Resume Tips Library

It is recommended that you tailor your resume for each different industry you target. Employers are more likely to appreciate your skills and value if they are specific and relevant to their organisation and to the particular role they need to fill. For clarity, give each resume a title that specifies which industry the resume is targeted to.

Be realistic about your salary expectation. Don’t enter a salary that you wouldn’t accept, but consider the other benefits and value of the position and whether you would accept a lower salary in order, for example, to gain valuable experience, receive training and development opportunities or for flexible working hours. Once you have settled on a minimum acceptable salary, keep in mind that this is negotiable at a later stage.

If you need assistance in formulating a realistic salary expectation, you can try PayScale, a free salary calculator that provides a guide to salary expectations according to experience and industry. Make sure to select the appropriate country from the drop-down menu in PayScale.

Tailor your resume to meet the standards and requirements of the industry you are targeting. Creating more than one resume is recommended if you are targeting several industries.

How do you ascertain the standards and requirements of particular industries? Go to the websites of employers within that industry or to professional organisations aligned with those industries and research what their values and responsibilities are. Look at job ads for the sort of roles you are interested in and notice when they use the same words and phrases. Try to use the same words and phrases when making a list of your own skills and attributes, ensuring that you can provide supporting evidence and examples at interview.

Use the drop down menu to select occupations that most closely meet your desired role within the specified industry.

You can specify more than one type of employment.