Develop a New Zealand-style CV

New Zealand employers prefer a certain style of curriculum vitae (CV) from job seekers. This may be different from the style that you are used to.

This may be different from the style that you are used to. For example, it is not a good idea to list every job or course that you have ever done. It is better to give examples of how you have used your skills in the past, rather than just listing them without evidence. It is important to present yourself positively as a potential employee, but also not to appear boastful about your achievements.

Write a cover letter and include it with your CV whenever you apply for a job. A cover letter briefly introduces you, explains your main skills and experience, and makes an argument for why you are the right person for the job. You need to use a formal and persuasive style when writing a cover letter. Prepare a tailored letter that matches the job description for every job you apply for.

Many people make the mistake of writing a CV and using that same CV for every job application. It is important that you also tailor your CV to each job to make sure that it highlights the skills that are relevant to the job.

Careers New Zealand has many resources that can help you to make a New Zealand-style CV and cover letter. They have material to help you understand the parts of a CV, learn how to put transferable skills on your CV, learn how to write a cover letter and fill out a job application form.

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Page last updated: 20/04/2017

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