When applying for studies with your CV, you must learn the exact information to include in your CV to stand a better chance with the admission board. A lot of times, many candidates do not pay attention to the country they’re applying to and know what their requirements are, or they do not pay attention to understand what should be included in the type of CV they’re writing, whether it’s a work CV or an Academic CV.
Writing a good CV is so crucial because studies have shown that the average person doesn’t spend more than twenty (20) seconds scanning through your CV. Some spend as low as seven to eight seconds. So, you must seek to make a good first impression. You must be able to sell yourself well by creating a well-constructed CV, and this is what I’m here to help you do.
In the article, I will take you through the step-by-step process of writing a New Zealand-style CV for study applications.
What We Will cover:
- What a New Zealand study application is
- Guide to creating a New Zealand CV for study application (What to include/What not to include)
- Sample/Template length
What is New Zealand Study Application CV?
A New Zealand Study Application CV is a document that contains your personal information, experiences, achievements, interests, referees, and personal statement. This is the document you submit to the university you are applying to, that will help give them a clearer insight into your academic/professional trajectory, and allow you to stand a better chance of being selected.
Guide to Creating a New Zealand CV for Study Application (What to include/What not to include):
After knowing what a New Zealand Study Application CV is all about, let’s now take a look at the specific information it should carry, and what you’re not expected to include.
What to include:
- Contact info:
- Name (The way it’s written in your official documents)
- Address (Country and city)
- Mobile numbers/landlines
- Professional social media handle/URL (LinkedIn/Skype)
- You can also include your driving license
- Personal statement: This is a summary of your skills and experiences in 4-5 sentences. It should include years of experience, notable achievements, and interests. This column is supposed to give a sneak peek into who you are, before providing the details in the other parts of your CV.
For example: “Industrious and competent IT professional with over 12 years of experience. Skilled in helping organizations gain relevance in the Information Technology world through my impeccable skills such as web designing, graphics designing, coding, etc. Committed to collaborating with other experts and teams to achieve miles stones together.”
There you have it! At the first glance, they know you’re an Information Technology Professional, without checking your work experience or educational background, then you point out what you do as an IT professional: you help organizations gain relevance, and you do a quick highlight of some of your skills and finally, you let them know what you can offer: you’re willing to collaborate with them to achieve milestones together!
Once you’re able to craft a personal statement this crisp, you have gotten the attention of whoever that’s reviewing your CV, and now you can take them on a journey through the rest of your CV.
- Work experience/achievements: Here, simply include the start/end date of each work experience, the company’s name, location and highlight some of your duties/achievements. For study applications, avoid using bullet points to highlight your job roles, simply do an overview of what you do at the company, and highlight some of your achievements. Make sure that whatever information you’re including is relevant to your application. Avoid including details that are not linked or related to your application. An example will look like the one below:
Accountant – Apr. 2013- present
Fasthire Bank| thefasthire.org| Auckland, New Zealand
Role overview: Monitor and manage all financial transactions in the bank/ crosscheck all budgets and financial decisions before giving approval or endorsing loans.
Achievement: Managed a deal that brought back profits in millions of dollars. Consistently managed a team of 120 persons for two years.
- Education: This is an important aspect of your CV, so go ahead and list all the qualifications you have had since after college. Also, include the dates and schools. You can use the format below:
The University of Otago | 2004 – 2008 | LLB & BCOM
Other information: This is where you highlight your research experience (Make sure to check for the format acceptable in the school you’re applying to and use it. To find out, you can check the school’s page online and see how they outline their references), Teaching experience, Interests that are related to your application, publications, driving license, etc.
PS: Did you notice that there is no “skills” section? That’s because it’s not a major requirement, however, if you have relevant technical skills, you can go ahead and highlight about 5-7 of them.
- Font size: 11-12 and 14-16 for the headings
- Spacing: 1.0-1.5
- Font style: Calibri, Cambria, Times New Roman, Arial
Template length: For your New Zealand Study Application CV, go ahead and include all the information you want to include that is relevant without care of the length. There is no stipulated template length for academic CVs.
More so, if you still need a professional to help you craft your CV, you can contact us here.
Benefits of Allowing Us to Write For You
- We have experience working with both applicants and professionals, and we know what is required in your CV and what not to include.
- With our experience, we know how best to craft the words on your CV to present you in the right light
- We have the right templates that are ATS friendly and can help you scale through to the admission board desk with no hitches.
Whatever you do, make sure the template you use is easy to understand and straightforward. Also, highlight only the information that is relevant to your application, if you have a job experience or achievement that is not needed, don’t bother adding it. I wish you all the best in your applications.
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