Writing a CV

To succeed in the job market your CV needs to be noticed.  Your CV should be achievement-based in order to highlight your skills, expertise and suitability to potential employers. It is important to tailor your CV to every job application to demonstrate that your skills and experience match the actual job requirements.

There are many excellent resources available online to assist you in writing your CV.  Check out your university’s student support services. Also, the Australian Psychological Society’s website has a section on early career resources that includes tips for writing a CV, cover letter, and preparing for an interview.

The essential elements to include in your CV are;

  • Personal Information
  • Full name, address, telephone number, email address
  • Objective
  • Your career objective is the focal point,it has to be relevant
  • Tailor/change objectives to support the type of job
  • Work Experience
  • Title or position, Company name, location,dates of employment
  • Use keywords to describe responsibilities and accomplishments
  • Most recent education first, name of the institution, degree, dates, awards
  • Other Information
  • Relevant special interests, skills or activities
  • References available upon request
  • Use a clear and logical layout and font; be consistent!
  • Don’t stretch the truth – be honest