Friday, February 22, 2013

Good morning good people, it's a beautiful Friday morning in Johottesburg! There's a special spring in my step today because there are three brand new CV's to share with the world!  Last week I was a guest on Radio Today's Chic Jozi show in which I spoke about this little initiative which I really hope grows into a bigger initiative. I urge you all to please spread the word about it, spread these CV's around if you know anyone looking to employ someone and to also send me an email if you would like yours to be uploaded here on Fridays.

I must admit, I'm kind of ''so bored'' of the traditional CV structure. Hayi kabi. Now that I spend a considerable amount of time looking at people's CVs, I think the concept of a CV is a little bit outdated!  I think we need to think of  a new more exciting way to sell ourselves if we want to stand out and be noticed. Especially in the creative industries! What do you think? Do you guys have any feedback about the way this CV thing has been structured so far? I would really appreciate your thoughts on the whole thing and how to improve it.

Without further ado, (I've never actually really understood that saying but anyway), here we go:

The first CV belongs to a 25 year old woman who lives in Durban and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rhodes University and recently completed her studies at the Entrepreneurship Institute of India. She has a drivers licence, speaks English and Zulu and is willing to move to another city if there are employment opportunities.  At Rhodes she studied Industrial and Economic Sociology and History and in India, she did a programme in Small Business Promotion. She also studied at the IMM Graduate School of Marketing and completed a Higher Certificate in Marketing Management.

Work Experience

2012             Interservice Trainee at the Ethekwini Municipality, Arts and Living Cultures Unit
2010 - 2011  Interservice Trainee at the Ethekwini Municipality, International and Governance Unit
2010             PR Officer and Production Asst at Decamm Productions and Iindoni Models
2009             Marketing Assistant at HMS Management Consultants

The Second CV belongs to a fashion designer who lives in Port Elizabeth.  She has a BA Degree in Fashion Design from Lisof as well as a National Diploma in Fashion Design and Technology from the Tshwane University of Technology.  Her beautifully laid out CV came with a step by step guide on how to make a 50's full skirt and her cover letter tells the story of somebody who is not only passionate about making clothing, but someone who has the technical skills to back it up! In 2011 while working as a studio manager at Studio Tiaan Nagel, she was selected as a finalist for the Mr Price Elle New Talent Competition and had a show at SA Fashion Week.  She is 26 years old and speaks Afrikaans and English, has her own car and has recently tried her hand at her own label but I think she needs a little more experience working for somebody more established.

Work Experience

2012             Assistant Designer, Pattern Maker - SilverSpoon Clothing
2011             Assistant Designer, Pattern Maker, Dress Maker - Lunar Clothing
2010 - 2011  Studio Manager, Jnr Designer, Garment Technologist, Pattern Maker - Tiaan Nagel
2010             Shop Assistant, Forever New
2009             Intern, Miss Scarlet Clothing

Her skills include:
Designing, Technical drawing, Pattern making, Grading, Management, Client relations, Cutting, Quality control, Sales and she also makes wedding dresses amongst others.

The Third CV Belongs to a young man! Finally, I've been wondering why I haven't received any CV's from South Africa's young men.  This young man is based in Johannesburg and studies Public Relations and Communications at the University of Johannesburg.  He is 24 years old, speaks English, Sesotho and Zulu and has a drivers licence. He has worked in product promotion, was the events co-ordinator for UJ Arts and Culture and was the editor of the University's student newspaper. He currently has a fashion blog and is looking for a job in fashion, media and PR related industries.

Work Experience

2011 - 2012  PR and Communication Intern and Personal Assistant and Stylist - David Tlale
2011             Part-time PR and Communication Intern - Suzaan Heyns Couture
2011             PR and Communication Intern - Helen Joseph Hospital
2011             Melville Guest House - PR and Communications Intern for the Melville Poetry Fest

His skills include:
Formulation and execution of marketing strategies, product promotion, newsletter compilation, designer and client liaison, event co-ordination.

Whew, that's it for this week. If you would like to find out more about these jobseekers, please send me an email and I will put you in touch with them.




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joannamae31 said...

Hey.. this is helpful tips and igniting experiences. It gives me hope. Thanks for sharing.

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James Chadwick said...

I have the ability to design the gorgeous clothing and I was looking for such opportunity. I think it will help me a lot.
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