More essential CV Tips and advice for job seekers

Last week Monday saw the start of our #jobmailtipoftheday campaign on respective Job Mail social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Linkedin). This week we continued the trend by posting more CV tips and advice for job seekers. We trust that job seekers found this information useful.

Writing CV

Check out the summary of what we posted this week below:

1. Your CV is an introduction to who you are, what you are capable of and why a potential employer / company should employ you –  so you should make your CV personal (but also professional). It’s one of the best ways to make yourself heard, promote yourself as a brand and to communicate what you have to offer potential employers.

2. Applying for a job that you do not qualify for is a waste of  time and money and that you should only apply if you meet ALL the qualification requirements specified, because they are there for a reason. If the job requires that you have a diploma or degree for the job, don’t apply if you only have matric, your CV will be ignored. Remember: Relevant qualifications = Access.

3. Always send a personalized and relevant cover letter. This is your introduction and could be the deciding factor for an employer. A cover letter is not about you, it’s about what you can bring to the table. Remember: A cover letter is all about making a good first impression, so try to make it relevant for each job that you’re applying for, don’t use a generic one for ALL your applications.

4. Remember that the references should ONLY be from someone you have worked for. Your parents or pastor is not a good reference, the manager that you impressed at the previous company you’ve worked for is. Bottom line: Only use work-related people as references. You should also only include references that will make you look good – remember that a CV is all about selling yourself.

5. A skills matrix should be used to depict what skills you have learnt and can contribute to a company, you should mention the skill and the level of competency. Adding your skill set to your CV will be advantageous. Remember that a skills matrix depicts skills that you have learned and that skills are what you CAN do in a specific job. Take note that your native language is not a skill. A great example of skills are computer software programs that you can use.

Well, there you have it, a summary of this week’s #jobmailtipoftheday updates. If you’ve found this information useful, feel free to share this article with your friends on your social networks.

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Watch this space for more updates for job seekers and more useful tips on the Job Mail Blog.

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5 Responses

  1. I really appriate your advice, thank you,stay on giving us latest tips,i really enjoy this.

  2. Thandoz says:

    Thanks once more for the tips, will keep them in mind.

  3. Richardt says:

    Hi, some nice tips and advice thank you. Only thing that I don’t agree with is point 2. My younger brother got a very good position without the qualification required in the advert, because of relevant experience and self presentation. To emphasize my point, my dad used to say “Always apply, even if you do not match the requirements, you might be the best candidate of the bunch that applies”. I’ll rather send my CV and not get looked at, than not sending and so loose a chance to get the job.

  4. Gee says:

    Yes Richardt apply regardless, I recently got called in for an interview I clearly didn’t qualify for as long as there’s something about you that makes you a potential candidate! Go for it! All the best guys

  5. Jonathan says:

    Thank you for these tips Heno.
    Can you advise me on the following:
    I am over 65. Am a graduate who has worked in commerce and industry and has also taught.
    I still need to work but feel that my age is a problem when applying for a job.
    I think employers feel that you “die” after 65 and will be no use to them.
    What about the many years of experience that one can bring to a job?? etc.
    So, briefly, how does an “elderly” man get a job??

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