How to write a resume

Being able to write a resume is an important skill, but it can be hard to know where to start. Below are templates for writing a cover letter and a resume. All you have to do is click on the links and they will download as Word documents to your laptop. Once downloaded, simply open them up and start adding your information.

The templates below were sourced from Opportune People, which is a recruitment agency focused in hospitality. On their website, they have also included other places to get cover letter/resume templates, as well as tips for job interviews, available here.

This is an example of what the cover letter template looks like:


Download this cover letter template here: official-cover-letter-template-opportune-people-oct-2016-1.

This is an example of what the resume template looks like:


Download this resume template here: aofficial-resume-template-opportune-people-oct-2016.


What if I haven’t worked before?

If you haven’t had a paid job before, you can still list other experiences you have had, such as academic achievements, leadership, teamwork and unpaid work experience. Click on this link for resume templates for no work experience:

  • Academic achievements could include subjects you’ve done well in, assignments you’ve done well in, how you are as a student (well behaved, respectful, good listener etc).
  • Leadership could include being in charge of a sports team or a group assignment at school (taking initiative, thinking strategically, being goal oriented, problem solving, organisation skills, communication skills).
  • Teamwork could include being on a sports team, working with a group at school (participating, listening, collaborating with a group, problem solving, organisation skills, communication skills).
  • Work experience could include work experience you have done at school, any volunteer work, if you’ve helped out with a family business.

Do I need a cover letter?

A cover letter is important to get the employer to read your resume. It is basically a summary of your skills, contact info and availability to work, so it is very helpful to attach it to your resume. You do not have to include a cover letter, however it can help give you more of a chance of being hired!

How do I look for jobs?

You can print out your cover letter/resume and go to a workplace directly. For example, you could walk through your local mall and ask shops if they are hiring.

You can also look online, there are many websites to search for jobs!

  • Seek – you can search for you location, job type, job area and set up email notifications for any new jobs listed.
  • Indeed – Similar to Seek, you can search for you location, job type, job area and set up email notifications for any new jobs listed.
  • Jora – again, the same as Indeed and Seek.
  • Facebook – you can search for jobs on Facebook by going to the search bar and writing jobs and your location. For example, in Wollongong there is a Illawarra Jobs Facebook page.
  • Gumtree – there is a jobs section on Gumtree for you to look at. Be careful: a lot of jobs listed on Gumtree are cash-in-hand. Cash-in-hand jobs can be risky as you could be underpaid.
  • Google search – just type in ‘jobs’ and your local area and a whole list of sites will pop up for you to check out!

Good luck with your job search!

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I’m feeling anxious/depressed

Anxiety and depression can take many different forms, and you can often feel alone with your feelings. But you are not alone, you can always talk to someone about how you’re feeling.

If you’re not sure if you have anxiety and/or depression, Beyond Blue provides a checklist you can fill out, available here. You can also book an appointment with your doctor and tell them how you are feeling, and they can direct you towards counselling or other strategies to help you.

Helpful websites to check out:

  • Beyond Blue – for information on depression and anxiety, different types of depression and anxiety, and how to get support. They also have a contact number/email/online forum that you can access.
  • Reach Out – for information on depression and anxiety and how to get help. They include a list of services to contact for help, which you can access here.
  • Headspace – for help with general mental health issues, including depression and anxiety. You can visit a Headspace centre for help, or call them, or have a discussion online.

Once again, remember that you are not alone and you can always talk to someone about how you’re feeling.

Making sense of the marking criteria

The marking criteria can be hard to follow when it uses words that are hard to understand. Luckily, there is a glossary of key words for you to help you understand what you have to do.

Say for example, you have to write an essay and it asks you to critically analyse or evaluate part of your text. The glossary tells you that this means you have to add a degree or level of accuracy depth, knowledge and understanding, logic, questioning, reflection and quality to (analyse/evaluate). This means when you have to critically analyse something, you have to discuss your understanding of a concept and argue that through evidence (techniques).

