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					BHP Billiton - Nickel West

Job Hunting Made Easy

Perry McKerlie, Senior Recruitment Advisor
UWA Young Engineers - 1 August 2006
  Identifying Your Purpose

  • Find the right job


  • Be focused and specific


  • Don’t take a “scattergun” approach




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  Your Skills

  • Realistically assess your skills

     Professional Objective:   General Manager / Plant Manager / Operations
                               Manager/Environmental Manager

     Start Date:               September 2004-Current

     Position:                 Service Technician


  • Don’t apply for jobs on which you have no real claim




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  The Recruiter

  • Understand their role


  • People for jobs, not jobs for people


  • Important part of the process


  • They share information – good and bad!




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  The Cover Letter

  • To send or not to send?


  • Unique and enticing cover letter?


  • The sports results


  • Keep it brief




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  Your Resume

  • A sales document


  • The product is YOU


  • One size fits all?


  • What’s Hot and What’s Not




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  Do

  • Keep it reasonably brief


  • Make it easy to find the key information


  • List education/qualifications at the back


  • Use MS Word format




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  Don’t

  • Use photographs




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  Don’t

  • Use cartoons

     Strengths




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  Don’t

  • Use coloured writing


  • Send URL.links.instead.of.a.resume


  • Password protect your resume!


  • Begin your resume with your personal attributes – please!




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  Bloopers

     MARITAL STATUS:      Girlfriend / fiance


     Recruiter comment:

     “Poor bloke...how does he keep them both happy? And one of
     them’s a guy!!!”




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  Bloopers
     Education/Qualifications

     Institution:public school

     City/Country:Western Australia

     Qualifications:achievment cirtificate



     Recruiter comment:

     “Obviously didn't include a spelling test!”


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  Email

  • Read the “how to apply” instructions


  • Businesslike email address

          bubbaluvsbabybelle@hotmail.com
          Son_of_Satan_with_a_Horny_Devil@hotmail.com




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  The Phone Call

  • Ask specific questions


  • Speak your name clearly


  • Phone numbers – slowly, clearly, repeat


  • Voicemail messages




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  Summary
  • Many traps

  • Be prepared

  • Treat it as your job

  • Know the product

  • Understand the process

  • Have a clear desired outcome

  • Be patient


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