CV Tips

When writing a résumé it should be concise, professional and the language used must be impeccable including grammar, spelling and punctuation.

In Australia you do not need to include the following personal details:

  • Date birth
  • Place of birth
  • Sex
  • Marital status
  • Photo
You must include:
  • Name
  • Contact details
  • Personal goals, skills and qualities for the job
  • Qualifications and professional development or short courses/conferences that you may have attended
  • Duties and achievements
  • Language(s) you speak and at what level (basic, intermediate or advanced)
  • Documents that can be attached either at the time of applying for the job or when they are requested by the employer. Always submit certified copies, never the originals.
    1. Testamur of all your qualifications (certificates of graduation)
    2. Certificate of any short courses or professional development programs that you have undertaken
    3. Written references (personal, academic, and previous employment, internship or volunteer work)
    4. Selection Criteria statement duly completed
    5. Application letter

Make sure you also do some research about the prospective employer and how you can contribute to the job. Every CV must be adjusted according to the job profile on offer.

Also include the following information:
  • Software programs that you have had experience in, such as Windows including Word, Excel, Outlook, any databases or CRMs used in previous jobs (include level of proficiency and years of experience with the above programs)
  • Visa status
  • If you are applying for a position with the Australian Government, make sure to fill in a separate document for the Selection Criteria
  • Make sure that your profile in Linkedin is truthful, accurate and up-to-date as the prospective employer will search for it.
  • Membership of any professional association
  • Referees can be listed or you can advise that you supply them upon request