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Please attach an updated CV and cover letter. Alternatively you can request a meeting with our qualified career consultant who can guide you through the job application process for a small fee.
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[Your name
Your address]


[Recipient’s name

Dear [recipient’s name if you know it, otherwise use Sir/Madam]

Re: [name of position/vacancy – including vacancy number if applicable]

I wish to apply for the above vacancy as advertised in [name the source].

[Say why you want the job and briefly outline relevant skills, experience and qualification. Make sure these match you to what is asked for by the employer. If you can, say what you know about the company and why you wish to work for them.]

[Finish by referring the reader to your CV for more detail about your skills, experience and training. State your availability in case the employer has questions about your application]

I look forward to the opportunity of meeting you in person and discussing this role.

Yours sincerely [if you know the recipient’s name]
Yours faithfully [if you don’t know the recipient’s name]

[Your name]

(CareersNZ, March 2017)

For more information visit: www.careers.govt.nz

The purpose of your CV is to inform an employer of your ability to perform a particular job, so that you can move into the interview phase of gaining employment. The average recruiter will look at your CV for around 6 seconds so you want to make sure you make the relevant information stand out. The following is a few tips and tricks to keep in mind before sending us your CV. 

  • – Make sure all information is up to date and listed in chronological order. Meaning most recent information is listed first to least recent. 
  • – Your CV should be no longer than 2-3 pages. 
  • – Make sure your formatting is clear. Make titles bold and stand out. Writing size should not be smaller than size 11. Stick to font styles like times new roman, Arial or Calibri. These font styles are easy to read. 
  • – Good grammar is a must have. Don’t solely rely on spell check read over your CV when you have had a break from it and have a trusted friend or family member look over it before you send it. 
  • Personal information that you should list is phone number and email. This is for the purpose of contacting you for an interview if you have been successful. If you are applying for a front of house supervisory level position or higher we require your date of birth. This is to help us assess your eligibility for obtaining your Duty managers. Unless it relates specifically to the role we do not need a photograph of yourself, information on marital status, gender, ethnicity, political views or religious beliefs. 
  • A personal statement: Identify the type of employment you are looking for such as full time, part time casual. Your availability, your relevant skills, attributes or experience and what you hope to achieve moving forward. Make sure this is clear and concise. No longer than 6 sentences.
  • Education: Just list relevant qualifications in chronological order, date achieved and from which institution. If you have left high school within the last 5 years then just list your highest qualification. If you left high school more than 5 years ago then there is no need to provide this information. 
  • Work experience: Again list in chronological order. Identify the start and end dates of employment, your role and the organisation you worked for. Clearly and concisely state key responsibilities and achievements. Don’t discount relevant volunteer experience. We are interested in seeing your skills and experience not whether or not you got paid for the role.
  • – Be the polite and friendly version of yourself.
  • – Be honest.
  • – Make sure you show up clean and hygienic.
  • – Show up tidy. Have a trusted friend or family member to offer an honest second opinion on your interview outfit. 
  • Be on time.If you are unsure of the location then check this out before the interview. Identify accessibility to parking and consider how this may affect your ability to make it to an interview on time.
  • – Bring up to date photographic identification like a New Zealand drivers licence and/or a passport.
  • – If on a working visa then bring your visa registration number or proof of work visa.

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