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?

Never Moving House Again!

​If you ever choose to move house, I highly recommend you do this: Don’t

If you choose to ignore me, then I recommend you follow these steps THREE months prior to removalists arrival:

1. Empty ENTIRE house into front yard.

2. Emtpy every cupboard, drawer, cabinet, shoe box, and that plastic container shoved down the back of the bed.

3. Only take back inside that which you have used in last 6 months, or has sentimental value. No, REAL sentimental value. No Troll dolls or Tupperware. 

4. Have a $1-$5 garage sale for everything in the front yard. GET RID OF IT.

5. Now ask yourself how many people live in the house, and how many of your closest friends are ever invited to your house for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Yep, not enough to warrant having an EIGHT piece set of dishes, cups, bowls, small and big dishes. GET RID OF THE EXCESS.

I wish we’d done this. I fear one of these boxes is filled with stuff going straight to landfill upon opening.

First Visit to the Hope Cottage Museum

On Monday afternoon (30.Jan.2017) I decided to take my Canon EOSM with 22mm Lens with me on one of my daily exercise walks.

Originally I had intended to walk into Kingscote to get a coffee at Chocol’Art, but somehow I chose to go in the opposite direction: I went up the hill – and discovered the Hope Cottage Museum!

I had been told about the ‘Museum before, and you’d think that after visiting KI so many times over the last 20 years I would have visited already, but I had not yet.

So I readily paid my coffee-money (seriously, it costs so little) to step backwards in time to the yesteryear’s of Kangaroo Island.

Hope Cottage, built in 1859, is the restored home of Charles and Michael Calnan. The brothers, aided by a ship’s carpenter, built three small cottages from local stone. They were named Faith, Hope, and Charity. Unfortunately Faith has long since gone, but the National Trust have restored maintained Hope Cottage with the surrounding museum, along with the recreated Cape Willoughby Lighthouse. Charity Cottage, now a private residence, remains alongside.

Hope Cottage Museum is run by a team of volunteers. A dedicated group of people give of their time in various ways to maintain this fine museum. There is a group that cleans and maintains the indoor exhibits, and another group that cares for the outdoor and machinery exhibits.

More information on their website.

I am so glad I had my camera with me. Peruse my photography below:

On Flickr

Hope Cottage Museum

On Redbubble

Wheel Wall by Stephen Mitchell Wall of Wheels by Stephen Mitchell
Red Grill (Bedford Truck) by Stephen Mitchell Old Red (Bedford Truck) by Stephen Mitchell

I had a chat with a few volunteers at the Museum, and now am very glad for doing so. Seems they recognised my video from a few nights ago:

I am so going to love living on Kangaroo Island!

An Improved Life is the Best Dessert

There are two new pages on my blog! One is instructions for leading an improved life, the other instructions for cooking delicious desserts!

I had them previously on my website , but it’s soon to get a radical makeover and I didn’t want to lose this information.

Select the ‘Profile’ drop menu above to read these two new pages:

Back to rebuilding my website

Selling Tshirts to Finance my Family Relocation to Kangaroo Island to Breed Ligurian Bees

Keeping Myself Extremely Busy

This is the best advice Casey Neistat gives to anyone who is worried about the future…
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Casey: My advice is always the same , which is KEEP YOURSELF EXTREMELY BUSY. As long as you are doing something, you will find your path. It’s when you get lazy that everything becomes skewed or grey foggy.”
Louie: “It’s easier to steer something that is already moving. If you are just static and stationery, it is SO HARD to build momentum!”

It is also the adage I follow most days. Why? Because I hate not working. I really hate not doing anything. I truely hate standing still – unless it is the best thing to be doing (More on this another time). Admittedly, now that I am a parent, I am rarely without something to do.
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Sidenote: Sidenote: My MIL is going to say that is rubbish, because of an incident that happened just a few days back. I failed to change our 13mo-son’s nappy when clearly it stunk like no man’s land. I explained to MIL and wife I had smelt worse, having grown up in my teenage years with a drop-toilet (the link is for the generation of kids who are lucky enough to live their whole lives with flushing toilets.) Fact is: I DO change the kid’s nappies. It is something, it is important, it has to be done. So right after MIL left, the lad climbed into my lap, and I suddenly realised how bad his nappy was. I cleaned him up, changed his nappy, had a bonding moment, and now he walks up to me any time of the day for a hug.

