How to Tell the Story of My Career

Your resume, or Curriculum Vitae, is a representation of your efforts, achievements, capabilities and learning experiences to this point in your working life. We are often not good at talking about ourselves especially in a formal manner.  (There is often discussion on what to call this document.  We are open to either name.)

When going for a role, you compete against other people who may have similar experience and qualifications. Your resume tells your unique story and is what sets you apart from the rest? Its sole purpose is to get you an interview. If it’s not up to scratch then you won’t even get your foot in the door, regardless of how impressive you are in person.

KEY ADVICE

It should be based on facts, be clear and easy to read and written in chronological order. You don’t want a potential employer to waste time turning pages or trawling through text for the relevant information. You need to engage them immediately.

The front page of your resume should be an executive summary presenting enough information about why you should be given the interview. All an employer wants to know initially is if you have the skills, qualifications and experience to match the brief for the role. Your resume should make this clear from the outset, identifying you straight away as a suitable candidate for the role.
Keep your CV under four pages, five at the absolute maximum. The most detail should be in your current role and the last five years of experience. A small role 10 years ago doesn’t need as much weight as recent roles, or non-related hospitality experience while studying can be summarised rather than listed in its entirety.

SIMPLICITY IS THE KEY
Do not use fancy formats or tables. Substance is far more important than form. Clear headings and bullet points allow readers to identify the relevant information quickly. Although you are aiming to be concise, you should never sacrifice relevant information for brevity. The key is to keep each piece of information relevant and at the same time presenting enough to tell your career story in a clear and organised way.
We strongly recommend that you write a cover letter for all permanent applications. Contractors, please supply a short email detailing relevant experience for the contract on offer. For more information on how to write a resume or cover letter, we recommend the Career Services website: http://www.careers.govt.nz/how-to-get-a-job/cvs-and-cover-letters/

REMEMBER TO UPDATE YOUR RESUME!
A quality resume reflects the steps that you have taken to prepare yourself for your next position. Therefore you have to constantly add value to your resume to show potential employers what you have to offer. This is not only through direct on-the-job experience, but also by proving your ability to take on responsibility and achieve high quality results.

 

We have provided two CV templates; one for those people looking for contracting opportunities and the other for those seeking permanent employment.  

Click here for Contracting CV template.  Click here for Permanent CV template.