Tips on How to write the perfect CV that no Employer can turn down

 

When it comes to job hunting, you are only as good as you look on paper, which is why it is essential that you have a great CV to get you that first interview.

Companies and recruitment agencies have the same complaint – there are simply too many “poor candidates” flooding their HR departments and account managers out there. But the reality is that these companies aren’t necessarily receiving poor candidates, but rather poor CVs.

How to compile a winning CV

Whereas many online sites and books (and even professional services) provide templates and format suggestions, more emphasis should be placed on content.

(If you need more tips as either a job seeker, or a job poster, there is an online resource centre available).

As a general rule of thumb, you should use a clear and easily readable font and an uncluttered layout – but spend most of your time perfecting the actual description of your past experience and qualifications.

Your personal details

Most recruiters and HR professionals simply scan your personal details to immediately qualify or disqualify your application.

If, for example, the job in question is only open to SA citizens or individuals with a drivers’ licence your application will be dismissed right away if you don’t match the criteria.

Make sure to list the basics right at the top of your CV and ensure that relevant details are included.

If you are living in Cape Town but moving to Durban, make sure that you state clearly that you are aiming to relocate soon to avoid being disregarded purely by your physical address. Keep the section short and succinct.

Education

If you are quite far along in your career and experience, there is no need to delve into all the details of your education. It’s enough to state where you matriculated and obtained your qualifications.

If you’ve done numerous courses over the years, only state the ones most relevant to your job and most recently acquired – your certificate in wine tasting won’t impress if you are applying for a position as an accountant, and a typewriting maintenance course completed in 1979 is definitely not going to land you a job in 2014.

If however, you feel that this section is a little thin, scour the Internet for some free courses

Even large international universities such as Harvard and Oxford offer free online courses in a range of subjects and, if completed, will issue you with a certificate to that effect.

Again, this section can be short and to the point – include your subjects that are relevant, the year of completion and your final marks.

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How to Sell Mandela Coins in S.A

While everyone seems to be delving into cryptocurrencies during the past few years, there is still money to be made with conventional money. In fact, there are some rare coins that can be worth a pretty penny. The Mandelacoin is a South African R5 coin, which features the face of Nelson Mandela. As you should already know, Mandela was the South African President from 1994 to 1999. Depending on the specific Mandela coin that you have, it could be worth as much as a million rand. This guide will teach you how to sell your Mandela coins for once and all.

Where To Sell Mandela coins
In reality, there are plenty of great places to sell Mandela coins, but some are riskier than others.

First and foremost, you may want to consider visiting your local flea market. There, you will be able to find tons of individuals who are interested in rare coins.

You can also try auction websites. Unfortunately, both of these options are limited and a little risky.

Don’t expect to get top dollar prices from these locations. If you really want to get the most out of your Mandela coins, you should visit Cointrader.co.za. The website has gained a great reputation and they offer reasonable prices for the rarest Mandela coin on the planet.

Mandela Coins Selling Price
So, why would anyone want to sell Mandela coins in the first place? The answer should be obvious. These coins can be worth a lot of money.

Nevertheless, you must understand that some versions are worth a great deal more than others. At the same time, it is pertinent to understand that the condition of the coin can make a big difference. If it is tarnished and in poor condition, you can expect to get a lot less out of your coin. If it is in mint condition, it’ll sell for far more.
Take the 2004 R5 Mandela coin as an example, this coin can sell for as much as R 5 000. Some coins are worth much more. The 1994 Inauguration R5 coin has been known to sell for as much as R 10 000. If you’ve got a Mandela coin or two sitting around your home, you’re really sitting on a gold mine!
Beware Of Scams When Selling Your R 5 Mandela Coins
Unfortunately, there are a lot of scammers out there and they want to make money. These individuals want to pay nothing for your Mandelacoins, so they can make all of the money for themselves. This is something that you’ll need to protect yourself from when dealing with Mandela coins. As mentioned above, it is possible to sell Mandela coins at local flea markets and on online auction websites. Just be cautious! Do your research and make sure that you’re dealing with a trustworthy individual. Also, make sure that you’re getting a fair price for your coin.
With a little bit of caution, you’ll be able to sell your coin and get a reasonable price.

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Are you looking for ways to earn extra income on the internet during your leisure time but have no clue on how to start?

You may wonder whether it will require you to build your own website, write blog posts, or even sell a product online. Whatever it is, you may think some kind of advanced knowledge is required to do so. Of course, you can do all of those mentioned before, but only if you have some kind of specialty in one of those areas in order to do it well. For most people, this can be a little complicated, but please do not feel discouraged by this. There are actually different ways of making money online. In fact, it is a lot easier than you think.

