Tips for writing your CV or Resume

When you apply for an internship, scholarship or position that is relevant to your chosen career path, you will need to submit your professional CV or resume. This is more than just a list of the places where you have worked; rather, your professional CV needs to outline your skillset as a university graduate, with evidence of the placements and professional experiences you have completed.

Here is a useful order to follow when writing your Professional CV:

  • Personal details
  • PROFILE (a couple of sentences which capture where you are at from a study perspective, outlining your career goals or professional objectives)
  • Education: put information about your TERTIARY EDUCATION first (details about your course, subjects studied, years commenced and when you will graduate)
  • Put information about your SECONDARY EDUCATION after this, with your school, ATAR and significant school achievements
  • PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: outline any placements or professional experiences you have had, where they were and what you did in this role. Order them from most recent to least recent. If you have held a job or scholarship role at Aquinas, this is a good place to include it.
  • EMPLOYMENT HISTORY: outline other jobs you have had such as part-time work while studying
  • CERTIFICATIONS: list any qualifications or certifications you may hold eg RSA, First Aid
  • ACHIEVEMENTS & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: it’s good to show you are involved and generous with your time. Also include anything significant like university scholarships etc
  • REFEREES: three names with position, company, email and phone number. Please contact them first to check that they are happy to referee for you.

Here are some example CVs to give you an idea of what yours should look like:

Example CV

Example CV 2

Example Education CV

Please contact Dr Sarah Moller if you would like some help writing your CV.