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By Meaghan Marshall, May 8 2017 12:51PM

A quick search on reveals just how many employers are looking for someone that will bring entrepreneurial talent, and it is not just in business development and sales roles. There is a University looking for an ‘experienced Project Manager with an entrepreneurial approach’ a Trade College seeking an ‘innovative educator with entrepreneurial talent’, there is an opportunity for a ‘Compliance Manager with entrepreneurial flair’, and a role for an Entrepreneurial Administration Officer.

Employers realise the benefits of hiring staff with an entrepreneurial spirit. An entrepreneurial mindset describes the way someone approaches life and work; those with an entrepreneurial flair show passion, are optimistic, look for ways to improve, take considered risks, and execute their ideas. Entrepreneurialism leads to innovation.

Having an entrepreneurial mindset is also beneficial for managing your career now and into the future. We all know the days of a job for life are well behind us, the average person will now have approximately ten different jobs before they are 40. The world of work today sees more of us freelancing, in casual or seasonal roles, consulting appointments or contract positions. There is also the issue of underemployment. Having an entrepreneurial mindset will help you navigate your way, help you to find and create opportunities, move across industries, and manage multiple sources of income.

What does it mean to have an entrepreneurial mindset?

Having an entrepreneurial mindset, is different from the traditional view of an entrepreneur who builds a new idea into an enterprise. Rather it refers to a way of thinking.

Someone with an entrepreneurial mindset will:

★ Have energy and passion; they work hard and with intensity.

★ Show commitment to their own continuous improvement; they place value on their personal improvement and development.

★ Be willing to take a risk; they trust their judgment and ability to make a sound decision with consideration to risks.

★ Display curiosity and inquisitiveness; they investigate how the world works, and see things with fresh perspective.

★ Be optimistic and resilient; they will regardless of challenges maintained a positive attitude.

★ Have a strong network; they invest in relationships and seek support when needed.

How to demonstrate you have an entrepreneurial mindset to a potential employer?

If you are applying for a role like the ones described above, then you will need to prove to the potential employer that you have entrepreneurial talent.

Don’t rely on just listing ‘entrepreneurial’ as a skill on your resume. As always, the key it to demonstrating your skills, is to use examples from your past experience. Review the description above of an entrepreneurial mindset; can you think of examples from your past that demonstrate these key qualities and traits?

Have you needed to adapt to changes to your work or industry?

Have you contributed an innovative idea?

What excites you, what is your passion, how have you doggedly pursued your goals?

How have you made sure you keep growing?

What challenges have you overcome? How did you deal with the challenge, and what did you learn?

If you really want to impress a potential employer then take it a step further, do your research, and tell them exactly what you can do for them. Apply your inquisitiveness and vision, dive deeper, and determine a key problem or a specific goal that you can make an impact on.

Having an entrepreneurial mindset will benefit you long into your career, and not just if your goal is to be an entrepreneur in the traditional sense. It’s not too late to build your entrepreneurial mindset. Here are some helpful resources:

5 Ways to Develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset (External Link)

How to Cultivate an Entrepreneurial Mindset (External Link)

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Resume Keywords: How to find the Right Words for Your Resume

By Meaghan Marshall, Apr 2 2017 11:29AM

Here are six tips for writing your graduate resume. These tips will help you create a strong resume to apply for graduate programs or for your first role after completing your studies.

⇨ 1. Target your resume to the company and role you are applying

Employees know that you will be applying at a number of organisations, however they will still be making an assessment via your application of your motivation and desire to work for their particular organisation.

Ensure that you show interest, and knowledge of the role and organisation you are applying to. It is important that you match your achievements, interests and skills to the role requirements, and also that you reflect the keywords and specific terminology of the organisation in your resume.

⇨ 2. Provide extra details about your university studies

Most people simply list their course details on their resume under a heading of education without any further information. This is a missed opportunity, especially at this point in your career when you perhaps don’t have a lot of practical experience or relevant work history. Include details of subjects studied, exceptional results, awards, major projects, publications and achievements.

⇨ 3. Include extra-curricular activities

Once again, you need to take every opportunity to set yourself apart from other applicants and by showing you have been involved in additional activities is a great way to achieve this. This might include volunteer roles, community involvement, sporting activities, or positions of responsibility at university. Including this additional activity will also help you fill in any gaps you might have due to limited work experience.

Don’t just list these activities but also include your achievements and examples of where you have demonstrated key skills, for example teamwork, leadership, and problem solving. Including extracurricular activities also demonstrates your ability to manage study, work and additional commitments. As you gain more experience this section of your resume will carry less weight, and eventually won’t be included.

⇨ 4. Don’t include an objective

I have noted that many of the university produced resume writing guides include the instruction to include a career objective. A career objective however almost always ends up being cliqued and self-centred. Instead keep the focus on what you can bring to the role, and how the organisation will benefit. Include a qualification summary or branding statement instead.

You might like to read here: Why You should Ditch the Objective Statement

⇨ 5. Make sure it is perfect

There is absolutely no room for error. You need to make an immediate impact and stand out from the crowd. When finding the difference between two similar candidates, it may ultimately come down to who presented the most polished resume with faultless formatting and precise punctuation and spelling.

⇨ 6. Use a professional email address that you check regularly

If you are just starting out in the professional world you might be still holding on to the email address you created in high school. It is essential that you have a professional email address, that should be your name only.

It is a good idea if you are applying for multiple roles is to create an email specifically for this purpose. A lot of communication will occur via email. With a separate email address, you can be sure you won’t miss any emails and can keep an eye on your junk email folder.

Also, see how to create a professional email signature.

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