Curriculum Vitae Tips

Finding gainful employment has become quite a challenge as job opportunities have diminished and also because people with disabilities are competing against each other for jobs.

In order for one to be successful, or even just to be granted a job interview, you really need to ensure that your CV application stands out above the rest and that you prepare properly and appropriately for the interview. We thought it a good idea to discuss the compilation of the CV in full and provide a few useful guidelines or tips which should assist you when applying for positions.

Remember that in order to be considered for a job interview you must submit a complete and professional CV. The CV gives you an opportunity to display your employment history and in doing so you make your skills, experience and qualifications visible. You can indeed use your CV to present your positive attributes as well as showcase what you have accomplished over the short and long term.

It is important that the contents of your CV follow a logical order. Ensure that all the dates follow on from each other and that information is relevant and complete. It is good to always keep a “master” CV and then adapt it slightly for each new position that you are applying for.

When completing your CV, follow the instructions below. This will hugely improve your job application success:

NB: Always make sure that you meet the inherent requirements of positions applied for.

Keep your CV professional by ensuring that the headings and content have the same text size and the same font.

Avoid spelling mistakes and ensure that you spell place and organisation names correctly. It gives a poor impression if your CV has many spelling mistakes and will disadvantage you when your CV is compared with others.

When you first start looking for a job remember to include all work experience on your CV. This includes temporary and holiday jobs such as waiting tables, cashier and clerical work. Also mention any learnership or internship programmes you have completed.

By following these tips your CV will be complete and professional. Use your CV as part of your brand image and sell your experience, skills and passion! A good CV is a powerful tool which will enable you to find new job opportunities and to keep on excelling in your career.


Name &Surname : Farida Bloggs

Address : 21 Another Crescent, Another Suburb, 0000

Contact Details

Tel (h) : +27 XXX XXX XXX

Tel (w) : +27 XXX XXX XXX

Mobile : +27 XXX XXX XXX

Fax : +27 XXX XXX XXX


ID No : 810101 0001 01 0

Disability : Physical (does not impact on my ability to do the job) NB: it is not compulsory to disclose your disability

EE status : Indian female

Notice/availability : One calendar month


Tertiary Education : Univ of Cape Town,B.SC Computer Science: 2002

Last school attended : Point High School, Mossel Bay,Passed Matric HG, 1999

Courses attended : Customer Skills - HIJ College - 2003


Current Employer(if appliccable): XYZ Brothers

Position held : IT Consultant

Period employed : 1 Jun 2007 – current

Reason for wanting to leave : want to experience new challenges

Previous employer : ABC Organisation, Main Street, Johannesburg

Responsibilities : Assistant IT Consultant

Reason for leaving : Better salary and benefits

References(This should, ideally, be the manager you report/ reportedto directly who is aware of your capabilities and can-doattitude)

Company : XYZ Brothers

Contact Person : Thandi Khumalo

Position : IT Manager

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