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Tips on writing that stand-out CV

With soaring unemployment at 27%, youth unemployment sitting at close to 60% and so many people hunting for jobs in South Africa, how do you stand out in the crowd?

Consultant and coach Anja Van Beek shares advice with Kieno Kammies on what should go into your curriculum vitae.

Keep your CV short and sweet and to the point.

Anja Van Beek, Consultant and coach - Anja Van Beek Consulting and Coaching

It's key to do some research and find out what particular skills are required for a particular job, she says.

Tailor your CV to every job you apply for.

Anja Van Beek, Consultant and coach - Anja Van Beek Consulting and Coaching

Then, more importantly, to show your impact.

Anja Van Beek, Consultant and coach - Anja Van Beek Consulting and Coaching

The CV is the first impression a prospective employer will receive from you, she adds.

You need to think, well how do you stand out from the crowd?

Anja Van Beek, Consultant and coach - Anja Van Beek Consulting and Coaching

She talks about the new move towards an 'agile workforce' where employers are looking for staff who can adapt quickly.

Another area of importance is having emotional intelligence and not just technical skills.

To be humancentric and focus on those skills is even more important.

Anja Van Beek, Consultant and coach - Anja Van Beek Consulting and Coaching

The internet offers many free webinars and websites which assist job seekers and offer advice free of charge, she adds.

Take a listen to the interview below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Tips on writing that stand-out CV


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