One of the simplest, but most effective methods for resume writing is one favoured by one of the world’s largest and most renowned companies, Google. In fact, Google recruiters say that without employing this method, your resume is almost guaranteed to go into the ‘reject’ pile. It’s the ‘XYZ’ formula, and it’s a formula you can start using in your own resume.
Including relevant key achievements in your resume is what will set you apart from the competition. Actions speak louder than words, and explaining what you achieved in previous roles will demonstrate to the recruiter just what you are capable of. Clients often struggle with this part of resume writing, though.
Here’s a list of 50 questions to ask yourself if you’re struggling to identify your own key achievements.
HOw to write a NSW Department of Education application |School Administrative Officer (SAO) (Example covering letter)
The NSW Department of Education requires you to apply for any roles through iworkfor.nsw.gov.au. In addition to a resume, you will usually be asked to supply a covering letter of between 2-3 pages (depending on the role). You will need to respond to any targeted questions in this cover letter, as well as explain how your skills and experience are relevant to the position you are applying for. Its also important to ensure you write in the context of the focus capabilities for the role.
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Here is a snippet of a successful NSW Department of Education SAO application example:
Selection for roles at the Queensland Police Service (QPS) are highly competitive and it is very important to closely follow the required application guidelines. In most cases, a QPS role will require a 2-page written statement addressing the criteria outlined under the ‘Are you the right person for the job?’ section, whilst also taking into account the stated ‘Key Accountabilities’. It is important to use specific examples to support your statements.
Here is a snippet of a QPS application letter example:
When applying for a Cairns Regional Council job, it's important to carefully follow the application guidelines. Usually, the panel will request a copy of your resume as well as a comprehensive cover letter addressing the three main elements as detailed in the full selection criteria. It is important to note that unless you address these elements, your application will not be accepted.
Here is an example of as snippet from a winning Cairns Council application:
We hear regularly from people wanting to apply for a particular role, but they don’t quite meet all the requirements listed in the job ad. Sometimes they’re targeting a role a few steps up within the industry they’re experienced in. Other times, they’re making a career change.
We work with many clients who are new to the job market, including recent high school graduates and university students. We are often asked “what can I put on my resume when I have no experience?”.
The good news is, there’s lots you can do to stand out with a strong entry-level resume.
This successful NT government application required a short and concise one page summary sheet (cover letter) response. Here is a snippet from the letter:
This successful Queensland Government application was a 2 page response, with a number of criteria needing to be addressed. This is a sample of the letter.
We specialise in nursing applications (including Queensland Health nurse roles)! This was a winning application requiring the Queensland Health favoured 2 page application letter, demonstrating the key attributes. Here is a snippet from the letter:
This application successfully led to interview. It was a 4-page application, addressing 5 key criteria. Included is the winning statement from a very popular key selection criteria, regarding communication skills:
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