The Workplace-Readiness Skills Workshop that I mentioned in earlier posts included a section on CVs. In this article I share the importance of a CV in relation to the recruitment process, the particulars of a CV and guidelines on how to write it, as communicated at the workshop by the HR consultant Mr Thando Melane. I also include information regarding elements of a CV, obtained from the Office of Student Development at the University of the Western Cape.
P.S: The article is focused more on the application of a job.
The recruitment process
- Application (i.e submitting CV and other application documents)
- Offer e.g Job offer
- A CV is a factual document (i.e contains facts)
- It demonstrates to recruiters how we meet their criteria
- Our aim is to be remembered as an individual with appropriate skills, qualifications and potential.
The most basic elements of a CV include the following:
- Personal Information
- This includes: name, surname, address, phone number and cell number, fax number, email address and an indication of having a driver's license
- Personal statement
- This is a section where we get to express our character and qualities. Our uniqueness is revealed here.
- Career objectives
- This is a section in which we express where we see ourselves: what we see ourselves as in future, the aspirations we have and how we see ourselves carrying them out, etc.
- This includes:
- highest qualification, e.g a degree
- additional information about the highest qualification:
- the name of the course completed
- the modules
- the year in which it was obtained
- the institution from which degree was obtained, etc.
- If relevant for the application, details about the second highest qualification may be included. This may be:
- a first degree or Matric certificate
- details for the Matric qualification can include:
- the subjects that were done in Matric
- the year in which the certificate was obtained
- awards/ certificates/ achievements obtained etc.
- Organizational/work experience
- This includes part-time work, voluntary work and/ or internships
- Details to include may consist of:
- name of the organization
- period for which we worked at the organization
- position held, e.g Secretary
- This section relates to workshops/programs attended
- Details to include may consist of:
- name of workshop/program
- period in which the program was held, e.g 20 March 2015 - Present
- skills learnt
- Community involvement
- This section includes community involvement/ projects we may have engaged in, e.g voluntary tutoring at a high school
- Details to be included can be:
- the name of project / involvement
- the activities that were carried out
- Other skills
- These may include computer literacy, writing skills - whatever skills we have that may be relevant for our application
- Awards & Grants
- This includes any awards or grants received in our career/studies
- This includes three to five people who would testify about our character and abilities. Permission must have been obtained from the referees before including them.
- Details of references may include:
- their relation to us, e.g Employer: Management director of ABC Ltd
- their contact details, i.e telephone number and email address
- Tailor your CV to the job and organization that you are applying for
- Ensure that the skills included on the CV match the recruiter's selection criteria as closely as possible
- Highlight any relevant experiences by including them as early as possible on your CV
- Make the CV easy to read, using an attractive but professional layout and format
- Check for grammar, spelling and punctuation
- Your CV must be 1 / 2 full pages long. Academic CVs can be longer.
- Summarize experiences and achievements, by using bullet points and active verbs.
- It makes one memorable through the recruiter's eye.
- This demonstrates how one uses their time productively in university (or high school), rather than mainly focusing on school-based achievements.
Please feel free to provide any more guidelines/ tips on writing a CV. You can share your experiences of altering your CV because of some mistakes that may have been discovered in the past on the comments section below.
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