11 ways you can improve your job chances by making your CV better

When it comes to applying for a new job, outside of the initial application, your CV is often the first touch-point any prospective employer has with you.

So it’s important that you structure it so your best qualities can really shine through.

BusinessTech spoke to a recruitment expert who provided 11 tips to help you better structure your CV, so that you don’t drown out your skills with a flood of useless information – or leave employers in the dark.

According to our expert, a CV should be able to be read in approximately 30 seconds – which is a short time to say everything you need to.

Most importantly, you should take the time to make sure your CV is free of errors, and includes crucial information such as contact details.

“You would be amazed at the amount of people leaving these off and miss out on great positions,” she said.

Here are 11 tips to better structure your CV:

  • Your CV should be customised for each and every position: make sure your most important skills are listed according to the job you have applied for.
  • Mention achievements: most importantly, focus on the benefit you bring to the company and prepare examples of specific scenarios to prove your point.
  • Add your ability to work overtime, weekends, shifts and willingness to travel.
  • Provide proof of any claims you make (sales sheets, commission sheets, minimum 4 salary slips).
  • Include all personal detail, address, licence, email address, and remember your contact number!
  • Organise your CV in chronological order starting with most recent employment.
  • Use bullet-points to list your experience and key performance areas – its reads faster.
  • Include a skills matrix of relevant experience, skills and knowledge.
  • Each position should state your reason for leaving employment – is important and be honest, but professional.
  • Check that employment dates are accurate and correct.
  • Lastly include all contactable work references.

Once you’ve passed an employer’s CV check and get called up for an interview – be sure to check out our tips on how to prepare for a job interview in SA.

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