Guide to writing a CV for the South African job market
One of the factors to consider when job hunting is your CV. CV formats vary widely from country to country, if you want your job application to be taken seriously, your CV needs to follow the right layout.
Step 1 – Include a photograph
As a recruitment agency we are often asked if job seekers should include a photograph on their CV. We would highly recommend that you do include a photo on your CV, many employers are of the opinion that a CV with a photo provides a more complete representation of the application and lets them make a connection with the person in a way that’s easier than just scanning words on paper.
Step 2 – Include a Summary on your CV
First include your name on your CV. Remember to include a summary statement. The focus on this section should be to inform the employer in a clear and concise manner what it is you have to offer the company. Use this space to inform the employer of your expertise and skills. Demonstrate what your abilities are and where your main areas of expertise lie. Try to include something that makes you unique from others applying for the same role.
Step 3 – Include personal information
Area of residence (not full address)
Data of birth (not full ID number)
LinkedIn Profile link (Optional)
Other information you can include: if a job requires you to drive you will probably want to assure them you have a valid driver’s license. Web/Graphic designers may want to include a link to their online profiles.
Step 4 – Include Employment History
Include the company Name
Include duration of employment (May 2009 – May 2019)
List your previous jobs in chronological order from the most recent employment first. Be factually correct, highlight your achievements and include your reasons for leaving
Step 5 – Include Education Section
The essential information to include in the education section is your degree(s) and the school attended
Step 6 – Include professional skills
Include professional skills such as your computer literacy include MS office suite as well as an specialised packages such as pastel, Ghost convey etc.
Step 7 – Include References
In your reference section it is essential to include details of persons whom you directly reported to
Contact number (Landline numbers is always preferable)
Wishing you all the success in your job search!
Posted by Kontak Recruitment - www.kontak.co.za. Posted In : Job Hunting