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Your resume

A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) tells your employer about your education, training and work history. A well structured resume can present you as the best person for the job.

What to do

There are different ways to write a resume so first check if the recruitment agency or the employer require a particular format.

Here are some general tips.

  • Include your name, address, contact numbers and email address.
  • Consider the type of organisation you are applying to when choosing a style for your resume for example an arts company might welcome a creative approach more so than a finance company - use your discretion.
  • Use easy-to-read fonts for example Arial, Times New Roman, Tahoma and font sizes for example 14 point for headings and 12 point for text.
  • Put things in chronological order - list your most recent education and work history first. Recruiters are mostly interested in the last 15 years of your working life.
  • Provide real examples of how your experience, skills, personal attributes, qualifications, knowledge and expertise show you can do the job.
  • Make sure that the information you provide can be validated and supported at an interview and by referees.

For more information about how to write a resume, you may want to search the internet.

What not to do

You should not include personal details that could give the employer the chance to unfairly discriminate against you. Unless you have a specific reason, do not include:

  • a photograph
  • your age or date of birth
  • whether you are single, married or de facto
  • whether you have children or are pregnant
  • your religion, unless it is necessary for the position.

If you are short-listed, it should be based on your skills and abilities, not irrelevant personal characteristics.

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