Job Hunting Requires a Honed Resume

Of the nine CV mistakes outlined in 9 Common Resume Mistakes Every Job Hunter Should Avoid, I consider these two the most important:


Mistake #1: Emphasizing tasks instead of achievements.

Those bullet points underneath each job entry? They shouldn’t read like a list of daily duties. Instead, they should emphasize the impact of those duties.

What did you accomplish in each role? How did your daily responsibilities help make or save money, boost efficiency, solve a problem, improve customer acquisition or retention, or otherwise make the company better?

If you want your resume to stand out, you need to go beyond listing tasks and highlight the achievements that make you a valuable employee.

Mistake #8: Opening with your education

If you just graduated from college or are new to the world of work, ignore this. Otherwise, include your work accomplishments before listing your education.

Employers are more interested in your achievements in the workforce than they are in your degree. So keep your work-related information at the top.


This is said after 18 years of state government employment – wherein I read, wrote and assisted people in writing effective CV’s applications. Over those years I wrote over 200 applications, 20 in my first year. (I was a contractor, so it was expected). 

It’s a daunting task, yet if done right will sell your strengths and attributes.

The best thing about a well-presented CV – it becomes your persona. You read it regularly and say “Yes, I did that, I can do that, I accomplished that, I am that which I say I am.” Breathe in and out. Do you like that feeling? That’s self-pride. There’s nothing wrong with it, so long as you don’t proclaim it too much. Have a healthy ego, just don’t over-inflate it.

Yet like many around me, I too seek employment.We have moved our small family to Kangaroo Island to support my wife’s passion and small business, an island where day-jobs are scarce. Yet I do not sit idly: I am currently working on an entrepreneurial idea that involves my photography. The outcome of that will be published on facebook within the next few months.

Happy hunting to us all, may our CVs be filled with accomplishments & pride, and give us success.

I wrote this for my own benefit as much as for anyone else. A self-reminder of value, strengths and abilities is always important when rejected from jobs you feel positive you’ve done well.

POSTSCRIPT: Iwill publish a followup post soon outlining how winning interviews is easier than winning jobs!

Giving Away Is The Biggest Reward

​In an effort to clean up my office and clean out my life, and because I believed at the time we were moving to Kangaroo Island sooner, I had a MASSIVE clean up of books in my mancave/office.

One year ago today (16th February 2016) I piled all these books because I felt I would never read them again:

But our local book-swap store didn’t accept these computer and webdesign books. Apparently they have a ‘low turnover rate’. I thought they need to ‘target market‘ their books.

When I looked through their store, I got out fast: They made hoarders look like kittens amongst lions.

So I tried to sell/swap to people who would appreciate them. I put the photo above in my Facebook and said “Take a look and see if you know someone who would like them…” – believing I could sell them.

One response got my full attention.

There is a guy down at the Little Rundle Sttreet Art Project who has a double-decker bus he is taking around Australia to teach digital literacy to rural towns. He needs donations of books! … He is James Arthur Warren and he is a TESOL teacher by training.

www.gofundme.com/j6hahs

James, wherever you are today, I hope you are either able to use my massive donation of books to teach new skills to people,who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity – or you were able to give/sell them to new owners. No, don’t tell me where they are.

Of all the things I regret giving away to save space for our big to Kangaroo Island, my books I miss the most. Yet I felt better for giving them to someone who would use them to teach others made me feel good inside.

It wasn’t giving up, but passing both them and myself  to a new home and life.

What are you giving away today?

3 Important Life Lessons

​Three important lessons I have learnt in life:

1. Some negative opinions are from people with no self confidence. Some are from people with no imagination. If you have self confidence and can imagine, then their opinions don’t matter.

2. Most negative opinions are from people who cannot imagine you succeeding. That’s their problem, not yours. Stay focused on your success.

3. Don’t let the negative opinions of others inpact on your projects / wants / future – unless they can put up valid reasoning, and practical solutions, or sensible amendments.

Note: There was a numbering error. Odd for so little, but originally it was a longer list. But I condensed to remove duplications.

First posted on my LinkedIn, 23 December 2016

​3 Important Lessons I have Learnt in life

1. Some negative opinions are from people with no self confidence.

Some are from people with no imagination.

If you have self confidence and can imagine, then their opinions don’t matter.

