PAPER WORK: Peta Hill works at Active Training Specialists and has her own resume writing business and says people are trying to up-skill.
PAPER WORK: Peta Hill works at Active Training Specialists and has her own resume writing business and says people are trying to up-skill. Campbell Gellie

Gladstone job seekers opt for career change

PETA Hill knows better than most that a good resume can land anyone a job while a bad one can ruin any chance of getting an interview.

Peta has been running her resume and cover letter writing business, Business Careers and You, in Gladstone for almost six years and has rarely been as busy as she is right now.

With recent layoffs at some of Gladstone's industries, and the wind down of construction on Curtis Island, Business, Careers and You have been dealing with 60-80 clients each week.

"I'm quite concerned with the families that are leaving Gladstone," she said.

"For those wanting to stay here they are looking at up-skilling and quite a few at a career change.

"As an example, if someone was a boilermaker and that work isn't around anymore, they are looking at what they can do to get a different job."

She said she also had a lot of return customers.

"If it takes us less than 10 minutes to update someone's resume we do it for free," she said.

"A lot of people, even out of Gladstone, are getting us to update their resumes for jobs."

But it is not just resumes, Peta and her one full-time employee and school-based trainee also do cover letters and selection criteria responses.

Peta said cover letters were best written with the help of the application.

"Cover letters need to make that personal connection and not just be your resume written in another way," she said.

"It gives you a chance to say something about why you want to work at that company and what you can bring."

Although she is happy being busy with her resume writing and her other job at Active Training Specialists, Peta would be happy if there were less people in Gladstone looking for jobs.

"The flow-on effect of people losing their jobs makes me worried," she said.

"If we can help people stay in Gladstone then that is great for everyone."

Three resume blunders

Using text language

Peta has seen people have

"I am gr8 at ..."

Using slang

Don't use words like gonna and gotta

Childish email addresses

Have a professional email address and create one if you don't have one already



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