CV Formats and Examples

There are three different CV formats suited for different job situations.

A Chronological CV

A Funtional CV

A Combination of a Functional and Chronological CV

  • It is written with your most recent job listed first
  • Its strengths lies in listing your educational and relevant work experience
  • It’s a traditional format but drawbacks include showing gaps in employment
  • It highlights your transferable skills and therefore your marketability
  • It is ideal for people who have had ‘gaps’ or breaks in their employment history
  • It is also a useful format if you are making a career change
  • It is more difficult to write as it takes time and thought compiling your skill sets
  • It has the structure of a chronological format, but includes a relevant skills section
  • It emphasises your marketability

How do I decide which type of CV is best for me?

The answer may depend on the job description, but there is a definite trend towards functional/chronological CVs
To help you decide - think about these questions


CV Examples

CV Example - Administration

CV Example - Health Professional

CV Example - Hairstylist

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Susan has 8 year’s work experience in the Hospitality Industry and in Retail Sales. She has undertaken study initially in the food preparation having first considered a career in hospitality but subsequently decided her interests lay in administration and staff management.

Lauren has extensive work history as a health professional working in the health sector in a variety of roles. She is now applying for a coordinator position that reflects her skills and experience


Amanda is a mature student who has decided to fulfil an ambition to become a Hairstylist. She has moved from pharmacy retail work into a hair salon to gain initially experience and then undertaken training to reach her goal of becoming a trained Hair Stylist.

CV Example - Construction

CV Example - Cookery

CV Example - Electrical


John is a young carpentry student who is seeking an apprenticeship in the construction industry.

Jessie is a mature student with a wide range of work experience who has decided to move into the culinary industry. She is seeking part-time work as a chef while she continues her studies to gain some experience.

Bill has just finished his Level 3 Electrical Engineering certificate and is nowlooking for part-time work while he work towards attaining level 4.

CV Example - Plumber

CV Example - Carpentry

CV Example - Food and Beverage

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James is a plumbing and gasfitting student who currently studying towards his Level 3 certificate. He is seeking an apprenticeship which will help him towards his goal of becoming a qualified tradesman.

Jonathon is a young man who has completed a pre-apprenticeship carpentry programme. Prior to undertaking his training he had worked in the building industry initially in retail sales and then working as assistant carpenter cutting and assembling wooden frames and roof trusses for houses.

Daniel is studying towards Level 3 & 4 certificates in Food & Beverage. Daniel needs to secure part-time employment so he can continue his studies and ideally would like to gain experience in the hospitality industry.

CV Example 1 - Primary Teacher

CV Example 2 - Primary Teacher

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Helen has recently completed the bachelor of primary teaching and has also completed two primary school placements. She is looking for a career in Primary teaching

Mason has recently completed the bachelor of primary teaching. He is looking for a career in Primary teaching teaching middle school students



Paragraph 1
This paragraph must contain information on why you are writing. It must be clear and to the point, and should include:

  • Which job you are applying for
  • Where and when you saw the job advertised

I wish to apply for the position of Marketing Assistant as advertised in the TradeMe website on 20th October 20xx.......

 Alternatively you could try a more energetic and enthusiastic approach
The above position really appeals to me because
           I am extremely interested in finding out my about the position of…
           My previous experience and qualifications would be ideally suited for…. 
           The above position (named in heading) is just what I have been looking for… 

Paragraph 2

The detail in this paragraph must be about you. It should include:

  • Why you want this particular job. The challenges, the people, the products and services
  • Further details of your skills, qualifications and experience relevant to this position-often this will include some personal observations or reflections on how you work and why you enjoy working in this area.
  • What you have to offer the organisation.


During my two years of study towards my Diploma in Marketing I worked part time in a Marketing Co-ordinator position for a locally based nationwide wholesaler and importer of sporting goods. The position gave me the opportunity to develop promotional material for retailers and the print media. I found I enjoyed developing promotional material and working as part of a team. The work was stimulating and challenging and rewarding particularly when products sold well and retailers commented on the quality of the advertising material.

Paragraph 3

Your concluding paragraph will be optimistic, forward-looking and positive:

  • Tell them that you look forward to meeting them and discussing the position
  • State your availability for an interview
  • Thank them for their time


Please find enclosed my curriculum vitae, I would welcome an opportunity to meet and discuss my application with you in detail. I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely


Covering Application letter Layout Example

51a Kokako Road                                                    (Your address)


(4 Lines)

20 September 20xx                                                ( Date )

(4 lines)


The Personnel Manager                                         (Company details)
Name of person
Company XYZ  Ltd NZ
Private Bag

(4 Lines)

Dear Mr/Mrs/Ms                                                      (Name)

(2 Lines)

Paragraph 1

(2 Lines)

Paragraph 2

(2 Lines)

Paragraph 3

(2 Lines)

Yours sincerely                                                    (If you know the addressee’s                                         
Name; you sign “sincerely”.
(4 lines)                                                                  If to the Personnel Manager
sign it; “faithfully”) Sally Green

Susan has 8 years work experience in the Hospitality Industry and in Retail Sales. She has undertaken study initially in the food preparation having first considered a career in hospitality but subsequently decided her interests lay in administration and staff management.

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