Your CV should be a coherent synopsis of your personal background, academic qualifications / achievement and work experience.
The Rules of CV Writing
Compile a basic CV which you are able to update as necessary in order to include additional qualifications or new positions.
It is very important to adjust your CV, highlighting the relevant experience requir…ed by the specific position you are applying for.
Your CV should “sell” you to a specific company and should be to the point and easy to understand.
Do not be hesitant to list your achievements and positive attributes in order to attract the reader’s attention, but be truthful and avoid exaggerating.
Your CV should leave a professional impression and should therefore be typed and formatted correctly, with no spelling or grammatical errors.
Inform previous employers that you will list their details on your CV and confirm that they are willing to provide references. Include the reference details, paying particular attention to the correct names and contact numbers. Exclude family, friends or co-workers who were employed on the same level as you. The relevant references to include is that of your previous manager or the person you reported directly to. Provide the name, company, designation and contact details of at least 3 references on your CV.
If you are a recent matriculant / graduate and you have not gained any formal working experience, include the details of a person that knows you, example: your school principal, teacher/lecturer or pastor.
Always include copies of your matric certificate / tertiary qualifications and statement of results.
Your CV should always contain the following information:
Contact Telephone Numbers (as many as possible!)
Date of birth:
List your education background, by starting with the most recent qualification you completed. Remember to include all qualifications and attach certificates thereof to your CV.
Last school attended
Highest grade passed
Degree / Diploma
Duration of studies
Prospective employers will decide, based on this section of your CV, if you are suitably experienced for their vacancy. Include details of positions held during the last 10 years and start with your current / most recent position. It is very important to include as much detail as possible regarding your duties in each position.
Company Name (Employer)
Start date and end date of employment
Your reason for leaving
Include a section on your CV where you provide particulars of skills obtained during your career i.e. client liaison, specific computer packages, managerial skills etc.