Tips for finding a job in the country with your resume

30th October 2014

So you have decided to move but the first thing on your mind is “will my partner and I get a job?” If you are considering business opportunities, see our articles “10 questions people ask about starting, expanding or relocating a business in the country” and the small business example “Business opportunities in the country”. However, if you have decided to try and find a job in your industry or even change industries, here are some simple tips.

 

  1. Must be up to date – No employer likes looking through the achievements you had in high school, or the volunteering you did six years ago. Make sure your resume is as up to date as possible. Add in all the skills and achievements you have done in your current/latest job. Take some time to think over what you need to update so you don’t forget anything.
  2. The first few lines are key - Unlike what they taught us at school and university, you need to hit the high points first. Use your conclusion as your introduction and put in big bold letters right at the top a) name b) title [adjustable to the new position] c) tagline that encapsulates what the recruiters are looking for i.e. “5+ years of leadership experience with company X and known for sales growth.”
  3. Keep is simple, stupid – Don’t crowd your resume with everything about yourself and everything you have ever done. Find a clear message specific to the company/business you want to work for and stick with it. Support all of your claims but keep it down to what the future employer will be looking for. That way you have more space to sell what they want to buy. And lets be honest, coming from the city most country employers will be thrilled to catch into their net a hard working, experienced professional who had the courage to battle city traffic every day.
  4. Don’t burn bridges at past jobs – employers need to see that you made an impact at your past jobs and will be checking up on the facts presented in your resume, so make sure your old employers know they may be in for a reference call. If your resume has the data and responses to back it up, you are usually looking at an interview!
  5. Designing the resume – this is tricky; as each resume will be representing the person an employer is looking for. While you never judge a book by its cover, you certainly judge a person by their resume, at least in the beginning. Make sure the design is simple, easy to read and is catered to you and your employer. There are many different techniques people quote, saying to use colour, don’t use colour, keep it at one page or make it two, add your references at the bottom or as a separate document all together. As long as your are consistent, your resume will stick out better if it is written correctly, not by how it looks visually.

Never give up – you may have the resume of a lifetime, but sometimes you are just not what an employer is looking for. Don’t take rejection as your weakness and continue to look. Once you have exhausted all online resources for jobs, take a holiday to your preferred destination and personally drop resumes in. Find a business/company you want to work for and sell yourself. If they say no, call up in a week and ask again. Passion and hard work are the two characteristics that rate over most others, so show that in your determination.