Archive for October, 2008

International Resume Writing Awards

Results are in for 2008 – excuse me if I use this blog for a little self indulgence.

I am really excited to let you know I had another great year – 2nd place for Best International Resume and 3rd place for Best Cover Letter. True, there were no wins as with other years, but as the competition grows slotting into a place becomes more and more an achievement.

If you want to find out more about the awards, visit this site

Here’s to writing powerful resumes.

Beverley Neil

October 30, 2008 at 11:21 am 3 comments

Using Business Cards in Your Job Search

As a job seeker, have you considered using personal business cards?

Equip yourself with a card that includes your name, contact information and area of expertise. For example, if your area of expertise is as a Chemical Engineer, then that is the title you list. Follow this up with a very brief snap shot of experience such as: 5-years experience in multi-million dollar projects throughout Southeast Asia.

Print on the back of the card to list key achievements, awards and/or qualifications to create a mini résumé. Use these cards when networking and enclose them with thank you and follow up letters.

Here’s to writing powerful resumes.

Beverley Neil

October 16, 2008 at 11:32 am Leave a comment

No Matter Your Age – Here’s a Reality Check

Statement:   Older workers cannot learn new tasks

Reality: Research demonstrates there is a negligible loss of cognitive function under the age of 70. As well, the current aging population is very active in Internet adoption and embracing new technologies. The most key factor in speed of learning is training time, which is much less for older workers due to a wealth of acquired experience.


Statement:   Older workers are not as productive as younger workers

Reality: Productivity and age are not aligned. In fact, older workers tend to be more accurate and methodical than younger workers creating a more steady output over a longer period of time than younger counterparts.


Statement:   Older workers are not as creative or innovative

Reality: There is no substantiation of this claim. Many of the innovations we find the most intriguing comes from research and development personnel over the age of 40.


I’m embarrassed to say I have not kept the source of this information. Perhaps when I am a little older I will be more methodical!!


Here’s to writing powerful resumes.


Beverley Neil

October 12, 2008 at 11:15 am Leave a comment

Careful, Your Social Networking Is Showing

Latest statistics just released state that 22% of employers now review social networking sites to ‘run a check’ on potential employee behaviours. This is a rise from 11% in 2006, and there are a further 9% indicating they intend adopting this practice in the near future.

In this age of Big Brother, there are few aspects of your life that can’t be checked up on. In an article on ABC News: Good Morning America, journalist, Tory Johnson, raised the spectre of how personal blogs, or sometimes worse, blogs operated by friends or even your children, could be sabotaging your job prospects or opportunities. But forewarned can be forearmed and it can be possible to turn this looming disaster in your favour.

In the U.S. (and as I always say, Australia is never far behind) many employers or prospective employers now run a search to see what they can pick up about an employee or applicant. Positions or promotions have been won or lost by what they have found. Sometimes it is not even an entry by the owner of the blog but comments made by outsiders that have caused the problems.

Kathie Thomas, Director of global virtual organisation, ‘A Clayton’s Secretary’, and self confessed ‘Blog Guru’, tells of an individual here in Australia who lost his job because of things he said about his employer’s company on his blog. He also had to remove the blog because of threatening legal action by his former employer.

One incident cited by Ms Johnson was that of a lady who posted her holiday photos, some in a bikini, on her blog for family in friends. There was nothing distasteful about the photos, however some of the comments posted by visitors to the site were most distasteful. As she seldom checked the site these comments remained and were seen by her employer and co-workers causing a great deal of discomfort for her at work.

Points to consider if you, your friends or family have a blog:

**Be sure your children understand the importance of exposing themselves, or their family, unfavourably to the world. Teenagers who write about excessive drinking or wild parties on their blog – or yours – could be damaging their job prospects.

**Be aware you can block others from posting to your site.

**If you do allow posts, monitor your site regularly and edit or delete if necessary.

**If you are job hunting – or other – never post anything you wouldn’t want your current or prospective employer to read – or anyone else of influence or importance in your life.

**Always remember that this is your face to the world.

Post positive information about achievements, organisations you may be involved in, community service etc. It does not have to be – or should be – trumpet blowing, but casual reference to your many positive attributes could go a long way.

Here’s to writing powerful resumes.

Beverley Neil

October 9, 2008 at 11:07 am Leave a comment


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