Click here to access the glossary.

Looking at the Board of Studies syllabus can also help you to understand the marking criteria. Simply pick your subject and open the syllabus. Page 97 also has a glossary of important terms. For tips on how to utilise the syllabus handout, see related article Research tips & shortcuts.

It’s important to follow the marking criteria, these sites and tips should help you to do just that!


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HSC study guides & past papers

Bored of Studies is Australia’s largest online student community, with over 10 000 notes, guides, past papers, summaries and more. You will need to register with them to access their resources, which is free to do. You can check them out here.

The Board of Studies provides past papers that you can download. You do not have to sign up to access their resources. You can check out past papers here.

The tutoring website Art of Smart provides free access to study guides and past papers for a variety of subjects. You will have to sign up with them to access these resources with your email. Unfortunately, Art of Smart does not have resources for ESL English, however there are plenty of resources at Bored of Studies. Check out your options here.


Public libraries offer a wide range of textbooks for you to borrow. You can search for the textbook you need here. If it is not available at your local library, you can ask to have it sent there. Simply call your local library and ask.

If your textbook is not available at a public library, there are other ways to access textbooks at a cheaper price.

Gumtree is a great place to look for second hand textbooks, which you can pick up or have sent to you! For the link on textbooks available in NSW, click here.

You can also look on Facebook for buy & sell groups. Simply type in what you’re after!


Ebay has textbooks available, though it is generally more expensive than Gumtree and you can’t negotiate pricing. You can find a list of Excel HSC textbooks here.

Sustainable School Shop is another site where you can buy second hand textbooks. It also has other school supplies, such as uniforms, calculators and instruments.


Your rights as a student

It’s important to know your rights as a student and luckily, we have the website Lawstuff to tell us what our lawful rights are as a student.


There are a number of categories for you to look at. For this post the focus will be on NSW, if you are in another state click here.

Please note, this is for public schools only. If you go to a private or Catholic school you will need to contact Lawstuff directly for the following information:

  • School rules, click here.
  • Searches and confiscations, click here.
  • Discipline and Punishment, click here.
  • School uniforms, click here.
  • When can you leave school? Click here.
  • Suspension and Expulsions, click here.
  • Is your teacher bullying you? Click here. There are also other frequently asked questions on this link that you can look through.

You can also ask Lawstuff a question about your rights directly by email, by clicking here.

Lawstuff also has a great list of resources outside of school, including legal advice services and advice on going to court. They also have a list of topics you can go through, including cyber-bullying, sexual assault and sexual harassment, discrimination and child abuse.

If you want to know more about Lawstuff, click here.

They also have a Facebook page, click here to check them out!


How to apply for scholarships

There are many scholarships to apply for, but where do you find them all? The easiest way to find out about scholarships is to do a google search for the degree you’re interested in. For example, if you are a woman and are interested in doing engineering, type in “engineering scholarships women australia”.


As you can see, a whole list of options comes up!

The Good Universities Guide is also a really handy website to look for scholarship options. Simply fill out the boxes with your information and it looks for scholarships for you!

Whatever university you want to go to, also make sure to check out their websites for information on scholarships. For example, if you hoping to have a scholarship for the University of Wollongong, click here to look for your options.

You may find that the university you wish to go to does not offer the scholarship you need. It is worth your time to speak to that university directly and ask what scholarships they could have available for you. If you find they still don’t offer a scholarship for you, look for other universities that may offer that scholarship. For example, on the University of Wollongong website, there isn’t a refugee option in the scholarship section. However, you could call and ask if they have equity-based scholarships, which refugee status would fit into. If not, here are some examples of other universities that have scholarships for refugees: Macquarie University, Western Sydney University College, University of Technology Sydney.

Looking for scholarships outside of university? Apply the same search methods that you used for university scholarships! You can also check out this website for scholarship information for TAFE NSW.

Good luck!

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