In a crowded job market, standing out from your peers can be hard to do.
But according to Amazon Australia’s Student Programs recruiter, Theresa Dang, there are “two crucial steps candidates need to take (and get right) when seeking a role”.
The careers expert, who has worked at esteemed companies including CommBank, Deloitte and EY in the past, said the first thing you need to nail is a “CV you’re genuinely proud of”, and the second is making sure you are impressive at interview.
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“Your CV is your first impression to any potential employer and should be a dynamic document that really highlights and sells your achievements to date,” Theresa explains to 7Life.
To make sure your CV is as good as it can be, Theresa recommends following her six key points.
“First, you need to make sure your CV is succinct,” she tells 7Life.
“Don’t waffle on if you don’t need to and try to keep it to about 1-2 pages so you can keep the reader engaged.”
Theresa says you need to think short, sweet and concise whenever you’re compiling it.
On top of this, the careers expert says it’s a good idea to include “lots of links, especially to your LinkedIn page”.
“Held another internship position? Link to the company,” she says.
“Wanted to write more about all your experience than 1-2 pages? Link to your LinkedIn and use this to detail your full suite of information and content.”
Thirdly, Theresa recommends that you “reflect the job description in your CV to highlight the skills the employer is looking for”, and pay particular attention to including words like “build” and “develop”.
“Academics are great, but an employer isn’t always focused on your marks and grades, it’s how you juggle and prioritise,” Theresa adds.
“Employers want to see how an individual is well rounded and can have work life balance, so this is your opportunity to include your involvement in a local sports team, a part-time role you held while studying at university or even any community or volunteering initiatives.”
Finally, she says you need to both switch your responsibilities list to an “achievements list” and use quantifiable data to demonstrate ownership.
Always use spell check and make sure there are no spelling mistakes.
Theresa says: “Make sure it’s watertight and proofread”.
By the time it comes to the interview, Theresa says preparation is key.
“Get to know the company. Critical to any job interview is doing your research and getting to know the company you’re interviewing for,” she says.
Consider your body language, eye contact and hand gestures.
“Be professional, but also be your authentic self,” Theresa says.
“Hiring managers can usually tell when you’re not being yourself, so feel free to share some of your personal interests and build a real connection – it will go a long way.”
Make sure you’re prepared with your key achievments and metrics, and Theresa says you need to be prepared to answer these via the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action and Result).
“Search common interview questions and practice answering those out loud prior to your interview,” Theresa says.
“You can almost guarantee an interviewer will ask about your experience, why you applied for the role and what drew you to the company – so best to be prepared.”
This year, Amazon Australia is hiring student interns from Australia and New Zealand with a variety of roles available across the business, ranging from software engineers to retail brand analysts, applied scientists, business development, and cloud support associates.
Taking place over the summer for 10-12 weeks, they mirror a full-time role, with each intern given a real-life project to own and complete with direction from managers, mentors and teammates.
To find out more about the internship program at Amazon and to apply, click here.