How to make an Australian resume and Cover letter

Resume Cover Letter Australia

How to adapt your resume and your cover letter to the Australian Market

Read our tips before applying for work in Australia

Contents:

1. Adapt your resume to the Australian standards

2. How to write a cover letter

If you are looking for work opportunities in Australia, here are some tips to help you be successful. Your resume and cover letter are the first contacts with the company you apply to: you need to make a good first impression!

1. Adapt your resume to the Australian standards

The expectations of Australian recruiters are very specific: whether it’s on the form or the content. An Australian resume is 3 to 6 page long, each professional experience must be detailed.

First of all, here are few general tips on how to write a resume:

– Use a simple layout, unless you are looking for Graphics/Design work opportunities: don’t use fancy fonts.

– Never send the same resume to all the offers you apply to. You need to adapt your resume to each company and to each position.

– Write an organized resume with clear different parts and clear headers.

– Make sure that the details you want to put forward do stand out. Recruiters spend less than 30 seconds per resume so you need to catch their attention on key points.

You’ll find above the structure of an Australian resume:

  • Personal information:

First name Last name

Address

Email address

Phone number (with dialling code)

Links to your LinkedIn/Twitter page

Caution: don’t put your marital status, your photo, your date or place of birth on your resume. These information are considered discriminating and must stay confidential.

  • Career objective: You must summarize in 3 sentences maximum what are your career objectives. These 3 sentences must tell who you are, what position you are looking for and what are your skills. This will be kind of your introduction towards the Australian recruiter who will read your resume. Thanks to this short paragraph you will be able to put forward your professional expectations and to what extent your skills will be profitable for the company.
  • Education: The latest diploma certifications must appear on top of the list. Don’t forget to indicate when you graduated, the title of your diploma, the name of the university/school, the city and the country.
  • Experience: The latest professional experience must appear on top of the list as well. Describe your positions and don’t forget: the start and end dates, the name of the company, your position title, what you did and the skills you’ve learnt (between 3 and 6 bullet points per position: the most important listed first, use action verbs…).
  • Relevant skills: Put forward your major skills by ranking them per category. Depending on the position you are applying to you must choose the relevant keywords.
  • Activities: Write about your hobbies and interests. You can make a whole difference in that part of your resume: Australian recruiters will make sure to carefully read that part as well. Australian people are really sporty: it can be interesting to write about your relevant sports experience.
  • Referees: You will need 2 referees at least who will write about your skills and what you brought to the company. A referee is generally a former employer who is ready to recommend you to your future employer.

You will find above an exemple of an Australian resume:

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2. How to write a cover letter

This letter goes with your resume and is divided in 3 or 4 paragraphs. The cover letter aims at supporting your application and catch the attention of the recruiter. You must mention: your address, the date and the name of the person you are writing to, an introduction, your major motivations for the position, your experiences as well as your results, an interview request, a closing formula and your signature.

If you apply via email, the message body will be your cover letter, it is unecessary (nor recommended) to attach it to you mail. The aim of this first message is to make a good first impression on the recruiter: this is why your message must be relevant.

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