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There is a huge amount of world class free advice and Résumé tips available online. This free information includes, templates, content and formatting case studies, tips and examples that can help you shape, craft and wordsmith your own Résumé or CV for FREE!. = ie: Self Help and then you do not need our help. 

Sadly, among the gold you will find both online and seeking advice from your family, friends and colleagues, there are many conflicting opinions about winning CV's and Résumés content, structure and format. Various website, professional recruiters or certified Résumé Writer, claims or recommendations as as an effective strategy, may not be best for your current situation and also often conflict with another, it becomes very difficult to separate world class great advice from good advice from even bad advice !  FIFO STAFF = DESTROY EXCUSES!


Please, stay safe, stay informed and comply with your Governments Covid-19 Health & Safety Rules, Recommendations and Guidelines.

Tip #1: "Caveat the Implementor"

FIFO STAFF believe that is is illegal, morally wrong and demonstrates a distinct lack of character for one to intentionally provide misleading information about one's qualifications or experience in one's employment or contract application process! 

If you're caught providing "alternative facts", false or misleading information in your Résumé, curriculum vitae (CV) or RFP response, that was relied upon in the formulation of any offer of employment or awarding of a contract, you can, and most likely will, be fired, potentially sued or asked to "voluntarily" resign your position and/or terminate the contract at any time, regardless of tenure and investments if any. 

Tip #2: Use advanced language and communication skills to your advantage. ie: Talk to the reader in "their" language.

FIFO STAFF can not emphasis enough the importance of "Active Listening", and "Listening" does not just mean verbally, it includes, the written word, ie: advert or CV, as well as non verbal and external communications. Listen first, listen second, listen third and then "communicate" in the other persons language. Choose your words, vocabulary, evidence, ideas, voice and arrangement strategically to include and wordsmith into your Résumé, CV or Cover Letter! Practice, Practice, Practice, Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse. Quote from the late Bruce Lee: "I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who had practiced one kick 10,000 times".

Tip #3: Does your CV or Résumé pass the 6 - 20 Second Test?

How effectively does your Résumé and Cover Letter work for you? Is your current Cover Letter, Résumé or CV getting you past the first 6-20 second test? If not, don't wait, fix it today! - DESTROY EXCUSES!

FIFO STAFF recommend Content, Content, Content, Sequence, Sequence, Sequence, Key Words, Key Words, Key Word. Then formatting. 

Often when an Employer or Recruiter posts a career, job or contract advertisement online, they frequently receive hundreds and sometimes thousands of Résumés or CV’s in response to a single advertisement. 

Tip #4:  Does your CV or  Résumé get past the ATS, RSS, Robots and Résumé Scanning Process?

FIFO STAFF recommend that YOU ensure your Résumé or CV’ is Résumé Scanning Optimised. 2020 and 2021 onwards brings very competitive employment, contracting  and commerce markets both in Australia and Globally.

Both in the real Covid-19, Face Mask, Social Distancing, Lockdown world in which we live and operate in and the Digital Zoom, Microsoft, Skype, Teams, WhatsApp, Viber, Messenger, Apple, Facebook, Google, Android etc, etc world.

Résumé Scanning or more formally referred to as, Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) or Résumé Scanning Software (RSS) are simply computer software programs or Algorithms (AI, ML, Robots etc) used by more and more Recruiters, Procurement and HR Personell so Employers and Businesses  can automatically (without human interaction) scan, rank and long or short list the Résumés or CV's received for positions available or advertised. 

ATS and RSS were originally created for large corporations that received several hundred or thousands of Résumés and job applications on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Research by FIFO STAFF suggests approximately 90% of Tier 1 Mining, Oil & Gas, Construction and Fortune 500 companies use ATS or RSS to help rationalise their recruitment process and automatically cull weak CV's and Résumés.

In 2020, ATS and RSS are being employed more and more often by small and medium enterprises (SME's) in Australia and worldwide as they enable the efficient electronic handling of the recruitment process and reduce the Employers and/or Recruiters time and costs associated with screening, shortlisting and on-boarding staff, contractors and people.

Technically known in Résumé, CV or Recruitment Geek Land as “Résumé Parsing”, In simple terms, ATS and RSS is software that uses advanced Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning techniques to automatically scan every CV or Résumé into a complete and searchable candidate record. 

All Résumés from FIFO STAFF are Résumé Scanning Optimised.


