Category Archives: Career Development

Create great first impressions by preparing an impressive CV

Jobhunting has revolutionalised over the past few years to align itself with the ever changing job market. As new professions arisen, individuals no longer feel spell bound to have a “nine to five” due to the rapid uptake of new technologies. But the fact remains that people will always be searching for jobs, which is we’ve collated the following impressive CV tips to share with you this week:

Creating an impressive CV

  • CV Length: Most CVs are at least two pages long, and often much longer. A résumé should be a two page summary with skills, experience and education, while a Curriculum Vitae (CV) is a more detailed synopsis about your academic background, detailed skills and experience combined with a portfolio of evidence (awards, presentations, achievements).
  • Font and Size: Do not use ornate fonts that are difficult to read; Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri, or a similar font is best. Your font size should be between 10 and 12 points, although your name and the section headings can be a little larger and/or bolded.
  • Format: However you decide to organise the sections of your CV, be sure to keep each section uniform. For example, if you put the name of one organisation in italics, every organisation name must be in italics. It should look neat and professional. Use bullets wherever subsections are required and do not use too many variants of font sizes and styles.
  • Accuracy: Be sure to edit your CV before sending it. Check spelling, grammar, tenses, names of companies and people.
  • Contact details: At the top of your CV, include your name and contact information (address, phone number, email address). Most CVs start with these but take care to avoid superfluous details, such as religious affiliation, children’s names or your pets’ names.
  • Achievements: If you have achieved any title in your career or academic span, feel free to flaunt it here in detail (title, year, cause, and provider’s details). Even small achievements, titles and awards earned can be mentioned. Be sure to mention achievements listed against each role.

Marie says first impressions are the ones that matter, therefore pay extra special attention to ensure your CV or résumé is flawless!

For more tips on how to create a top notch CV visit Career Point.

These people will so amazing things for your career

These people will do amazing things for your career

We’ve all heard how vital networking is for our careers. And it’s true, building and maintaining strong relationships is critical for any professional desiring greater success.

Now, in order to reach career success, you need to accumulate what researchers have dubbed the “social capital”. Defined as the collective value of all “social networks” [who people know] and the inclinations that arise from these networks to do things for each other [“norms of reciprocity”], a diverse group of talented people can help you achieve the most impact for your professional success.

So here’s a list of important people you should be associating yourself with:

The finance guru

Your financial success can sometimes depend on the company you keep. A financially savvy friend who has clear financial goals and pursues them will encourage you to take care of your own financial well-being.

The connector

Maintaining relationships with people who thrive on socialising, makes it easier to connect to people who will help you in your career. Nowadays, it’s all about relationships; for each connection you have, you connect to their connection and their connections’ connections. The ripple effect is good for keeping relationships going when you need to reach out to someone.

The mentor

Building a relationship with someone who inspires your career direction is important in shaping your career path. When choosing a mentor, it is important that you associate yourself with someone who will have a holistic impact on your life. A good mentor will offer a balance between cheering you on and calling you forward and making sure that you don’t settle.

 The innovator

Maintaining a relationship with someone who is always on top of your industry innovations will not only ensure that you are always kept abreast of the latest developments, but they’ll also motivate you to tackle new challenges. Entrepreneurs also have a knack for solving problems creatively which will be of help to you.

The leader

They say “success breeds success”. When we see someone we admire obtain success, we too believe we can obtain it. Your four former bosses or industry leaders are important in this case, especially in offering advice about those tough career questions. However, unlike mentors, leaders offer a purely professional point of view.

Visit our Members in the News feature and start building your social capital.

How to Boost Your Online Reputation in 2015

Can you believe we’re almost two months into the New Year?! We hope you’ve settled into the office with new hopes, new expectations and new plans to grow even more than before.

We’ve got the perfect tools to make sure your year is headed in the right path thus far. Update your company’s Who’s Who page and diarise special events you’d like to attend.

Whether you’ve starting a new job or returned to the familiar, your Who’s Who profile should already be filled with all of your accomplishments thus far. Remember to flaunt all of 2014’s projects by creating your personal portfolio.

If you’re on the hunt for a senior level position, we’re here to connect you with just the right job opportunities. Simply sign up for our free notification service and have great opportunities automatically mailed to you.

Stay up to date with all our exciting new features on Facebook and Twitter because we’ve got a whole lot planned for you this year.

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”  — Ralph Waldo Emerson