Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I add my photograph to my CV?
- It’s not necessary, but at the same time it wouldn’t hurt – just make sure the photo is a professional shot of yourself – at all times, you want to put your best foot forward and not sell yourself short. Personally, I do not have a photo on my CV but then that is easily found on LinkedIn anyways.
How much personal information should I include?
- That depends on how you define personal – I would probably advise against talking about your pets or how you love taking long walks on the beach. But personal info like full name, address, contact details, ID is preferable.
What goes first — education or experience?
- This is down to preference again; I do not think there is a standard that must be followed – your CV should tell your story. And should have a flow to it, I would recommend the following : Name, contact details, address /location, a summary of who you are, what you’ve done and what you’re looking for, followed by your education, high school, tertiary and further education etc. then your work experience. Contactable references.
What should I always list under the Education section?
- High school, tertiary education, further training, any relevant certification training that you have
What if I have no college degree, no four-year college degree, or did not attend college?
- No problem – do you have extensive experience in a field or sector? Then I would say that is all that matters – but I would advise any intentional candidate to pursue short courses, it is a tough call to make – it comes down to finances of course. But do not let that limit -with the internet making things more accessible, I would check out online courses – avenues like Course Era or Udemy or Khan Academy. There are resources out there – also let’s say you’re starting out – just finished school and wanting to find your feet – look for role models, businesses in our area that you can volunteer with, ask for internships, work experience.. I think the biggest challenge is confidence and self-belief – Decide what you want, establish what you are willing to sacrifice and go to work (
How should my jobs be listed under the Experience section?
- Straight answer to this – from most recent first. This is what we are most interested in. where are you currently or what was your most recent job.
Should I list company names first or job titles first?
- Again, a matter of preference. no set standard here and generally nobody gets ruled out for doing either or. As long it is clear to the reader where you worked and what role/s you held while you there
How should I list what I did in each job?
- I would say your primary responsibilities and duties in such a way that the reader visualizes how and what you have done at work. always quantify where possible as well, talk about how you have saved your employer money if you are in finance, or about your sales figures and achievements if in sales.
How do I handle multiple jobs with the same employer?
- One of my previous companies was exactly like that, I grew as the company expanded which meant I had to wear many hats… list them according to timeline if you can, and show clear progression…
How far back should I go in my job history?
- Down to preference… most often you can answer this question yourself… look at your CV critically as if you were the employer and make a judgement – if you think a negative impression is created anywhere on your CV then make a positive change to it. Guideline would be 10- 15 years… career history is important but would be good to show how you have grown professionally. that is what speaks to employers and recruiters.
What if a former employer no longer exists or has changed its name?
- Make it very clear on the CV – leave no room for a negative impression
What are transferable skills, and what is their significance on a CV?
- I say you always learn something from every role you were in. transferrable skills examples are Soft Skills if you have a Customer Service background.
- This is significant because it shows growth and personal development and your awareness of the jobs, roles, and companies you worked at
How do I handle employment gaps?
- Leaving things open ended almost always create a negative impression, be clear as possible and truthful. Integrity matters.
How long should a CV be?
- This varies based on the job requirements and but if you plan your CV well, structure it like we discussed, and tell your story professionally you will do well with the construction of your CV.
How do I attach my CV?
- Your CV should be attached as a normal attachment in Word Format. Do not send as link from Google, or any other cloud system.
What are some of the most common mistakes people make on their CV?
- Grammar, structure, and unexplained gaps
Mistakes people make during an interview.
- The number 1 mistake would be lack of preparation i.e. lack research into the company, the job role or even researching the people who will be interviewing you. You can never be too prepared for an interview. Know the company, know the job, and know who you are speaking to.
Some pointers when going into an interview?
- Going back to the point before – be prepared. Be confident, believe in yourself, in your capabilities, your skills, and where you are going (build your story and share that with people)
What do recruiters look for in a candidate?
- In my opinion, its confidence. Confident in your skills, abilities, knowledge, and experience. All of which should be on your CV and Cover Letter, however, it is the confidence, passion and self-belief that brings all that out in an interview.