Kyla Earthey and human resources officer Anna Angerer check through some resumes.
Kyla Earthey and human resources officer Anna Angerer check through some resumes. Mike Knott

Poor resumes harm job hopes

BUNDABERG businesses say the biggest barrier between people and employment is the people themselves, with many putting themselves out of the running before they even get to the job interview.

Bundaberg Regional Council employs almost 900 people and human resources officer Anna Angerer said potential employees needed to present themselves well on their resume to get an interview.

“People tend to sell themselves short by not providing enough information such as what skills, experience and qualifications they hold that are required for the particular position they are applying for,” she said.

“It's important to keep your resume current and tailor your application to the position you are applying for.”

Central Hotel manager Tom Walker agreed, saying people needed to take care when writing their CV.

“Some of the biggest problems we see in resumes are spelling mistakes and including really useless information,” he said.

“We don't want to hear about charity work you did 10 years ago. That makes us wonder if you've been doing anything since then.”

Real Estate owner John Fidden said job-seekers should show an interest in the company.

“Doing a bit of research on the place you are applying for a job with helps,” he said.

“We've had people work for us for 10 and 15 years and it's a two-way street.

“You've got to get the right person but then you've got to be good to them as well.”

Employment Services Queensland advisor Andrew Bainbridge said he had been helping people find jobs for almost five years.

“It's the littlest things that can lose people a job, like not returning phone calls or having an unprofessional voicemail message,” he said.

“You only need about three pages for your resume.

“You just need to include the relevant information. It should be professionally presented with a border and proper spelling and grammar.”



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