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Resume Writing Tips

Writing an Australian resume may differ from the way you write a resume in your home country. It is comparable to the English resume. Bear in mind that Australians are not familiar with the European school system.

On the next page you will find a sample resume. If you make sure your resume looks similar then you will have no problem applying for a job in Australia. It is common to use a one or two page resume. When sending in a resume to an employer make sure it is accompanied by a cover letter. A good cover letter should make the employer aware of the fact that you possess the right skills to be successful in the job he/she has to offer.

Use WTCA’s address as your Australian contact address unless you have your own apartment/share house that you plan to stay in for a while.

Make it very clear what your skills are, what you are good at and in which fields you have gained work experience.

It is always worth mentioning that you are very motivated to work for the specific company and that you are eager to learn about Australia and Australian culture.

Do’s and Don’ts:

  • Do spell check your resume before sending it to an employer
  • Do list your most recent work experience first and then work backwards
  • Do write in English as the employer may not be familiar with words in different languages
  • Do explain what you have done in each job and highlight experience that is relevant to the job you are applying for
  • Do not include information about the occupations of your family- this is not commonplace in Australia
  • Do not use small or difficult to read text
  • Create a professional looking email account: [email protected] is much better than [email protected]

Writing the Cover letter

A cover letter typically accompanies each resume you send out. Your cover letter may make the difference between obtaining a job interview and having your resume ignored!

  • Focus on the job at hand. It’s fine to tell a prospective employer how great you are. But people are only interested in how your greatness relates specifically to the position they are looking to fill. In other words, do you have the particular skills and talents they need?
  • Less is more. There is no need to write more than one single page for a covering letter. Employers are busy, and brevity is
  • Do some research about the company
  • The best type of letter is one which is Don’t handwrite unless specifically instructed to do so.

Get the little things right. Make sure that the names are spelled correctly – in fact, make sure ALL words are spelt right. Check the grammar and punctuation.

Here is an example cover letter for a trade machinist position:

Why it was a winner…

  • Clear reference to the position
  • Brief but succinct – highlights the core skills needed

“Dear Mr Wayne,

I wish to apply for the position of machinist (ref 301/00) that was advertised on on 20 January 2019.

I have over five years experience as a Machinist with Weaveanduck and have experience of a wide variety of pattern techniques. My technical skills are second-to none, and I have an excellent record as a reliable, productive employee.

I am looking for new challenges and the position of Machinist sounds the perfect opportunity. Your organisation has an enviable record in innovation in machining, and an excellent reputation as an employer, making the position even more attractive.

I enclose my resume for your inspection and look forward to hearing from you soon. I am available for interview at your convenience.

Yours sincerely, Alfred Bruce”

Sample Cover Letter


Dear Sir/Madam,

I wish to apply for the position of ‘JOB NAME HERE’ that was advertised on ‘WEBSITE’ on ‘DATE’.

I can follow instructions and work effectively with or without supervision. I pride myself on my smart appearance, punctuality and ability to be flexible. I am eager to extend abilities, particularly in fashion and retail.

I consider my determination and willingness to learn to be particular strengths. I am currently in Australia searching for the opportunity to gain international experience in this industry. I am available to work on a contract basis for 3-6 months if required.

I am looking for new challenges and this position sounds like the perfect opportunity.

I enclose my resume for your inspection and look forward to hearing from you soon. I am available for interview at your convenience.

Yours sincerely ‘NAME’

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