Australian Resumes Stresses the Importance of Tailoring Resumes to Meet Local Requirements as More Employers Seek Talents Overseas

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Recent studies by ManpowerGroup show that over half of the country’s employers surveyed find it difficult to hire, and that recruiters are starting to turn to foreign applicants to supplement Australia’s dwindling workforce. The rising dependence on foreign workers calls for instruction on Australian resume standards; representatives from Australian Resumes explain why.

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Generally, resumes do not vary a great deal no matter which country you reside in. However, there are often different conventions and formats for how these are presented from country to country.

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Australia is suffering a shortage of qualified workers, according to ManpowerGroup’s latest Talent Shortage Survey. The study shows that 50 per cent of employers in the country surveyed are experiencing difficulties filling in key positions within their companies, placing Australia in fourth place for talent shortages among 41 countries surveyed.

Because of the shortage in qualified workers, more employers are turning to overseas recruitment for hiring, a trend that is also demonstrated in the report. When asked what measures have been taken to address the skills crisis, 24 per cent of employers responded with expanding search efforts outside their local region or even outside the country. This trend is verified by data from another ManpowerGroup study, the 2011 Borderless Workforce report, which shows foreign employment figures as high as 47% in some regions. Australian Resumes, Australia’s leading provider of CV and resume writing services, believes that the country’s rising need for foreign workers makes it increasingly important for applicants to learn more about local requirements.

Representatives from Australian Resumes note that while most resumes used all over the world are similar, some countries may have certain requirements that are unique:

“Generally, resumes do not vary a great deal no matter which country you reside in. However, there are often different conventions and formats for how these are presented from country to country,” states Kyle Hammond, principal of the company.

For Australia, some of these conventions may seem minor but can be easily adhered to, such as the use of English or Australian spellings instead of American styles. However, there are some rules for writing an Australian resume that can have a serious impact on both the applicant and employer, such as the inclusion of personal information.

According to Kylie, “You should not include any personal information such as your date of birth, age, marital status, country of birth, ethnicity, or gender. In fact, it is illegal in Australia for recruitment companies and potential employers to ask for any of the above information, as it can be discriminatory.”

Not following such rules can lead to much bigger problems for both candidates and employers in the future. To avoid such mishaps in the application process and to boost the chances of receiving invitations for an interview, writers from Australian Resumes offer the following resume writing tips:

“You need to be consistent with your style. Headings, subheadings, and body text should remain uniform throughout the document. Considerations like spelling, the numerical expression of dates, and the general organisation of information should all follow local standards.”

Company experts also place emphasis on checking documents for spelling and typographical errors, warning applicants that sending a document with these is a good way to get excluded without really trying. However, Kylie Hammond reassures new jobseekers — both foreign and native — that help can be found:

“If you are not confident or competent in grammar, find someone who is. Australian Resumes offers customised, high-quality executive resume packages that are designed to suit everyone in the corporate world. It will appear distinctive, crisp and professional. And since our professional resumes are written by Australian experts, you can be sure that you’ll receive a document that adheres to Australian employers’ standards.”

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