Creating a perfect CV for the New Zealand jobs market

Use a tried and tested program

Use a tried and tested program, such as Microsoft Word, to create your CV. The majority of New Zealand companies prefer CVs to be submitted electronically; which, of course, is critical when applying for jobs from overseas. Creating your CV in a commonly-used program such as Microsoft Word will make it far easier for it to opened and read by recipients.

Do not leave gaps in your history

If you took a year out, carried out an interim assignment, travelled for six months, or took voluntary work, say so. It may be of interest to your potential new employer. If you try and hide the truth, no matter what it may be, your interviewer is likely to imagine a worst-case scenario.

Size doesn’t matter

The length of your CV is not the issue that it may be in your home country – about four pages is the standard in New Zealand, and they tend to be more detailed than their UK counterparts. Don’t stress and struggle trying to keep your CV down to two pages, but do ensure the information you include is succinct as possible.

Include a link to your own website, if you have one

If you have your own website that profiles your work, include the website URL on your CV – though, make sure you do not simply submit the URL address instead of a CV.

Limit the amount of information per page

When formatting your CV, ensure that there is plenty of white space. Don’t put too much information on one page, use graphics or flowery fonts – Helvetica, Times New Roman, Arial and Calibri are the best. Do not, under any circumstances, use Comic Sans MS – it will look unprofessional.

Check your CV

This may seem obvious, but one tiny typo can ruin your chances. Your CV is the first impression your potential employer will receive of you, so make sure you get it right. If possible, ask someone to proofread your CV to check for any spelling, layout or typo issues – don’t rely on your spell check alone.

Attach your CV to an email

Do not paste the text into your email program where it could be distorted.

Don’t attach supporting documents, unless requested

These are generally not required in the first instance, although some online application forms do allow you to upload supporting documents.

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