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Guide to writing a resume

Resume writing tips and sample resumes

Submitted 5/31/2006 By mariesa Views 22738 Comments 0 Updated 6/2/2009

 


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What is a resume?

A resume is a one to two page summary of how you meet an organisation's needs. You need a resume to apply for a job but you might also need one if you're applying for a grant or volunteer position.

The trick with a resume is to ensure that every point that you provide demonstrates how you are suited for the position or opportunity.

While things like your academic record and work experience are typical ways to show how suited you are, these are not the only points. Things like your personal traits, your strengths (things you're good at or enjoy), experiences you've got from volunteering, hobbies, interests and helping friends and family are all important ways to demonstrate your suitability.

Using sample resumes

We are all at different points in our life, which means that we all have different skills, strengths and experiences. The following sample resumes are designed to help you to develop a resume at whatever stage you are in your career. Each sample provides tips and ideas for developing your own resume and examples to help get you started.

Choose a sample resume that best suits your current situation:

Early school leaver—no formal work experience
Use this template as a starting point if you have left school early (before completing Year 12) but have little, or no, formal work experience.

Left school early—some work experience
Use this template as a starting point if you have left school early (before completing Year 12) and you also have some formal work experience e.g. full-time, part-time or casual work.

Finished school but no formal work experience
Use this template as a starting point if you have completed Year 12 (or equivalent) but have little, or no, formal work experience.

Tertiary qualified but no work experience
Use this template if you have a tertiary (or equivalent) qualification (or are in the process of getting one) but you have little, or no, formal work experience.

Tertiary qualified and some formal work experience
Use this template if you have a tertiary (or equivalent) qualification (or are in the process of getting one) and you also have some formal work experience e.g. full-time, part-time or casual work.


This content has been adapted from the Victorian State Government's youthcentral website. For more information visit http://www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au.