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.

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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

These samples show you what information should be on your resume and how you can present it. 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: Yr 10/Earlier + No Work Experience - Word (103.74 KB)
Sample Resume: Yr 10/Earlier + No Work Experience - .pdf (99.57 KB)

Work experience + Year 10 or earlier

 Sample Resume: Yr 10/Earlier + Work Experience - Word (152.74 KB)
 Sample Resume: Yr 10/Earlier + Work Experience - .pdf (123.95 KB)

No work experience + VCE

 Sample Resume: VCE + No Work Experience - Word (133.87 KB)
 Sample Resume: VCE + No Work Experience - .pdf (123.51 KB)

Work experience + VCE 

 Sample Resume: VCE + Work experience - Word (142.11 KB)
 Sample Resume: VCE + Work experience - .pdf (124.18 KB)

No work experience + Uni/TAFE

 Sample Resume: Tertiary + No Work Experience - Word (95.62 KB)
 Sample Resume: Tertiary + No Work Experience - .pdf (131.4 KB)

Work experience + Uni/TAFE

 Sample Resume: Tertiary + Work Experience - Word (143.76 KB)
 Sample Resume: Tertiary + Work Experience - .pdf (130.66 KB)

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Sample cover letters

These samples show you what information you should include on your resume and how you might write it. 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)

Work experience + applying for an advertised job 

 Sample Cover Letter: Work Experience - Word (89.56 KB)
 Sample Cover Letter: Work Experience - pdf (70.13 KB)

No work experience + applying for an advertised job

 Sample Cover Letter: No Work Experience - Word (86.36 KB)
 Sample Cover Letter: No Work Experience - pdf (67.98 KB)

No resume needed + applying for an advertised job

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)

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)

Email cover letter + applying for an advertised job

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)

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)

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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More information

For more about each of these resume and cover letter samples, visit these pages on Youth Central: