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1. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 10y

I am now starting to look at my C.V and sorting it out for when i travel Oz but my question is...i thought it'd be quite easy but i have some questions...if anyone can help...

(1) What address do i use (surely i can't put my Uk home address)

(I could ask nicely and use someone's address who i met out there)

(2) What currency do i use-should i convert it to AU$?

And is there any other info that i should put on there, i.e. reason for travelling. Obviously i will only be looking for temporary positions-of upto 3 months.

(3)oh and is it better to take it on a floppy disc or cd?

Be really grateful for any advice guys.It hadn't really occured to me until now!

J

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 10y

Quoting lil j

(1) What address do i use (surely i can't put my Uk home address)

I used a "contact address" of the hostel I was staying at (so "my name c/o hostel address" (c/o is "care of")); doesn't really matter, as you'll be contacted by phone or email anyway.

(2) What currency do i use-should i convert it to AU$?

I'm uncertain as to why you would put anything money related in a CV, but yes, convert to the local currency (if it's information on old jobs, make it "equivalent to AUD ...").

And is there any other info that i should put on there, i.e. reason for travelling.

No, a CV should be very plainly "what work you have done" - just the facts.
Reason for travelling and such are things you can put into the cover letter, if you think it's relevant.

(3)oh and is it better to take it on a floppy disc or cd?

Both. Backup, backup, backup. (Also handy: email it to yourself, ideally to an account that you can access through webmail and where archived email will never be deleted. (such as gmail))

3. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

Quoting lil j

I am now starting to look at my C.V and sorting it out for when i travel Oz but my question is...i thought it'd be quite easy but i have some questions...if anyone can help...

(1) What address do i use (surely i can't put my Uk home address)

(I could ask nicely and use someone's address who i met out there)

You can put my address in Sydney if you want (PM me if you want it), but I wouldn't bother putting any address in your CV. A mobile phone number and email address should be enough.

(2) What currency do i use-should i convert it to AU$?

Not sure why you'd need to put currency in your CV. Do you want to put your salary of your previous jobs? Personally, I wouldn't bother but if you really want to, I'd simply put the amount in local currency, eg x pounds.

And is there any other info that i should put on there, i.e. reason for travelling. Obviously i will only be looking for temporary positions-of upto 3 months.

This is something that I'd discuss in an interview rather than put on your CV.

(3)oh and is it better to take it on a floppy disc or cd?

Be really grateful for any advice guys.It hadn't really occured to me until now!

Neither. Simply email it you yourself (hotmail, etc) and retrieve it when you want it.

J

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 10y

Hey jas,

Not sure if it is what you intended, but there really would be little point in mentioning previous salaries from the UK on an Australian application. Salaries simply aren't even close to equivalent. If anything, quoting a UK salary could scare potential employers off!

5. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 10y

Thanks guys, i now have my c.v. complete, just a few alterations and i'm there.

Yeh stupid me, as soon as i posted that i thought why did i put about saleries as i nevr put this on my c.v! doh! I was thinking application (i remember when we had an aussie girl applying and she put her wage in AU$ on her applic. and it meant nothing to us!

yeh i was definately going to have it on email, backup, backup, backup-i like it!

Perhaps things are simple and i just look for reasons to make them complicated! that's moi!!

James thanks very much. p.s.i got to sleep at 4am and was a lil on the grumpy side in the morn!!

Thanks again, that's another thing off my list done and dusted!

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Quoting Peter

Hey jas,

Not sure if it is what you intended, but there really would be little point in mentioning previous salaries from the UK on an Australian application. Salaries simply aren't even close to equivalent. If anything, quoting a UK salary could scare potential employers off!

Or, if you convert to AU dollars, there is a chance of under-selling yourself by putting in previous salaries. (Ie: the new employer was going to offer "X" dollars, but after looking at your CV, sees you had made much less. Now he offers a salary closer to your old one and you have lost out.

Also consider taking your CD/floppy to a copy center and having some hard copies of your CV and cover letter printed out. Especially if you are not making copies of the CD/floppy to leave behind with the perspective employer. It's always good to leave a copy with the HR person or the interviewer.