The key to a good CV is that it must be easy for the employer to see that you have what they are looking for. It doesn’t matter if you think you’re perfect for the job – if it’s not obvious to the employer when they skip read the front page of your CV you may not get that all important interview.

A good CV should contain positive, selected information about your skills, qualifications and experience. It should make the person reading it be interested in finding out more about you.  The main points you need to include are:


Personal details: Your name, address and contact phone number (please be aware of your answerphone message, this is what your future employer will hear).  List any licenses and endorsements.


Career or personal objective: Say what you want to achieve in your working future.  This helps the employer relate your skills to the job.


Employment History: List your most recent job first and include

  • Job title
  • Company name
  • Period of employment
  • Description of tasks responsibilities

You don’t have to say in your CV why a job ended. But if you’ve had lots of jobs, have been out of work for a while and have gaps in your work history, you may be asked about it and should have a brief explanation ready.


Skills & abilities: List all your skills & abilities.  Some of these might be skills you learnt outside work, so include unpaid, community or family work.  Back this up with saying how these skills will suit the job you are applying for.


Education and training: Include schooling and other training.  Give details of technical and trade certificates and any study or courses you’ve done (even if you haven’t completed them).


Referees: Include at least two people who can talk about how well you’ve worked in the past.  Give their name, position and phone number.  Check with them first.  If you don’t referees you can put ‘by request’ however you will probably be asked at interview stage to provide a reference or person to vouch for you.