March 15, 2018

How to write a good CV?

Your CV is the ‘make or break’ when it comes to getting the call from a recruiter or the hiring manager of the job you are applying to.

BEFORE YOU APPLY…

Read the job description thoroughly, if you have any information about the recruiter or the hiring manager – try to find more information about their background and the company they are recruiting for.

This information will give you an insight into what is important or what might be appealing when you apply – and you can adjust your CV accordingly.

Templates 

At this day and age, you can find plenty of templates online, a simple Google search will find you thousands of results.

To make it easier for you, we suggest to check out Canva, where you will find thousands of templates of resumes and cover letters-  and it is FREE!

All you need to do is choose the template who suits your experience best, and start writing!

Our favourite templates for Software and Hardware Engineers role are:

The popular job board website Seek also offers a downloadable CV template and great tips for job seekers.

Using a template will help you keep the design readable and consistent.

What important information should be included in your CV?

Personal information:

Your Name, email, mobile and link to your LinkedIn profile (make sure it’s updated).

It is important to include your current status in Australia – what type of visa you hold, and if you require  sponsorship to work in Australia now or in the future.

Summary: 

3-5 sentences about YOU.

Who are you?

What have you achieved so far?

What are your career’s goals and aspirations?

Your Professional  Experience:

A list of the roles you have filled and the companies you have worked in reverse chronological order (start with your last role).

For every position list the key responsibilities and your key achievements.

Education and Qualifications:

List your academic achievements including any degrees , courses, certificates

Include years and anything you have to ‘show off’ (Cum laude?)

Skills list:

List your personal skills and Technical skills.

Volunteer work:

Giving back to the community shows a lot about you.

Don’t forget to mention this on your CV.

Hobbies and Interests:

What are you passionate about? What do you do in your free time?

TIP for Graduates/ Junior SW Engineers:

Add outstanding grades in specific courses.

Write about the projects you are working on in your spare time.

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