Follow us on:

How to compile the perfect CV

By Faeza
24 March 2017

A CurriculumVitae is meant to be

a powerful tool to market you to

prospective employers. But often,

qualified job seekers

get overlooked because

of their poorly crafted CVs.

IQ Academy’s student affairs

manager, Kim Elliot, and Gerard

le Roux, a CV writing specialist

and job search coach, identify

some of the shortcomings that

render some CVs ineffective

and also provide pointers to

writing a brilliant CV that will

get your foot in the door of

your dream job.

BE BRIEF

According to Kim, a CV should be

clear, concise and easy to read. When preparing it,

bear in mind that the CV is a ‘snapshot’ of who

you are. The challenge is to sell yourself accurately,

but in a concise way.

“Keeping it short is a great idea. CVs are not

read, they are scanned. Make it concise, fresh and

crisp instead of long-winded or so detailed that

important details are missed. More information can

always be supplied later,” adds Gerard.

Try to keep your CV to two pages long but if you

are highly qualified with many years of experience

you want to showcase, you may include a third

page which shouldn’t be longer.

WHAT YOU CAN BRING TO THE TABLE

One of the key areas of a CV is the “objective”

section. However, Gerard warns that stating in

this section that, “I am looking for a challenging

position in a dynamic company with opportunity to

learn and advance to my full potential” is not going

to help you.

Instead, in this section, you should focus on the

title of the position you are applying for and how

you can hit the ground running and immediately

add value to the company.

In other words your ‘objective’ is to help the

employer solve their problem, increase efficiency,

or whatever. It’s focused on how you’re going

to help them.

Do not forget to list your achievements and

duties – these are crucial aspects of

a killer CV.

Kim says, “It’s a good idea to

tailor your CV for the role you are

applying for by emphasising the

areas of your experience most

applicable to the job.”

Gerard agrees and further

explains, “A key purpose of your

CV is to establish your credibility,

to convince the reader that you can

do the job, and do it well. So by

including relevant achievements,

in each of the different jobs you’ve

done, you are showing that you get

the kind of results your employer is

looking for. Don’t think your generic, one-size-fitsall

CV is going to have the penetrating power you

need. Tailor it to match as closely as possible the

position, department, division and company you

are targeting.”