What your CV and cover letter says about you

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careers24_logo If you want to move forward in building a career you can be proud of, you will have to make recruiters and companies notice you. Your CV and cover letter will be the first insight a potential employer gets into who you are. Use it to show that you are not just looking for a job but genuinely want to invest yourself in the position and you will stand out from other prospective candidates. Careers24, South Africa’s leading online job site, offers valuable advice to help you get that interview. Choose your positions wisely Do not waste your time applying for jobs which you do not have experience for yet. If you are fresh out of university apply for a beginner’s position at a company where you can prove your commitment to your career by developing your skills in applying what you have already learned. Make your application stand out with a striking cover letter Your cover letter is your only chance to impress your potential employer without meeting them face-to-face. Make it stand out by showing your genuine interest in the field and by pointing out the value you can bring to the company. A well-written cover letter will make your potential employer see that you are passionate about the job and hungry to succeed. Focus on what is required Keep your CV and cover letter concise. Only focus on the skills required. Briefly mention your relevant education and experience, but do not repeat what is in your CV in your cover letter. This will show that you have a clear understanding of what your potential employer requires and how you can add value to the company. Show attention to detail Take the time to read your cover letter and CV carefully and do a proper spelling and grammar check. This will help to show that you pay attention to detail and that you take pride in the quality and accuracy of all the work you produce. Draw attention to your accomplishments Highlight your top achievements or add a career highlight section to your CV. This will show a potential employer what value you will bring and why you are the best choice for the job. Include details of part-time jobs or volunteer work if you lack experience The inclusion of part-time jobs or volunteer work that have transferrable skills will show your potential employer that you are driven and have a track record with references. This is particularly helpful if you lack experience for the job you are applying for. Do your homework Research the company you are applying for a position at and align your achievements and qualities to what the employer is looking for. Include keywords used in company communication and the job advertisement to help sell you as the best candidate. Visit Careers24.com for more valuable career advice and browse thousands of top job opportunities. Sign up for job alerts or search jobs on the go at m.careers24.com and never miss another opportunity.

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