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1. Choose a professional font, and stay with that font throughout.
Cambria and Calibri are good fonts to use – the ideal font size being 11
2. Include a Cover Letter indicating your salary requirements, location preference, ability to relocate, availability/notice period and any other information which will assist us in finding the best fit for you
3. Create a front page with your personal details – contact numbers, email address, residential area, driver’s licence, ID number, nationality, as well as a head and shoulders photo (see our previous post on taking a good CV selfie!) This is primarily for our database and enables us to make the best match possible
4. Present things in a logical order. Use sufficient spacing, clear section headings (e.g. work experience, education)
5. List your employment history in reverse chronological order, beginning with your current/most recent employment and working backwards
6. Include all relevant dates of both employment as well as educational achievements/qualifications
7. Keep to short, bulleted paragraphs. This is much more effective and easier to read than wading through long paragraphs
8. Be honest at all times, employers do background checks!
9. Include references that are contactable and ensure you tell your references about your application, so they’re not surprised when somebody calls them!
10. Proof read your CV and get someone else to proof read it too. Grammar and spelling mistakes do not make a good first impression!