Creating a stand-out CV 

Think of yourself as the receiver of hundreds of CVs to look through for a vacancy. If you can’t tell the employer quickly and clearly why they should invite you for an interview, they will move on to the next CV.

So, do not insert irrelevant details on the first page of your CV, such as; personal details (marital status or date of birth), educational details from years ago or a list of your hobbies.

What an employer really wants to know is why they should invite you in for an interview.

Summarise your capabilities in a short profile at the top of your CV followed with a list of your Key Skills and Achievements and then your most relevant employment (beginning with the most recent).


We suggest including the following details;

  • Name and Contact Details
  • Professional Profile
  • Relevant Employment
  • Relevant Education, Training, Qualifications and Licences
  • Relevant Skills, Including Other Languages
  • Referees
And in most cases, there’s no need to include the following;

  • Age or Date of Birth
  • Health Conditions
  • Marital Status
  • Profile Photo
  • Job Seeker ID Number
  • Tax File Number
  • Religion, Nationality or Place of Birth

Think of your CV as a sales brochure. You do not need to cover all details, just enough relevant information to get you an interview, where you can reveal more about yourself.

A good CV can and should change as you apply for different jobs.

Lastly, do not forget to check and double-check for spelling & grammatical accuracy.