Australian and International surveys, as well as FIFO STAFF vast experience in the real world, tell us, many Tier 1 organisations use Résumé Scanning Software or Applicant Tracking Software,  however, if they are not using Résumé Scanning Software to automatically cull weak and off-target Résumés the Employer or Recruiter will normally only spend between 6 & 20 seconds reading each application on the initial  "long or Shortlist" cull. 

Is YOUR Résumé or CV on target? in or out of the first cut?
Even better still are you making the Purple Circle work for you by presenting an effective up to date Résumé?

The key to an effective Résumé or CV is knowing what to include and what to exclude to ensure YOU get past the Résumé Scanning Software or initial manual cull and stand out from the crowd. This secret sauce is content, sequence and format! Be on target for your NEXT Job!



Make an impact on potential Employers or Recruiters with a well-structured, concise, easy to read, professional “Targeted” Résumé and Cover Letter.  Ensure your Résumé is Résumé Scanning and Computer Robot Friendly!

Your Résumé, also known as Curriculum vitae or “CV” is to put it simply; " a summary of your skills, qualifications, experience and personal attributes". Some people from Europe and other countries may consider a Résumé would contain less detail and a lower word count than a Curriculum vitae. In OZ, “they are the same as” mate! 

  • A TARGETED Résumé or curriculum vitae (CV) could dramatically increase the number of call-backs and interview invitations you receive. 

    Keep you Résumé and Cover Letter on TARGET for your NEXT job - It is an idiom to say that you and I both want to "stand out from the crowd", most people do!. Use targeted and striking information about your knowledge, professional skills, personal attributes and appropriateness for the Job you are applying for and highlight why you are the right candidate for the role or position.

  • What are the best Key Words to include in your Résumé or CV? Key Words are varied from role to role and can come from a near infinite vocabulary, acronyms or languages! Key Words can be, a word, acronym or series of words which acts as the key to the code, a secret or disguised way of writing, cipher or concept of great significance.

    FIFO STAFF recommends the employment of Key Words in you in your Résumé or CV for every application! Use targeted keywords and acronyms when appropriate in your Résumé: Safety First Approach, Committed to Zero Harm, JHA’s, JSA's, JSEA's, Take 5's, Toolbox Talks, Step Backs, STARRT Cards, SWMS, Take 5's, CRM's, Take Time Assessments, Risk Assessments, Team Player, Problem-solving ability etc etc. Include as many appropriate and on target keywords as possible!

  • Is there such a thing as the perfect length Résumé or CV? FIFO STAFF recommends, a Résumé or CV of length between 2- 4 Pages* Subject to each specific Job or application specifications.  
    Be specific and concise in your Résumé about your professional skills and personal attributes. Less is more! Keep your Résumé and Cover Letter concise and on TARGET and in "tune" with your NEXT Role or Job!  What do you bring to the table?

  • Use a well-crafted Cover Letter to highlight the core professional skills and personal attributes you bring to the table! Write both your Résumé and Cover Letter from the Readers perspective. Keep your Résumé and Cover Letter professional and simple, no graphics or frames that can trip Résumé scanning software and cause your Résumé not be long or shortlisted

    Most Employers and Recruiters rate the letter of application (Cover Letter) and Curriculum vitae (Résumé) particularly high as hallmarks of your application. As the old saying goes, “You only get one chance at a first impression”.

  • Résumé styles and formats are constantly changing. FIFO STAFF understand what both Recruiters and Employers are looking for and want to read! We also understand computer screening software and can help you get your Résumé past stage 1 of the hiring process. 

    Unless specifically requested FIFO STAFF recommends do not include a personal photograph in your Résumé or CV! unless you are applying to be a Model, Programmer, Computer-generated scenario expert or Graphic Designer then a Video or Interactive Résumé would be recommended! Contact FIFO STAFF for more information. All Trades, All Jobs & All Sectors! Price on Application (POA).

  • FIFO STAFF recommends you are honest and upfront, fill in any gaps in your employment history so you avoid leaving a potential employer with more questions than answers.  Again, be honest in your Résumé or CV.

    Add an explanation for any gaps in employment when appropriate! Travelling OZ, Overseas Holiday, Gone Bush, 4WD Holiday, Fishing, Family reasons, Prison or ?.... Be honest, lies are easy to check in today’s digital age and can/will get you instantly discarded or dismissed.

    That said a skilled Résumé Writer (such as FIFO STAFF) have a wide vocabulary and toolbox to help wordsmith your Résumé and paint a “True” picture of why you are an ideal candidate for the role and why you should be short-listed and interviewed. This is the sole function and purpose of an effective Résumé and Cover Letter.

