RÉSUMÉ & COVER LETTER TIPS
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!
- 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 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, 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 short listed.
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 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.
RÉSUMÉ SCANNING SOFTWARE IN AUSTRALIA
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.
Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) or Résumé Scanning Software (RSS) are computer software programs (Robots) used by Recruiters and Employers to scan and rank the Résumés or CV's received for positions available or advertised. Technically known in 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.
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 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 Résumés.
ATS and RSS are now being employed more and more often by medium and small businesses in Australia as they enable the electronic handling of the recruitment process and reduce the employers and/or recruiters time and costs associated with screening, shortlisting job applicants and talent management.
For advice on how to get your Résumé past the ATS or RSS Robots contact FIFO STAFF.
WORK TRAINING IN AUSTRALIA
TRAINING FOR OFFSHORE
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SB Basic scaffolding
SI Intermediate scaffolding
SA Advanced scaffolding
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
BB Basic boiler operation
BI Intermediate boiler operation
BA Advanced boiler operation
OTHER PRESSURE EQUIPMENT
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
CONSTRUCTION, MINING, OIL & GAS OPERATIONS
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)
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 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 forkarms 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.
Courtesy of www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au
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