thanks sasHi there
I work for a executive recruitment consultancy here in Adelaide and some good advice given in posts. I would like to point out a few extras though ...
Adelaide is a very conservative market compared to other states in Oz, so depending on what your skill set is - short punchy CVs do work (if you are a tradie) but if you are white collar, then they like long histories and detail in CVs.
Good to get the advice/help of the CV doctor, but there are also lots of websites you can Ozzie-style your CV from. Or by simply writing a good UK style CV, you are half way there. Don't under estimate your own capabilities when it comes to writing a CV, it is not as hard as you think.
Remember that household names of companies in the UK may not hold any bearing here, so when you list your employers name, you may want to put a sentance or two about them, what they did .... Telstra, who knew what they did before they moved here and Ozzies are the same with UK companies. We might take it for granted that everyone will know who Royal SunAlliance is, but they don't have a clue here - so explain.
Key skills/responsibilities are good and try to outline what you did a bit rather than just putting in bullett points.
As a migrant, it is important to put your visa status on your CV and be prepared to take qualifications, references, passport etc along to interviews - these are all very important and show you are prepared and will put your head and shoulders in front of other applicants. Just because your skill is on the list, does not guarantee you a job here .... you must be positive, be willing to go that extra mile and prove to any employer that you are worth this job.
REMEMBER, GETTING YOUR CV AND COVERING LETTER RIGHT, WILL GET YOUR FOOT IN THE DOOR - but then you have the interview to get through.
thats brilliant advice, but i think i will have to do a u.k style c.v for now i have just found out i am being laid off