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How to Write a Great Australian Resume


If you’re sending your resume to Australian employers – don’t include a photo.

Send a cover letter too – but NOT when an employer specifically asks applicants not to send one.

Resume content: Just be honest and include the right headings in the right sequence.

Apart from making sure your spelling are grammar are correct – there’s not much more to do.

Don’t worry too much about formatting – less is more. Recruiters are busy and don’t need the complication of trying to read over-fancy or too small fonts, etc.

Best Headings to Use in Your Resume

Here are the sections and headings we recommend job applicants use.

Top of resume

  • Name
  • Contact details (don’t put your residential address!)
  • Other details (details shared with clients)
  • This section doesn’t need a heading

Career summary

  • Summary of experience, knowledge and abilities
  • No more than 5 or 6 lines
  • Include keywords used in job ad, job description, industry sector, etc.
  • There’s no need to give this section a heading

Key Skills

  • List 9 top skills relevant to your current or targeted job

Employment history

  • Up to 15 years’ experience
  • Max. 5 or 6 key duties listed under each role
  • Paid clients: We provide you with additional recommendations


  • Example: Don’t say ‘education’ or ‘certificates’ – use ‘Qualifications’ as the heading
  • Paid clients: We provide you with additional recommendations

Other sections

  • Paid clients: We provide you with additional recommendations

Download our Australian Resume Template

Copy the recommended resume sections and headings above and paste them into your document.

Our clients receive the full template as part of our resume writing service.

Download other Australian Resume Templates

You may find the following resume templates and examples useful.

Disclaimer: Contentify doesn’t necessarily endorse any of the resume templates available on these websites. – SEEK Australia – Open Colleges Australia – Skillsroad Australia – Robert Half Recruitment – Michael Page Recruitment – The University of Sydney – Hudson recruitment – Hays Recruitment

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