Here are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How long should a Casual CV be?
    • Your casual CV should be 1 page maximum. Most employers will only look at the first half of page 1 and then make a decision about whether or not they want to interview you or offer you a trial.
  • What type of format and design should I use?
    • Use a professional and simple format and design. Your job is to make it easy for employers to quickly find the important information that is relevant to the type of job they have advertised. Make sure to use size 12 font or larger for your contact information at the top of the CV. You can use Canva to find different templates which will help your CV stand out from others.
  • What’s the difference between a CV and a resume?
    • They are both the same.
  • Should I save my CV as a PDF?
    • If you are uploading your CV online to apply for a casual job, it can be a good idea to save your CV as a PDF instead of Word. This means the format will appear exactly the way you have created it.
  • Should I include my address, date of birth, passport number or driver’s licence details?
    • You only need to include your first and last name e.g. Maria Stevens, your phone number and your email address. You should not include your physical home address or any personal information on your CV. After you receive a job offer, you can provide your personal information using the systems provided by the company.
  • Do I need to include my LinkedIn details?
    • For most casual jobs this is not necessary. However, depending on the type of job that you’re applying for, you can include it. For example, if you’re applying for a business administration, finance, HR or Marketing casual position, it can be a good idea.
  • Should I include a photo of myself?
    • There is no need to include a photo on any CV. However, if you want to include one then make sure it is professional and appropriate. It can help employers to remember what you look like after they have interviewed a lot of different people.
  • Do I need to include all my qualifications and training?
    • You should include all relevant qualifications and training but only the basic information e.g. name of qualification, institution name and year the qualification was completed. Employers will not take time to read any more information about your grades or research etc.
  • Should I include all my professional experience from overseas?
    • If you include a Career Summary underneath your Key Skills, make sure to include all of your previous jobs including voluntary, casual and professional. You will have a lot of transferable skills such as teamwork and communication.
  • What should I do if I have no experience working?
    • If you have no work experience that’s ok. You have to start somewhere! Try to start by applying for basic roles that do not require any experience such as Kitchen Hand, Dishwasher, Warehouse Picker & Packer or a Team Member in retail or hospitality. Most of these positions do not require you to talk much which can also be helpful if your English is still basic and in need of improvement.

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