2. Most negative opinions are from people who cannot imagine you succeeding.

That is their problem, not yours.

Stay focused on your success.

3. Don’t let the negative opinions of others inpact on your projects / wants / future.

Unless they can put up valid reasoning, and practical solutions or amendments.


If this looks familiar, I posted it just five minutes prior on my LinkedIn page.

Never Give Up

Dig Yourself Out The title is not misleading, it’s a serious moral to this story.

At about 8am this morning I flicked on the radio – right as they were doing a 10 question competition.

Simply put, the caller was told to provide the correct answer to questions about Australia to win a small cash prize.

Of the ten questions, she amazingly said ‘Pass‘ to SEVEN of them! SEVEN!

I was answering them also. On those few I didn’t know, I took a guess. Can you guess why I guessed? (Oh, that is a leading question!)

When you pay nothing to be a contender and the reward is minuscule, guessing is not going to matter. If anything, your first guess is based on intuition. Sometimes the right answer is sitting in the back of your mind – and you don’t even know it – so take a guess!

  • Every time my four year old boy guesses where he hid something, he is right. Now that might be a bad example – he usually knows exactly where he hid something. .
  • Every time your co-worker, boss, or friend says “I guess we could do this…” or “I guess we could eat there….”
    — Tell them to stop. Teach them say “I am going to…” or “I have gone through all the options and now I am going to…” or, better yet, “Let’s discuss this.”.

Knee Brace for my Dislocated Knee Never give up because you might be wrong, nor give half-hearted answers because you are unsure, and never say ‘Pass’ because you may not know – take a guess, but don’t admit it. It won’t kill you to be wrong occasionally. Unless you are tax-accountant.

Oh, I can already hear one of my twitter or my Facebook followers saying “In <this situation>, guessing would be very wrong!” Please leave a comment below or on social media explaining why. The lines are open to discussion.

Cheers, Have a good Wednesday!

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Free Advertising Space

When I first started blogging I had no idea where the future would take my scribblings. I readily admit that blogging was purely an escape from the realities around me.

Since then the articles have evolved into articles about the work I enjoy: photography, art, the art of fatherhood, plus a myriad of random subjects. I really should narrow it down, but then I get ideas that I let flow. Like my last post, I never know where my mind takes an idea.

About two years ago I had a silly idea that I could monetise my blog. I watched many other bloggers add Google Adsense and tried to follow their example. It hasn’t worked yet. See, I have a particularly appearance that I would prefer they adhered to. But they don’t. They are ugly.

So I have finally gotten smart. With my graphic art skills honed over the last fifteen years, I only advertise my family products. All the adverts below are in the sidebar of both mine and the kid’s blog. So here’s hoping you click on the links, go check them out, and maybe buy a tshirt or framed work. A father can dream.


MY WIFE & KIDS


Conversations with my Two Sons


GoFundMe Donations for LSBeezKI


Support LSBeez via Paypal.me


LSBeez Sticker


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MY PHOTOS & TOG-SHIRTS

Buy a Photographer Pro' TShirt


Peruse and Purchase Photographic Artwork by Stephen Mitchell


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So now you know what I do in my spare time. And how I make a little money from my blog.

FYI: I created all the graphics for these adverts. Some need more work or complete revitalisation. That’s the fun of this game – I can do that. I enjoy it.

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8 Habits Holding Me Back From Being a Successful Father

Forest Do you have what it takes to be a Successful Father? Do you know what that means?

Being a great dad isn’t bringing in the big dollars, it’s bonding with your kids – and learning from each other. That’s been my experience.

As I write this article my 4yo and 2yo sons are trashing the lounge room. It’s barely enough space for our family of four, so I have to let them. Each night we do the ‘clean the house’ lesson.

Most of us, including me, have habits that sometimes get in the way of the way we treat our children. When we don’t remove or edit these habits, being a Father stays elusive – even though you may not realise it.

Over the last four years of being a Dad I have discovered these habits have sometimes held me back. Maybe you will find yourself among them.

Remember, this is just an opinion, maybe you think otherwise. If you do, please leave a comment either below or Twitter!


1. Trying to Sleep In

Anyone who has kids knows sleeping past 7.00am is near impossible. In some households children arise from their slumber around 5.30am.

