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5 Tips for creating a KILLER CV

Text: Sarah Z Wexler Photography: Jonathan Taylor

Blonde model wearing a leopard print skirt First, the basics: keep it to a page, skip unusual fonts and ditch the line about references on request. Now step it up with tips from the actual CV’s of these great women.

Clarify unknown companies

“Especially with a start-up, people may not know the name. Add background to give context.”— Ruzwana Bashir, founder and CEO of peek.com

List current achievements

“Awards prove that others think you excel. But if it’s over five years old and not major, cut it to include newer things.”— Ruzwana Bashir

Add social media info

..but think before you. “Social media can be great for networking, but only if your Twitter and Instagram feeds are professional. Drunken tweets or offensive posts won’t make a good impression.”— Lauren Beukes, author

Include past unrelated jobs

“My work as a junior lecturer and model gave me confidence with camera and shaped me, which helped score me my job as a cooking show host. Potential employers like to know about experiences that moulded you.” — Sibahle Mtongana, host of TV show Cooking with Siba

List work experience first 

“Some CV’s begin with education, but I start with relevant jobs. Even if you’ve only had internship, show that experience first.”— Polly Auritt, Vice President, scripted series at MTV Networks

Looking for more career advice? Here’s how to dress (and impress) at the office and top tips on how to become a model

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