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Submitted by mercuryblue on


I'm looking for resume advice for someone who is looking for a job in IT, and is in Australia.

am a big fan of the Interviewing Series, and it really helped me land my current job; however, I didn't think the resume advice was appropriate for Australia (I think I've seen that referred to elsewhere, so can we just take it as read that the one-page resume is not for Australia?). I'm trying to help a friend who is applying for roles in IT but has not looked for a job (or updated their resume) in many years. As I'm not in IT, much of it is incomprehensible!

Luis Elliott's picture

The resume is a tool with one specific purpose: to win an interview.
- Know the purpose of your resume
- Back up your qualities and strengths
- Make sure to use the right keywords
- Use effective titlesUse bullet points

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Breanna_Ileen's picture

I'll follow this, thank you!

Kevin1's picture


I'm a hiring manager in Australia.  Here is my perspective.

Everything that MT advise about a good resume works extremely well for me, with the only exception being the 1 page length.  I don't mind a resume being longer than a page provided that it contains only relevant information about what the candidate has done and how well they have done it.  

White space is not necessary and adds no value.  But don't bust a gut to trim 1.5 pages into 1 if the 1.5 pages is all good, relevant stuff.  More than 2 pages is generally not needed as it is now tending to fill up with white space, fluff or larger font.

I can't tell you if recruiters would feel the same.  




Ariashley's picture

I would think that format might be country-based, but that content would be consistent with manager tools guidelines.  I found a few sites that talk at a high level about format in Australia:

To be honest, these formats do not look substantially different than what I see in American resumes.  We tend to use more bullets and I tend to combine the concepts of position summary and key achievements into achievement-oriented bullets that also illustrate the job responsibilities and I do not put a description of the company, nor a list of "key skills" (which are also embedded in my bullets for positions).  I also wouldn't ever put my interests on my resume, though I have clearly seen that on CVs from my European counterparts.

timrutter's picture

I've been the recruiting manager and the job hunter both in Australia and formerly the UK. (I get laid off next week) The experience I've had with Recruiters is that there is a substantial movement to write a novel length resume, resist this advice and you will be rewarded!

One page works for me as recruiting manager, as does two pages. Anything more is waffle. MT's guidance is based on thousands more interractions than mine, so listen to their advice.

As for the content being incomprehensible, don't worry. The formula of 'what you did and how well you did it' still applies. It'll make sense to your friend and the recruiters reading it.