Your CV is the first thing that the employer or recruiter see. So it is your first impression before your first impression. So learn to master the art of creating a standout CV so that your looks more convincing than the rest.
Here are 10 things you must consider when drafting your CV
1. Be clear and structured
There is no way recruiters are going to read all the CVs in detail. They begin by ‘scanning’ the CVs received by reading them diagonally. Only those that catch their attention upon first reading will be examined more closely. Choose an attractive layout by structuring your ideas. For this purpose, use paragraphs and clear titles.
2. Avoid embellishments
A CV is a professional document. Don’t try to make it stand out by using an eccentric font or colours. Keep it simple, clear and to the point.
3. Be concise
Your CV isn’t a novel. Avoid telling the story of your life. Make sure the document doesn’t exceed 1 to 2 pages of A4. Indicate a few relevant elements regarding your professional experience (tasks, responsibilities, etc.) and possibly your education (courses, title of your dissertation, etc.).
4. Make sure you can be easily contacted
If the recruiter wants to contact you, they must be able to find your personal information at first glance. Put it at the top of the first page. Think of putting your age rather than your date of birth to make things easier for the person reading your CV.
5. Remove all unnecessary information
Avoid putting ‘curriculum vitae’ at the top of the document. Similarly, don’t put ‘name’ in front of your name, ‘address’ in front of your address, etc. If your CV is clear and well structured, there will be no room for uncertainty.
6. Put the emphasis on your experience
Your experience is what interests the recruiter above all. It is more important than your training and must therefore be mentioned first. Make sure it is relevant to the job for which you are applying. No professional experience yet? Then emphasise any placements and student jobs. If you really don’t have any relevant experience, begin with your education.
7. Only mention relevant training
Of course you have to mention your basic education and your specialisations relevant to the job, but make it brief. If you have a degree, the recruiter won’t be interested in your primary and secondary school studies, for instance. Have you done any training during your career that you think is pertinent to the job in question? Speak about it briefly.
8. Work in chronological order
Whether you are writing about your experience or your education, the most recent information is the most important. Always put it first.
9. Be precise
Don’t forget to mention your language and computer skills. It is essential but also mention your level of knowledge. For example: excellent, good, average, basic. Regarding languages, make a distinction between your reading, spoken and written abilities.
10. Personalise your CV
Your CV isn’t a standard document. It is in your best interest to adapt it according to the job you are targeting. Some experience or education/training might be more relevant for one job than for another.
The Y Academy is the most ambitious training and development program ever put together by any media house, in South Africa or anywhere in the world.
It’s an intensive six-month skills development program that is accredited by the MICT-SETA in partnership with ETV, eAcademy and Sabido.
Candidates learn how to produce content, how to conduct interviews, how to write news bulletins, how to select and schedule music, how to produce promotional clips, how to market events and how to sell advertisements.
At the end of it all candidates have an opportunity to get behind the microphone to show the world what they are made of.
The Y Academy program runs for 6 months, and is based at the YFM studios in Hyde Park, Gauteng.
Applicants that wish to apply must be unemployed South African citizens over the age of 18 years and must have a valid South African identity document.
This is an equal opportunity initiative therefore people living with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
The hours of the skills development program are 08:30 – 17:30, everyday, including weekends and public holidays if need be.
Candidates that live outside of Gauteng must be willing to relocate at their own cost for at least 6 months.
A minimal stipend will be paid to cover local transport costs.
If you fit the above criteria and feel that you have the minerals to be the next radio rock star.
Successful applicants will be expected to sign contracts binding them to YFM’s workplace rules, the YFM disciplinary code, and the Broadcasting Code of Conduct.
Successful applicants will receive a small stipend to supplement their travel and accommodation.
The Y-Academy is a skills development program and not an offer of employment. Successful completion of the Y-Academy program does not guarantee employment at YFM or any associated company.
