Tips for writing a CV in South Africa

Tips for writing a CV in South Africa
Tips for writing a CV in South Africa

It goes without saying that the employment rate in South Africa is not the best. Due to the current economic situation, it is more important than ever to be increasing your chances of getting a job. There are many methods to writing a CV in South Africa; however there are some helpful tips that may help you.

Today we wanted to share with you some valuable tips for writing a CV in South Africa. It is our hope that these tips will you to increase your chances of getting that interview.

Our top tips for writing a CV in South Africa:

  • Pay attention to presentation: The layout needs to be clear, neat and well structured.
  • Keep the CV to a minimum: The length of your CV shouldn’t be more than 2-3 A4 pages,  so keep it concise and to the point.
  • Use positive language: Use power words when describing work achievements.
  • Make use of the internet for sample CV’S and templates: This helps you to understand the layout and tone better.
  • Check your spelling: Make use of spell check software program, then double check your spelling or even triple check it for safety sake.
  • Get a second and third pair of eyes: If you have a friend who works in HR or a friend who is good at English, make use of these contacts and ensure that you ask a friend or family member to look over your CV for you. A second and third pair of eyes may pick up mistakes that you didn’t. Always be willing to listen to criticism and advice to improve.
  • Construct your CV with your prospective employer in mind: One of the best tips for writing a CV in South Africa is to think about what your prospective employer would want, and construct your CV accordingly.
  • Tailor your CV to the job: Do your best to tailor your CV to the specific industry and job you are applying for.

Things to avoid when writing a CV in South Africa

  • Stay away from religion and politics.
  • Don’t include information which may be viewed negatively.
  • Never lie on your CV – you will get caught out!
  • Don’t include a photo unless it has been requested.
  • Don’t include too much irrelevant information.
  • Rather choose not to reveal personal information such as your marital status and physical address.
  • Stay away from including the reasons why you left previous jobs.
  • Don’t speak negatively about your previous company, this goes for your CV and during the interview process.
  • Don’t write long paragraphs – rather stick to short, bulleted paragraphs.
  • Don’t use bright coloured fonts or graphics.

I have questions about South African immigration

If you have any questions, or need help with any of your immigration needs, please do not hesitate to contact us. One of our helpful immigration consultants will be able to assist you further.

You can reach one of our Cape Town agents at +27 (0) 21 424 2460. If you’re in Johannesburg, give our office a call on +27 (0) 11 234 4275. Alternatively if you prefer for us to call you, then all you need do is a request a call back. It is as simple as that.