Here are some tips to ease your mind and put you on the right track!
5 CV WRITING TIPS
- Always include a good quality face picture of yourself. We now live in a visual age. Employers handle bunches of Cvs daily; one with an image is most likely to stand out. Remember to smile!
- Avoid mentioning salary expectancy on the Cv. Industries and job specs differ, so leave that to the negotiations after the interview. If asked use ranges instead of one figure, a compromise between what you don’t want and what you want.
- Accompany your Cv with a good cover letter. This is where you sell yourself by highlighting all your skills and how you can add value to the organisation.
- Avoid using fancy fonts, styles and colours on your Cv. It must be formal, presentable and professionally done. Stick to a length of not more than 2 -3 pages. Save it as Pdf to maintain its original format when sent via email.
- Include contact details, employment history, work experience and educational qualifications. Always check for spelling and grammar mistakes before sending.
WHERE TO APPLY?
A: Apply for advertised vacancies through;
- Web portals such as Pnet and Career Junction
- Newspaper classifieds
- Social media networking
- Employment agencies
B: Apply even if there is no advertised vacancies through;
- Emailing H.R. departments directly
- Personally dropping off your Cv at nearby companies. Ask them to keep your Cv on file in case a vacancy may arise soon.
LOOK AFTER YOURSELF
- Don’t take rejection personally. Remember mindset is a choice; choose to be positive and to have faith. A negative mindset will only draw you back. Resilience pays off, as well as hard work and perseverance. Think outside the box, what else can you do? How else can you do it? What other opportunities are there?
- Avoid sitting around at home; keep yourself busy while figuring out your next move. The environment is constantly evolving, be aware of new trends and analyse gaps in the market. Use your natural talents to complement your qualifications, e.g your ability to act, sing, dance, write, speak or cook etc. Also consider entry level jobs such as tutoring, driving, waitering, nanny, shop assistant etc. Don’t be ashamed to start at the bottom and work your way up.
- Build a strong support network, hang around people with a similar vision, like-minded people to motivate and inspire you. Speak to people who are already working, find out what channels of job search they used. It also helps to have family members who are patient, supportive and kind to hold you up throughout the difficult period.