In today’s job market, job seekers often face stiff competition. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. By following simple rules and guidelines, you can make sure you stand out from the crowd.
TOP 10 CV Survival Techniques
Your online CV is your passport to a better career. It’s also your chance to make a good and lasting first impression on recruiters and employers.
- Keep it short – 2 A4 pages or less
- List your education history
- Clearly list your work experience
- List your duties and responsibilities
- Be consistent with your format
- Use positive terms and good English
- Spell check your CV before using it
- Edit your CV for each job application
- Ensure your contact details are correct
- Keep your online CV up-to-date
Did you know that if you are willing to relocate recruiters and employers will consider you for a position if your CV blows them away and you’re willing to work in another city or province? Make sure you tell them on our CV. Recruiters spend less than 1 minute scanning your CV. In that time, you need to WOW them. Focus on these 3 areas:
This forms the first part of your CV and therefore the first thing a recruiter will see. Get the basics 100% correct. Any mistakes, like missing a digit in your mobile number, is a big no-no. List the following
- First name & surname
- Main contact details
- Email address
- Location (where you live)
- ID Number or birth date
- EE/AA Status
- Drivers license details
Some job sites allow you to include a photo of yourself + links to your social media accounts. If you are not 100% comfortable with it, then do not put it on your online cv. No one is allowed to force you to give them access to your social media profiles.
This forms a very important part of your CV. If it’s not included your CV might be binned. Even if you do not have a tertiary qualification, you are still required to complete this field. Start by listing recent qualifications:
- Title of qualification
- Where you studied
- Date of completion
- Skills & final grades
If you are currently studying, include it. Just make sure that you mention the completion date. If you don’t a tertiary qualification, now what? A lot of people are unable to further their studies after completing high school. But there are other ways to further your education by taking a free course or taking up learnerships.
Your work experience will have a big influence on whether you make it to the next stage or not, depending on the type of job you are applying for. Start off by listing your most recent work experience:
- Your full job title
- Your current and previous employers
- Your start-and-end dates
- Your salary/cost-to-company
- A brief summary of your duties
- Achievements (if any)
- Your notice period
- Reason for leaving
Little or no work experience? Bulk up your CV by providing more details about your studies. Highlight the skills you’ve learnt and explain how they can be incorporated into the new job. Ever volunteered or freelanced? Add it to your work experience.