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
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
residence (not full address)
birth (not full ID number)
Profile link (Optional)
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
duration of employment (May 2009 – May 2019)
previous jobs in chronological order from the most recent employment first. Be
factually correct, highlight your achievements and include your reasons for
Step 5 – Include
The essential information to include in the education
section is your degree(s) and the school attended
Step 6 – Include
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
In your reference section it is essential to include details
of persons whom you directly reported to
number (Landline numbers is always preferable)
all the success in your job search!
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