Why skilled migrants need an Australian CV or Resume

Skilled migrants need an Australian CV or Resume to land jobs

When moving to Australia as a skilled migrant you need an Australian resume/CV.

Australia CV or Australia Resume

In Australia the terms CV and resume are use interchangeably – although resume is now more common. We recommend you use the term that is stated in the Australian job advertisement.

A well written and properly presented Australian CV can be your ticket to finding an Australian job. Like other countries the Australian CV is a marketing tool to enable you to get that first step in the door. It is extremely important to present yourself the Australian way.

How do Australian CV’s or Australian Resumes differ from those of other countries?

Firstly and most importantly the now popular 2 page resume commonly used in the USA, UK and other Western countries has yet to reach Australian shores! Using this style of resume will yield little or no result no matter how good your experience may be in another country. This is possibly the biggest stumbling block for new migrants arriving in Australia.

In order to present yourself the Australian way we recommend you Australianise your Resume-CV. Firstly Australian CV’s are expected to be long and detailed. If responsibilities, achievements and duties are not written clearly and backed up with supporting evidence it is assumed you do not have this experience at all. Although length of an Australian CV depends on your individual experience, generally speaking Australian employers prefer resumes to be 3-4 pages long, and up to six pages for senior roles.

Key Points to Ensure You Get Your Australian Resume right:

Ensure you tailor EVERY application to suit the job for which you are applying. If you are going to stand out from the crowd as a new migrant you have to make sure that your application is outstanding. Sending out generic resumes for Australian job applications will not answer the specific needs of employers. If you went to a shop to buy a pair of pants what would your response be if every time you asked for a size 12 they gave you 14!! Spend as much time as possible ensuring you address what EXACTLY the Australian Employer wants.

Use British English ONLY in your Australian Resume (there is an official Australian Dictionary – the Macquarie Dictionary), unfortunately American English is really disliked in Australian CV-Resumes.

Use plain clear language and avoid long wordy sentences. Remove any slang/jargon that may be specific to your country

Referees: Written references are no longer in use. You should list 2-3 referees at the end of your Australian CV. Include their details along with International Dialling Code and email addresses. Use an Australian email address even if you have not arrived in Australia yet.

Ensure Your Australian CV-Resume is Suitable for the Australian Labour Market:

Reframe your professional experience so that it can be understood in an Australian context. Make reference points to Australia where possible, for example that your qualifications have been assessed as an equivalent to an Australian degree.

If you do not have work experience in Australia then there is no advantage to have worked for the number 1 company that Australian employers have never heard about. In your Australian CV include links to the company website and a profile of the company.

The Australian CV or Australian resume is the most important part of finding a job in Australia. Make sure you get that Australian CV and Cover Letter right – its critical to getting shortlisted.

*One point of note. Although Australian’s are informal in general when it comes to Australian job applications assume absolute formality. Generally the opening address of an email will begin with “Dear Employer” (although the first persons name will be used ) and end the email with “Best Regards”

Skilled migrant Australia CV Resume career checklist:

* Name, full address, telephone numbers, up-to-date email address
* Full details of all paid jobs
* Details of any voluntary work in Australia
* Full educational qualifications-showing recognition in Australia
* Any short courses taken in Australia
* Emphasis on achievements and results
* Believable competency statements, with evidence
* Evidence of sustained achievement
* Evidence of energy and enthusiasm
* Snappy career statement

An Australian resume can get you shortlisted and closer to your job goal, ensure you have a resume that Australian employers are looking for.