a resume and cover letter that promotes your transferable skills and attributes, you will see a difference in how you approach employers and how employers will respond to you and your potential.

The AUU Employment & Volunteering Services is open from 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. Our main office can be found at the Lady Symon Building on the North Terrace Campus. We are also at the Roseworthy Campus and Waite Campus once a month.

Book an appointment online or send an email to : employment@auu.org.au

Also be sure to visit the jobs board on our website that has a number of fantastic casual employment opportunities.