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[BizCareers] Do's and don'ts on your CV

Not sure whether or not to include a photo of yourself on your CV? What's the minimum amount of time you should stay at a company to avoid looking like a job-hopper? We answer both these questions this week.

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Photo, or no photo

Do you know what the etiquette is around putting your photo on your CV? Should I or shouldn't I? - Alyssa

Hi Alyssa,

Thank you for your question and getting in touch. In the past it has been quite popular to put your photo on your CV. However these days it's not something that employers really look for. You would have to think what the purpose of this would be? Is it to show you're not a one-eyed, green, fire-breathing alien? And if you are, why should you be denied the job if you have all the skills? So in essence it doesn't really serve a purpose. If you do decide to do so however, make sure it's a very professional, well-presented photo. The amount of CVs I've seen containing photos that are of candidates either a)bleary eyed and hanging on someone else with a beer in hand or b) dressed in their latest negligée, are too many to count. I've discarded these completely and won't even take the time to read further than the name. The best is a professionally taken head and shoulders shot, wearing corporate clothes, make-up, perfect hair and with a smile.

Good luck!

Avoid looking like a job-hopper

I have been at my current company for two years now and just don't feel I'm getting anywhere. Is this quite a good track record or will it ruin my CV if I move on already? - Byron

Hi Byron,

Thanks for your question. Two years, I would say, is the minimum amount of time to stay at a company, anything less may seem as if you're a job-hopper. Of course there are exceptions - if the company closed or if you really weren't happy etc., but try and limit it to two years. All the best, and I hope you find what you're looking for!

Remember to always love what you do!

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About Juliette Attwell

Juliette Attwell is currently head of marketing and operations at Recruitgroup, a Level Three BEE contributor which was awarded the Best Recruitment Agency of the Year at the CareerJunction Awards in 2010 and 2012, as well as other industry honours. She holds a BCom in Industrial Psychology and Honours in Marketing Management. Juliette is also the resident "agony aunt" on the BizCareers Column.
Miss Candy

I am a graduate Radio Production, i have been seeking an employment in commercial radio stations. sent my demos, apply post etc. I have nver received a call for an interview. Is there something wrong with the way i am applying? Or is this industry really so fickle? Can you tell be the better way of doing it. I really love radio and pasionate abot it.
Posted on 22 Jan 2014 18:51
I am a 54 year old female, very young at heart and still have zest for life. I have 19 years of Marketing & Advertising experience and I am struggling to find a job.

Why is there discrimination with age.
Is there any jobs for senior's
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