A resume (also known as a CV) is a professional document that presents information about your qualifications, skills and experience.
Your resume is a way of marketing yourself to potential employers. It should:
- Focus on the most relevant skills and experience for the position.
- Use language economically.
- Be professionally presented.
Creating your resume
To create your own resume, you can use the MyCV Online Resume Template. For a formatted document specific to your discipline, you can also use one of the templates below.
- Resume Format – Arts
- Resume Format – STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths)
- Resume Format – Teaching
Targeting your resume
Instead of having a single resume that you use for all job applications, tailor your resume so it speaks to the job you're applying for. This will save time for employers, and provide them with the relevant information that they need.
Create a 'master' resume which contains everything. You can update this document with any experience when you need to, and then use it as a starting point for a resume for any application.
When targeting your resume, consider:
- What to include and what to leave out
- The order in which to put sections (for example, if your voluntary work is more relevant than your paid work)
- How much detail to include about certain activities
- How to organise your experience (for example, consider grouping all relevant experience under a heading such as 'Professional Experience').
Resumes for part-time or casual work
Preparing a resume for part-time work can be tricky if there's no obvious connection with your course, career or experience. Keep it brief and only include relevant information. One page is appropriate for non-course related part-time or casual work.
Include the following:
- Objective: This should clearly state that you are looking for part-time work. Try to find some point of connection to your study and/or career interests (for example, in applying for a retail job, you might say that you are keen to use your interpersonal skills and gain experience in the business sector).
- Profile or Summary: Highlight relevant skills, particularly if you don't have relevant work experience. Talk about how you've acquired the required skills through other experiences.
- Education: It is important to indicate that you are studying, but there's no need to include much detail for non-professional jobs.