CV and cover letter
How to write a good CV
When it comes to finding a job your CV is a step into the door. It gives you an opportunity to say what you can do and to convince a potential employer to hire you.
In order to get a job you need to compile a CV that is of good quality and tells potential employers who you are and what you know before they even meet you. Your CV must be position and industry specific. It must speak to the potential employer in a language they understand and can relate to.
For example if you are applying for an IT internship amongst other things you need to specify the various software and programming languages you know. On the other hand if you are applying for a chemistry internship you need to specify the equipment you are proficient in using and the type of chemistry you specialised in at tertiary education level.
Knowledge & skills
You need to demonstrate that you possess the necessary skills required for the job you are applying for. You need to ensure that you are capable of doing the job you are applying for and are ready to enter employment. You must know the demands associated with the job and the qualities required of an individual within your career of interest. Career shadowing would be a good way to find out exactly what is required of you as an individual within a specific career.
Your cover letter must introduce to the potential employer the person you are without them having met you yet. You must ensure that your language and grammar is good, you portray an image of professionalism and you use clean language. No swearing, slang or truncated language can be used under any circumstances. Your cover letter must also give a brief history of the experience you have and the type of work you have done including your achievements.