Résumé Help

A résumé is a word processed document that tells readers:

  • Who you are - your contact details, your value proposition
  • What you have done - your work history, qualifications, education and training, skills, achievements and importantly how you are a good fit for the role.

This information is presented under section headings.

The links below contain information about résumés and give you excellent tips on how to prepare your résumé and update it as needed for different jobs.

Information about résumés on Youth Central 

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Résumé Samples and Templates

There are numerous ways of finding résumé samples and templates. Here are some examples if you want to do your résumé quickly.

Consider one of these résumé templates. Add or delete headings and sections that apply to your situation.

To create a more personalised résumé you may wish to borrow sections from different templates. For example, you may like the look of résumé template 1, but you may decide that you prefer the contact detail elements of résumé template 4 which does not include your street address and includes a link to your career e-portfolio. If you borrow sections from different résumé templates, make sure you make any necessary changes to maintain consistent formatting throughout your résumé.

Résumé template 1 pdf format. Microsoft Word format. Rich Text format.

Résumé template 2 pdf format. Microsoft Word format. Rich Text format.

Résumé template 3 pdf format. Microsoft Word format. Rich Text format.

Résumé template 4 pdf format. Microsoft Word format. Rich Text format.

Résumé template 5 pdf format. Microsoft Word format. Rich Text format.

Résumé template 6 pdf format. Microsoft Word format. Rich Text format.

Youth Central  has several résumé samples and templates to a variety of situations.

Check my first résumé on the career FAQs  website.

Should You Include Your Street Address in Your Résumé?

A LinkedIn discussion in September 2016 among a group of Australian Professional Career Development Practitioners indicated that many Professional Career Development Practitioners and specialist résumé writers recommend that individuals should not include their street address on their résumé. This is a fairly new approach and you should consider whether it is in your best interests to include your street address on your résumé.

These Career Development Practitioners advise against including your street address in your résumé for the following reasons:

  1. Street addresses on résumés are no longer relevant. Employers are unlikely to write to applicants. They are much more likely to contact applicants by phone or email.
  2. It may not be in your best interests have your home address for multiple strangers to access.

These Professional Career Development Practitioners emphasise the importance of:

  1. Tailoring your résumé and cover letter to the specific job and organisation.
  2. The résumé demonstrating how the applicant will perform in the job.
  3. The résumé should grab the employer’s interest with the first few lines and hold it through to the end.
  4. Including your highlights first up (e.g., in a profile section) may help to grab the employer’s attention.