Essential CV Rules Every Graduate MUST KNOW

There are no set rules about writing a great resume except to make it easier for the employer to read; there are some clear guidelines for writing an effective resume. Here are some basic rules when writing a CV.


  • Make the job of the reader as easy as possible. Potential employers are busy people; on average, an employer will spend 30 seconds on a resume. Do not expect them to read between the lines -concentrate on clear and relevant information.
  • Tailor the resume for each position.
  • Be honest as lying can burn you later.


  • Include salary details, marital or health status.
  • Include reasons for leaving previous positions.
  • Use words or phrases with a negative connotation.
  • Use acronyms and jargon unless explained with the first usage.
  • Use ‘etc.’ or ‘etcetera’ as it indicates you cannot think of what else to say.
  • Break a section of information with a new page.
  • Use coloured paper or printing, graphics, borders, your photo, or gimmicks.
  • Have a single spelling, punctuation, or grammatical error.

For more information on graduate resumes, go to Client Centric’s website.

Published by Matthew Coppola - Career Coach, Employment Specialist and Professional CV Writer

Holding a graduate degree in Commerce, majoring in Economics at Curtin University, as well as a post graduate certificate in Career Education and Development at RMIT University, Matthew brings with him many years of experience working in the fields of business development, marketing, soft-skills training and employment services industry. He has gained significant exposure in working with employers in sourcing staff as well as assisting jobseekers in promoting and marketing themselves to employers and securing sustainable employment outcomes. He is currently working in Disability Employment Services where he assists clients with mental health disabilities in finding and keeping satisfying and gainful employment and helping them overcome and work around barriers to employment. He has helped many job seekers secure employment by training and coaching them in the art of being interviewed and giving the interviewer a positive and lasting impression. He knows how to sell and market a job seeker to an employer and he imparts this knowledge to his clients in helping them sell and market themselves in an interview. Matthew regularly writes new articles on a variety of employment related topics and posts these to his personal website blog

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