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Preparing your resume / curriculum vitae

Your resume (also known as curriculum vitae or CV) is a snapshot summarising your qualifications, experience, skills, qualities and key accomplishments / achievements.

A resume needs to be clear, concise and neatly organised with content relevant to the role you are applying for.

What to include in your resume

Key information that should be included:

  • personal details:
    • name
    • address
    • phone or mobile number
    • contact email
  • career objective (optional)
  • education, training and qualifications:
    • all relevant education and training qualifications
    • provide details on the name of the institution where you studied, course title and date completed
  • employment history and key achievements:
    • include all relevant work history, including volunteering and work experience
    • provide details on the name of your employer, the job title, and the period of employment
    • nominate some of your key achievements that directly relate to the role
  • demonstrated skills:
    • look at the details and selection criteria of the job
    • consider what skills are required for the position and then list your relevant skills
    • if relevant, include information about your proficiency in the range of relevant software programs you use. You usually record your proficiency as either 'basic', 'intermediate' or 'advanced'. Be honest as you will be expected to perform at the level you have indicated in your resume
  • other special achievements:
    • use this section to highlight your special achievements
    • special achievements can be a work goal, community work, volunteering or a sporting achievement
  • referees:
    • contact details for someone who has supervised your work or who has a good knowledge of your ability to do the job. It is common practice to include your current supervisor as a referee.
    • When choosing your referees you should also make sure your referees know you well and can be contacted easily. Contact your referees to let them know you've put their names down and to get their permission

The most important thing when writing your resume is to make sure that it is relevant to the job you are applying for.

For academic positions

Provide information on your:

  • current and proposed research interests, achievements, projects
  • publication summary
  • courses taught and students supervised
  • academic distinctions, medals, awards etc.