Having a good CV (and cover letter) is crucial in getting the job you want. If an employer likes what they read in your CV and cover letter, they'll have you come in for an interview.
What should my CV include?
A CV contains all (or most) of the sections listed below:
- Name and contact details
- Personal statement
- Work history (including achievements)
- Interests / hobbies / voluntary / community work
Once you have written a good CV, you can keep adding your new skills, work experience, referees, education and community / volunteer activities.
A cover letter is usually asked for by employers / recruiters in conjunction with your CV. It is used to give a brief summary of your key skills (academic, practical, personal).
When written correctly, a cover letter should link your skills to the employers needs. A good cover letter should make an employer interested enough to read your application thoroughly, and call you for an interview.
The cover letter needs to be unique to each job you apply for, ensuring spelling, punctuation and grammar is 100% correct and is no more than one page long.
Preparation is the key to a successful interview. Your preparation should include:
- Research the prospective employer by looking on their website
- Think about the skills you have that match the job description. You will be required to give detailed information about your relevant skills - practice your answers
- Know your CV thoroughly
- Prepare some questions to ask the interviewer about the position / company
- AIS Student Careers Centre can provide you with useful interview skills information.
AIS conducts workshops every fortnight that are available to all AIS students and Alumni. These workshops assist students to connect directly with industry and can be very useful in gaining employment.
Careers NZ - Job Hunting