HOW TO WRITE A CV – www.thecandidate.co.za

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MAKE YOUR CV STAND OUT AMONG 1000’S OF OTHERS

Your CV is the first impression the recruitment consultant or employer gets of you.

It is therefore imperative to make it stand out among all the other CV’s they are receiving.

Each CV needs to be tailored towards your own skills, experiences and your job application.

Put the name of the hob you are applying for in the subject line of your Email.

  1. It is very important to make sure that your spelling is correct. Come on you do have a spell check on your computer.
  2.  The layout needs to be neat and to the point.
  3. The more information you can give the better. One or two page CV’s do not do you any justice.
  4. Dates, dates, dates. Please make sure you have dates for each job and qualification.
  5. Don’t use fancy fonts. They can be difficult to read and can result in your CV being put aside. A good font to use is either Arial or Calibri in an 11 or 12 point size.
  6. CV’s MUST be in MS word format. PDF, faxes and scans do not help the recruiter.
  7. The only information you can scan are your qualifications, references and payslip. Make sure that they are clear before sending them.
  8. Personal information is also very important. Make sure the telephone numbers and email addresses are correct.
  9. Your current salary is important, as you would not like to be submitted for a job paying less than you are earning.
  10. Make sure you include at least 2 contactable referees on your CV. Make sure you have given their correct contact details and that they are willing to give a reference for you.
  11. Skills are important – Computer skills are part of the work environment. Make sure you list all programmes you have worked with.
  12. Qualifications and courses are also very important. Please list everything you have done and do not forget to put the date next to each one.
  13. Always put your last job first.
  14. Work experience is very important and should be listed under each job. This is a time when you can brag about everything you have done and learnt. There might be something so small that is required and it can be the make or break in getting you short listed.
  15. Do not write long essays about each job. Bullet point is the most effective presentation.
  16. Make yourself shine on your CV. It is one time you can really take a look at all the achievements you have made I the past. Don’t sell yourself short.
  1. Any extra information, such as reasons for a career change or reasons for gaps in career history are important.
  2. Make yourself shine on your CV. It is one time you can really take a look at all the achievements you have made I the past. Don’t sell yourself short.

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