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.

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.

Kiwi employers may not be familiar with the companies you have worked for, so it's a good idea to include a short description of the company in your CV - things like the number of employees, location, and website.

People suggested that my CV was not what New Zealand employers would look at. Where I come from we prepare a CV in a different way: we give all our experience right from day one. Here, nobody likes to read a story!

Write a cover letter and include it with your CV whenever you apply for a job. This is a one-page 'sales pitch' about why you think you're ideal for the 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 specific 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.

CV and cover letter

Don't forget to bring your qualifications with you to New Zealand. If you’re sending them in with an application, don’t send originals. Get copies made and certified. If you’re in New Zealand, a Justice of the Peace (JP) can do that.

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.

CV and cover letters | Careers New Zealand

Find a JP | Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices' Associations

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Page last updated: 26/05/2017

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