Sample resumes and cover letters

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You can use our sample resumes and cover letters as a starting point for your own job application.

These samples cover all kinds of situations, including: 

  • high school students
  • early school leavers
  • uni or TAFE students/graduates
  • people who have had paid jobs before
  • people who don't have any (or not much) work experience.

Just pick the one that suits your situation best, download it and get started.

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Sample resumes

These samples show what information to put on your resume and how to present it. Don't forget to switch out the information in these samples with information about yourself! 

Choose the sample resume that best matches: 

  • your level of work experience
  • your current or highest level of study.

No work experience + Year 10 or earlier

Sample resume: No work experience + Year 10 or earlier - Word (103.74 KB)
Sample resume: No work experience + Year 10 or earlier - .pdf (99.57 KB)

Work experience + Year 10 or earlier

 Sample resume: Work experience + Year 10 or earlier - Word (152.74 KB)
 Sample resume: Work experience + Year 10 or earlier - .pdf (123.95 KB)

No work experience + Year 12

 Sample resume: No work experience + Year 12 - Word (133.87 KB)
 Sample resume: No work experience + Year 12 - .pdf (123.51 KB)

Work experience + Year 12 

 Sample resume: Work experience + Year 12 - Word (142.11 KB)
 Sample resume: Work experience + Year 12 - .pdf (124.18 KB)

No work experience + Uni/TAFE

 Sample resume: No work experience + Uni/TAFE - Word (95.62 KB)
 Sample resume: No work experience + Uni/TAFE - .pdf (131.4 KB)

Work experience + Uni/TAFE

 Sample resume: Work experience + Uni/TAFE - Word (143.76 KB)
 Sample Resume: Work Experience + Uni/TAFE - .pdf (130.66 KB)

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Sample cover letters

These samples show what information to include in your cover letter and how you might write it. Don't forget to switch out the information in these samples with information about yourself! 

Choose a sample cover letter that best suits:

  • your level of work experience
  • whether the job has been advertised
  • the way you're applying (e.g., by email or without a resume).

No work experience + applying for an advertised job

 Sample cover letter: No work experience + advertised job - Word (86.36 KB)
 Sample cover letter: No work experience + advertised job - .pdf (67.98 KB)

Work experience + applying for an advertised job 

 Sample cover letter: Work experience + advertised job - Word (89.56 KB)
 Sample cover letter: Work experience + advertised job- pdf (70.13 KB)

No resume needed + applying for an advertised job

If you don't have any paid work experience, use this sample:

 Sample cover letter: Cover letter only + no work experience - Word (82.46 KB)
 Sample cover letter: cover letter only + no work experience - .pdf (68.65 KB)

If you have some paid work experience, use this sample:

 Sample cover letter: Cover letter only + work experience - Word (82.66 KB)
 Sample cover letter: Cover letter only + work experience - .pdf (67.6 KB)

Email cover letter + applying for an advertised job

If you don't have any paid work experience, use this sample:

 Sample cover letter: Email + no work experience - Word (89.27 KB)
 Sample cover letter: Email + no work experience - pdf (68.75 KB)

If you have some paid work experience, use this sample:

 Sample cover letter: Email + work experience - Word (88.65 KB)‚Äč
 Sample cover letter: Email + work experience - .pdf (69.25 KB)

Applying if there are no jobs advertised (cold calling)

Use this sample cover letter if you're contacting a business to ask about jobs that might be available (for more about this way of finding jobs, visit our Cold calling - What is it? page).

 Sample cover letter: Cold calling - Word (84.17 KB)
 Sample cover letter: Cold calling - .pdf (68.65 KB)

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