Résumé Quiz

Job Jumpstart Résumé Quiz
Welcome to the Job Jumpstart Résumé Quiz.

Want to test your résumé-building skills? Help our three virtual job seekers tailor their résumés to land their perfect job!

The quiz takes about 10 minutes to complete.

Why should I tailor my résumé?

Employers want workers who understand their business. So to land the job you need to show the employer you understand their needs.

But how do you do that? By tailoring your résumé to the specific job and employer.

A tailored résumé is:

  • is written for a specific job
  • reflects the needs of the employer
  • clearly demonstrates why you are right for the job.

Choose an Applicant

Select a Job

Résumé Builder

Learn how to build a winning résumé!

In this activity you will:

  • Choose a job to apply for
  • Tailor a résumé (don’t worry, we’ll give you hints and help along the way!)
  • Find out if you got the job

When you submit, you’ll find out if your résumé wins the employer over, or if it ended up in the bin.

If it didn’t win, we’ll show you how you can do better next time.

Add a Photo

Résumés with photos can be hard for automatic keyword scanners (which some employers use to sort résumés) to read, so are often instantly rejected.

Also, a photo can also distract the employer from the important stuff, like your actual skills and experience.

Formal portrait

Lifestyle photo

Pet photo

No photo

Select a Theme

If your résumé has to much going on it can be hard to read. Too much colour and designs can also distract employers from the important stuff, like your actual skills and experience.

For a super creative role, like a photographer or graphic designer, adding some flair can work in your favour. But for most jobs, the simpler, the better.

Serif

Sans serif

Cursive

Floral

Time to match the applicantʼs work experience to the role

Job requirements

Keep your résumé simple and easy to read. Only include experience that:

  • is relevant to the job, like your previous experience doing a similar or related job and
  • shows you have the skills and personal traits that the employer is looking for.

The applicantʼs work experience

Time to match the applicantʼs qualifications to the role

Job requirements

Keep your résumé simple and easy to read. Only include your qualifications, registrations or licenses that:

  • relate to the job, like training or qualifications that show you can do this job
  • could be of benefit to the business, for example, your First Aid certificate or your wicked IT skills
  • show your general literacy and numeracy skills. Hint: Show this by providing info on your highest level of education, e.g. Degree, Diploma, School Certificate or current year level at school.

The applicantʼs qualifications

Time to match the applicantʼs skills to the role

Job requirements

To keep your résumé simple and easy to read, only include skills that:

  • directly relate to the job, like the technical and workplace skills that show the employer you can do this job and
  • could directly benefit the business and so give you a competitive edge.

The applicantʼs skills

Scan for Keywords

‘Key words’ are the words or phrases employers use in their job ad to explain their business needs. Things like, 'highly motivated', 'customer focused', 'barista experience', etc.

Try to use those same words in your résumé and application, to show that you are right for the job.

But always be honest on your résumé:

  • If you only have some of the skills or experience required, focus on these particular traits in your résumé.
  • If you don’t have any of the skills or experience listed in the job ad, you might not be a good fit for the job.

Click on the words of the job ad below to highlight the 0 key words.

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Ask a Friend

Talking to a friend who has experience working in this role can give you insights about the job and employer. This intel could give you a extra edge when applying.

Which questions should the applicant ask? Please choose the 0 helpful questions.

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Research the Employer

Finding out about the job and employer can help you tailor your application - and give you a competitive edge!

Employers are easily impressed - just show them you've taken the time to find out about them and their business needs. Then explain how your skills and personal traits can help them meet those needs.

To do this, take another look at the job ad (and the employer’s ‘key words’) for hints on the type of person the employer is looking for. Visit their website and social media pages for intel on their business.

Which questions should the applicant ask? Please choose the 0 helpful questions.

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Result

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Your résumé is often your first and best chance to show the employer that you are right for the job.

Need more help?

The Job Jumpstart website has heaps of info and tips. We can help you understand your work preferences, connect with employers, tailor your résumé and cover letter (including templates!) and nail that interview. We've got your back!

So, what did you think about this quiz? Was it a yay or nay? Cos we’d love to hear from you!