How to craft a powerful resume that gets read

I know how frustrating it is to work really hard and send out tons of resumes but only hear crickets.

Especially when you’ve wrestled with Word or Photoshop for hours trying to format the bloody thing, (what’s the deal with text moving where you don’t want it to?).


So I wrote this blog post which lays out exactly what you need to do to actually get emailed back.

I’ve split it up into three step-by-step sections so your entire resume is taken care of … let’s start! 

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How to write an eye-catching cover letter in 5 steps

Getting the perfect balance between a professional yet interesting cover letter is difficult.

You don’t just want to spout out all the same tired stuff everybody says. But you also can’t be too “out-there”, otherwise you won’t be taken seriously. It takes time & some serious patience.

But don’t worry, because here are five insights and action steps you need to take to create a winning cover letter —and not go too grey in the process.

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How to fit everything onto your CV in 2 steps

First of all, as much as you don’t want to hear it, it’s important that your CV is only 1 A4 page, at the VERY most 2 sides of A4. (Unless you’re a seasoned employee with 20 odd years of experience, then you can definitely get away with 2 sides of A4).

How to fit everything onto your resume in 2 steps

I know, it’s heart breaking because you want to say everything you possibly can and choosing what to cut out is difficult.

But trust me, be selective in your examples and wording and only have a 1 sided A4 CV that’s sleek and easy to read. Rather than a 2-page mess of text-boxes everywhere and page margins now a distant memory.

There are two steps to fitting everything onto your CV.

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How to successfully apply for a job you have no experience for

I’ve heard a lot of people say when they’re looking for a new job: “I’d love to do this, but I don’t have any experience”.  And that’s where it stops. They close the open tab on their computer and with that, shut the door on opportunity. 

That’s why in this post I tell you exactly how you can apply for that job you want and know you’d be amazing at. 

How to successfully apply for a job you have no experience for

To be honest, it’s mostly my girlfriends who say this. They see a job ad they think they’d be awesome at, but because:

  • it’s a change from what they’re doing
  • they don’t have specific experience in that yet
  • they don’t meet 100% of the things listed in the ad

they don’t even apply.

It breaks my heart. Honestly.

Call it naivety, but I believe you can apply for those jobs your heart soars when reading, even (and especially) when you don’t have experience in yet.

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How to get out of the comparison trap & get the career you want

You might not be where you want to be. You might not be working to where you want to be.

Maybe you are like a lot of people I’ve spoken to recently, just counting down the days until the weekend. Buttttttt the weekend just keeps feeling a little further away.


How to stop comparing yourself & get the career you want

If you took a minute to think about this question, (I know, big breath) would your answer be that your satisfied with your job/career/lifestyle?

This question has made me a little more nervous than I’d like to admit at times.

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3 powerful mindsets you need to get the job

I’ve been working with a number of people trying to get a better job, start their career or make a change.

And the biggest challenge we’ve faced is overcoming the: “I’m not enough” mindset.

3 powerful mindsets you need to get the job


I honestly can’t believe how much it has cropped up, and this destructive narrative shows up in a myriad of ways, it’s sneaky. (Just like this cat, but definitely not as cute).

Sneaky cat

I’ve collected the most common three shapes I’ve seen the: “I’m not enough” trap take so far, so you can recognize it earlier, throw it out and not be hindered by this lie anymore.

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A new perspective on being disrespected

It was Monday morning in Guiyang, China, and I was constantly checking my phone. Something which I hate doing, especially right before bed.

I was waiting on a reply from my Chinese friend who was coordinating with construction workers who needed to come and do work in our house.

See a few days before, there’d been loud knocks at the door from our building manager. (Very loud knocks, with like 2 seconds in between — who gets to the door that fast?)

They told us our washing machine had caused a waterfall in the apartment below.



They came in and inspected our laundry room. Side note: they came in without taking their shoes off — which is a big deal in China.

Every time you go into someone’s house you either put these booties on over your shoes, wear slippers they give you, orrrrr just take your shoes off.

So if you just barge in with your shoes on it’s quite disrespectful here.

Anywayyyyy, they couldn’t see anything wrong with the washing machine.

Which meant … all the problems were below the floor.



Because our whole house is basically a concrete block, our floor would have to be completely pulled up to be able to get at whatever was causing the tsunami problem downstairs.

Like, completely destroyed. They eventually came with jack-hammers.

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How to make boundaries & learn to say no (even to your boss)

Sometimes people pleasing tendencies come out in full-force, all at once. This is one of those times. I share a personal story of how I learnt to make strong boundaries and say no, so that you can too.

How to make boundaries & learn how to say no

It started at work when my boss sprung on me she’d decided she wanted me to be available to work online in the evening while I’m at home. After I’ve already left work.


At first when she was talking about all this I was just taking notes, trying not to give in to any knee-jerk reactions. (Even though I could very strongly sense my husband Jeff’s reactions as if he was pinching me).

It wasn’t until all this faff about whether we’d start tonight or not, that I began to think this wasn’t fair. And of course, I felt guilty in thinking that.

But it wasn’t in our contract. And I really didn’t want to bring work home.

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How my startling panic attack gave me a powerful breakthrough

During final year of University I was working four jobs, going to the gym at least four times a week, cycling around 8 miles to and from university everyday, oh and trying to get the highest grades possible. :/

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I was running myself into the ground.

I’m not sure why I took on so much, maybe I felt the final year urge to do everything I thought I should have been doing the whole 3 years of my degree.

But whatever the reason it wasn’t good for me.

On top of all the stuff I was doing, I was also trying to figure out those big questions you feel pressured to know at 21.

Like: what you’ll do after graduation; who you want to be; and what the thing with that guy really means.

I wanted to be able to do everything.

I felt like I needed to prove I could do that. That I could manage all of these things and still get good grades. I wanted to do it all and do it smoothly.

And I did manage to graduate with a good grade and oomph up my cv with a load of experience from my jobs. Butttttt … I also had a breakdown. A pretty big one.

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Hashtag Habit #1: My new tactic to be in tune with my body

Remember when I told you about a new kind of blog post I was planning on doing? Called Hashtag Habit? No?

It was a long time ago because life kind of got in the way. But you should go read it again here because this post is allllll about my first Hashtag Habit.

And it’s about … food-logging.


I know what you’re thinking. Not the most riveting thing, but stick with me because I’m finding it’s a super useful one.

If you’ve read my intro post to Hashtag Habits, I’ve been feeling bogged down by all the stuff I want to do but haven’t made time for.

And like I said before in that post, we deserve to make time for things that will help us to show up in the world stronger, more confident and just plain happier.

Which is exactly what this new habit of food-logging is going to do … (hopefully).

I only just started food-logging again this week because we had a holiday and I might have eaten this …


… plus a few other insanely delicious treats.

But I didn’t decide to start food logging because of guilt about eating that dessert monstrosity. #definitelynotsugarfree

It actually came from having pretty bad, correction: horrendously painful stomach aches.

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