Curriculum Vitae: Perfecting your CV


There are many variants to a curriculum vitae and many different way to both write and present one. Here’s a look at some top tips to make your CV shine! We’ve included a simple example down below, although you may choose to have qualifications where highlights are to make navigating your CV efficient.

Main points:

  • You must include contact detail like a phone and email address, and your name at the top. Preferably on the cover letter as well, which should be set out like an official letter. This makes it simple to find where to contact you and the important information is together.
  • Add a career summary – a brief overview of your work history and a bit about you. This should only be a few sentences in your cover letter, but you want this to stand out! If you have experience in the hospitality industry and you want a job in that field, tell them about your industry experience and something that makes you stand out as an employee.
  • Triple check your spelling. It’s incredibly important that you make a good first impression – so have your resume on point.
  • Make sure your email address is appropriate – i.e. johnsmith@email.com – (this should be professional)
  • No photos are necessary unless you are applying for a visual field (television, acting, etc)
  • Choose a clear font. There is nothing worse than reading over a resume that appears dense and hard to read.
  • Try an interesting colour theme or design. Nothing too fancy, but it could be as simple as the headings are a different colour to the text, or there’s a design down one side. You want it to compliment the page, not take over.
  • Cater to the audience – which industry are you aiming for? Adjust your career summary and cover letter to show you’ve put in thought. There’s no need to include jobs from when you were in high school or university unless it’s relevant to the position you’re applying for (or have a low volume of work history). Leave out jobs you held for less than a month.
  • Keep it short. A few dot points about your duties under each position is enough. Too much text is overwhelming and off-putting. The rest can be said in an interview.
  • Use past-tense unless it’s your current position.
  • If you’ve earned a higher qualification, don’t put the stepping stones to that in. I.e. If you have a Diploma of Business, there is no need to say you have a Certificate II in Business as the Diploma overrules it.
  • Lastly, have your name in bold at the beginning. Be proud of your achievements and show some character.

Check out our other career tips here.