Paid Surveys – the best and easiest way to make money online

Among all other methods to earn extra income, paid surveys is the best and easiest way to make money online. What could be easier than answering few questions and sharing your thoughts on a survey? It is as easy as drinking a glass of water, right? Plus, it only takes you around 15 minutes to complete a survey and you can earn an average of $5 per survey.

It does not require any kind of special skills to complete a survey and it can easily be taken anytime and anywhere during the survey period via PC, laptop, tablet or mobile as long as you have an internet connection.

Companies are willing to pay for your opinion

There are many large companies out there who would love to hear your opinion about their services/products and in exchange reward you for this kind of useful information. Companies use this valuable information for their future developments – to design better products/services and to improve the quality of them.

All feedback is welcomed whether positive or negative. You do not have to be afraid of “not getting paid” if your feedback is negative. In fact, companies are open to hearing negative feedback as well since it would help point out what needs to be worked on.

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Free DEMO Forex Account and Learn how To Make Money Online

Have you been hesitant to get into the forex trading because you are worried that you know little to nothing about it?

Now the question is do you want to learn more about the forex market and practice trading without any chances of losing any many? If so, you should sign up for a free demo forex account.

Also all major forex broker institutes, i always you use CMTrading as an example because they are the ones I used when i started trading- offer a demo forex trading account. These accounts imitate the forex market. They allow you to make trades all in real-time, just as you would in the real market, but they are “dummy” trades: no real monetary transactions are taking place.

I want to start trading how do I signup? Click here see How easy it is to Signup and start trading with CMTrading. Step by step guide.

What are the advantages of a demo forex account?

For newbies, a demo forex account gives you an opportunity to learn the forex trading market with a “safety net.” You can also use the demo account to test out your trading strategies or learn about different aspects of the market if you are more advanced. An added advantage is that these accounts are free. Brokerages use these demo accounts as way of showing off their services. As you work through the demo forex platform offered, they are hopeful that you will sign up for a live or real money account with them.

How can I get a demo account?

The best way to find a good demo for forex trading is to take the first step, as so many journeys do, though your favorite search engine.

Where do I go from here?

Once you have your demo forex account, you should use it to practice consistently and frequently. If you are in a training course, demo accounts work well for practising what you have learned. If you are teaching yourself basing on the information you can find, this would be an excellent way to try out what you are learning without losing your shirt.

Sometimes experts also use demo forex trading accounts to try out new brokerages and to test new strategies. The best thing to do, though, is to just keep practising on a demo forex account, keep working hard and see exactly where it takes you!

Click here to Start  Creating Demo Account

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Department Of Correctional Service Vacancies

Vacancies

APPLICATIONS​:​

Applications must be sent in time to the correct address as indicated at the bottom of each position, to reach the address on or before the closing date. Applications send to a wrong address and/or received after the closing date or those that do not comply with the requirements, will not be taken into consideration. In the event of hand-delivery of applications, applicants must sign an application register as proof of application.

NOTE​:​

Applications must be submitted on the Application for Employment Form (Z.83), obtainable from any Public Service department or at www.gov.za and should be accompanied by a comprehensive CV, including the details of at least two contactable referees (should be people who recently worked with the applicant) and certified copies of qualifications and identity document (with an original certification stamp). It is the responsibility of applicants in possession of foreign qualifications to submit evaluated results by the South African Qualifications Authority. Where a valid driver’s licence is a requirement, applicants must attach certified copies of such licences. No faxes or e-mailed applications will be considered. If no contact is made within three months of the closing date, please accept that the application was unsuccessful. Successful candidates will be required to enter into a performance agreement and be subjected to security clearance procedures. Successful candidates may be required to undergo a competency assessment

HOW TO APPLY

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Valentine’s Day gift From Jacob Zuma

A day to prove to your loved one how much you care for them? All translated into nauseating expensive kitsch. What could possibly go wrong?

Ask Oscar.

The day that he made the choice to shoot his girlfriend through a bathroom door, was the day that Saint Valentine’s Day in South Africa altered its course. It has yet to find its way back. For South Africans the day of love will always be ‘that’ day. And they will always remember where they were when they heard the news that made no sense at all.

And now South Africans have something further to add to the history of the day.

