Your win is a also the recruiter’s win. Our four part series focuses on how to have a great relationship with recruiters, because when you put yourself in their shoes, you will know just how pressured the job of finding the right candidate really is.

A CV is probably the first point of contact between a recruiter and a jobseeker. Fortunately at JobStarter, when you sign-up, take our assessments and complete your profile, a recruiter will have access to your customised JobStarter automated CV! This is why we are always reminding you to go back and complete your profile so that we represent you well to a potential employer.

We do this because we understand the importance of a good CV. And recruiters wish you did too. Here are some non-negotiables recruiters look into:

A grammar and typo-free CV

Have you described yourself a good spot instead of sport? Have you spent a good three or four years at your college or university, but still managed to type Walter Sisulu University wrong? This might be an ‘eish!’ moment for you, but for some recruiters this could be a deal breaker. Always run a spellcheck on your CV. And even then, it is still advisable to ask a someone else to have a read at your CV, and see if they can’t pick any glaring or subtle errors that could be weakening your CV.

Up-to-date personal information

Imagine how many CVs get tossed into the rubbish bin because a mobile number is in no longer in use, or it’s now been used by a candidate’s grandmother or even niece. This happens a lot, and it shouldn’t. Everytime you change your number, physical address or email address, you should make it a point to update your CV. Employers can’t find you if your details have changed!

Reachable references

Go back and read the previous point! If you have listed your last employer, a teacher or lecturer as your reference, pop them a quick email or Whatsapp to make sure they are still using the details you have on your CV. If not, it’s time for an update. If you’re not sure who should be on your reference list, read this article.

Properly detailed work progression

If you are a recent graduate, you won’t have a lot of detailed work experience. So instead you will mention notable volunteer experiences or involvements you have been a part of. As you get experience in internships and work experiences, you will start to gain enough experience to let go of some of your lesser achievements like being class captain. A good tip is to list your experiences from the most recent or current job, and work backwards. Read this article if you’re not sure what qualifies as work experience.

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