Take the time to make sure your pol­ished CV can sell you

Daily Dispatch - - Dispatch Careers - ZISANDA NKONKOBE zisan­[email protected]­patch.co.za

It is the key to their fu­tures, yet so many job seek­ers con­tinue to get it wrong. East Lon­don-based life coach Robert Brain said a CV was not just a doc­u­ment that told a per­son what skills you possed. It is your brand.

Ac­cord­ing to Brain, a CV is aimed to at­tract a com­pany to you, so can­di­dates should use it as a tool to sell them­selves and their skills to the best of their abil­i­ties.

He said, on av­er­age, a CV at­tracted some­one’s at­ten­tion for not more than two min­utes, mean­ing it had to be con­cise, ac­cu­rate and straight­for­ward. To en­sure this, Brain gave some tips on how to draft an eye-catch­ing CV.

These in­clude:

● Your name, con­tact de­tails and en­tire school­ing his­tory must be in­cluded;

● A cov­er­ing let­ter is a must;

● Keep it short – while its im­por­tant to in­clude all past work ex­pe­ri­ence, can­di­dates should sum­marise past ex­pe­ri­ence and only ex­pand on more re­cent work;

● There should be no gaps or big time lapses in the CV – be clear about what hap­pened or what you were do­ing;

● Be­cause of qual­i­fi­ca­tion fraud, it could be help­ful to in­clude one’s iden­tity num­ber so the em­ployer can per­form back­ground checks where nec­es­sary;

● Keep it pro­fes­sional – no bor­ders or an­i­mated pic­tures should ap­pear any­where on the doc­u­ment;

● A head-and-shoul­ders pic­ture makes the per­fect CV ac­com­pa­ni­ment; and

● While not nec­es­sary, can­di­dates can in­clude just a line de­tail­ing what their in­ter­ests are.

“There’s more to draft­ing a CV than can­di­dates think. It’s al­most like a trick ques­tion em­ploy­ers use to test the can­di­date’s abil­ity to sum­marise and to be con­cise. Make it de­tailed, but re­mem­ber to keep it short. It should not be longer than two pages, three at the most,” Brain said.

“Your CV should also be adapted for ev­ery sin­gle job ap­pli­ca­tion – not to change the facts but to fo­cus it. Also, print a fresh CV ev­ery time you ap­ply for a new job. Do not pho­to­copy it. This is a pro­fes­sional doc­u­ment and it needs to be clean and crisp.

“Re­mem­ber, a CV is your brand. Use it to sell your­self.”

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