In your cover letter, clearly state which position you are applying for by quoting the reference number and the position title. Provide a brief overview of why you believe you are suitable for this position by including your main attributes, skills and experience which address the selection criteria. Use a one or two line closing statement that wraps up the letter. The letter should be no longer than 2 pages unless the job advertisement specifies a more extensive one.
In writing a resume/CV, there are two formats that can be used:
- Chronological - Work experience and education are listed chronologically from the most current to the least current with the job duties listed under each position.
- Functional - Skills are listed with specific examples from different jobs that you have had. The focus here is on your skill set. Make sure to include the details of where you performed each skill set.
The resume of someone applying for an Academic position should also include Publication details, Research Interests and Professional Membership/Certifications.
Key things to remember when writing a resume/CV:
- You can include - Personal details, Career Objective, Qualifications, Work experience, Education, Volunteer experience, Personal Interests, References
- Use proper English - do a grammar and spell check to ensure there are no minor mistakes
- Use action words - when describing your duties, use action words – this gives the reader a better idea about your skills and experience. For example: analyze, collate, confirm, develop, deliver edit, forecast, lead, problem solve, research, translate, verify etc
- Use bullet points
- Tailor your CV to the position you are applying for
- Insert white space where appropriate - makes for easier reading