This page shows you different types and examples of CVs and cover letters.
There is no perfect CV, nor any one way to write one. It is important that your CV or cover letter contain your own words as they are your documents. Employers want to know about you, and at an interview may notice that what you say does not match what you have written.
Here are the most common types of CVs and samples for you to adopt or amend to fit with who you are and what you are applying for. Choose the style that best suits your experience and skills based on the requirements of the job/company.
This is the most common CV for most students and graduates. The CV is designed to highlight the relevance of the skills gained from different activities besides work.
Use a skills-based CV if:
- Your experiences are not obviously relevant.
- You have changed jobs frequently.
- You have a wide range of experiences.
- You are looking to change career direction.
- You don’t have a lot of work experience.
This CV is best used for those who are applying for jobs that require specialised skills gained from their studies (eg, doctors, nurses, and teachers). The emphasis of this CV is to highlight relevant training and practical experience for example practicum and what the student gained from it.
Use a vocational CV if:
- You are applying for a vocational role.
- You are applying for a role that requires specialised skills.
- You are applying for a role that requires a specific format.
This CV is best used for those wanting to apply for academic or research roles. The focus of this CV is to highlight research skills, academic knowledge and achievements for example publications.
Use an academic CV if you are applying for an academic/research role.
This CV is best used if you have some relevant skills and experience but not enough for a traditional CV. The CV highlights the key strengths gained from relevant areas as well as work experience and any achievements.
Use a modern CV if:
- You have a few years of relevant experience either in the role, company or industry.
- You want to demonstrate some of your achievements.
- You want to highlight the key skills that are relevant to the role you are applying for.
- You are looking to change jobs into a new area but have had a long work history elsewhere.
This CV is best used for those with a lot of relevant knowledge and experience in the area that they are applying for. The CV highlights work experience so is typically used by those with a lot of relevant experience or those going into senior roles.
Use a traditional CV if:
- You have a lot of relevant experience over a long period of time.
- You want to highlight what you have done.
- You want to show who you have worked for.
- You want to demonstrate your progression over time.
Below are some suggested headings you can use in your CV - you may include others, but remember to be selective, and only use what is relevant to the company and position that you are applying for.
Careers New Zealand have an interactive CV building tool called CV 4 Me on their website, which you can use to put your CV together.
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