I use to think that 7.00am is far too early to be getting out of bed – but I have since discovered it is a blessing. When I moved my office back into the house (and dismantled my man-cave), I discovered playing with my children was more fun! Whilst they played around my feet, I found new topics for blogging quicker and with more humor. Both boys now supply enough for their own blog!

Yet I understand that not everyone enjoys mornings. Morning people are full of zippidydoodaa, which can be really annoying for those that just want a few extra milliseconds of REM sleep. I understand that, I remember those times. But I found a new way to get extra sleep – and it costs nothing.

If you have children under three years old, they are probably having midday sleeps. This is a great time to get 30-60 minutes of sleep. Whilst many believe you should be cleaning, vacuuming or picking up toys – what’s the point if the kids are only going to trash it again when they wake up? Okay, I don’t follow that logic. I am a cleaner. I tidy. I pick up toys. It is worth it for piece of mind. But when I need a few moments sleep, I use time where I don’t need to interact with our boys.

Great dads are known for waking up early with their children, sometimes before their kids, so they can start writing articles, editing photographs, responding to emails, and finding paid work to pay for more toys – all without sacrificing either their sanity or family-time!

Conversations with my Two Sons

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2. Unhealthy Mind, Unhealthy Child

When our attitude sucks, our kid’s attitude will too. Ever notice that when you don’t feel like doing anything, nor do your kids? Keep smiling, keep going, and do more than you can – and your kids will copy you. Well, not all the time. But they will want to be more like their father.

My four-year-old son spends a lot of time trying either to be like his mother or myself. It is rarely not funny – because he is so cute.


Educational Book

3. Not Reading

Great dads invest time and effort to ensure their kid’s imagination are fed with either fictional or real knowledge, keeping up with the Aliens in Underpants series, plus learning from inspirational stories

Smart dads invest effort and time appropriately, expanding their child’s knowledge of the world around them.

As JK Rowling said “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” The books we choose our kids to read helps them see so many perspectives, opens their minds to so many new ideas, and allows our imagination to see things that may never be – and that is important. Innovation is not only born from necessity, but from kids who can imagine it.


4. Relying on One Toy

When your child is restricted to only one brand or toy-type, they are less likely to learn how to put square pegs into round holes. When multiple options are at their disposal, kids are more likely to play games never invented, talk (if only in their minds) through the possibilities, and then act on them. Don’t give kids restrictions that stop their learning and imagination.


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5. Spending Carelessly

Ninty-five percent of the toys you buy for kids were used for five minutes. I don’t need to ask anyone or research this one: Most parents will know this to be a truth. Consequently, special celebrations are wasted, and your children never know what surprise really means.

Stop buying stuff every day, especially when used to bribe kids to get into the car to go food shopping. Make the food the reward – and I don’t mean sweets! Kids who recgonise the taste of vegetables and fruit will learn faster and stay smarter.

Not saving will put you and your kids into long-term poverty – with no easy way to escape the cycle!


6. Watching too much Television

Whilst TV has its place in the home, making it the centre of attention is dangerous. Again without research, but based purely on observation – kid’s minds seem to stagnate and absorb very little information when seated in front of the television for long periods.

That said, if your children are going to spend any amount of time in front of the TV, make sure it is educational. In Australia, ABCKids is our preference. From Tree Fu Tom to Peter Rabbit, almost every nightly program before bed teaches the kids some morals and scruples, and helps to reinforce what parents teach during the day.

As a parent though, television is an escape from the hassles of the day. So I focus on documentaries and epic movies so I get some brain stimulation.


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7. Staying in your Comfort Zone

As a Dad myself, I totally get it. Some nights we just want to chillax into the lounge, flick on the idiot box, and veg out for the night. But a life spent sitting is a life without success.

Unless you are a work-at-home dad – but walking occasionally helps the mind to stay active. It’s a habit that has worked well for every father since the beginning of time!

So take your kids for walks in the park or the yard, and introduce them to everything that interests them. They will become better people for the experience and knowledge.


8. Not saying “I Don’t Know”.

Your kids don’t know everything, despite what they tell you. And nor do you. Keep asking your kids questions – it will enlighten both of you. Your kids somehow expand their vocabulary, and you learn what they do and don’t know. When both a child and their father knows when to say “I don’t know” is good for everyone.

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