Yesterday morning whilst devoted South Africans were delivering scones, piping hot coffee and the required perky red rose to the beds of their beloved, the Guptas were receiving their very own love note (otherwise known as a warrant) courtesy of the Hawks.

It was reported that their premises all over Johannesburg were raided and that Ajay Gupta was taken in for questioning. The fact that he is still in the country might bear testimony to the arrogance and just how untouchable he considered himself to be, but is a Valentine’s gift to the nation nevertheless.

But the day was still to get better because just before midnight on Valentine’s Day, President Jacob Zuma finally said those words we have been longing to hear. Words that allow us for the first time to imagine a future and to dream of what can be.

I read on Twitter that Valentine’s Day is the day of love, and if you really love someone you should set them free. By resigning, Zuma finally showed how much he loves the country. (There was no mention of the second half of the cliché which is that if they love you back they will return to you, because not even his wives are likely to do that.)

For a while it looked unlikely. His earlier interview on SABC was frightening and deranged and very worrying. One got the sense that at any time, some big gentle souls in white coats would enter the room and firmly but kindly remind him it was time to take his meds. He wouldn’t agree, of course, and would try to continue. But they would assist him (one big gentle soul on either arm) to stand and walk him out the room all whilst he shouted: “Tell me what I have done. I am the president. What have I done wrong?”

He then announced his 10pm press briefing for which he was late. Perhaps he was too busy with the delivery of all the roses to all the wives, along with the required love note, scones and piping hot coffee, so he couldn’t get there on time. Who could blame him? He might have considered that the trouble he could face on the domestic front might well have been worse than anything the EFF could do to him if he left one of the wives out. And I kind of understand that.

Besides, it wasn’t like he couldn’t sleep late today.

His announcement finally meant that South Africans could exhale. They could disconnect from their Twitter and News24 feeds and they could actually get on with life. The situation has become so serious in my house that my wife forced me to take a Stillnox the night before (I suffer from very serious FOMO) just so I could get some sleep. Apparently some of my ramblings made Zuma look sane.

So ridiculous was the situation that earlier in the day I had seriously debated with a friend at the gym if he should risk going for a 45 minute swim where he would have no access to the news. A bike, he figured, can be a decent work-out and he will remain connected. And neither of us thought anything was wrong with the situation.

And now it’s over. He has resigned – without knowing why – and we get to move forward as a people and as a nation. I assume that the reasons will become clear to him at some point, and even if not, it doesn’t really matter, because he is no longer our problem.

President Jacob Zuma gave South Africa the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift. He proved his love by setting us free. Red roses, freshly bakes scones and piping hot coffee to us all and the freedom to move forward as South Africans.

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Places You Should Look For a Job?

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Are you unemployed? Do you have to look for a job, but don’t know where to start? There are lots of avenues that you can use. Here are some ideas.

Labour Centres of the Department of Labour

Phone or visit an employment services officer at your nearest office of the Department of Labour. The Labour Centres have a computerized job-matching system called the Employment Services system of South Africa (ESSA), which makes job-searching much easier. Your personal details, skills, qualifications and work experience will be captured on the ESSA. Employers also register work and learning opportunities on the ESSA. If you meet the requirements of the opportunities, the employment services officer will gladly refer you to employers where vacant opportunities exist. This service is free of charge. You can also receive career advice if you need more clarity about a future career path, free of charge.

Private employment agencies

You can also contact private employment offices to help you find a job. (The names, telephone numbers and addresses of private employment agencies can be found in the Yellow Pages under the heading ‘Personnel Consultants’). Send them a copy of your CV so that they can find the right job. A private employment agency may only charge a fee to an employer and NOT a job-seeker for employment services provided.

Newspapers

Many vacant posts are advertised in the various newspapers. Consult the daily and Sunday newspapers as well as “Jobmail” for these advertisements. Newspapers are available at all libraries for consultation.

Computer or internet

You can find information on available jobs on the internet-go to www.google.com, or www.yahoo.com, for example, and type in “jobsearch” into the search engine. You will then get many sites to explore job opportunities. Also ask the Career Counsellors at the Labour Centres to assist you with internet sites.

Notice boards

Be on the lookout for notice boards on which advertisements for vacant posts appear. Such notice boards can usually be found at large shopping centres.

Yellow Pages

The Yellow pages, a special telephone directory available at post offices and libraries, can be very useful in identifying employers. This is how it works: At the back of the Yellow Pages there is an alphabetical index of various services. If, for example, you wish to become a gardener, page through the alphabetical index till you find the letter ‘G’. Under the letter ‘G’ you will find the heading ‘Garden service and layout’. Next to this heading is a page number. Turn to this page. On this page, again under the heading ‘Garden service and layout’, you will find the names, addresses and telephone numbers of companies that you can contact for a possible job as a gardener. If you have problems using the Yellow Pages, ask someone to help you.

