CV Tips

Remember that your CV is a reflection of you. You are selling yourself to a business or recruitment agency and your goal is to secure an interview. See the guidelines below to help you achieve this.

Write a brief letter relating to the job that you are applying to and briefly motivate why you think you are suited to the position.

  • It must be professional looking – so avoid using graphics, art clips and borders with frills.
  • Have clear headings separating the sections of your CV.
  • You could have bold headings or a shaded box across the page to highlight your headings.
  • Stick to plain colours like black or grey.
  • A photo of yourself is not essential, but if you choose to include a picture of yourself it should be from the shoulder up and you should look neat and professional. Avoid low cut tops, t-shirts and distracting backgrounds. No wedding photos, party photos, etc.
  • The content must be accurate, to the point and up to date.
  • Spelling mistakes are bad news!
  • Use bullet points for easy reading.
  • All dates should be accurate with no time gaps


Include the following headings in your CV:

Personal Particulars

  • Full name
  • Address
  • Telephone number (landline and mobile)
  • E-mail address
  • ID Number
  • Nationality
  • Gender
  • Home language and other languages
  • Drivers license
  • Own transport

Educational Qualifications

  • Name of School
  • Highest Standard
  • Year completed
  • Subjects

Tertiary Education

  • Name of Institution
  • Qualification
  • Dates started and completed
  • Major subjects
  • Other subjects

Short Courses and Certificates

  • Name of Institution
  • Name of course or certification

Professional memberships

Name of membership

Employment History

  • Start with the most recent and work backwards.
  • Preferably state your entire career or a minimum of ten years of your career should be reflected.
  • Name of Employer and type of business.
  • Start and end dates of employment – include month and year.
  • List duties – using bullet points.
  • Reason for leaving
  • Don’t leave gaps. If you worked on a temporary basis, travelled or were unemployed, then you should include this.


  • Ensure that contact details for references are current and list employer’s name, name and position of immediate superior and contact number.

Interview Tips

  • Treat your initial interview with Recruitment Agencies seriously as they are the doorway to your next job.
  • Dress professionally. Ask us if in doubt. Be punctual – ensure that you have the directions in advance and allow for traffic.
  • Take the consultants phone number with you in case there are any problems getting to the interview.
  • Prepare for the interview.
  • Try and anticipate what questions would be asked based on the relevance of your experience to the job and prepare answers, which must be honest and sincere.
  • Do some research on the company.
  • Know the interviewer’s name and introduce yourself in a warm and friendly manner.
  • Answer questions concisely, giving a positive account of yourself, whilst being sincere.
  • Ask relevant questions that will help you assess whether this is the right job for you.
  • Switch your cellphone off.
  • Don’t smoke just before your interview.
  • Don’t spray deodorant or perfume on just before the interview.
  • Don’t chew gum.
  • Don’t criticize your previous employers.
  • Don’t bring up salary – wait for the interviewer to raise it.

Communication with Consultant

  • Always be open and honest with your recruitment consultant.
  • If you have any concerns or fears, then please share them with your consultant.
  • If for any reason you cannot make an interview, let your consultant know immediately.
  • Give your consultant feedback after your interview.
  • Ensure that you update your CV regularly on our database.

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