How do Australian Resumes differ from those of other countries?

by RedStarResume
(Australia)

A well written and properly presented Australian resume can be your ticket to finding an Australian job. The Australian job market is different to job markets around the world and it is important that your resume is presented in the "Australian way".


Responsibilities, achievements and duties need to be written clearly and backed up with supporting evidence. If these are not present, it is assumed you do not have any experience at all.

Use British English ONLY in your Australian Resume – words such as "specialise" and "realise" need to be spelled with an "s" not a "z".

Ensure you tailor EVERY application to suit the job for which you are applying. If you are going to stand out from the crowd, you have to make sure that your application is outstanding.

Do not include personal information such as marital status, date of birth, number of children, occupation of spouse, gender, religious affiliation, colour or race on your resume. It is true that in certain countries (South Africa, for example) personal information is included and is required, however it is not necessary or needed on your Australian Resume.

Spend as much time as possible ensuring you address EXACTLY what the Australian employer wants. For example, if the job advertisement lists certain duties for the job, make sure you incorporate these duties into your current resume. If the job requires excellent customer service skills, provide examples about how you have provided excellent customer service.

Get the edge on other job seekers and save yourself enormous amounts of time and stress by ensuring your resume ticks all the right boxes.

Good Luck!

© RedStarResume Publications – www.redstarresume.com

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May 07, 2011
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Tailor Your Resume to Each Application
by: Angela

Thank you for your contribution. This is great information for job seekers new to the "Australian way".

The "one size fits all rule" does not apply to Australian job search. You cannot create one resume and then use it again and again for different roles advertised.

I can't stress enough how important it is to clearly understand each job requirements and then re-work your resume to tailor it to each application.


May 08, 2011
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Your Australian Resume
by: Anonymous

Just how important is having a country-specific resume to your chances of getting employed? Can the resume that got you a job in the UK be used for the Australian job market? Do you really have to design a new resume depending on the country?

The answer is simple. Just as every resume and cover letter you write needs to be targeted and focused toward the company you are applying for, the same concept is applied toward the job market you are applying for. Different countries expect and require certain information to be present on resumes, and therefore it is critical that your new resume meets the unique requirements of that country.

Just because one country requires including personal details such as marital status or date of birth does not mean this standard applies to others. Not only can this be seen as inappropriate, it can also possible be illegal, and your resume will be deleted before it has even been read!

Here is my hot tip - When applying for jobs in Australia, focus your content on achievements and value-added duties you have performed. At the end of the day, the employer wants to know how you can add value and what skills, experience and expertise you can bring to the business.

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