The dos and don'ts for CV writing and job interviews

A well-constructed CV is the marketing tool used by job-seekers to get their foot in the door.

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Recruitment guru Zanele Luvuno says a CV needs to be tailored with each job application and modified for each specific role and company culture.

She says that a CV is considered in conjunction with one's digital and social media profiles, such as LinkedIn and Facebook.

Also read: 'It's not enough to just do the job' - Employee retention 101

Luvuno shares a few tips on the dos and don'ts for CV writing and job interviews.

Some CV advice:

  • do not send generic CVs
  • tailor-make your CV for the relevant job specs
  • do not include hobbies in your CV
  • make the details of your CV succinct
  • place your most recent qualification at the top and work backwards

Some interview advice:

  • do your research about the organisation
  • dress to fit the corporate culture of the company
  • be prepared to be asked about your CV or any other written submission
  • ask the company about what to expect in terms of the interview structure
  • the traits you share about yourself need to be linked to the role

The CV leads to you being able to get an interview.

Zanele Luvuno, Managing Director at Transcend Talent Management

A CV that's not done correctly or written correctly will not get you the interview.

Zanele Luvuno, Managing Director at Transcend Talent Management

The CV is only one aspect of what a prospective employer will look at.

Zanele Luvuno, Managing Director at Transcend Talent Management

20 jobs [means] 20 different versions of your CV.

Zanele Luvuno, Managing Director at Transcend Talent Management

Luvuno shared her expert advice and listeners called in with their personal experiences and questions.

Listen to the insightful discussion on The Eusebius McKaiser Show:


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