Remember that your C.V. is a reflection of you. You are selling yourself to a business or recruitment agency and your goal is to secure an interview. See the guidelines below to help you achieve this.
Write a brief letter relating to the job that you are applying to and briefly motivate why you think you are suited to the position.
- It must be professional looking – so avoid using graphics, art clips and borders with frills.
- Have clear headings separating the sections of your C.V. You could have bold headings or a shaded box across the page to highlight your headings.
- Stick to plain colours like black or grey.
- A photo of yourself is not essential, but if you choose to include a picture of yourself it should be from the shoulder up and you should look neat and professional. Avoid low cut tops, T-shirts and distracting backgrounds. No wedding photos, party photos, etc.
- The content must be accurate, to the point and up to date.
- Spelling mistakes are Bad News!
- Use bullet points for easy reading.
- All dates should be accurate with no time gaps
Include the following headings in your C.V.
- Include the following under Personal Particulars
- Full name
- Telephone number (landline and mobile)
- E-mail address
- ID Number
- Home language and other languages
- Drivers license
- Own transport
- Name of School
- Highest Standard
- Year completed
- Name of Institution
- Dates started and completed
- Major subjects
- Other subjects
Short Courses and Certificates
- Name of Institution
- Name of course or certification
- Name of membership
- Start with the most recent and work backwards.
- Preferably state your entire career or a minimum of ten years of your career should be reflected.
- Name of Employer and type of business.
- Start and end dates of employment – include month and year.
- List duties – using bullet points.
- Reason for leaving
- Don’t leave gaps. If you worked on a temporary basis, travelled or were unemployed, then you should include this.
- Ensure that contact details for references are current and list employer’s name, name and position of immediate superior and contact number.
- Dress professionally. Ask us if in doubt.
- Be punctual – ensure that you have the directions in advance and allow for traffic. Take the consultants phone number with you in case there are any problems getting to the interview.
- Prepare for the interview. Try and anticipate what questions would be asked based on the relevance of your experience to the job and prepare answers, which must be honest and sincere.
- Do some research on the company.
- Know the interviewer’s name and introduce yourself in a warm and friendly manner.
- Answer questions concisely, giving a positive account of yourself, whilst being sincere.
- Ask relevant questions that will help you assess whether this is the right job for you.
- Switch your cellphone off.
- Don’t smoke just before your interview.
- Don’t spray deodorant or perfume on just before the interview.
- Don’t chew gum.
- Don’t criticize your previous employers.
- Don’t bring up salary – wait for the interviewer to raise it.
Communication with Consultant
- Always be open and honest with your recruitment consultant.
- If you have any concerns or fears, then please share them with your consultant.
- If for any reason you cannot make an interview, let your consultant know immediately.
- Give your consultant feedback after your interview.
- Ensure that you update your C.V. regularly on our database.