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!

Stay Focused

FTR: It is spelt ‘focusing‘. One s, not two.

IMHO, the definition of ‘focussing’ is either:

    1. fake swearing,
      OR
    2. cussing at photographs that don’t turn out as you expected.

/ Originally posted on my Facebook on 28 December 2012

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​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.

My Favorite 17 Online Tools

I am a list maker. It’s a byproduct of working in state government for twenty years. So my browser bookmarks are regularly scrutinized, alphabetized and regularly saved for backups. This has proved beneficial: I once misplaced a website that I eventually realised I was spelling it wrong.

Today I am listing and highlighting (thus explaining the photograph attached) the most important websites in my bookmarks. Each of these sites help me to write posts easily, edit graphic coloring easily, and dare-I-say-it code websites easily. Yep, I am a geek at heart.
Jetty Light

If any of these look helpful to you, feel free to bookmark, leave a comment, like the page, and come back for more posts like this every few months when I do my regular backups. Cheers!

Ten Architecture Ideas

It’s been a very long evening (and now early morning) searching for ideas to utilise in our next home. More about the new house later; For now, enjoy these ten quirky houses or architectural concepts:

1. Terraced onto three levels, Atolan House is located on the eastern seaboard of Taiwan, overlooking the Pacific Ocean..

2. Via Sauvagia is a residential development project of contemporary mountain condominium chalets nestled along gentle slopes.

3. Modern architecture intersects with traditional building techniques; there is a concrete structure covered almost entirely in wood. The architects have achieved a wonderful combination and equilibrium between structure, function and design. Concrete takes the shape of the letter “s” to create a protective shell for the house. Wood is not there just for design but also to improve insulation and inside comfort as well, considering that concrete is not a very esthetic material..

4. Naturehumaine chose to eschew the right angles … instead … a sloping roofline on two edges of the home … peaking at one corner and sinking to a single story at each end. This allows two distinct levels of living space, while also keeping in mind that a minimal outward appearance fits best in a natural environment.

5. The infamous Sheats-Goldstein Residence … juts out in concrete triangles and clear glass rhombuses over a panoramic view … It features all the accoutrements of a lifelong bachelor pad: TV screens come out of ceilings, portholes in the pool look into his bedroom, parts of the roof retract to reveal a private jungle planted around the manse.

6. Located south of San Francisco, The Atherton house sits on an internal suburban flag lot … The design solution breaks the program into four buildings – main house, study, pool house and garage … Large sliding glass doors open out to the pond and terrace.

7. Located above San Francisco, The Cloverdale sits on a steep south slope overlooking the valley below. Stands of mature oaks and rock outcroppings frame the existing pool and house site … a 2150 square foot house that opens out to the land and take advantage of the expansive views and south facing exposure … the porch in the body of the house allows it to double as an entry to the guest bedrooms, reducing the need for circulation and the overall footprint of the house … All of the interior and exterior wood paneling, trim and decking was milled down from the logs of the original kit house on the property.

8. Jack’s House has lines, angles and interior fittings that look like they came straight out of our copious graph-paper designs. Seeing our thoughts appear in photographs is a sigh of relief that anything is actually possible.

9. The Box House is a basic cabin in the Australian bush, south of Sydney. The small cabin resembles a timber barn built with a modernist cube shape …

10. House Zilvar is a small wooden house with an unusual shape. The home’s distinctive appearance is the result of what is essentially a shed roof that twists and folds along the length of the house, changing the direction of slope from one end to the other.

More about our new home? Soon, I promise.

Naming Photography Collections Appropriately

Breaking Through to the Other Side A few nights ago I was pondering if I should give my photography collections fancy names.

I wanted to use interesting words that described the nature of the collection yet without sounding all pretentious and prissy.

It still had to sound masculine, yet attracting everyone. So I did what everyone does: I googled a few words, changed the criteria a few times and finally stumbled onto these two articles:

How to Name Your Packages

Lawrence says in the first line: A vital element of packaging and promoting your products is language.”
So true.Choosing each word to specifically convey the message you really want to say is paramount. See I what I did there? Seriously, read this, your product range will go from basic to premium in no time!

Top 10 Tricks for Creating Photography Packages that Sell

Leah Remillét, a strategist for professional photographers, shares her top 10 tips we should all know about offering photography packages to our clientele. She offers better word choices, better structure to your offer, and the difference between cost and value. I love her tips on when best to start on any project.

Line Up I am sure there are more articles regarding the issue.

These two say enough for me to consider where I want to go from here. Look out for MY premium gold collection or the Caviar on Crackers collection! ;)