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26.3 How Do I Write A Winning Resume? by Ilsa Melchiori

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1. Keep it simple, stupid!In regards to the layout of your resume, it is best to keep in clean and simple. It's often tempting to create some avant-garde masterpiece because you think it will help you get noticed, however from my experience a well designed, well curated, simple layout stands out more, and speak volumes over an overly worked attempt to stand out.

2. Show yourself! Include a nice, friendly looking photo of yourself. This is something I've always done and I cannot tell you how many positive comments I've had in interviews about it. "You just looked so nice and smiley!", "You looked like someone I'd want to work with", etc. The trick here is getting the right photo! Keep it to a portrait style. Make sure you are smiling and look approachable. Pay attention to your outfit. Go for something nice, yet conservative. Don't include that photo of you in the lace bralette at a music festival, there a time and place. Pay attention to the background! Again maybe don't choose a photo from a boozy night out, just in case your friend is vomiting in the background and you didn't notice.

3. Tailor it to be relevant! Most people think they have to list their previous work experience in chronological order. I find, however, that it is best to tailor the order specifically for the job you are applying for. My tip, start with your current/last job, then list experience based on relevance. If you are applying for a job as a Designer it's better to first showcase your experience in relevant fields as opposed to your work as a waitress. On a similar note, it's also sometimes necessary to curate/edit your experience. You don't have to include every single thing you have done, just pick the things that are relevant.

4. Summerise! I like to start my resumes with a personal statement. This is a short paragraph summarising everything that is covered in my resume. This way someone can read this and then decide if they want to delve in further. This is where you need to really sell yourself!

5. Understand the importance of good references! I always say that you should have 3 references on your resume. This being said you want them to be great (real) references, so if you only feel you have 2, only put 2 down. The point of references are to make you look like the best you/ best potential employee. Also, make sure you actually list your references and their contact details on your resume. I know a lot of people who will instead write 'references available on request'. Personally, I think this looks poor, and as if you couldn't come up with any in time. Tip: When you leave a job, consider asking your boss if they will be a future employment reference for you, grab their mobile numbers (in case they leave the company in the future). Then, when you are applying for jobs make sure you flick them a text with a heads up/would they mind. You don't want them randomly getting a call out of the blue and not being prepared.

6. Keep it Concise! Try and keep it to 1-3 pages total. You are not writing a PHD thesis! I know this can be difficult, but it comes back to what I mentioned earlier about curating and keeping it simple.

7. Own it! Make sure you have your name and contact information clearly listed up top. I normally put my name as a page header in a large font size to ensure it stands out. ALWAYS include your address, phone number, email address and MAYBE your availability, Instagram, website, twitter etc if you think it's relevant (there's my favourite word again!)

8. Link! A sneaky way of including more content in your resume, without in fact cramming more onto the page, is to clearly link to your website, online portfolio, Instagram, blog, etc

9. SPELLCHECK! I have mild dyslexia, and as a result, I struggle a lot with spelling and grammar in my writing. I just can't see it when I make a mistake! However, nothing bothers me more than reading other people's writing and seeing heaps of mistakes *. Firstly, do a spellcheck! Secondly, download and use Grammarly, this is a fantastic free Chrome extension that is essentially spellcheck for grammar. Lastly, have someone else (or several people) read over it.

10. Have fun! At the end of it all, try to show a little bit of personality. All the points listed above are simply my tips and things that I've found to work over the years. But at the end of the day, people hire people, no one is perfect, and I'm not entirely sure there is such a thing as a 'perfect resume'.

Happy job hunting!

Image by Ilya Pavlov via unsplash 

*I'm sorry if that happens to you when reading posts on this blog, I try to triple check everything!

10.2 Friday Favourites: Things I've Learnt about Dressing for my Body by Ilsa Melchiori

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Since last weeks Friday Favourites: Things I've learnt about make up post was so well received I've decided to do another along the same line. Things I've learnt about dressing for my body type. Firstly some context for you. I'm in my late 20's, 170cm tall, a size 12 (AUD), 32E. But more importantly to this post, I have very short legs and a very long torso. My friends never fully believe me until I prove it. I've clearly learnt to hide it over the years with the way that I dress.

