When you decide to start searching for a job in Australia, it is important to make sure your resume is perfect (can also be referred to as curriculum vitae, or CV). Employers will receive a very large pile of applications, and your resume is the only way to show off who you are and why you should get the job. Unfortunately if you don’t write your resume in the right format, or have some information missing, that can be enough for the employer to put your application to the side.
To help you out, here is what you need to know about writing the perfect resume to help you land your dream job.
Make it clear and clean
Presentation is important, so we want to make sure that all the information is easy to read and understand for potential employers. Make sure to choose a clear font, in size 11-12, with clear spaces between subheadings. Bullet points are great, as it makes the points quick and easy to read. If you are applying for a simple part-time job, a single page is enough, however for full time, professional applications, feel free to use 2-3 pages (but don’t write unnecessary information).
Attach a cover letter
At the front of your resume, attach a cover letter to engage the employer’s interests. This will show the employer that you are a great match for the organisation, encouraging him or her to continue reading to the resume. Do not write more than a page, and structure it in the appropriate format. Be sure to include the following:
Your contact details (top right)
Introduction (including objective)
Quick note on education
Experience and skills
Have different resumes for different applications
It is important to make sure that the resume you are submitting is appropriate for the position you are applying for. Therefore, be sure to edit each resume to perfectly match the job. For example, if you are applying for a professional business role, you will not need to mention previous babysitting experience. Similarly, rewrite the career objectives to make sure they are in line with the job listing’s position description. This will give the impression that you are serious about the application, and have put time and thought into it.
Save documents with appropriate name and format
When you are submitting an online application and attaching documents, you want to save the documents with suitable titles. Once the document is attached, the employer will see what you have saved it as. For example, John Smith Resume as opposed to Resume Draft. Similarly, it looks more professional if the documents are saved as PDFs rather than Word documents, so export them as PDFs.
Format the resume correctly
When you write the resume, be sure to include every piece of information you need to. Take a look at the sample resume below (written for a Brazilian student), which outlines how the resume is to be written.
We hope this has cleared up any questions you may have about resume writing or applying for jobs. If you would like any other help or advice, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or even visit us at our Melbourne Hub at 208/480 Collins Street. We can answer your questions proofread your resume and cover letter before it is submitted and even provide you with sample templates. We are here to help!