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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.

Pic­ture: Camp­bell Brodie

Univer­sity of Ade­laide wine busi­ness stu­dent Pamela Cam­pu­sano does some re­search at the Na­tional Wine Cen­tre.

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