So here are the things I've learnt, in case there are any other short-legged, long torso girls out there who want some tips and tricks.

1.  Skirts and dresses become your best friend. Basically if they can't see where your legs start then you can trick people into thinking they are long.

2.  High waisted skirts in particular have been kind to me. If people are focusing on your waist then they just assume you legs  aren't far away. They'll never know there's this 'extra' bit of torso hanging out.

3.  'Mini' anything probably wont work for you, unless you like showing your vagina off in public. Remember that 'extra' bit of torso, well that makes mini dresses shirts on you.

4.  Pants will be hard to find but not impossible. I totally still wear pants and jeans. Good hint, if something is labeled 'cropped' or leg 30' it will probably be the perfect length on you.

5.  Speaking of pants, I find that having a touch of exposed ankle between my jeans and my shoes makes my legs seem longer.

Most importantly though, please wear things that make you feel great!

3.2 Friday Favourites: 5 of the best Things I've Learnt About Make up by Ilsa Melchiori

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I started my make up education fairly late in life. My mother never wore it when I was growing up, I didn't have any sisters, and I was the 'girly' one in my friendship group in school. For this weeks Friday Favourites I decided to switch things up a bit and share with you 5 of the best (favourite) things I've learnt since the commencement of my make up education.

1.  Make up artists and sales assistants will ALWAY try and sell me foundation that is too dark for my skin tone. Yes I'm half Italian, yes I have yellow/olive toned skin, but I am pale as can be.

2.  The scent of a product can totally ruin it for me.

3.  Contouring is actually very simple. Here a tip, if you've been applying your bronzer is a 3 motion along the side of your face, you've basically been lightly contouring this whole time.

4.  Ran out of eye makeup remover? Olive oil works wonders, just try not to get it in your eyes.

5.  Hydration is the key. If your skin is dehydrated, then it doesn't matter what you do, your make-up will end up looking cakey and gross throughout the day.

What is your favourite piece of make up related advice?

17.1 Summer Saviours: Products to Get You Through Summer by Ilsa Melchiori

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I, like many other women in the world, get sweaty! And I'm not talking a ladylike glisten. Me and extreme heat DO NOT get along.

Over the years I've developed a list a products/tricks to help me get through Australian summers whilst still looking vaguely presentable.

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1. Bike Shorts To be worn underneath skirts and dresses to combat leg chafing (or 'chub rub'). This has been a constant problem for me because of the shape of my body, whether I'm a size 8 or 14, it doesn't matter.

2. Body Glide Anti-Chafing Stick Basically a Lady Speed stick deodorant for your inner thighs. Not a bad product, although I found that it wore off very quickly if you were sweaty...

3. Jurlique Rose Water This is my favourite refreshing facial mist on the market. It was also the first Jurlique product I ever owned. A classic that I carry in my handbag for when my need a little freshening up.

4. Spray Sunscreens I'm currently using the Mecca Cosmetica Sunbrella Invisible Superspray SPF 50+ which is a clear, spray, water resistant, broad spectrum face and body sunscreen. This is great because you can spray it on over your make up throughout the day without messing up your carefully applied face. Supergoop also do a great one called the Defence Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50+.

5. Benefit Fake Up Concealer This is one of the few concealers that will stay put under my eyes in the hot weather. I have very dry/dehydrated skin and my normal concealers just can't cut it when you introduce sweat to the equation.

TIP: Use a water proof mascara on your bottom lashes, or forego mascara on your bottom lashes entirely. I do find that I get mascara transfer.

6. Water Lastly, but most importantly, water! It is so important to stay hydrated in the hot months. I always carry a bottle of water around with me and aim to drink at least 1-2 litres a day.

So there are a few of my Summer Saviours.

Remember to Slip, Slop, Slap and stay hydrated!

What are some of you Summer Saviours?