CV & job application tips

Your CV and interview are the times when an employer decides whether he or she wants to continue with your application. Of course, the contents determine the next phase, but the first impression you give is just as important. We have collected some tips for you. Good preparation is key!

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    1. Always distinguish the 3 main categories:
      • Personal details
      • Working experience and position (stating commencement and final dates)
      • Education (and training)

      If this is your first CV, then begin with every relevant working experience. Paid or not paid.
      Draft your CV chronologically, beginning with current/most recent employment and ending with your first employment.

    2. Supplement your CV with information that may be relevant to the position
      • Personal areas of interest and additional information, such as secondary activities
      • Hobbies should only be mentioned if meant to indicate something about you as a person
      • Knowledge of languages. Also specify your spoken and/or written skills in those languages
    3. Tips for a clear and well laid out CV
      • Normal font
      • Not more than 2 pages
      • Check for typing and spelling errors
      • Use a normal e-mail address
      • Enclose a recent passport picture, not a holiday snapshot or outdated photograph
    4. Be honest and use positive, persuasive language
    5. What not to specify in your CV:
      • Working experience dating back 15 years or more
      • Salary.
      • Unsuccessful examinations
      • References who have not been informed in advance
      • The reason for ending your employment
    6. Make sure that your thoroughly check your CV before submitting it. Is your CV up to date? Is all information still correct? Be 100% honest in the information you provide in your CV
    7. Let someone else check your CV for you. Stick to how it should be done, but also ask someone else to point out anything out of the ordinary in your CV
    8. Write the words Curriculum Vitae in full above your CV
    9. Keep it simple. A CV is an overview of your education, professional experience and your personal areas of interest. Emphasise your strong points
    10. After compiling your CV, leave it for a day and then critically read it again. Make improvements if necessary and submit it accompanied by a short letter

Good luck

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