  • What are the best or most popular software formats for Résumés, CV’s and Cover Letters? FIFO STAFF recommends Microsoft Word.DOCX,  .DOC or Adobe.PDF Unless specified otherwise, send a PDF version of your Résumé, Word documents .doc & .docx can often appear differently on the Reader’s computer screen depending on what version of Microsoft Word they are using.

    Using a PDF version of your Résumé ensures the same format every time on every type of computer for every Reader. 
    If your use OPEN OFFICE. ODT or APPLE .PAGES files REMEMBER that you should convert or save.ODT or .PAGES as .DOCX, .DOC or . PDF depending on any preferences specified in the aplication process or unless you are applying for a job with Apple then .PAGES or OS X are ok.

  • The maximum file size you should email to a potential Employer or Recruiter is 5MB (That includes both Résumé and Cover letter) as some email Servers have a 5MB Maximum permitted size and will bounce or not receive your email or any files attached if the combined size of all files is more than 5MB.

  • When specific Selection Criteria is listed FIFO STAFF recommends, the STAR methodology to help you stay on Target and STAND OUT for your NEXT Role. Be a STAR in BOTH your Cover Letter and Résumé or CV!  - (STAR).  Situation - Task - Action - Results.   

  • FIFO STAFF recommends, ensure all Social Media or Public Profile is appropriate and reflects your professionalism and ethics.

  • Triple check your work, Recruiters and potential employers have many choices in today’s competitive job market when it comes to hiring new staff. Make sure your Résumé AND Cover Letter do not contain spelling or punctuation mistakes. Spell check is your friend!
  • Triple check the job advertisement, PD or job description: Endeavour to answer every job requirement or “selection criteria” on the first ½ page of your Résumé.


Will your Résumé or CV even be seen or read by a human? make sure you don't get rejected for the job you really want via a computer robot and make sure you include the right keywords and format in your Résumé.

All Résumés from FIFO STAFF are Résumé Scanning Optimised.

Resume Scanning & Applicant Tracking Software - FIFO STAFF 


There are currently around 5.000 Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) in Australia.  A complete list of registered RTOs is maintained at
Shop around before you buy as prices and quality of training vary considerably. Many providers offer specials from time to time or offer "last minute" discounts to fill seats. Make sure your training provider is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), reputable and offers all training under the Nationally Recognised Training Framework.
USI - All students or workers undertaking nationally recognised training need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). The Unique Student Identifier or USI is free to obtain and is simply a unique reference number for you made up of 10 numbers.
White Card (CPCCOHS1001A - Work safely in the Construction Industry) is required for workers who want to carry out construction work or work in the construction industry. Most Mine Sites do not require a White Card unless they are under construction as they are not "Construction Sites" but rather Mineral Processing Plants. BUT a White Card is cheap to get, from $38:00 Again, shop around as you may find it cheaper elsewhere or prefer to pay more and attend a classroom with a tutor. Search for the course reference: CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry, commonly referred  to as White Card.
The Department of Commerce keeps a database of all White Cards issued in Australia. You can also check online if you have a valid White Card (Click Here).
Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA Certificate). If you want to serve or sell alcohol in Australia you need an RSA Statement of Attainment (also known as an RSA Certificate). Prices vary wildly, from $18:00 This qualification is also handy if you want to get a job as a Peggy or Utility worker in the mine camps. Make sure you check that the RSA Certificate you do is valid in State you plan to work in.

Training for Oil & Gas Rigs and Offshore Work OPITO is a not for profit organisation that works with the Oil and Gas industry to set the standards for Training. Make sure your Training is OPITO recognised. 
Western Australia - High-Risk Work Licence Classes

SB Basic scaffolding
SI Intermediate scaffolding
SA Advanced scaffolding
    DG Dogging
    RB Basic rigging
    RI Intermediate rigging
    RA Advanced rigging
      CT Tower cranes
      CS Self-Erecting Tower Cranes
      CD Derrick cranes
      CP Portal boom cranes
      CB Bridge and gantry cranes (cabin controlled or remote and pendant controlled where the crane has 4 or more powered motions of operations)
      CV Vehicle loading cranes (10 metre tonnes or greater lifting capacity)
      CN Non-slewing mobile cranes (greater than 3 tonnes lifting capacity)
      C2 Slewing mobile cranes (up to and including 20 tonnes lifting capacity)
      C6 Slewing mobile cranes (up to and including 60 tonnes lifting capacity)
      C1 Slewing mobile cranes (up to and including 100 tonnes lifting capacity)
      CO Slewing mobile cranes (open/over 100 tonnes lifting capacity)
      WP Boom-type elevating work platforms (boom length 11 metres or greater)
        HM Materials hoists (cantilever platforms)
        HP Hoists (personnel and materials)
          LF Fork-lift trucks
          LO Order-picking fork-lift trucks
            PB Concrete placing booms
            BI Intermediate Boiler Operation
            BA Advanced Boiler Operation
              TO Steam Turbine operation
              ES Reciprocating Steam Engine operation

