Give yourself a head start and beat the competition with an exceptional CV. A great resume demonstrates your skills and experiences that are relevant to the job you are applying for, though don’t worry if you haven’t had any previous experience, just describe the skills you do have creatively. Keep it short, precise and to the point and use bullet points when listing your skills. In Australia one page is the norm and a photo of yourself is not encouraged. Including one in your CV is of course a personal choice, however it will not give you any control over how you are perceived or advantage over other candidates. Always get someone to proof read it and check for any errors you might have missed and make sure it looks crisp, clean and not in tatters.

Contact Details – obviously an important one if the employer wants to get in touch. Make sure they are correct and up-to-date and include your visa details and the date it is valid to. Use common sense when it comes to your e-mail address and ensure that it’s appropriate.

Make a Statement – the first thing that gets read should be engaging. A few sentences on why you decided to do a working holiday, what you wish to gain from it and your long term goal. If you can, make it relevant to the job you are applying for. For example, if you’re applying for a job in hospitality and have had no experience, focus on any previous work that has involved face-to-face communication, customer service and cash-handling. If you’re applying for a fruit picking or farm job and don’t have any experience, describe times where you’ve shown a determined and dedicated attitude, where you’ve ‘got your hands dirty’ and worked non-stop to get the job done. Remember that employer’s look for personal attributes.

Education – you don’t have to start at primary school, just list your most recent first and include the name of the school or college, the years you were there, what you studied and the qualifications or grades that you earned.

Previous employment – Again, start from your most recent, the name of the company or employer, how long you were there and your roles and responsibilities.

Interests don’t fall at the last hurdle! Things like ‘hanging out with friends’, ‘playing PlayStation’ or ‘watching Netflix’ should NOT be included here. Are you into photography, writing, hiking, team sports, volunteering, learning languages, rock climbing, fitness etc. Whatever you are into, write it down, but keep it short.

References – The end of your CV should include the names and contact details of at least two references.  You can write ‘references available upon request’, though be sure that you can make this happen. You may also wish to let any potential referees know that you have them listed, just as a heads-up.

A last bit of advice is to do your research on any potential employers/companies. This may give you an advantage if you get an interview and will show them that you are serious.