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The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Feb 2012



The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Feb 2012

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www.ntnews.com.au CLASSIFIEDS 8944 9999 Saturday, February 25, 2012. NT NEWS. 3 P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 5 -F E B -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 4 0 3 C O L O R : C M Y K ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l CAREERONE.COM.AU Make it easy for agents to seewhat you do Sandra Black This is part two in the resume building series by Sandra Black, Corporate Services manager at Avant. Last week we began with the brain dump. Now we arrange the brain dump list within titles. The first title is: Contact details Make it easy for the employer or recruitment agent to contact you. List your full name, address, land line number (at home if you have one), mobile number and personal email address. It is really bad form to use the contact details of your current employer if you are employed! You do not need to list any other personal details (such as birth date or marital status). Your next title can be: Key strengths This can be a short paragraph of what you can offer. Make sure that this is not just words in a sentence. This needs to be statements that can be tested eg. Excellent computer skills especially Word and Excel. This is a statement that can be tested. Experience Under this title list all your positions, the companies and locations, along with the dates worked. If this were my resume I would format it this way: Corporate Service Manager. Avant Darwin, Australia December 2011 Current Duties/Responsibilities In this section list the key responsibilities of the position. Complete this section for all positions you have held. If you are returning to work after travelling or having children etc, always include this information so you dont have obvious gaps. Tip: If you have a position description, this will really help as it should outline your key responsibilities. Education, training and licences List school certificates, university or TAFE qualifications, courses attended and licences held. Hobbies and interests Only one thing to say here: Dont bother! There is really no need to include. Referees Under this, simply state referees available on request. Always have at least three referees on hand so that employers or recruitment agents can call if required. Make sure you advise your referees in advance that they may receive a call or email from an employer/recruitment agent wanting details on your employment. A referee ideally should be someone that you reported to in your role/s. Keep referees current; a referee from 10 years ago wont help! Next week we will refine your resume even more. Pearls ofwisdom on a retail career Geraldine Atkins with staff at the Paspaley boutique. A former diamond merchant, she jumped at the chance to work with pearls By COURTNEY TODD It is an incredibly exciting industry,which is also very rewarding THEY say diamonds are a girls best friend but Geraldine Atkins was lured away from the glittering stones to work with pearls. Ms Atkins said she has 25 years of experience in the jewellery industry starting off in a familybased antique business in Perth. I studied gemmology and became a diamond merchant for an international company, she said. I then decided to go to Sydney where I assisted at the Gemmological Association teaching diamond grading. Five years ago, Ms Atkins jumped at the opportunity to move to Darwin and work with the luminous Paspaley pearls. I enjoy the beauty of pearls and as Paspaley are the creators of the most beautiful pearls in the world, it was the only company to go to, she said. Ms Atkins is now manager of the Paspaley boutique in Darwin. I manage five staff members and oversee visual merchandising in the boutique, client events and sales, she said. I also conduct exclusive pearl discoveries in the showroom to educate consumers on the beauty and rarity of the Australian South Sea pearl. Being able to relay the wonderful Paspaley story to the many people who visit our showroom is definitely my favourite part of my job. Once customers understand the heritage and authenticity of the Paspaley story, they then develop a greater understanding and appreciation for Paspaley pearls. It is infectious. But the pearl industry isnt just about the beautiful final product and Paspaley makes sure their em ployees understand the entire journey of a pearl. During staff training you have the privilege to visit the Paspaley pearl farms and I was able to work on a shell cleaning vessel, Ms Atkins said. This is the boat that goes along the lines and cleans the shells. Ms Atkins said she can see herself staying in Darwin because her job is so enjoyable. In the world of retail, every day brings something different, she said. It is an incredibly exciting industry, which is also very rewarding. Plus you can travel anywhere around the world with the retail industry. Top pay on offer in oil and gas sector HUGE local investment in capital projects has driven Australian oil and gas salaries to the top of the world league table and with the numerous oil and gas projects on the horizon in the Top End, Darwin workers are sure to benefit. The Oil and Gas Global Salary Guide 2012, produced by Hays Oil & Gas and leading jobsite Oil and Gas Job Search, revealed those working in the Australian market earn on average $163,144 per annum. The salary guide, which bases its figures on more than 14,000 industry professionals across the globe, states the worldwide average annual salary now stands at $77,885. Australasia is also paying contractors more than any other region in the world, for all five of the expertise levels that were surveyed. Matt Underhill, managing director of Hays Oil & Gas, said contractor rates are a good forward indicator of how salaries might develop. So this data, as well as the permanent salaries, shows a region offering big money to attract enough talent to work on a swathe of mega projects in oil and gas, he said. Simon Winfield, Hays Oil and Gas senior regional director for WA and NT, said that from what he has seen, high salaries are typical for the oil and gas industry in Australia, and more so in the Top End because it is harder to get workers to come to Darwin. Oil and gas jobs in Darwin are on the increase, with the likes of INPEX and Prelude but also the associated businesses with those projects, he said. Its right across the board as these projects gain momentum and start staffing. Its a mix of roles from senior management, to highly technical jobs to blue collar trade roles. Mr Winfield said Shells Prelude project will be based off the Northwest coast of WA. Prelude is one of the first floating LNG (liquid natural gas) facilities in the world and the maintenance facility for that will be in Darwin, he said. Mr Winfield said jobs in the oil and gas industry require the appropriate qualifications and experi ence but the flow-on effect from these industries means there will be a need for unskilled workers in associate businesses. However, Mr Underhill added a note of caution. In this years survey we saw skill shortages rise to be the number one concern in the industry, he said. This is no surprise to those in Australia who have been battling the trend for the last two years, and saw wage rises running at 20 per cent year-on-year. While the increased money on offer is sure to attract the additional skills required, it has potential to play havoc with many a projects rate of return and completion timelines.