Preparing For Work

Writing a resume

Your resume or CV should be as clear and as concise as possible. For your practical placement application, we recommend keeping to no more than two (2) pages.

A good resume is clear, organised and summarises key details about yourself: contact details, previous work experience and educational history. It should include:

  1. Your name, email, phone number and any other relevant contact details
  2. General skills such as teamwork, being organised, good at communicating etc.
  3. Educational history and qualifications gained
  4. Work experience and achievements
  5. Some personal attributes or hobbies (to give your employer a rounded understanding of who you are)

You may include contact details for your referees but we recommend stating ‘references available upon request’ to ensure your referees are not contacted without your prior knowledge.

Download our resume template to get started.

Writing a cover letter

A cover letter is a concise summary of your experience, skills and achievements used to engage with the organisation in providing insight to who you are as a candidate. A cover letter is different from a resume in that it expresses the reasons why you are applying for the role.

Cover letters should generally be less than one page to complement your resume or CV, not a duplicate. A good cover letter should include:

  1. Your name, email, phone number and any other relevant contact details
  2. Your current work and industry experience
  3. Reasons why you are applying for the role
  4. Why you are the best person for the role
  5. Key strengths and characteristics you can bring to the role

Remember to thank the employer for their consideration and close with ‘Sincerely’ or ‘Kind regards’ at the end of your letter.

Our cover letter template can assist you with preparing a cover letter that lets your chosen organisation know why you are the best candidate for the role.

Keeping it professional

Researching your organisation, preparing a professional resume and submitting it with a strong cover letter will give you the best chance of being invited for an interview. It is important at the interview to keep things professional and respectful. Remember to show genuine interest and enthusiasm for the role you are applying form.

BCA National regularly holds interview skills workshops at our Darwin and Sydney campuses. Please visit our events calendar to find out about upcoming workshops and make an appointment.

Need help and advice?

In the first instance, speak with your Trainer or Training Coordinator who may be able to provide further advice about preparing a resume/CV and cover letter.

You can also contact our Vocational Placement Coordinator, Katarina Stankovic on 1300 69 35 65.