Getting Work Ready tips – writing a resumé

Resumé writing can be hard so Cire training have put together some tips to help you make that important first impression.

Contact details
Make sure your name and contact details are included and most importantly your phone number and email address. Please remember to use a professional email address. If you don’t have one it only takes a few minutes to create a new one, is far more appealing than

Lay out
Keep it simple and streamlined. Refrain from using colour, and if you decide to use dot points keep the same theme throughout your resume, using a bold text for headings is also a good idea. It is also a good idea to Google resume examples so you can get some ideas before you start. Remember to keep it simplistic, don’t get carried away with trends and busy designs, these resume types distract and look unprofessional.

Key strengths
A number of specific short statements listed as dot points outlining your key strengths. For example;

  • High-level computer skills including Microsoft Office, MYOB, Outlook

Employment history
List your professional working history starting from the most current position you hold or have held. We recommend listing them as follows; Job title, employer, and dates. Dot points are a good way to include a short list of position responsibilities and any achievements you accomplished whilst in that role.

School leavers and people re-entering the workforce after a lengthy absence with limited or no paid employment to list, could consider including work experience positions, volunteer position and any school leadership roles or club activities. If you have been the primary guardian of a child or a carer for a family member you can list the daily weekly tasks that you were responsible for. These tasks can include;

  • Meal planning and preparation
  • Transport
  • Finance administration including managing the the home budget
  • General home administration and management

Education and Training
Start with your highest qualification first. It’s a good idea to list it in the same format as your employment history; qualification, institute/provider, dates. Remember to include education and training that is relevant to the position you are applying for. If you were thinking of applying for an administration position the relevance of including a life guard qualification that you gained ten years previous would be questionable unless of course the administration position was within an aquatic centre. Include in-house training, university, TAFE, RTO and industry courses completed.

Hobbies and interests
The jury is out on whether to include hobbies and interests on your resume or not, we think if brief and thoughtfully completed, it is a way of helping you stand out from the crowd and makes you a real person to the reader. Just be mindful of what you include as some hobbies and interests may be viewed as offensive or inappropriate by the reader and therefore could impact on your chance of gaining the position or being shortlisted.

References/referees come at the end of your resumé. Include the referee’s name, phone number and whether it is a professional or personal referee. I would include two professional and one personal referee. A new trend of simply adding a sentence: “Referees details available upon request” has become common.

Above all make sure your referees are aware that you have included them in your resume and that you are actively applying for positions, it is a common courtesy that many people forget to do.

Two pages; try and keep your resume to two pages in length.

Important note
Always send a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria of the job advertisement and position description (if one is available). By including a cover letter and writing your resume using the above tips your success rate for being shortlisted will be greater. Stay tuned for our next Getting Work Ready Tips on interview techniques.

Resume writing is just one of the topics covered in Cire’s Getting Work Ready short course. From cover letters to interview techniques this training is highly recommended if your goal is to re-enter the workforce. This course is currently only $25 so now is the perfect time to enrol, click here to learn more.

Study tips to help you succeed…

Study tips

It’s a big step to make the decision to get back into study when you haven’t studied in a while… it can be overwhelming.

It can make you start to doubt yourself and question whether it’s all worthwhile, but we can assure you that it is.

You may experience challenges and have some fears about studying again, but there are many ways to overcome them. The key is to be organised so here are some tips to help you successfully gain the qualification of your choice.

1. Make the Time
You need to make time to study, add it to your schedule. Allow this time to focus on your study.

2. Schedule Everything
Include school dates in your appointment/diary including when assignments are due. If using electronic devices schedule reminders to ensure deadline and commitments are met.

3. Make Your Situation Known
Discuss at the start of the course any barriers you may have to completing the qualification. Come up with a plan to achieve your goal with your trainer.

4. Use the Buddy System
Study buddies are a great idea, because you’re accountable to someone other than yourself. They can also give you someone to discuss what has been covered in class.

5. Make Study Time a Family Event
Make a time where everyone is doing their homework. You can lead by example and show them how important it is to study.

We hope these tips are helpful and remember trainers are here to assist so if there are any road blocks that need addressing, talk to your trainer who will be happy to assist you.

For further information on UYCH Community College Nationally recognised training courses click here.

Injured wildlife tips for Spring

Last Spring we introduced you to Dobby a three month old Brush Tail possum who was rescued and raised by Raewyn, a registered wildlife foster carer. Well Dobby has now celebrated his first birthday so we thought it was a good idea to share with you all some tips on how to act when an animal is injured on the road. Rescued young just like Dobby would not survive without people being prepared and knowing who to contact, so this article aims to give you valuable information to enable all of us to help our native friends.

Spring means the breeding season is upon us. Now is the time to be prepared to ensure our wildlife is given the best possible care if they happen to be injured on our roads.

Most of us at some time or another have unintentionally injured or killed an animal whilst driving a vehicle. This can be a traumatic experience especially if the animal dies. Our Animal Studies trainer, Naomi Jeganathan has offered her expertise on this subject by giving you some valuable tips. These tips will hopefully save the lives of little ones that may have gone unnoticed because the mother was carrying young in her pouch when she was injured or killed.

Tip 1 – If you come across a dead native animal on the road or are unfortunate to hit one please take the time to pull over and move the animal off the road. If the animal is female check her pouch to make sure their not carrying any young.

Tip 2 – If you do find a baby in the pouch please contact your local vet or Upper Yarra Wildlife Network who will talk you through the appropriate steps to take in order to give the little one the best chance of survival.

 Tip 3Wildlife Rescue Kit. Being prepared will assist you with Tip 2. This kit is easy to make and will only take a few minutes of your time to put together. Basic household items to include are:

  1. Large towel
  2. Scissors
  3. Pillow case
  4. Minimum of 3 safety pins
  5. Secure box or pet carrier/cage
  6. Add the contacts below to your phone so you have them handy

By having these basic items in your car you will improve the chances for injured wildlife and their young. You may wonder what some of those items are for? There is no need  to worry as we recommend that you don’t use them without speaking to a rescue worker or local vet first.

Upper Yarra Wildlife Network – 0427 088 121
Wandin Veterinary Clinic – (03) 5964 4500
Seville Veterinary Clinic – (03) 5964 3960

Our Certificate III in Animal Studies class is always having visitors of the four legged kind. This is to ensure that all students benefit from hands on experience. If you would like to know more about this course click here.