              MINING & CIVIL PLANT
              RIIMPO311A - Conduct Haul Truck Operations
              RIIMPO319A - Conduct Backhoe/Loader Operations
              RIIMPO323A - Conduct Civil Construction Dozer Operations
              RIIMPO301C - Conduct Hydraulic Excavator Operations
              RIIMPO304B - Conduct Wheel Loader Operations
              RIIMPO310B - Conduct Grader Operations
              RIIMPO205B - Operate Roller Compactor
              RIIMPO312A - Conduct Scraper Operations
              RIIMPO318B - Conduct Civil Construction Skid Steer Loader Operations
              RIIHAN309D - Conduct Telescopic Materials Handler
              Enter and Work in Confined Space - RIIWHS202D
              Enter Confined Space – MSAPMPER205C
              ES - Reciprocating steam engine operation
              EWP Controlled Descent Escape (EDD) - UETTDRRF08B
              Gas Test Atmospheres - MSAPMOHS217A
              Height Safety Equipment Inspector
              Industrial Rope Access Technician Training
              Issue Work Permits - MSAPMPER300C
              TO - Steam turbine operation
              Tower Rescue Training – UETTDRRF04B
              Undertake Vertical Rescue – PUASAR032A
              Working at Heights Training – RIIWHS204D
              Working at Heights with Tower Rescue
              WP - Boom-type elevating work platforms (boom length 11 metres or greater)
                WORK OVERVIEW


                Basic scaffolding – consists of scaffolding work connected with the operation or use of: Modular or pre-fabricated scaffolds Cantilevered materials hoists with a maximum working load of 500kg Ropes and gin wheels Safety nets and static lines, and Bracket scaffolds (tank and formwork).

                Intermediate scaffolding – consists of all basic scaffolding work including scaffolding work connected with the use and operation of: Cantilevered crane-loading platforms Cantilevered and spurred scaffolds Barrow ramps and sloping platforms Perimeter safety screens and shutters Mast climbers, and Tube and coupler scaffolds (including tube and coupler covered ways and gantries).

                Advanced scaffolding – consists of all intermediate scaffolding work including all other scaffolding work connected with the use and operation of: Hung scaffolds, including scaffolds hanging from tubes, wire ropes or chains, and Suspended scaffolds.

                Rigging & Dogging 

                Dogging – consists of the application of slinging techniques to move a load (including the selection and inspection of lifting gear) and/or the directing of a crane/hoist operator in the movement of a load when the load is out of the view of the crane/hoist operator.

                Basic rigging – consists of dogging and rigging work involving: Movement of plant and equipment Steel erection Hoists (including mast climbing hoists) Placement of pre-cast concrete Safety nets and static lines Perimeter safety screens and shutters, and Cantilevered crane-loading platforms.

                Intermediate rigging – consists of all basic rigging work including rigging work involving: Cranes, conveyors, dredges and excavators Tilt slabs Hoists with jibs and self-climbing hoists Demolition Dual lifts

                Advanced rigging – consists of all intermediate rigging work including rigging work involving: Gin poles and shear legs Flying foxes and cableways Guyed derricks and structures Suspended and fabricated hung scaffolds

                Crane & Hoist Operations 

                Tower crane – covers the operation of a jib or boom crane mounted on a tower structure, demountable or permanent, including both horizontal and luffing jib types.

                Self-erecting tower crane – covers the operation of a crane where the tower structure and boom/jib elements are not disassembled into component sections, which can be transported between sites as a complete unit, and where the erection and dismantling processes are an inherent part of the crane’s function.

                Derrick crane – covers the operation of a slewing strut-boom crane with its boom pivoted at the base of a mast which is either guyed (guy-derrick) or held by backstays (stiff-legged derrick) and which is capable of luffing under load.

                Portal boom crane – covers the operation of a boom crane or jib crane mounted on a portal frame, which is supported on runways along which the crane travels.

                Bridge and gantry crane – covers the operation of bridge and gantry cranes controlled from a permanent cabin or control station on the crane and those which are remote controlled having more than three powered operations (hoist, raise and lower equals one operation), including the application of load estimation and slinging techniques to move a load.

