Honesty best policy
resumes but warns those who do will be caught out quickly.
‘‘Don’t lie. Do not exaggerate, do not invent your university and do not make up referees,’’ she says.
‘‘It (lying on resumes) becomes apparent pretty soon and it’s pretty obvious. Employers ask you to do all sorts of tests these days (before making a decision about hiring) so they’ll find out that you don’t have the great Microsoft skills, for example, that you said you have.’’
Pamela Campusano, 27, is a former CNN journalist from Chile who is now studying a master’s degree in Wine Business.
Before returning to study, Ms Campusano spent two years working in the hospitality industry, working her way from waitress to management positions.
However, she has only recently included the information in her job applications to wineries, after being advised to do so at a university resume club meeting.
‘‘It (hospitality work) was like a break in my life . . . so, in my point of view, it didn’t count,’’ she says.
‘‘But (the resume club) told me that it shows, first of all, that you are able to work in Australia and second, that I started as a waitress and then got a job as a manager so I am someone that can be trained.
‘‘And it does show what I have been doing (for the past two years) – I haven’t just been doing nothing and having a holiday.’’
Ms Campusano says the extra information has already paid off, with her job search now reaching the interview stage.
University of Adelaide wine business student Pamela Campusano does some research at the National Wine Centre.