So you have decided its time to make that move, its time to start looking for a new career.
You get out your CV and its a shock to the system. You have not updated your CV for the last 5 years – where do you start, what do you add, how do you add and where.
The first step is to put down your personal details…We don’t need to know your religion or what your children’s names and ages are.
Stick to your general basic info and please add a contact number that works….
Name, Surname, ID, Drivers licence, location and languages are the more important ones
Your education – High School and Tertiary comes next.
Please don’t add all the subjects you had during your 4/5… years of studies and what grade you got for all of them.
Stick to you degree/diploma or certificate, the year you got it and with what institution.
Then your current workplace, time you started there, your title and your responsibilities. Start with the most recent and work your way back wards.
You will need to try and target your CV to one particular area/role/industry and change it accordingly. Think back to your last roles and highlight areas that you were involved in that is related to the position that you are applying for now. Try to fine tune your CV directed at the position you want – this might be that you need to have 2 or 3 different versions of your CV at hand.
Employers and recruitment agents are always on the look out to see your responsibilities relative to the role available, the dates you worked there as well as the reasons why you left – whether you where retrenched or it was a contract. Also make sure that there are no gaps between the different jobs based on timeline.
Try to add more content, have at least half a page explaining your responsibilities, don’t shy away from explaining well. You don’t need to keep this short or abbreviate anything – content is king – but try and keep it bullet points for easy reading.
In short, try to highlight your experience to match the job that you’re applying to. Don’t just blanket your CV across a number of positions and spray and pray for the best, no one will even look at your CV twice.
Please do a spelling and grammar test before sending it – It can be quite embarrassing if you apply for PA position but you cant even spell.
Last but not least – its not that typical in South Africa to add a photo as it is in Europe – but please, if you do decide to add one, don’t show us your cleavage or where you and your dog are running on the beach.
Keep it professional. Where a collared shirt, stand or sit up straight and don’t show to much skin ( Contrary to popular believe )