Employers

Visit employers and employer’s organizations in your career field and ask if they have any vacant posts available. You can also contact them by telephone or letter.

Family and friends

Ask your family and friends to help you look for a job and whether they know of any companies with available vacant posts.

Social Networking

Part of the job-hunting process requires that you mix with people. Meeting people can only happen if you make yourself available. Get involved in an organization and learn new skills, develop new contacts that might provide you with a new opportunity or ask people about jobs they do and what they can recommend for you. Networking can happen anywhere for instance at social occasions, youth groups, religious organizations, choirs or societies.

Volunteering

Volunteering means working free of charge at a company, maybe an animal shelter or in community service. Volunteering is an excellent way to get to know people. It is also a way of gaining knowledge and experience and building up your self-confidence.

Remember, don’t give up – keep on looking!

Source: Department of Labour

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6 Reasons Why They Recommend English For Jobs (Study)

Why should I learn English?

While you are thinking where to study English and which course to take, you might also want to ask yourself: why should I learn English?

There are lots of good reasons to learn English, from the professional to the personal. It is one of the six official languages of the United Nations, and more than 67 countries have English as their official or native language, more than any other language in the world

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Professional

Learning English can really help you in your career and enhance your CV
Research suggests that on average, people who use languages in their jobs earn around 8% more
Over 1/3 of businesses want people specifically for their language skills
The international business community often uses English to communicate, and often requires employees to speak multiple languages

Communication

Building relationships with people – professionally or otherwise – is an invaluable skill
Although it is hard to estimate the exact numbers of English language speakers in the world, it is thought that about one billion people speak English as a first or second language, the joint-highest number of any language
55% of all websites are in English
The majority of electronic communication is in English – being able to read and write emails is a big advantage

Education

If you want to study at university in countries like the US and the UK, you need to be proficient in English
The number of people learning English is expected to reach around 2 billion people over the next decade
There are several exams for international students that measure English ability and are globally recognized

Personal

Learning a language can give you a great sense of personal achievement and fulfilment
Some of the world’s best music, films, and TV shows are in English. Understanding the language will give you a better appreciation of these cultural highlights
Speaking English will help you meet all kinds of people and make great friends

Travel

Learning English with Kaplan also means travelling to another country
Learning English abroad will help give you a better understanding of other cultures
The English you learn while abroad will help you to travel more easily.

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10 Things to Do to Improve Your CV: No 10 Will Make You Laugh

No one enjoys spending hours on a job application, only to receive a polite rejection email a few weeks later.

When it happens once, it’s disappointing. But when you’re repeatedly overlooked for interviews, it can really get you down.

A strong CV can be your ticket to your dream role, or at the very least, ensure your application lands on the interview pile instead of headed for oblivion.

Here are 10 instantly actionable tweaks to give your CV the best chance of capturing the attention of recruiters.

1. Keep it short

Two pages is ideal for a CV. Bullet lists and dot points are your friend. People will stop reading if the information they need is buried in wordy paragraphs and unnecessary detail.

2. Start with a personal profile

Begin with three to four sentences that outline how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role(s).

3. Consider grouping short-term positions

Employers want candidates who look like they’ll stay for the long haul.  It’s better to say that you worked in hospitality for two years rather than listing the ten different fast food outlets you briefly worked in during that time.

4. Focus on your accomplishments and skills instead of your employment history

If you’ve worked on short-term contracts, you could list these under Contract Work and highlight your achievements instead of detailing each role.

5. Add awards, prizes and other relevant information that will help you stand out from the crowd

Do you speak a second language? Volunteer in an area directly related to the role? Make sure you mention these.

6. Focus on what you have accomplished rather than your duties, then prove your claims

Did you add value, make or save the company money, solve a problem, make something more efficient, or attract new clients? Describe how you did this.

7. Make sure the recruiter can easily see your strengths

It’s almost always best to lead with your employment history unless you’ve recently graduated.

8. Use language that is easy to read and skim over

Spell out your qualifications and any acronyms. A recruiter probably won’t know that a DAgrEc is a Doctor of Agricultural Economics.  And it’s better to say you were a member of the Expenditure Review Committee rather than the ERC.

