If you need a casual job in Australia, the first thing you must understand is that we do things differently here to in your country. So, if you want to get a job quickly, the easiest way is to create a CV that allows people to quickly learn more about your background, skills and experience. This means, you must also know how to present yourself to employers when you meet with them face-to-face.
Your CV is simply a marketing tool and it needs to represent the BEST version of you. Remember, most employers don’t even spend 1 minute looking at any CV and this means that first impressions count! If your CV is too hard to read, contains spelling or grammar mistakes, is too long or doesn’t tell the person reading it what they actually want to see then you probably won’t get the response you want.
Here are some Casual CV tips to help you:
- If you have many names just include a first name and last name on your CV as this will make it easier for the person to call you. Also, if your name is long and you prefer people to call you something shorter, include this name on your CV. For example, if your full name is Alejandra Maria Torres Fernandes, but you prefer people to call you Ali, then put Ali. Also, just use 2 names e.g. Ali Torres.
- You don’t need to include your full street address underneath your name. You can just put the suburb where you live or even just your name, phone number and email address.
- Include details about your availability including days and times. You can add this underneath your contact information at the top of your CV. For example, “Available M-F 7 am – 2 pm and anytime on weekends.”
- Include your KEY SKILLS and make sure that these relate to the job or the type of work you are applying to do. Always include this information in the first 1/3 of your 1st page – For example, you may put skills like customer service, teamwork, problem solving etc.
- Include a Career Summary where you list each of the different jobs you have had. If you use a table, just put the Job Position, Company Name, Location and Dates. After this, you can add a section called Employment History or Professional Experience and it’s where you can list your Responsibilities/Achievements in each of your previous jobs.
- Your educational qualifications are important but should go at the end of your CV, after your Career Summary or Professional Experience. Do not put Education at the top of your CV as most employers looking for casual staff do not care about this as much as what previous or local experience you have.
- Finally, you do not need to add names and contact details for each of your Referees unless the job ad asks for these. If the employer wants to speak to one of your referees then they will ask you for these details.