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Whether you are applying for a CEED project, vacation work or your first full-time graduate position – aim to make a great first impression. This means compiling a comprehensive, well-formatted resume (3-4 pages is fine) that gives the reader the information they need in an easy-to-read layout. It sounds basic, but remember to create your resume in MS Word (or convert your resume to a .pdf file), so that anyone can open/read it.

Trinh Huynh, CEED project at Australia Post, 2003Tip:  Initially, CEED clients/companies can only judge your suitability for their what you put in your resume. Therefore, to maximise your chances of being selected for an interview (and project), ensure that your resume gives the company a good impression of you, your skills and experience, and why you are suited to/interested in their project.  CEED clients/companies review all of the applicants’ resumes, then they choose which student/s they would like to interview.  Need help with developing/improving your resume?  Email Deidre at CEED ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Application letters are optional for CEED projects, but essential for any job applications - and the links below will help you create an effective application letter to send with your resume.  

If you choose to develop an application letter for a CEED project/s, please email the letter/s to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. advising which project the application letter/s relates to (name each document something like ‘xyz company.applicltr.your name.doc’).  We will then forward your application letter, along with your resume, to the relevant company/ies.  The reason that we suggest this process for providing an application letter (i.e. emailing the letter to us instead of including it with your resume on the CEED website) is that students often apply for multiple projects that ask for different criteria/requirements.  So, this process ensures that you provide an application letter that is relevant and tailored for each project ... and CEED ensures that the letters are sent to the right companies.  

Below you’ll find some information on how to stand out from the 'crowd' when putting together your resume and (if you wish) an application letter. This is the starting point for getting a CEED project or great job to start your career.

Note that CEED is very experienced with helping develop/improve resumes and preparing for interviews. Email Deidre ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) if you'd like her to help you. 

Web Links - Resume (and graduate career) help:

QUT - Employment Preparation

Queensland University of Technology (Careers and Employment) run weekly workshops for current QUT students and recent QUT graduates on career planning, written applications, interview skills and job search strategies. 

UQ - Student Services

Information for University of Queensland students and recent graduates about resources available from UQ's Student Services Centre (St. Lucia campus). Follow the links for job seeking strategies, resume/application writing, etc. 

USQ - Careers and Employment

The University of Southern Queensland's online resource centre, to help students with career planning and advice. 

Career FAQs

Useful templates/samples for student resume and application cover letter.

SEEK – Career Resources

Online resume advice. They also have advice regarding current salary rates in Australia - useful when you're looking for a graduate role.  Plus of course, they have a large online jobs board.


Lots of good advice, plus listings of internships, vacation work, and graduate programs being advertised by companies around Australia and NZ.