With the unemployment rate in South Africa soaring high, many people are actively involved in the job market seeking employment. While most companies and industries are still recovering from the severe economic effects bought on by lockdown, operations are slowly opening which creates more opportunities in the job market.
But there is nothing as frustrating as sending out your Curriculum Vitae (CV) for job applications without getting feedback. This is why you need to ask yourself, what is it that you are doing wrong?
As a forward thinking organisation, UASA has two guides on ‘how to achieve the most successful, sustainable and rewarding career’ available for our members. The ‘WorkWize and Between Jobs’ booklets and information which can be accessed at www.uasa.co.za/news-publications/workwize offers practical guidelines that can assist people on how to put together a professional CV and how to prepare for interviews.
Below are a few guidelines on how job seekers can master their CVs for job applications and secure job interviews for employment.
Prepare your Curriculum Vitae to fit every job post
Whenever you send out your CV for job posts, always keep in mind that your CV represents you first to employers hence this must be your selling point. When you send out your CV, always tailor it to meet each job description, you can’t use the same CV for different job descriptions and applications.
Always create a short personal profile, no more than two-to-three lines. This is your main ‘sales’ statement to the prospective employer, so be sure to highlight your best professional qualities. Follow that with your work experience and responsibilities in point form, then your qualifications, and finally, references. Don’t include a photograph of yourself on your CV. A photograph is usually added to a Resume.
Write a great cover letter
With online applications, the first thing that employers look at and read is the information that you write on your email with your application. Use this as an opportunity to score some points for yourself and stand out from other applicants.
To get your cover letter correct, the following must be included:
- Explain who you are and the job title that you are applying for.
- Give a brief explanation about your work experience and skills.
- Explain why you think you are the right candidate for the job as advertised.
- Mention your short and long-term goals in terms of career growth and how you see yourself growing in the organization.
Be well prepared for the interview
After sending a professional CV and well-crafted cover letter, you stand a good chance to be called in for an interview. Now that your CV and cover letter have represented you well, it’s time to impress in person and seal the deal.
Start by doing thorough research on the company that is interviewing you. Familiarise yourself with their products or services and their culture. Get a family member or friend to help you practice some formal questions and answers for an interview. Make sure that you are well informed about your interview as this will help you to be more confident about the job.
In our next blog, we will look at a few more guidelines from our WorkWize booklet that can assist job seekers to survive the job market and secure jobs.