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CV Tips

Your curriculum vitae (CV) is very important as it is a reflection of you as an individual and is the first impression that a potential employer will have of you. Your CV must contain all important information about yourself, such as qualifications, special awards, personal and academical achievements as well as detailed work history.

Below are a few tips to help you create a professional CV.

  1. Write a brief, statement of your most relevant skills, qualifications and achievements at the beginning of your CV.
  • The Key sections that must be included on a CV are:

    Personal details (full name, identity number, level of computer literacy, your availability date, annual cost to company salary details excluding incentive bonus, shares etc ).

    Contact information (mobile number, email and residential address).

    Academic record (the degree you studied at university and what subjects you majored in, as well as your final subjects at high school).

    Notable achievements (distinctions achieved in matric, finishing cum laude at university, captaining a sports team, and awards given at school or university).

    Prior work experience (company name, period of employment, designation and duties, and reason for leaving).

    References (preferably from someone who can vouch for your skills and experience, this must include telephone number and email addresses).

  • Thoroughly check your CV for errors and ensure that what you have written makes sense. After you have proofread your CV, ask a friend or colleague to review it for you.
  • Remember that your social profile acts as an online, living extension of your CV and is available for everyone to see. Keep this in mind when engaging in social media because it can impact on your chances of getting that next interview.