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GUIDELINES FOR THE INFORMATION REQUIRED IN A CV


CV GUIDELINES CONTACT DETAILS: Name, surname, postal address, telephone and email address. This
UCT Careers Advisory Service Team information can be presented in a header, or in a textbox on the first page. Ensure that you
provide the most reliable means of contacting you at short notice. Make sure that your email

T he CV has many purposes, but its main Once you have a CV, prepare a summary address sounds professional.
aim is to get you an interview, which may version as companies may sometimes ask
lead to a job or another opportunity. It can you for a shorter, one page CV (or résumé). MAUREEN MATABANE
27A Prong Road Tel: 0219026309
also serve as a self-assessment, marketing There is no rigid formula for a CV. No one
Luton Park, 5600 Cell: 0834602628
and presentation tool. size or shape fits all needs. Whatever format Email: matabane@mail.uct.ac.za
Developing a CV takes time and careful you decide on, your information should be
thought and effort. It is often the first organized in a way that allows the reader to OBJECTIVES: As a student or recent graduate, it is not necessary to state your career objec-
interface between you and the recruiter identify important information quickly and tives in your CV. If you choose to do so, be specific about your current goal or intention. If
or employer. Your CV should be carefully easily. Key information includes: contact you are applying for a job, link the opportunity you are interested in with what you’d like to
designed to present clear, factual data which details, education and qualifications, gain in terms of skills and experience for your career path.
will create a favourable impression and achievements, work and other experience,
convey key messages about your suitability key skills, interests and referees. EDUCATION: Always start with current or most recent studies.
as a candidate. For most purposes, CVs should be no Tertiary – include date of graduation, qualification(s) obtained, institution(s)
To begin writing a CV you will need to more than 2 pages. The challenge is to attended, major courses. Your final year project or thesis title can be listed here.
reflect on who you are, where you are now, create a clear, concise and punchy personal Secondary – state institution attended, certificate attained, year of matriculation.
where you would like to be going and what document that will stimulate interest in you Additional – training courses (including certificates gained, where appropriate).
you have to offer a prospective employer. and what you have to offer.
You may also want to ask your family and
friends for some input here, especially EDUCATION
2011 – Present University of Cape Town
in identifying your strengths, abilities
Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Finance)
and skills. They may recognise and value 2006 – 2010 Glendale High School, Port Elizabeth
qualities in you that you have overlooked. Senior Certificate (Full Matriculation Exemption)
AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS: Include achievements at both tertiary and Matric (or Grade 12)
level. These may be academic or non-academic. Try to distinguish between achievements
and awards. You may choose to exclude this section if these kinds of achievements have
been few and far between. Another option is to expand this section to include leadership
achievements.

WORK EXPERIENCE: List the year, position/title and the organisation with a brief outline of
your duties or responsibilities. Think about how your skills and competencies helped you
accomplish tasks and contributed in your role. You can include internships, voluntary, part-
time and vac work opportunities under work experience. All and any work experience counts.

WORK EXPERIENCE
2012 UCT Careers Service Intern (part-time)
Duties: Helpdesk enquiries, projects, and routine administrative work.
Responsible for initial screening of students’ CVs, updating careers
resources, maintaining resources and equipment.

2011 Greasy Burger Waitron (part-time)

2010 Helping Hands Community Organisation Volunteer (part-time)

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EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
You may choose to mention additional experiences, hobbies, activities, community
involvement (social, family, religious, political), sports or leadership positions not covered
elsewhere in your CV.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES


Bearing in mind the position you are applying for, list your most prominent skills and abilities.
Where appropriate you can list related skills under a category heading. For example, you may
want to list languages, public speaking and debating under the heading communication skills.
Brief bulleted phrases are useful for this section. Provide the context for how you developed
and/or applied the skill you wish to highlight. Avoid more than two to three sentences per
highlighted skill, and complex narratives. Keep this section brief and to the point.

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS


List information where relevant.

PUBLICATIONS AND CONFERENCES


Insert where appropriate.

REFEREES
Provide the referee’s name, designation and contact details (telephone and email address)
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referee’s information over several lines. The person should know you and must have agreed

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to serve as your referee, and at least one of them should be able to comment on your recent
academic performance. If you intend to retain a reference on your CV for years after you

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left the institution (school, university, NGO or employment) then be sure to maintain a
meaningful relationship with them. Keep them up-to-date on your professional journey so

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that when/if they are contacted as a referee they will be able to respond with familiarity and
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ADDITIONAL CV TIPS

ATTACHMENTS WHAT EMPLOYERS WANT


It is not necessary to attach certificates, Employers expect you to have read the
testimonials and personal documentation job advert carefully and to know what the
unless requested. position you are applying for requires. The
first thing they will check is whether or not
DEALING WITH DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES
Difficult circumstances can sometimes be
you meet the basic requirements for the job,
especially the minimum qualifications and To book a consultation, go to
hard to explain concisely in a CV, but you basic skills and experience required. They
need to adequately account for gaps in
your CV. Always take care to explain career
will also pay attention to the presentation
of your CV because this reflects who you
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changes, fragmented work experience, are and how you are likely to approach
limited experience, poor or incomplete tasks. Is your CV clear, logical, succinct
academic records. Sometimes this and error-free or is it confusing and sloppy? Awarded Best Careers Service
information is best dealt with in a cover The presentation, style and content of your for 2010, 2011 & 2012
letter. CV offer a powerful first impression of you. Voted by The South African Graduate Recruiters
Make it a good one! Association (SAGRA)

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