How to write a resume

A resume – also called a curriculum vitae or CV – is a summary of your education, training, work experience and skills. It should demonstrate how your skills and abilities match up with the requirements of a job. Your resume should be updated regularly, especially when you finish a job or complete a training course. It should also be updated for each job you apply for.

Video by Kate Southam, Editor of

The thought of writing a resume fills many people with dread. However, all you need is a plan that covers both lay out and content. CareerOne’s website editor and Ask Kate columnist, Kate Southam passes on the advice from the experts.

To make a good first impression, a well-written resume needs to be clear, concise, and neatly organised with content relevant to the position you are applying for. It should include your contact details, education, employment history and the contact details for your referees.

Resume Templates:

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Standard Template 1Word filePDF
Standard Template 2Word filePDF
School Leaver – No Paid Work ExperienceWord filePDF
Social-Worker TemplateWord filePDF
Getting Started Resume StudentWord filePDF
Childcare Worker TemplateWord filePDF
Hospitality/BaristaWord filePDF

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