HOW TO DRAW UP A PROFESSIONAL CV

Cover page:

Your cover page should be brief, addressed to: The advertiser, or the name of the person you are addressing (Mr or Ms and the initial and surname eg. Mr S Ngcobo), his/her title the name and address of the company the date of your letter

Dear Sir/Madam (whichever is applicable)

Re: APPLICATION FOR THE POSITION OF ..........

I hereby submit my CV in support of the above application. Kindly contact me on one of the numbers below if you need more information or if you would like to meet with me.

Yours sincerely
(Ms) or (Mr) ..........
Contact numbers:
..........
..........

The CV:

DO NOT: include a picture, border print, and other fancy artwork, do not use a whole page saying CV, and do not use large typeface.

You may (if you want to) include a recent head and shoulders photo of yourself

Go straight into the CV, as follows:

  1. Curriculum Vitae of: Full names and Mr or Ms in brackets
  2. Address
  3. Email address
  4. Contact numbers (home, mobile and alternate number)
  5. Drivers Licence code
  6. Own car or not
  7. Nationality

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

  1. Highest qualification obtained
  2. Courses/ subjects studied and results (essential for new entrants in the job market)
  3. Dates: from / to
  4. Institution
  5. Professional registration (if any)
  6. Date obtained
  7. Current studies
  8. Other relevant courses completed, duration, institutions and dates

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY:

  1. CURRENT (OR MOST RECENT) EMPLOYMENT
    ORGANISATION:
    SECTOR (NATURE OF BUSINESS):
    POSITION:
    REPORTS TO:
    DATES (FROM/TO):
    BRIEF JOB DESCRIPTION:

  2. PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT
    Continue as per above

Do not include more than 5 previous employment records

OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION:

eg. Special duties
Projects undertaken
Leadership roles (even if temporary)
Accolades/ awards
Other

REFERENCES:

To be supplied on request (It is not advisable to include references names and contact details on a CV)

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