count, and the first impression that your future employer gains
of you comes from your letter of application and CV. How do you
want to appear to the employer? It's worth taking the trouble to
present this preview of yourself as attractively as possible.
Tips for a Successful CV:
Regardless of the style of the CV you
choose or the format you decide upon, there are five primary sections
that make up a successful CV, which include:
Personal Details (name, address, date of birth etc..)
4) Hobbies & Interests
Shorter the CV, the better, preferably one or two pages.
Your CV should answer
the question 'Why should I employ you?'.
Include any accomplishments,
credentials or qualifications that are unique or that make you stand
out from other candidates.
Positive thinking produces
positive results. If you think that you are too old, too shy, too
under-qualified - you are. Overcome weaknesses with offsetting strengths.
Your CV should be a positive
document and it must tell the truth. Don't lie but avoid mentioning
anything that could be taken negatively.
Your CV must not have
any spelling, grammar or punctuation mistakes and should be well
set out and organised.
For maximum effectiveness
produce your CV on a computer - it will look more professional and
it is easier to update or adjust your CV to specifically meet the
job requirements of each Company in which you seek employment.
You must include a cover letter when sending your CV.
A cover letter should
communicate your skills, abilities and qualifications to prospective
Remember to state which
position you are applying for.
You should preferably
word process the letter, if not make sure you have neat handwriting.
It should be brief, interesting
Your letter should emphasise
what you can do for the prospective employer, not what you expect
or are looking for.
Don't rehash what you
say in your CV.
Write to inform, not to
impress as the more you inform, the more you will impress!
you don't get a second chance to make a first impression