Be part of the best entertainment establishment in Mzansi, 99.2 YFM. YFM, in partnership with e.tv, Sabido eAcademy and the MICT SETA, is running an accredited Skills Programme for radio enthusiasts, the Y Academy.
The Y Academy programme will be running for 6 months, and will be based at the YFM office in Hyde Park, Gauteng.
Applicants that wish to apply must be unemployed South African citizens over the age of 18 years and must have a valid South African ID document.
As this is an equal opportunity initiative, people living with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
It is important to note that candidates will be required to attend training from 8:30am to 5:30pm and at times after office hours.
Candidates that wish to apply outside their respective residential regions must be willing and able to find their own accommodation in Gauteng for 6 months.
A minimal stipend will be paid to cover local transport costs.
Many Y Academy graduates have gone on to have successful careers in radio and the media space, so apply now and be part of the pool of entertainment game-changers.
HOW TO APPLY
Location: Western Cape
If you recently graduated or are in the process of graduating in 2017 this Programme is for you. The ideal Parmalat Graduate is a self-starter who can deal with complexity and has high levels of energy with a Suitable Degree (or equal) in a relevant field of study.
Most of the phases of the programme will be assessed, but we expect more from you than just meeting minimum requirements. We expect you to make the most of the exposure you’ll enjoy in terms of learning and experience.
We continuously look for top talented individuals to upload their CV’s to our Graduate Pool where we recruit from. If you want to be contacted for potential future vacancies on the Graduate Programme, please clearly indicate your preference and register your CV.
| Finance Grad / Intern
| Procurement Grad / Intern
| Marketing Grad / Intern
| Sales/Customer Marketing Grad / Intern
| Information Technology Grad / Intern
| Engineering Grad / Intern
| Human Resources Grad / Intern
| Agricultural Science Procurement Grad / Intern
| Logistics Grad / Intern
| SHER Grad / Intern
Closing Date not specified
Sappi Invites you to Apply For These Trainings:Fitter Boiler Maker-Electrical-Instruments-Millwrights
Sappi Saiccor is offering training opportunities to interested individuals with a view to qualify in one of the following trades:
This opportunity is based in Umkomaas, which is situated 50km south of the port of Durban in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Sappi Saiccor is the world’s largest single site manufacturing dissolving wood pulp (specialised cellulose).
- National Senior Certificate (Matric/Grade 12/) with two or more of the following subjects:
- Physical Science
- Technical Drawing
The training opportunity will include the following:
- All trade related training completed at a SETA approved training facility
- On the job training at Sappi Saiccor
- Practical training off site
- Theoretical training
- Incumbents will receive an allowance as per Sappi remuneration policy
How to apply
Applications close on 24 August 2017. Click here to apply online
Distell invites applications for individuals to participate in their an 18 month Millwright Apprenticeship Programme based at Greenpark , Secondary Production. The successful applicant will report to the Engineering Manager. This exciting entry level career opportunity is suited to a highly motivated, hardworking, committed individual who is reliable, punctual and determined to succeed. The successful candidate will be expected to enter into a contract commencing on 1 October 2017.
Distell is a multinational brewing and beverage company that produces and markets spirits, fine wines, ciders and ready-to-drinks (RTDs).
Purpose of Position:
Undergo training in the trade of fitting and turning to qualify as an Artisan
- Undergoing training in the trade of the Millwright apprenticeship and to qualify as an Artisan;
- Participating in the apprenticeship training programme;
- Delivery quality work at all times; and
- Performing allocated duties.
The successful candidate must preferably have the following experience / skills / qualifications:
- Matric with Maths and Science
- Must have completed N3 – N6 in Engineering studies with an aggregate of 75% and above.
- Good technical problem solving skills;
- Have proven verbal and written communication skills;
- Ability to work under pressure;
- Attention to detail (meticulous and accurate); and
- Sound knowledge of safety regulations and procedures.
- Own reliable transport;
- Work extended hours as and/or when required;
- Willingness to be utilised at different Distell sites.
How to apply
Closing date is 25 August 2017. Click here to apply online