When In The Middle Of Jobs Search, You Surely Want To Know The Dos And Don’ts Of Writing A Cv
You are busy doing jobs search, but you do know that eventually you will apply to a few and wait to be called by human resources managers. After selecting job advertisements of your pleasing on JobsTown.co.za, you will send a CV to each potential employer, maybe even with a cover letter for CV. But what should you and what shouldn’t you do when making your CV?
- Make your resume visually appealing and easy to read. Leave white space between different items so that they are easily separated from one another by the eye, use a font above 11 – not too big, not too small – and include a picture of yourself that depicts those characteristics of yours that are appropriate for the job – seriousness and creativity are differently conveyed. Make use of formatting tools such as bullets and italics to make the structure of the CV easy to follow.
- Follow the common CV structure no matter at what you aim in your jobs search – the structure remains the same for any job, it is the filled in information that you should select and detail differently, depending on what job you apply for. There are several CV forms and templates to be found online.
- Be very careful with your spelling and syntax. Your friends may understand that you are in a hurry when you misspell a word in an SMS, but in a CV this can be taken as carelessness, at best.
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- Don’t try to do everything by yourself at first. Ask more experienced fellows or teachers: “Is this a relevant skill to mention for this job? If you read this sentence, does it make sense to you? Have I not noticed spelling errors?” If they have more experience with jobs search, they’ll know what sounds right and what doesn’t.
- Don’t worry too much about the number of pages. It is usually recommended to have just two or two and a half, but if you have several relevant job positions, classes, volunteer work and skills to enumerate and to develop upon, then leave them in. If they are not relevant for the position you hope for though, better leave them out.
- Don’t include data on the following: ethnicity, age, political preferences, religious orientation, marital status, sexual orientation, height and weight. These lines are included in some CV structures, but they encourage discrimination. They can be skipped and it is better to skip them, actually.
When going on a jobs search, you must get properly armed with a well written CV, a relevant cover letter and the confidence necessary while going through the interview.