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You’ve finished
years of education and it’s time to enter the world of work. The question
you’re undoubtedly facing now is: “How do I advertise years of education,
achievements and outside interests on a CV?”.  Every CV is unique and needs to be tailored
for each industry and company, so this is where your research needs to begin.

First, studying the
company you’re targeting is crucial. Have a look at their mission statement and
what they are all about if it is available online. Use any insight into the
company and the role you’re applying for to emphasize how your skills and
attributes would fit with the company you’re applying to.

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The personal touch

You may think it
can be difficult to stand out, but you just need to add touch of personality,
something that showcases who you are. I always look for that something extra,
something which shows your personal drive and ambition.

In an increasingly
competitive job market in South Africa and beyond, recruits need to be able to reveal
they have something more to offer than just academic performance. High grades
don’t guarantee a job or even an interview. Studies have revealed that half of
employers would actually dismiss a CV if the candidate wasn’t able to demonstrate
experiences outside of their education.

Highlight the work
you have done outside school to show you’re not afraid to put in the extra work
for something you believe in. Academic qualifications are great to put on a CV
and are incredibly important, but life experiences and extracurricular
activities speak volumes about your character, not just your intelligence. An
employer is looking for someone who can not only get the job done, but someone
who will fit within the culture of their organisation and get along with the
team already in place. One example is to list any youth programmes you’ve
participated in, any volunteering experiences, passion projects or sport and
social activities that you actively pursue.

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