How to plan and prepare
Your resume should be a concise description of your employment history, skills, abilities, qualifications, contributions and achievements.
- Be well organised, easy to read and understand.
- Include information that is current and up to date.
- Be informative, and include all relevant information (including contact details).
- Be targeted to the job you are applying for.
- Be an honest representation of your work experience and skills, knowledge and abilities.
- Be checked thoroughly for spelling and grammar mistakes.
- Use a consistent and clear layout.
What to include
Typically, a resume sets out information in a reverse order. Your most recent work experience, achievements and qualifications should be first on the list.
A typical resume includes:
- Personal details – Full name and contact details including your address, telephone number and email address.
- Education and training – A summary of your education and training history, starting with your most recent studies, making sure you include all training that’s relevant to the job you’re applying for.
- Employment history – Start with your most recent work history and work backwards chronologically, listing the name of the employer, your job title, the dates you worked there, and your responsibilities, tasks and achievements.
- Skills and abilities –A short summary of your key skills and abilities as they relate to the position you are applying for.
- Interests – A brief list of your hobbies and interests, this gives us more information about you as an individual, and also shows other areas of your life where you’ve gained experiences such as teamwork and commitment.
- Referees – As a general rule we require two referees, one of your referees should be a recent manager or team leader you reported to. It is important to make sure you ask the potential referees for their permission before you disclose their personal details. If you chose to include your referee’s details, list their name, company name, position title and contact details. Alternatively, it is an option to state ‘Referees available upon request’.
You will need to include your resume and cover letter. The cover letter should be tailored to the selection criteria outlined in the position advertisement. Your cover letter is a chance for you to summarise your skills and experience and get across any key points that do not fit within the format of your CV.
Basic guidelines when you’re creating a cover letter:
- Where possible address the relevant contact listed in the advertisement.
- Include the job title and reference number.
- Keep to the point and explain why your skills and experience are relevant to the advertised role.
- Clearly state why you are interested in the role and why you would like to work for RACQ.
- Describe what you could bring to the role that sets you apart from other applicants.
- Keep your cover letter to one page.
- Ensure that you spell check and then proof read your cover letter thoroughly before submitting.