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How to write an Australian-style resume

Before you begin job hunting in Australia, it is essential that you prepare a professional resume that suits the Australian style. It’s important to make a resume that is not only suitable for use in Australia, but creates a great impression on potential employers. 

So whether you’re a fresh graduate looking for your “big break” into the workforce, a student wanting to gain work experience, or a professional with years of experience under your belt, writing an “Aussie” style resume might just get you a step ahead of Australia’s competitive markets, particularly if you have an international background. Here’s what you need to know:

Keep it brief and simple

More likely known as a CV (Curriculum Vitae), a resume is designed to highlight your skills, experience and achievements. It would be wise to limit your resume to 3 to 4 pages so hiring managers can see easily what makes you a better candidate than others. More importantly, use a standard font style (i.e. Times Now Roman or Arial), neutral colours like black or grey, and bullet points for easy reading.

Include your personal details

Your resume should contain all necessary personal details, such as your name, address, phone number, email address, nationality and languages spoken. Professional memberships and clubs, as well as hobbies and interests, are optional. Make sure to keep your email address professional-sounding, too. After all, your CV is a document that will help market yourself. 

Indicate your career profile

For fresh graduates, it is advisable to start your CV with a career objective to inform potential employers of what they can expect from you. It should be straightforward and directly speak about your qualifications and accomplishments. 

As for professionals, it’s better to begin with a career overview to give hiring managers a preview of what they can find on your resume. This should include your professional and academic training and some information about your current job.

Summarise your key skills

If you want to give recruiters a quick snapshot of what you can offer and be placed in the “yes” pile, summarise your key strengths and competencies that are relevant to the role you want to pursue. It will also be to your advantage to mention some personal traits.

Detail your work experience

When providing information about your previous jobs, begin with the most recent one. Indicate the organisation’s name, your position and dates of your employment. Describe your key responsibilities, projects completed and achievements. 

Include your education and qualifications

Students who have completed a higher education are highly sought after in Australia, so this creates a great first impression among many employers. As such, indicate your certificates, diplomas or degrees attained – or their Australian equivalents. If you are currently taking up an additional qualification, include this information as well. 

If you need help creating a professional Australian style resume, don’t hesitate to contact one of IDP’s student support services.

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