Preparing Your CV

Here are some tips about what attracts our attention as we take a look at your employment, education – and life – history.

Submitting your CV/Resume

 General Information

To make it easier for us to determine where you might best fit within our organization, you can take a few simple steps to help us understand your qualifications.

  • Preferably submit your resume in PDF or Microsoft Word formats. Text formats are also acceptable.
  • All resumes and related materials (transcripts, portfolios, etc.) should be submitted in English.
  • Only include essential personal information and be sure to include your name and how to contact you in the resume, not just your cover letter. Also, include your email, phone, and city and state of residence. Do NOT include your gender, date of birth, age, family status, military status, citizenship status or personal identification numbers.
  • If you use acronyms, spell them out once unless they are well known in industry

Educational Background

Your CV/resume should accurately reflect your academic achievements and accomplishments.

  • Your resume should include the full name of all post-secondary institutions attended, degrees conferred, and a cumulative grade point average (if available) for each degree received.
  • Only report your college/university-level education. However, if you completed a “year abroad” program as part of your pre-university education, feel free to include this in your resume.
  • Provide a brief description of projects you completed related to the position for which you are applying.

Your work experience

You may be fresh out of college/university or have substantial work experience and a history of accomplishments. Either way, we want to know what skills you’ve acquired along the way. We’ll look closely at the work experience section of your resume, so the information you provide here is very important.

  •  Provide your job title, employer name and dates of employment.
  • Provide a brief description of the companies you have worked for especially if they are not well known.
  • Provide your specific “key accomplishments” in each role. • We want to see concise (ie. bulleted), important details on your key accomplishments and the impact your efforts had on your company. For engineering resumes, please include the programming languages and tools used for each.
  • If you worked while attending a college/university, either during the summer or concurrent with your course work, be sure to mention this even if it isn’t specifically related to a potential job at Gauteng Technical Manufacturing Initiative.
  • Customize your resume by highlighting the skills that are relevant to the position.

Additional information

Tell us what makes you unique! Here at Gauteng Technical Manufacturing Initiative, we value talent and intelligence, group spirit and diversity, creativity and idealism. Gauteng Technical Manufacturing Initiative range from former neurosurgeons and puzzle champions to alligator wrestlers and Lego maniacs.

  • Be sure to include any awards received, articles published, conference presentations given, or professional organizations you are involved in (ie. SWE, IEEE, ACM, etc.). We don’t need to see copies of awards or publications, just a reference to them.
  • You can also include personal projects related to the position

Preparing for your interview

By this point, we already think you’re pretty special – so here are some ideas to help you stand out even more.

  • Know what interests you about Gauteng Technical Manufacturing Initiative’s and why you’ve applied.
  • Familiarize yourself with Gauteng Technical Manufacturing Initiative’s products and services. Research our competitors.
  •  If you are interviewing for a software engineering or technical role, be ready to answer high-level technical questions on data-structures and algorithms. We would like you to code up your answers on boards with our engineers.
  • Familiarize yourself with the job description you are interested in.
  • Ensure you can substantiate anything your CV/resume says – for instance, if you list Java or Haskell as your key programming language, questions about this are fair game and may be asked of you.