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The resume

A neat, well presented resume can make a big impression.

A resume is something you use to sell yourself to an employer when you apply for an apprenticeship. It is a summary of what you have achieved and who you are and focuses on what you want the employer to know.

Your resume should include the following:

  • Contact details: Include your name, address, telephone number and email address.
  • Your skills: Include examples of the skills you have that relate directly to the apprenticeship or traineeship and remember generic skills such as communication skills, ability to work with others and in teams, problem solving skills, ability to work under pressure, ability to accept responsibility, and computing skills.
  • Work history: List any work you have done while you were at school, such as work experience or Structured Workplace Learning, and any part-time work you have had. Start with the most recent experience first. Include the job title, employer's name and location, dates of experience/employment and a brief description of your responsibilities and duties.
  • Education: Include the name(s) of your school(s), the dates you attended and the subjects you have completed or are undertaking.
  • Other qualifications: List any units of competency you have completed as part of VET in school or outside school.
  • Awards: List any awards, certificates or statements of attainment you have achieved. These may be from your school or from training providers outside school such as a State Training Provider (formerly TAFE college).
  • Interests/hobbies: List particularly those where you are required to work in a team or where they are relevant to the apprenticeship.
  • Referees: Include their name, title, the name and address of the organisation, and contact details (telephone number and/or mobile telephone number and/or email address).

Helpful hints when writing your resume:

  1. Keep it brief and to the point.
  2. Keep your paragraphs short and space them out. Make the headings clear.
  3. Write about what you have done in the past, what you can do now and what you would like to do in the future.
  4. Use positive, action words this shows you are confident.
  5. Focus on your experience, skills and achievements that relate to the apprenticeship.
  6. Get another person who knows you well to check your resume. If possible, find someone in the area in which you would like your apprenticeship or traineeship.
  7. Never hand write your resume. It should be typed in a basic font such as Arial and printed on white A4 size paper.
  8. Your resume must be easy to read. Check scanned, faxed or emailed documents that you attach to make sure they are clear.
Writing a resume