Write a showstopper CV

Write a showstopper CV

Your CV is the first contact you will make with your potential employer. Make sure your CV is a showstopper and not a disaster! Here are some tips from our recruitment specialist Anika on how to avoid common CV writing mistakes:

  1. Be honest on your CV; the truth will always surface.  Do not omit information and do not add information that doesn’t pertain to you.
  2. Employers and recruiters prefer dealing with issues or problems upfront, rather than getting a “surprise” at the end of the process. Omitting things like dismissal and criminal records will only negatively paint your entire application.
  3. Avoid sending your CV with a photograph unless specifically asked for it.  If you feel the need to have your photo on your CV, it needs to be in formal attire with a frontal view.  Make sure it is low res.
  4. Take out all unnecessary personal details, like hobbies, your spouse’s name, religion and telephone numbers of relatives.  
  5. Do not merely list transferable skills like team player or self-starter. Instead, list your achievement and show examples of your successes.
  6. Use an easy to read and neat format.  Make sure that your format is consistent throughout your CV.
  7. Make your CV short and impactful. Employers are specifically interested in your most recent experience and how it would relate to their vacancy.  If you are an entry-level candidate, focus on highlights of your education and internships.

If you need any help, feel free to contact us today! Email Anika at anika@alpha7.co.za