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Writing a CV/Resume

Your CV/resume is Marketing YOU!

A curriculum vitae (CV) or resume is a dynamic document that should be altered to emphasise achievements and relevant experience. Include all your responsibilities, achievements and accomplishments that build a picture of your strengths and competencies across a range of skill areas.

Wherever possible back up statements with concrete examples of what you did to attain the skills you are articulating. The CV/resume should be approximately 2 pages long with your name and page number on each page.

Include a cover letter with your CV or Resume. It is important the letter generates interest in your CV/Resume by highlighting your suitability for and interest in the work for which you are applying.

A letter highlights your best assets and needs to be written clearly and succinctly because the letter is used to assess your written communication skills. Keep your letter to one page in length.

educational qualifications (tertiary and senior secondary) Detail significant areas studied relevant to the position you are applying for
work history ( paid & unpaid) All work & main responsibilities
professional development Courses & and any significant training sessions
community, sport and leisure activities Hobbies and Interests
‘Referees’. List their name, title, organisation and contact details for at least 2 to 3 people who can comment favourable on your achievements in relation to your work, academic studies.

 

Ask permission of these people to cite them and inform them of the type of work that you are seeking; their comments either verbal or written made to a potential employer can be the difference between success and disappointment

 

It is vital to make a clear connection between your background and the work you are applying for. By emphasising and quantifying your achievements, accomplishments and outcomes, the reader will be able to get a clear picture of what you have actually done to develop the skills they are looking for and the scope and scale of your involvement.

Online applications always contain a cover letter and CV/resume. Attaching the various documents in pdf format rather than copying text into the body of an email tends to appear more professional when corresponding electronically.

Happy CV writing!