Finding a new job is always a challenge, let alone when you are moving to a new country. It’s important that you understand the local customs. If you are moving over from an English speaking country or have been working for international companies, your resume most likely fits the bill for an Australian CV. However if you are moving from anywhere else, you might need to change a few things.
Some countries may require you to include a picture of yourself and personal information in your resume, however in Australia this is not the case. Information such as gender, age, marital status, nationality etc. could be subject to discrimination, which is why this information is not disclosed at the initial stage. Your Australian CV should only include your contact details, professional experience, achievements and interests.
Length of an Australian CV
A good Australian CV is about 1-3 pages depending on how much experience you have or the number of companies you worked for. In this situation less is more, employers appreciate concise to the point resumes, where key information immediately pops out. Make sure to use bullet points wherever you can.
Structure and content
Start your Australian CV with your name, your e-mail address and phone number. You can also include your address, but it’s unnecessary; they need this information to be able to contact you, and it’s highly unlikely that they are planning to get in touch with you by writing you a letter through the post.
Summary in an Australian CV
It’s not expected, however a short summary of your experience, motivation and what you are looking for is a great way to start your Australian CV. If you choose to include this in your resume, make sure that it’s concise, not longer than 5 lines and only includes information that the reader couldn’t find anywhere else in your CV.
The next section is going to be listing all the jobs you had in chronological order starting from the most recent one. You need to include the following information:
- Name of employer
- Position you held
- Start and finish date of your employment
- Key clients (optional)
- List and description of your tasks broken out in bullet points
- Work you are proud of (optional)
If you received any recognition at work or from an industry body, for example you were an elected member of a company council, employee of the month, won an award etc. you can highlight these in a dedicated separate section.
Keep this section as short as you can, listing the institute’s name, years of attending and certificate obtained. You need to include your high school, higher education and any certificated and diplomas you obtained.
A list of skills you have including anything you think could be relevant;
- Computer skills (e.g.: Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point etc.)
- Software skills (e.g.: SalesForce, MICROS, Photoshop etc.)
- Licences (e.g.: driver’s licences, food handling licence etc.)
- Languages including certificates (e.g.: English: IELTS C2, Spanish etc.)
Make sure that you include the level of proficiency for your skills e.g.: Photoshop – skilled user, SalesForce – confident user, Spanish – Conversational etc.
Hobbies and Interests
Work place atmosphere is really important in Australia, and your hobbies and interests will help your interviewer to ask questions about you and figure out how you will fit into the team. Just list a few things you are passionate about.
In Australia employers usually ask for a list of references. These are usually former colleagues or managers. They just call them up to make sure that you really did work at that company and there weren’t any major issues. It’s a standard procedure and nothing to be worried about.
You don’t need to provide with any references in your Australian CV but it’s custom to include a section stating the following;
References are available up on request.
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