How to write a CV and cover letter
IntroductionShow us what you would bring to the role with a clear and relevant description of your skills, qualifications and experience.
Keep it clear, concise and relevant
Stand out from the other applicants by providing clear information relevant to the role. We want to know exactly why you would be a great fit.
Make sure your CV is concise, well structured and professional.
Read the advertisement to understand the specific capabilities, skills and experience required.
Provide relevant examples of how you’ve used your skills and built experience that matches the requirements of the position.
We recognise your skills and capabilities can also be gained through caring, voluntary and community work, and mahi aroha as well as from a work setting so don’t forget to draw from these examples too where relevant.
Your CV is our first impression of you. Double check it for errors, then ask someone else to proofread it for you.
Tell us what you’re good at. This is your chance to tell us why we should interview you. Make us want to know more.
What to include in your CV
- Contact details – Your full name, address, phone number and email address.
- Key skills – List your work-related skills and abilities relevant to the job you’re applying for.
- Capability areas – Look at the required competencies/capabilities in the role description and, where possible, provide evidence of how you’ve demonstrated them.
- Education and qualifications – List the institution names, qualifications and attendance dates in reverse order. Include any relevant courses.
- Work experience – List your most recent position first (including voluntary or community work). Give the name and location of each employer, your position title and the time you spent in the position. Identify key responsibilities, experience, skills and achievements relevant to the job you’re applying for.
- Referees (optional) – If you’d rather not provide referees in your CV, bring the names to the interview or provide them when requested. We require three referees who can speak about your work and/or community involvement. At least one referee must be your most recent manager. Give their name, phone number, position, company and relationship to you. Check that your referees are happy to be contacted.
Write a cover letter
Your cover letter should explain why you want the job and what you can offer the employer.
Highlight your skills, qualifications and experience relevant to the job.