Let’s face it - writing your CV isn’t the most fun you’ll ever have but it’s critical if you want to land a job or get a foot in the door with a company.
Your CV is an essential tool to have for job search, whether it is for a part-time or casual job or your first real adult job after uni.
It’s a targeted description of your skills, knowledge, experience and personal qualities. The goal of a CV is to market yourself to gain an interview with a prospective employer. It’s important to promote your strengths – don’t be modest but don’t over-exaggerate either.
Successful CVs are accurate, clear, concise and easily navigated.
Optional: Career objective, Interests, Voluntary/Community involvement, Memberships, Publications (when applicable)
Photos: A photo can cause discrimination and distract from the information in the CV, although a photo can be justified with industries such as acting, modelling and some media roles. Employers can check your LinkedIn profile if they really want a visual. If you do include a photo, it must look professional and sit neatly on the page.
Creativity: If you’re applying for a creative role, you should be more creative with your CV. Often you will also need to include a portfolio or a link to it. Seek advice from your industry and lecturers.
Avoid: Avoid information that may be used to discriminate, e.g. age, health, marital status, nationality
Hot tip for content: Describe all relevant experience, paid or other (this provides evidence or proof of your skills) that is relevant to the position, career or employer. Please note some employers or industries will have more specific requirements. Think of the skills you’ve developed, e.g. ‘trained to analyse….’ ‘developed software coding skills …..’.
Also highlight successes in roles, e.g. ‘completed project ahead of deadline…
It is important to include key words into your CV. Here is a way to work out what keywords to include.
By using action verbs in your CV and cover letters you identify your transferable and specific skills, provide a clear description of your achievements and make your CV and application letter more professional and informative.
For example, instead of describing a job as: ‘worked in customer service and retail sales’, you could write:
Get your CV ready for our exciting Semester 2 schedule of employer events. We have 100+ employers visiting AUT looking for employees. Check out Employability Lab online for the latest events.