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Your CV - Presenting Yourself on Paper!. Workshop #3 Career Services University of Canberra What’s in a name?. Curriculum Vitae – ‘life story’ Shortened to ‘CV’ Also called ‘Resume’ However, a CV is not, in fact, the story

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Your CV - Presenting Yourself on Paper!

Workshop #3

Career Services

University of Canberra

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What’s in a name?

  • Curriculum Vitae – ‘life story’

  • Shortened to ‘CV’

  • Also called ‘Resume’

    However, a CV is not, in fact, the story

    of your life. It is only about your

    educational and working life.

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The CV – it is for …

… the Selection Panel of the company or

organisation which offers the job.

They will assess your CV against the needs of the


Each time you apply for a job, look at your CV

again to ensure it fits this particular job. Do you

need to add or delete some information?

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Your CV ….

… needs to match the job description.

If your study and experience is in IT,

no-one will consider you for an Accounts

Payable job!

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Design your CV well

Be kind to the Selection Panel.

Your CV must be easy to read.

  • Paper - white paper is best

  • Font size – 12 point for text; 14 or 16 for headings

  • Font style – Arial is best, then Tahoma, Garamond

  • Underlining – do not underline - use bold

  • Boxes, tables – do not use them, not helpful

  • White space is good – don’t cram your CV on one page!

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Personal Details

  • Your name (Male – Mr; Female - Ms)

    Oanh Thi Tran (Ms); Nawaf Khaled (Mr); Anant Kalam (Mr)

  • Address (3 Hazel St, Gungahlin ACT 2904)

  • Contact number (mobile and home)

  • Contact email ([email protected] is not a very professional email address!)

  • Status (Citizen, Permanent Resident, International Student)

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Government work(Public Sector)

  • You must be an Australian Citizen to work for the Federal Government in Canberra

  • The ACT Government will accept Permanent Residents. So will NSW, WA, Victoria etc.

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Private Companies(Private Sector)

Employers want to know your work status

and your future plans. Tell them on your CV.

For example:

Status: International Student

(Permanent Residence expected in April 2010)

Permanent Resident

(Will apply for citizenship in April 2010)

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A new graduate?

Your degree is the most important asset you have

to offer an employer.

Put your degree on the front page of your CV.

You can also add the subjects from your majors

and minors.

If you have just completed a Masters degree,

then add your Bachelor’s degree also.

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Bachelor of Commerce (Banking and Finance),

University of Canberra, 2009

Banking and Financial Services subjects:

  • Investment

  • Business Finance

  • Law of Financial Services

  • Credit and Lending Decisions

  • International Financial Management

  • Financial Institutions and Markets

  • Strategic Management

  • Managing Financial Services Firms

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Economics subjects studied:

  • Managerial Economics

  • Asia-Pacific Business

  • Business Forecasting

  • Global E-Business

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Professional Skills and Knowledge

  • Research and analytical skills

  • Good customer service skills

  • High level communication skills

  • Supervisory and instructional experience

  • Good knowledge of accounting practices

  • Excellent IT skills – MS Office, MYOB

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If you have done any paid work, give some

details here. For example:

2008 Receptionist (part-time)

Smith and Jones Accountants, Canberra

Waitress, (casual)

Toscano Restaurant, Belconnen

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Volunteer Work

2009 Coach, UC Women’s Basketball Team

2008 Shop Assistant, Salvation Army Store,


2007 Student Ambassador, University of Canberra

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  • Student Member, Financial Services Association of Australia

  • Student Member, Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia

  • Member, UC Banking Students Society

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John Manning

Lecturer in Financial Services

University of Canberra

Tel: 6201 7623

Email: [email protected]

Carol Wilson

Office Manager

Smith and Jones Accountants

21/9 Green Avenue

Barton ACT 2600

Tel: 6234 0917

Email: [email protected]

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Do Not …..

  • … put your date of birth

  • … include a photograph

  • … say if you are married, or have a family

  • … write about your hobbies or interests

  • … say where you are from