Sample Resumes and Cover Letters

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Use our sample resumes and cover letters as a starting point for your own job applications. Whether you finished school in year 10 or you're a tertiary grad, and whether you've had heaps of work experience or none, one of these samples will suit your needs.

Choose the sample that best matches your level of education/work experience and any other requirements of the job application, then download a copy to use as the basis for your own resume or cover letter. You can also check each sample out on its own page.

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For more about writing resumes and cover letters, check out our How to Write a Resume and How to Write a Cover Letter pages.

Sample Resumes

PLEASE NOTE: These templates were designed to be edited in Word. The .pdfs are for easy viewing and downloading only. DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR RESUME AS A .PDF. Always submit your resume in Word format. If you have trouble with these sample resumes, contact youthcentral@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

Choose a sample resume that best suits:

  • Your level of education
  • Your level of work experience

Year 10 or Earlier with No Paid Work Experience

Use this sample resume if you haven't had any paid work experience and your highest level of study is Year 10 or lower.

For more, check out our Resume: Year 10/Earlier + No Paid Work Experience page.

Year 10 or Earlier with Work Experience

Use this sample resume if you have some paid work experience and your highest level of study is Year 10 or lower.

For more, check out our Resume: Year 10/Earlier + Work Experience page.

VCE with No Paid Work Experience

Use this sample resume if you don't have any paid work experience and you're either currently studying or you've finished your VCE (or equivalent).

For more, check out our Resume: VCE + No Paid Work Experience page.

VCE with Work Experience

Use this sample resume if you have some paid work experience and you're either currently studying or you've finished your VCE (or equivalent).

For more, check out our Resume: VCE + Work Experience page.

Tertiary with No Paid Work Experience

Use this sample resume if you haven't had any paid work experience and you're studying (or you've completed) a tertiary qualification (or equivalent).

For more, check out our Resume: Tertiary + No Work Experience page.

Tertiary with Work Experience

Use this sample resume if you have some paid work experience and you're studying (or you've completed) a tertiary qualification (or equivalent).

For more, check out our Resume: Tertiary + Work Experience page.

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Sample Cover Letters

PLEASE NOTE: These sample cover letters have been designed to be edited in Word. The .pdf versions are for easy viewing and downloading only. DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR COVER LETTER AS A .PDF. Always submit your cover letter in Word format. If you have trouble with these sample cover letters, contact us at youthcentral@dhs.vic.gov.au.

Choose a sample cover letter that best suits:

  • Your level of work experience
  • Whether or not the job has been advertised
  • The way you've been asked to apply (e.g., with only a cover letter or in the body of an email)

Applying for an Advertised Job if You Have Work Experience

Use this sample cover letter if you're applying for a job that has been advertised and you have some formal (paid) work experience. 

For more, check out our Cover Letter: Work Experience page.

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Applying for an Advertised Job if You Have No Work Experience

Use this sample cover letter if you're applying for a job that has been advertised but you have no formal (paid) work experience.

For more info about this kind of cover letter, check out our Cover Letter: No Work Experience page

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Applying for an Advertised Job with Only a Cover Letter

Use these sample cover letters if you're applying for a job that has been advertised and you've been asked to apply using only a cover letter (i.e., without submitting your CV).

If you have some previous (paid) work experience:

For more info about this kind of cover letter, check out our Cover Letter: Letter Only + Work Experience page.

If you have no previous (paid) work experience:

For more info about this kind of cover letter, check out our Cover Letter: Letter Only + No Work Experience page.

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Applying for an Advertised Job with an Email Cover Letter

Use this sample cover letter if you're applying for a job that has been advertised and you've been asked to apply using a cover letter that's pasted into the body of an email.

If you have some previous (paid) work experience:

For more info about this kind of cover letter, check out our Cover Letter: Email Only + Work Experience page.

If you have no previous (paid) work experience:

For more info about this kind of cover letter, check out our Cover Letter: Email Only + No Work Experience page.

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Writing to Ask About Jobs That are Available (Cold Calling)

Use this sample cover letter if you're contacting a company or business directly to ask about jobs that are available. For more about this approach to finding jobs, check out our page on The Hidden Job Market and our Cold Calling - What is It? page.

For more about this kind of cover letter, check out our Cover Letter: Cold Calling page.

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