REFRESH YOUR CV FOR 2015 – www.thecandidate.co.za

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Prepare your CV for sending
When an interesting job pops up, you should have a ready-to-send CV to ensure you don’t waste any valuable time. Research the company and align your achievements and qualities to what the employer is looking for. Include jargon and keywords to help sell yourself as the best candidate.

CV Layout

The layout of your CV is very important. It makes it easy for the recruiter to read and find the information they are looking for.

1. List your personal information
2. List your education and qualifications. Remember to put the dates in next to the qualification.
3. List the jobs you have had. Starting with your present job first and your first job last.
a) The name of the company
b) Your position in the company
c) Your duties – it is very important to list ALL the duties you have/had.
d) Reason/s for leaving
e) Contactable references.

Make sure you save it in various formats
Keep in mind that potential recruiters and employers might not view your CV on a PC – some might look at it on their mobile devices as well. Ensure your CV can be easily read on any device and always have a text-based version ready.

Clean up your social presence

Potential employers and recruiters will look at various social media channels to gain an understanding of who you are. Do your best to include details about your job and your achievements in your profile. Also improve your reputation by taking part in online group discussions regarding the industry or recent trends. If you have a blog, spend time making it impressive. Create presentations and reviews about the latest trends or products that affecting your industry or compile case studies about a topic of particular interest.

Stick to the job title

If you’ve worked in different industries you’ve probably gained experience in various areas. When applying for a job, make sure you customise your CV accordingly. For example, if you’re applying for a position in sales, find the qualities and examples of strong sales experience in your previous jobs that would strengthen your chances of getting the job at hand. Delete any information that is not relevant and remember to keep it short, detailed and always include supporting evidence.

Prove you’re the best

Highlight your top achievements for each job or consider placing a “career highlights” section in your CV. The employer must see what you could bring to the team and why you’re the best choice.

Craft and improve your cover letter

Cover letters are very important to help sell you as the best candidate for the job. Your cover letter is also a great place to put important information that you wouldn’t include in your CV.

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