How to make your CV better

So you’re ready to find a job – good for you! For just about every job out there, you’ll need to submit a CV. It should include your personal details, education, work experience and skills. But in a pile of CVs, how can you make yours stand out?

Here are some ways to make your CV better:

  • Keep it short – you should be able to fit everything into 2 pages or less.
  • Put your most recent work and study experience first.
  • Sell yourself, but be honest. Don’t say you can do something that you can’t – you’ll regret it later on!
  • Make it simple and easy to read.
  • Have a copy of your ID and your qualifications ready, because many employers need this too (e.g. your matric certificate, degrees or diplomas, courses you’ve done).
  • Get someone else to check your CV for grammar and spelling mistakes. Small details make a big difference.
  • Have an email address which sounds professional (e.g. tebogo@bmail.com) rather than funny or informal (e.g. tebz_gurl@bmail.com).
  • Give more than one contact number, so you don’t miss that call!

If you’re applying for a job and you don’t have a matric, read more about your options in our article “I failed matric. What do I do now?” You can also find some ideas about what to include in your CV here: http://www.gov.za/issues/compiling-curriculum-vitae-0


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