** Actually, that last sentence says a lot about where this article is meant to be going. **
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When we give, we recieve. If only from ourselves, i.e. self-gratification, experience, knowledge, or simple happiness. But when we do something for others, no matter what age they are, it will usually result in recprication of some kind.

I am currently giving a lot of my time to my wife. I really wish I had a day job that pays, but until then, the payoff of helping my wife whilst I am predominately homebound is triple-fold. Aha, triple-fold.

1. I am the Sales, Marketing, and Online Face of my wife’s business LSBeez . Actually, the sales happen too easily, and my wife is working that out. It’s not difficult when we are selling the most delicious Kangaroo Island Ligurian Bee honey on the planet. Check us out on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and website/business-card.

2. I am a Dad, and I like to think pretty awesome. I am far from perfect, I have never done this before. Yeah, we baby/child-sat a lot kids over the years (as young as 2, as old as 13), but having your own is a whole new game. Never being without the kids is sometimes painful, no parent is going to deny that. Waking at the crack of dawn, not going to sleep when requested (4yo’s are the worst for that!), and older brothers getting angry when they are not the centre of attention, just a bunch of things that drive the average parent completly nuts.
But what makes me an awesome Dad? I never hit my child. We have time-out’s, chats about consequences and negotiable stuff. Yep, our #MrAlmostFour is pretty damn smart, he knows those words now! But I never hit him. I have nearly been tempted, but each time I simply say to myself “Violence only breeds violence. This ends now.”
Get it? Don’t hit your kids, work it out another way. I ain’t saying this is going to work for all kids, but we need to stop the reign of terrror everywhere. This ball of mud we call Earth is infinite, humans are not. If we keep fighting, eventually the earth will be returned to the animals and we will be a forgotten moment of time in the revolution of this planet. Stop hitting our kids, Start living smarter.
WHEW! Massive rant. My mind does this. It’s just great that I can type so fast that I can get it out of my head.

3. I said triple-fold didn’t I? Just trying to remember why … oh yeah…
When I help my wife, she helps me. When she makes dinner, I bathe both boys. Or the other way round. When I clean up the very small living space we have (our lounge room is also the family and media and toy room!), she is packing the dishwasher. (Actually, I am not allowed to stack the dishwasher anymore. Apparently I do it wrong. I say someone has OCD, but enough about that. I am happy to be wrong on this issue). When I spend half my night reading, researching, blogging, designing new tshirts or ideas, drawing, creating, uploading, listening to Ted.com, learning from edX.org, she lets me do it … because we need the money for our next big project. More about that VERY soon!

To ensure I am putting in the full effort necessary to achieve my goals, I spend a lot of time finding ways to earn money utilising the internet. Let me be clear here: I am not trying any g3t-r1ch-qu1ck schemes (mispelt to avoid google algorithims putting those awful adverts underneath). Instead I have countless photography galleries, two of which earn me pittance – but I enjoy it. I also have a few tshirt collections, one of them earns me a few dollars each month. It’s infuriating, yet I enjoy it.

Now that I have gym two nights a week (sometimes four times!), I am glad to be on the move more often than not. I also changed my work desk to a standup, but that may not have been totally smart. My feet hurt, but the upside is that I can simply walk away from my desk anytime.
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After reading through all my words in this post, I now realise that vlogging could seriously work for me. Since I have a Youtube channel, I am working towards vlogging. The biggest challenge with vlogging is geography and internet plans. Australia has abismal internet upload/download speeds. We get roughly (unresearched, just an exaggeration that may or may not be correct) 1/25th the speed that any other country has – which is goddam crazy. If the NBN ever happens, will it fix that problem? I am yet to be impressed. On the upside, my cameras are now all setup.

This is too much words. Who is going to read all this? Did you? Leave a LIKE and a COMMENT below if you found any of this interesting, or if you like to see me try my hand at vlogging.