Frequently Asked Questions for writing a CV

Q1: I don’t have a work visa in Australia, should I include that in my CV?

A1: Absolutely not

When asked about your visa status be honest, hopefully by that point the company will be willing to sponsor you to a work visa.

Q2: I am still overseas, should I send CV’s

A2: Depends on who you send the CV to.

If you are contacting your employment company directly, YES. If you are contacting a recruiting company, NO. Because the recruiter is looking for easy money and he will charge the employing company as much as $15,000 for your CV. Not likely the company will be willing to pay for your CV and your visa process which is expansive.

Q1: I am still overseas, what contact number should I use.

A3: One thing is certain; don’t use your overseas number.

As you are unlikely to get any international calls. The recruiters want their clients calling local phones and will reject a CV without a local contact number.

There are companies that can provide with a local number such as Skype. You can answer the phone from your home country and explain you are currently overseas and will be available for an interview when you come back.

Q4: How do I know if my CV is good enough?

A4: Minimum 1 to 5 ratio

For every 5 CV’s you send, you should get at least one phone call. If that is not the case, your CV needs re-work.

Q5: Can I use PDF files when I submit my CV?

A5: It is strongly recommended you use only MS WORD files.

The majority of the automated checks (robots) will only work on WORD. You are risking your CV being rejected before even the recruiter had a chance to see it.

Q6: Should I get a professional to write my CV?

A6: Yes and No.

Yes, because a professional will make it quicker for you to have a CV that will actually get you interviews and will shorten the time you will spend home.

No, If you have the time and good English or maybe you are not yet in Australia. Preparing your CV is a good skill to have and starting to practice now is better than latter.

It has been my experience that the CV writer will format your CV, improve the reading and structure of your CV but he won’t know much about my profession and technical terms and work experience will still be your responsibility.

Q7: What should I write about my military service in the army / armed forces?

A7: Unless directly related to the position you are applying for – absolutely nothing!

Australia is a peaceful place and the work place usually have a relaxed sense into it. Not exactly the equivalent to the battle field training and life of a soldier / officer. This might cause issues as there will be a question of how the candidate (you) will adopt to civilian life.

Remember the goal of a CV is to get you an interview – don’t put your army service on your CV, if you will be asked about the “Gap” in your CV about those years you served in the army during the interview, it doesn’t matter as your CV goal was …. to get the interview. Now simply tell your story and most likely it will have no effect on your chances to get the job.

In what occasions should I write about my army service? when it is directly relevant to your future position. Not all positions in the army is about fighting. Accountants, Lawyers, Engineers, technicians, mechanics and many more serve in their role and gain important and relevant experience. Definitely add your experience in those cases.

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