Getting a Brilliant Job: Resumes, Interview Skills and by Karen Bright, Jim Bright

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How to show you’ve got what the employer wants The most common attributes employers look for in junior applicants are: • • • • • self-motivation, enthusiasm and willingness to learn good communication skills ability to work within a team attention to detail interest in the particular area of work—fashion, electronics, finance, childcare etc. Knowing what an employer is looking for is one thing but showing the employer that you have these skills is another. It’s often a bit daunting trying to think of ways to demonstrate that you have the required skills for the job.

My computer skills are advanced. I regularly use email to communicate with other people and the Internet to research topics of interest. Energy, enthusiasm and initiative I am an energetic individual who is always looking to develop new skills and to gain experience in different areas. This has been reflected in my participation in various activities. I have always enjoyed the retail industry and am looking to take on additional responsibilities so that I can progress in this area. You have now completed page one of your résumé.

No one wants an apprentice who thinks they know everything from the start! How do you demonstrate this attribute to an employer? Initially you should write a competency statement in your résumé under the heading, ‘Energy, enthusiasm and initiative’ or, ‘Enthusiasm and willingness to learn’. This specifically tells the employer that you understand what the job entails and are willing to learn and develop new skills. Secondly, you need to demonstrate this in an interview with the employer. In some circumstances you may be required to meet with the employer and present them with your résumé on the day, rather than forwarding the résumé and then being contacted by the employer.

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