Write a killer CV

To get the best-paying job, you have to start with the basics, by getting your CV right. Here's how to create a great CV.

how to write a cv

“Your CV should present you in the best light and prove that you’d do well at the job,” says Nick Dunnett of jobs agency Robert Walters. This is because your CV is the first thing employers see before they ever meet you. First, keep it short and include a cover letter. Don’t bore your potential bosses with your high school soccer trophies. Instead, list what matters to the job, starting with the last course or job you did. And spell-check, more than once. Here are more tips to creating a CV that will land you your dream salary.


Keep it simple

In the look, layout and language. Don’t use fancy fonts or words only you understand. Keep it short and clear. Use bullet points, not long sentences. “Studies show that employers scan rather than read a CV,” says Nick. The reader has just a few seconds to make a decision, so make it easy for him or her.


Focus on achievements

“Your future boss wants to know what you achieved in your last job,” says Nick. Instead of telling them your duties (“I managed sales”), spell out your results (“I brought in R50 000 a month”). Don’t exaggerate. “I make 100 sales visits a day,” doesn’t sound believable.


Spend more time on the cover letter

A good cover letter is not a repetition of your CV; it adds to it. A CV should be about the raw facts: your qualifications and work experience. The cover letter gives a bit of your personality; this is where you show your enthusiasm and passion for the job.


Look good online

Edit your Facebook profile. Delete tweets and pictures that make you look bad. Update your LinkedIn profile so it matches your CV. These days, employers look at everything.


Clear your debts

Did you know that companies check your credit score, especially higher up the career ladder? How you handle your money can affect whether you get a job or not. Once you land your new job with the great salary, make the right money decisions. Review your budget, for example, to see how you can save. One easy change to make now is switching to a bank that gives you low banks fees.


Negotiate your salary

Don’t sell yourself short by accepting a salary you’re not happy with. It’s okay to move on if you’re not satisfied with what you’re being offered. Now that you have an amazing CV, you can look for more jobs with confidence. Capitec Bank is South Africa’s fastest growing bank, and we might have the right career for you.

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