10 ways to get your CV looking sharp for that overseas employer

person_outline Alana Deghelli
Aug 27, 2015

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As the Work & Travel Experts we have insider knowledge of what companies are looking for when going through the hiring process and what makes a great CV. When you decide to head abroad on a Working Holiday or an Internship, there's around 80,000 other travellers with the same idea so it's important to make sure that your CV is a stand out. We're sharing our ten most valuable tips for writing that stand out CV that gets you in the door.  So get relaxed, get focused and get writing!


1. Use a simple template - It doesn't have to be a boring template from Word or Pages that are super generic. Get onto Google - there are endless free templates to use so find one that is professional, clean and represents your personality. Try to keep it relevant, interesting and about 2 pages in length. (HOT TIP: Don't mix & match fonts, keep the same font on all pages)

2. Include a current email address and contact number and double check it! There is nothing worse than employers wanting to contact you for an interview and not being able to get hold of you. Also make sure your email is appropriate. If you made your email account when you were twelve chances are it's time for an update.

3. Include a profile. A short paragraph to introduce yourself and let the employer know what type of person you are. You need to captivate your audience so this is a great time to feel inspired by yourself!

4. Under each job title you want at least five major bullet points that outline the tasks you performed when you were in this role. Keeping it to the point will be easier for the potential employer to see how awesome you are in a short space of time.

5. Clearly outline your key skills and how developed they are for example, “highly proficient in Microsoft Office” communicates that you are an office whiz. Whereas ‘broad understanding of a particular hotel software’ tells the employer that you are familiar with it but not advanced. Never lie about your skills because it becomes clear pretty quickly in the role if you are lacking the required expertise.

6. Include what you like to do outside of your workspace - you get to show what type of person you are outside of your professional world here. Time to show them how interesting you are! If you like extreme sports or quietly reading biographies on the weekend, write it down. However you need to remember to keep it tame. Your potential employer wants to know some things about you but not that you like to go to parties and rage all weekend. That's more of a share with your friends thing.

7. If you are applying for a job overseas consider different spelling (for example Australian organise vs. American organize) to tailor your CV for the culture you will be immersing yourself in.

8. PROOF READ!!! A spelling or grammatical error in your CV shows a lack of attention to detail. Your CV represents you and is your tool to sell yourself to the employer so make sure it’s perfect. Have a friend proofread it for you or sometimes reading aloud can help too!

9. Update social media - It's great to be 'good on paper' but even better if this reflects in all areas of your life. It only takes one search these days for an employer to find you online and if they see you skulling a 2L cask of wine in your profile picture they may see some professionalism go out the door. Make sure your online presence is looking as sharp as your CV! It's worth setting up a LinkedIn account for professional purposes too. LinkedIn is another great online platform to connect with employers so they can see what your about and they have many job postings on there too!

10. Try have some work references handy. You can sell yourself as best you can but it is always great to hear what someone else thinks of you too. References should come from your managers or supervisors. Try avoid references from relations or friends.

You got this! Good luck travellers!

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Alana Deghelli

Alana Deghelli

Alana was a Digital Media Manager at The Global Work & Travel Co. and super fan of exploring the world. She has travelled to 24 countries, 83 cities so far and loves nothing more than sharing her adventures in the hope it inspires others to get out and see this big, beautiful world!