Getting Started - before you look for an Australian Apprenticeship position
Have a good but brief resume
The purpose of the resume is to get you past the first screening process and into an interview. Don't forget to include any of your interests, work experience or full or part time work that might relate to the Australian Apprenticeship you are interested in. Click here to see a sample resume.
Tips for preparing a resume
Here are some suggested areas to cover.
- Contact details - include your name, address, telephone number and email address
- Education and training - show the highest educational level you have reached, where and when you studied. You may wish to include subjects you have studied and your results. Always emphasise your achievements
- Employability skills - it is important to provide evidence of these skills. See the information in "What are employers looking for?" below
- Other skills - give details of any other relevant skills that you possess, such as speaking a second language, holding driving and other licences, word processing speed and accuracy skills, or mathematical skills. Your skills show a prospective employer your range of abilities and achievements, but to be an effective part of your resume they must relate to the job for which you are applying
- Work history - explain your past and present employment in terms of what you have achieved. List your most recent experience first. Include your job title, employer's name and location, dates of employment, a description of your responsibilities and duties, and a description of your achievements in each position
- Activities and interests - you may include your community activities, sports you participate in and other hobbies. This section is optional if you have covered the skills developed through activities and interests in the 'employability skills' section. However, this information can help an employer build a picture of you and your values
- Referees - resumes most often list three referees who usually, when contacted, outline details of your experience in their organisation and/or comment on your personal qualities. In your resume it is essential to include their name, position title, company/employer, contact phone number and if possible email address. Be sure to ask their permission to list them and make sure they are comfortable with recommending you. It is a good idea to provide your referees with a copy of your resume to prepare them for a phone call from employers you have applied to. Make sure that the contact details of your referees are kept up to date
Make sure that you check your resume for spelling, grammar and typing errors and perhaps ask someone else to double-check it for you.
What are employers looking for?
When recruiting staff, and also when considering promoting staff within their organisations, employers look at your qualifications, the skills and experience that you have gathered over your work history and at school, and also what are called 'employability skills'.
In fact, employers have identified eight groups of skills, and also a list of personal attributes, that are increasingly being considered as an essential part of any successful workplace. Being able to demonstrate your achievements in these skill and attribute areas will add weight to any job application that you make.
- communication skills that contribute to productive and harmonious relations between employees and customers
- team work skills that contribute to productive working relationships and outcomes
- problem-solving skills that contribute to productive outcomes
- initiative and enterprise skills that contribute to innovative outcomes
- planning and organising skills that contribute to long-term and short-term strategic panning
- self-management skills that contribute to employee satisfaction and growth
- learning skills that contribute to ongoing improvement and expansion in employee and company operations and outcomes
- technology skills that contribute to effective execution of tasks
- Honesty and integrity
- Personal presentation
- Positive self-esteem
- Sense of humour
- Balanced attitude to work and home life
- Ability to deal with pressure
Help with resumes:
These sites provide excellent information on putting together a resume.