                Vehicle loading crane – covers the operation of a crane with a capacity of 10 metre tonnes or more, mounted on a vehicle to move a load onto or from the vehicle, including the application of load estimation and slinging techniques to move a load.

                Non-slewing mobile crane – covers the operation of a mobile crane of greater than 3 tonnes capacity that incorporates a boom or jib which includes articulated type mobile cranes and locomotive cranes, but does not include vehicle tow trucks.

                Slewing Mobile Crane – with a capacity up to 20 tonnes
                Slewing Mobile Crane – with a capacity up to 60 tonnes
                Slewing Mobile Crane – with a capacity up to 100 tonnes
                Slewing Mobile Crane – with a capacity over 100 tonnes

                Materials hoist – covers the operation of a builder’s hoist by which only goods or materials and not personnel may be hoisted and where the car, bucket or platform is cantilevered from and travels up and down externally to, a face of the support structure.

                Personnel and materials hoist – covers the operation of a builder’s hoist in which personnel, goods and/or materials may be hoisted, and which comprises a car, structure, machinery or other equipment associated with the hoist, and which may be either a cantilever hoist, a tower hoist or a multiple winch operation.

                Boom-type elevating work platform – covers the operation of a telescoping device, hinged device, or articulated device or any combination of these used to support a platform on which personnel, equipment and materials may be elevated to perform work, where the boom length is 11 metres or more. The 11 metre boom length shall be taken to mean the greater of the following: the vertical distance from the floor of the platform to the ground supporting the elevating work platform with the platform at its maximum height, or the nominal reach measured from the centre point of rotation to the outer edge of the platform in its most extended position.

                Vehicle-mounted concrete placing boom – covers the operation of vehicle mounted concrete boom pumping systems, including a minimum of two boom stages, and the use and monitoring of the boom distribution system.

                Forklift Operations 

                Forklift truck – covers the operation of a powered industrial truck equipped with a mast and an elevating load carriage to which is attached a pair of fork arms or other attachment.

                Order-picking forklift truck – covers the operation of a powered industrial truck of a type where the operator’s control arrangement is incorporated with the load carriage/lifting media and elevates with it.

                Pressure Equipment Operations 

                Basic boiler operation – covers the operation of boilers with the following features: Single fixed combustion air-supply Non-modulating single heat source Fixed firing rate

                Intermediate boiler operation – covers the operation of boilers with the following features: Modulating combustion air supply Modulating heat source Superheaters, and Economisers.

                Advanced boiler operation – covers the operation of boilers with the following features: Same features as intermediate boiler operation, together with Multiple fuel type boilers which may be fired simultaneously. NOTE: This does not include boilers that change fuel types during start sequences.

                Turbine operation – covers the operation of any turbine (except a turbine that produces a power output of less than 500kW) that: is multi-wheeled is capable of a speed greater than 3600rpm, or which uses attached condensers or a multi-staged heat exchange extraction process.

                Reciprocating steam engine operation – covers the operation of steam equipment where the steam acts upon a piston under pressure where this action of the steam forces the piston to move, including expanding (steam) reciprocating engines, with any piston diameter of greater than 250 millimetres. All High-Risk Licence data is courtesy of and accurate at the time of publication.

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                FREE - VPN SOFTWARE


                Virtual Private Networks (VPN). If you use a public Wi-Fi network, perhaps at a Mine Camp in an Uber, Taxi, Airport or Café, do you know who might be watching your actions or keyboard strokes on that network? Is the Wi-Fi network legit, or is it operated by or been hacked by a criminal, conman, conwoman or data thief who's after your personal data?

                Only you can increase the security of your internet interactions, passwords, banking data, credit card numbers and private conversations by using a credible and trustworthy VPN. VPN creates a virtual encrypted tunnel to the Internet so your data is secure from prying eyes, hides your IP address, encrypts your data and also removes Geo-blocking restrictions to unblock most websites from any country. 

                Geo-blocking is a technology that restricts access to Internet content based upon the user's geographical location. Geo-blocking is also used on websites to prevent shoppers in some countries from being able to buy products and services for cheaper prices overseas.

                There are hundreds of other free and subscription VPN services available, do your homework! Hola VPN is recommended by FIFO STAFF 100% Free! and used by over 177 Million people worldwide.


                MASLOWS LAW

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                THE PYRAMID OF SUCCESS - The Late John Wooden (RIP)

                THE PYRAMID OF SUCCESS - The Late John Wooden
                .Your Résumé is your Business - FIFO STAFF