9. Explain noticeable gaps in employment

This is especially true if you were studying, completing projects, freelancing or undertaking research.

10. Get a professional email address

Email addresses like ilovecatsforever@hotmail.com will send your application straight to the bin.

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7 Common Bursary Application Mistakes To Avoid

Students around the world apply for bursary money each year in hopes of funding their undergraduate education. The need for financial support can be difficult, but the application process doesn’t have to be. Seeking out and applying for bursaries is time-consuming but worth it if you put in the right amount of effort and care. Increase your chances of getting the big YES by avoiding these common application mistakes.

Missed Deadlines

Before spending too much time on an application, find out when it is due! Missing a bursary deadline is a major no-no and a surefire way to be turned down. Once you figure out what the deadline is, mark your calendar, review the requirements and map out how much time it will take to complete the application so you aren’t rushing and possibly missing that date. Even if your claim to fame is working well under pressure… this is not the time to do it. Besides, the further you get into your university career, the more important it will become to be deadline-driven so you might as well practice punctuality now.

Not Answering the Essay Question

It’s time to step away from those high school essays on which you wrote around the question, and start following the guidelines and being direct! Don’t be generic and don’t beat around the bush. Bursaries are intended to fund your higher education, during which you will be required to answer a lot of questions. This is a perfect time to hone in on your essay writing skills and really ask yourself what the prompt wants.

Additionally, if you are applying for many different bursaries, you may see some similarities in the essay prompts and want to “recycle” your hard work. Don’t let temptation get the best of you! Bursary committees are looking for applicants to directly address the question they were asked, so don’t be lazy by sending off an essay that you wrote for another committee. Each program is different with varying requirements, so each essay should be tailored to the bursary you’re after. Trust us when we say that they will know if you reused an essay. If you aren’t sure whether you have covered your grounds, ask someone to review the question and your essay to be certain that you addressed it properly.

Not Applying for Enough Bursaries

You aren’t going to win them all, and the ones you do win may not be enough to get you by. This is not to be cynical, but to be realistic. There are thousands and thousands of students vying for the same reward, so even if you have the utmost confidence that your application will be among the best, the chances of winning remain small… especially for the bigger bursaries that grant larger sums and to more individuals. You should apply for several bursaries, even if the application process is tedious or if you think your chances are slim. You should also diversify your pool, applying to popular bursaries as well as smaller, perhaps lesser known bursaries. Even if the reward is small, you’ll have applied to and possibly won a few other small ones that could add up to a sizable amount of funding.

Paying for Money

Don’t fall for bursary scams. If a bursary company offers to do all the application work for you for a “small price,” it is not legitimate. You’re asking for a donation of sorts, so why should you pay anything for it? If you are asked to provide credit card or banking details, if you are being rushed, if you don’t have to do any work, or if they claim you won a bursary you never even applied for… major red flag. Check out our post about bursary scams to learn more about how you can avoid them.

Not Checking Your Work for Errors

Word count or range limitations, spelling mistakes, poor grammar, sloppiness – this all falls under the error category. Like the essays you’ve written in school, checking your application from top to bottom before submitting is of the utmost importance. You are trying to prove that you deserve money to continue your education, so forgetting to edit your application may come off like you don’t care enough to do it right – which will definitely leave a bad taste in your committee member’s mouth. Think about it: if it came down to two applications that are basically identical in terms of quality and eligibility, but one has typos while the other reads perfectly… who do you think they’re going to pick? Ask a friend, family member or even an advisor with an eye for detail to proofread your essays AND application forms before you send them in.

Not Asking for Recommendations

You can speak volumes about yourself, but the word of a trusted professor, employer or mentor may go even further. Even if a bursary application doesn’t require that you include a recommendation, you should include one anyway. It shows initiative and could be the icing on your application’s cake.

Not Checking Your Eligibility

While we encourage you to apply for many different bursaries, we discourage you from applying to every bursary you stumble upon. There are thousands of bursary categories out there. There are those for people of a certain ethnicity, those going into university declared as a specific major, those who maintained a certain Grade Point Average (GPA) throughout high school, and more. Imagine applying to a program not knowing that it requires a 3.8 high school GPA but your average was a 3.4. You wouldn’t be considered, and you would have wasted your time. As mentioned, the application process can be very time-consuming, so be cognizant of each program’s requirements before submitting your case.

The application process may seem grueling but think about how much better you will feel when you get a letter stating that you have been rewarded funds to attend university! Keep these “don’ts” in mind as you prepare to apply! Good luck!

 

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