By Marli Naidoo
First impressions are important. When you apply for a job your first contact is usually through your CV. Before employers meet you or even talk to you on the telephone, they will scrutinise your CV and judge you on that. The importance of a professional and impressive CV therefore cannot be overemphasised.
If you feel completely lost when you want to draw up your CV, you can get help from outside and use organisations who make a living from drawing up effective CVs.
However, should you decide to design and draw it up yourself, there are various ways to make your CV work for you.
Be clear and structured. Choose an attractive layout and use clear paragraphs and titles. It must be easy to read.
Steer clear of a rainbow of colour, decorations and strange writing. Your CV is a professional document and this is the message that has to be conveyed.
Be concise. Potential employers are not interested in the story of your life. Keep to one or two pages and give only relevant information.
Put your contact information at the top of the first page so that the employer does not have to search for it.
Experience is more important than training and must therefore be listed first. If you have no previous experience, mention your training first.
Remove all superfluous text. In a well-compiled CV it is unnecessary to type “name” before your name and “address” before your address.
List your experience in chronological order with the most recent first. Also try to adapt your CV to each job for which you apply.
Personalise your CV and make sure that your personality stands out. When you list your strong points, it would be good to not only say the usual “I am a good team worker” but to use your areas of success to demonstrate good properties. Mention that you led a team of volunteers successfully, which shows good leadership, or that you exceeded a target, and by how much. Say how your communication skills helped you to advance at a previous workplace.
Make very sure that you make no grammatical or spelling mistakes. Let a few friends go through your CV to make one hundred percent sure that there wasn’t a slip somewhere.
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