#16Days2Freedom - Tips

Tip No. 01


Research on the organization before sending your application and CV – this you would do so you can single out whether your goals and objectives align. This will be a good chance to find out some more interesting information about the company and hopefully find some useful points to add to your covering letter.

Tip No. 02


Look at your CV as a Public Representative whose main objective is to win you an interview with prospective employers.

Tip No. 03


Career experts advise that CVs be written in the third person however, I feel there are exceptions to this rule depending on the industry into which you’re applying. I say you can combine them (1st and 3rd person), just try to refrain from using too many “I am’s”. 3rd person can be used on your Career History and 1st Person on your Objective.  


DO NOT list your courses / subjects on your CV as you will be attaching your qualification. This will save space and your CV will not come across as redundant.


Only include information that is relevant to the job you’re applying for and nothing more. You are under no obligation to tell all.


Remember to tailor-make every CV for every application you make, this will give a prospective employer the impression that you take them and yourself seriously.


You don’t have to include referees in your CV as this is not information that a recruiter will need upfront. Simply state, at the bottom of your CV, that they can be availed on request. The only exception to this rule is when the recruiter asks for your references up front.



Do not get too personal on your CV i.e. you don’t need to disclose your marital status; dependants; maiden name; place of birth; ID number or exact physical address. The name of the area of residence e.g. Nelspruit, Mpumalanga will do just fine. All these facts will not affect whether or not you can do the job.


NO LIES! Keep your CV truthful or you will be caught… quicker than you think!


REFRAIN from including certain information, like your full name(s) and surname; ID number; date of birth; marital status; postal and physical address, this will only expose you to an increased risk of identity fraud. Your recruiter will need this information at a later stage.


REFRAIN from using ”funny” or inappropriate e-mail addresses on your CV as these reflect badly on your level of professionalism. I strongly advise that you open a new e-mail address for all your professional correspondences. lindybaby@yahoo.com and luckythepimp08@hotmail.com simply won’t cut it!


Check your CV as thoroughly as you can, having someone else proofread it is highly advised! It is very easy to miss our own mistakes and these very mistakes could irritate a recruiter thus reducing your chances of being called for an interview.


Career experts recommend a dull passport style photograph be used if ever you intend to include one on your CV. I plead with you bend the rules here – a medium close up of yourself, dressed accordingly should do. A dull photo or CV, says a lot about you and I don’t think a recruiter is looking for “dull” people…


When applying via e-mail it is good practice to call the intended recipient prior to sending it and to call them again to verify if your documents were received and that all is in order. DO NOT cc / Bcc any other organization on the e-mail, this registers badly in the eyes of your recipients and it could harm your chances of being called.


On the issue of salary, DO YOUR research prior to the interview and don’t include your expected salary on your CV. Merely state “salary negotiable” if asked to disclose the expected salary. Give the interviewer a range (e.g. R 8000 – R10 000 if you’re looking for R 9000) instead of the exact salary that you expect. Don’t expect to get the ideal pay if it is your first job, be prepared to work your way up.

For people in the creative industry, this link will be quite useful, http://bit.ly/mXjFQq. Know your worth and be very honest with yourself when you conduct this research just so you don’t end up reducing your chances of being considered for the position.


MAINTAIN EYE CONTACT with the interviewer and panelists throughout the interview. It’s okay to ask the interviewer to repeat or elaborate on a question if you are not clear about what is being asked, IT IS YOUR RIGHT! The phrase: “I DON’T KNOW” is not forbidden, the last thing you’d want to do is make a fool of yourself in front of someone who is highly experienced on the subject.