Step 2 – Build your Casual CV

Now that you’ve started your Casual job search and have found some jobs that match your background, skills and experience, it’s time to create a Casual CV that you can feel confident using to apply for different jobs.

A few things you should know about CVs:

  • Your CV is a quick way for an employer to learn more about you and what you offer.
  • Most employers in Australia spend very little time reading a CV – usually only 30 seconds to a minute!
  • Your previous work experience is usually more important than your educational qualifications.
  • To get results quickly, you should create a 1-page Casual CV which makes it easy for people to find the information they want quickly.
  • Most people only look at the first half page of a CV and then decide if they want to interview you or invite you to a trial shift.

Remember, your CV is your marketing document which means that it needs to quickly tell an employer or recruiter what they want to know about your education, qualifications, professional skills and experience.


Let’s create your Casual CV in 5 simple steps!

Look at the Casual CV Example below and notice the 5 different sections.

 


You can clearly see that your Casual CV should have 5 sections. These are:

  1. Name and Contact Information
  2. Profile
  3. Career Summary
  4. Professional Experience
  5. Education and Qualifications

STEP 1:

To get started, your 1-page Casual CV must have your first name and family name at the top e.g. Jamie Oliver or Coco Chanel.  If you have many names, there is no need to use all of them on your Casual CV as this will confuse the person reading it. Simply write the name you want to be called when you start work. Underneath your name, you should add your local mobile number and your email address. Make sure your email sounds professional e.g. coco.chanel@gmail.com. You should then include your availability to help the employer know what shifts/times you can work and on what days. If you are not sure of the days/times but you know you can work a maximum of 40hrs/fortnight, include these details.

STEP 2:

Look closely at the job advertisement or position description and identify the key skills/knowledge or experience required for the job. In this CV example, it shows the person has excellent customer service and teamwork experience. It will depend on the type of job you apply for, but you may want to add other experience such as sales, administration, childcare, warehouse or management.

In this section, make sure to add details of any licences, certificates or other qualifications you hold that are required to do the job. For example, in Australia if you want to work in a restaurant/bar you will require an RSA Certificate to be able to serve alcohol. If you want to work with children you will require a Working with Children Check and if you want to work with people with disabilities you will need a Working with Vulnerable People check. For some positions, you may require a valid driving license, forklift license or First Aid certificate.

For many jobs, you will also need to include details of your tech skills or languages. For example, if you can use Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel or Microsoft PowerPoint, you should include, “Proficient in MS Office” in this Profile section.

If you have any other skills/knowledge or experience that relates to the job, make sure to add details in this section.

STEP 3:

As you can see in the CV Example, this section includes a 4-column table where you list each of your previous jobs,  provide details on the name of the company, the location of the company, the date you started work and the date you finished.

The purpose of this section is to make it quick and easy for the employer to see all of your previous work experience. For example, if you have worked as a volunteer, a casual or an intern make sure to add these positions. You can show the type of job e.g. Casual by using brackets after the Position Name. Don’t forget, you will have learned important transferable skills by doing casual/volunteer or intern jobs such as communication, time management or teamwork skills.

STEP 4:

In this section you should always include the same information for each position as what’s included in the Career Summary in Step 3. This means that, the Position Title, Company Name, Location and Dates must match what’s included in the Career Summary table.

The purpose of this section is to provide more detail about the Responsibilities that you had in each of your previous positions. In the CV Example, you can see the 1st position (Crew Member at McDonald’s) shows the ways you can describe various responsibilities if you’ve got experience working in the hospitality or retail sector. In the 2nd position (Receptionist at Selina Hostel) you can see various responsibilities if you’ve got experience working in customer service or administration positions. Always look at the Position Description or Job Advertisement to see other responsibilities. If you have the experience, add it to this section. Try to add at least 4-6 bullet points for each position but no more.

STEP 5:

It is always important to show any Education, Training or Qualifications you have. In this section, you can see how to keep this section simple. You only need to include the name of the Qualification/Training, the name of the Institution, the Location and the Date you started and completed it.   If you are currently studying, you should include these details to show the employer that you are adding to your knowledge/skills. For the dates, you can simply write e.g. Dec 2022 – present.

Finally, at the end of you Casual CV you should add the line to say, “References available on request.” For some positions, they may include details in the job advertisement or position description about how many references they want etc. However, for most casual jobs employers will usually offer you a trial shift and then make a decision based on your attitude, performance and ability to follow instructions. Most employers in Australia will not contact a referee in another country!

Once you have completed these steps and prepared the content for your Casual CV, you can present it in any format you like. Remember, if you want to get a casual job quickly, then your goal should be to make it easy for the employer to find the important information quickly.

Good luck!