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South African, Asian and Canadian Resumes Most Different From Australian Resumes

Posted on November 18, 2009 at 7:13 PM

Did you know that South African, Asian and Canadian resumes are the most different from Australian resumes?


This conclusion has come from a 1 1/2 year study conducted by Nab That Job in Australia!  Job seekers from South Africa and Asia in particular, tend to have the most difficulty finding employment in Australia, due to the format of their resume being so different from the expectations of Australian employer.


The main areas where resumes of South Africans, Asians and Canadians let them down when applying for jobs in Australia are set out below.


South African Resumes tend to have the following issues, in comparison to Australian resumes:

  • Unsophisticated formatting, meaning the information is not presented in an effective manner
  • Too much irrelevant information, such as Identification Numbers, personal and family information and detailed information about secondary education
  • Not enough detail on the relevant information - such as work experience and achievements


Asian Resumes, including Japan, China, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong and other Asian countries;  tend to have the following issues in comparison to Australian resumes:

  • Photograph included on the resume - this can be a disadvantage in Australia
  • Too much irrelevant information, such as religion and family information
  • Statement and date at the end of the resume
  • Detailed results of qualifications - unnecessary unless requested by the employer


Canadian Resumes tend to have the following issues, in comparison to Australian resumes:

  • Too short - one page resumes may be suitable for Canada, however they do not include enough information for what Australian employers require
  • Not enough detail on the relevant information - such as work experience and achievements


When applying for jobs in Australia, you have to remember that you are competiting against Australian residents, who are trained in providing what the Australian employer expects.  If you do not take the time and effort to research what is expected when applying for jobs in Australia, you may not be very effective or successful in securing employment, or even just getting an interview.


If you have not already had a FREE assessment of your current resume, I recommend that you find out how competitive your resume is now, by clicking here.


If you find you are feeling unconfident after completing the Nab That Job in Australia! resume assessment, please feel free to forward your resume to our Australian Emigration Job Search Strategist, for a more thorough assessment with recommendations and no obligation quote.



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