CV Tips For Australia

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One of the questions we often receive is how to clients can write a killer CV for Australia.

CV Tips For Australia

In Australia the CV is often called a ‘resume’ and there are a few slight differences between what is expected in UK and what is expected in Australia.

The Lets Go Global footprint is growing in Australia and we have teamed up with some of the leading Recruitment firms in the Country to source their views and opinions on what makes a great CV for finding a job in Australia.

Some people we speak to already have an up to date CV to hand and for others the thought of putting one together fills them with dread. What we can say with absolute authority though is that it is a necessary evil. As a client the team will assist with your Australian CV and also create a strong LinkedIn profile for you should you choose. For any emigration process you will need two versions of your CV – one for your Skills Assessment and we will need to work extremely closely with you to make this as relevant as possible to what the Skills Assessment body are looking for.

You’ll be pleased to know however that putting together your other CV, the one for finding a job in Australia is much easier!

CV Tips For Australia Stage One: Make sure you have your contact details at the top of the page including name, address, phone number and email. Because this is a CV for Australia and you are still in the UK include a link to your LinkedIn profile and also your Skype name. Please don’t use that old email address you used when you were 17 – funkylove@hotmail.co.uk is not a suitable email address to use on a CV!

Do not include your age or marital status – there is no need and it is illegal for an Australian employer to discriminate on basis of age or marital status

Stage two: Layout! Think carefully about the layout and format of your CV and do ‘Keep it Simple’. We always advise clients to use one of the templates that can be found tucked away in your Word software. Use bold for headings and use a nice clear font like Calibri 12 point. Do not underline, use italics or essentially do anything fancy. Ever!

Stage three: Make sure to summarise your strengths upfront at the top, using a short and concise bullet point list. You can adapt these strengths to each job you are applying for thus making the CV as relevant as possible to the job. You can call these points your ‘Key Strengths’ and stick to five points watch using one line.

Stage four: Career Overview. This should be no more than a paragraph and give the potential Australian employer enough of a hook to want to read the rest of your CV. It should definitely include your professional / academic qualifications and industry training if relevant.

For example:

Career Overview
A qualified marketing management professional with eight years’ experience in a blue chip marketing environment, I have exposure across all elements of the marketing mix with a particular focus on online and social media platforms have a proven track record of developing successful new products and motivating teams to consistently exceed KPIs. I’ve recently completed an MBA and am a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Stage five: Professional History

Here you should outline your career history in date order, starting with the most recent. Because we are constructing an International CV it is useful putting a line or two about what the Company does, unless it is a well-known Company or Brand like IBM or Coca Cola.

This section should cover the following points:

Company name with description if necessary

Job title

Dates

Responsibilities and key successes – don’t list out every part of your day to day job, all you are going to want to focus on here is your key accountability and successes.

Stage six: education & training

Lets Go! recommends starting with your highest qualification first and then working back but don’t include your Secondary Qualifications. If you have already had your Skills Assessed for Migration proposes be sure to include this point as it will help immensely!

Stage seven: professional memberships

Include those that are relevant to your role

We recommend leaving out references here and there is little point in writing ‘references upon request’. Similarly, hobbies and interests also received a mixed reception.

All done?
It’s worthwhile noting that as a migration client we will give all guidance and assistance necessary in your job search.