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Craft that perfect CV that will help you land your dream job

Craft that perfect CV that will help you land your dream job

By Chantelle Reid, Bank Windhoek’s Recruitment Manager.

So, you have finally attained your qualifications, and you plan on becoming independent by entering the workforce. As you embark on your career, you will imagine the perfect job to suit your desired lifestyle, a position that will afford you that latest car or an opportunity to travelling the world. But how do you go about getting that perfect job?

First, you need to find a vacancy that matches your academic qualifications, experience, and interests. Then comes the critical part: drafting your Curriculum Vitae (CV), which will stand out amongst the hundreds, if not thousands, that usually end up on a recruiter’s desk or inbox.

Curriculum Vitae is Latin and translates “Brief Course of Life’. As such, it must be a comprehensive document highlighting your professional and academic history, but it must also be focussed and to the point.

CVs typically include information such as work experience, achievements, scholarships, or grants you have earned, coursework completed, research projects, and publication of your work. An employer will ask you for this document when you apply for employment.

Below are a few hints and tips to help you draft your CV:

• Use your legal names, not nicknames.

• Ensure that your correct contact number and email address are visible. Never use an email address like partygirl@goodtimes.com. Your potential employer is not likely to take your application seriously.

• The length of your CV is significant. Less is more when it comes to CVs, and while you should ensure that all the relevant information is available, irrelevant information is not necessary. Recruiters do not look at CV’s longer than two to three pages.

• Only include copies of your qualifications if explicitly asked to do so.

• The modern CV does not necessarily need to include detail like your relationship status; this can be obtained during the interview if required.

• If you want to use a picture on your cover page, please ensure that it is a clear head and shoulder picture only. For each position you apply, write a different cover letter. Nothing puts recruiters off as much as recycled letters addressed to the wrong person or organisation.

• Ensure that your application reaches the organisation, such as Bank Windhoek, well ahead of the actual closing deadline.

• Use the method of application as prescribed. If the instruction is clear to email the application, do not personally drop off your application and insist on placing it in the recruiter’s hands yourself.

• Avoid excessively bright colours and many pictures on your CV, unless of course, you are a graphic designer and applying for a position that requires a portfolio of your work.

• Align and justify your CV correctly, then save it in Portable Document Format (PDF) before sending it; this reduces the file size in the recruiter’s inbox.

There are several excellent websites that can provide you with a free CV template which is both professional and modern. All you have to do to make sure your CV stands out is to find one that works for you.

Remember, you only get one chance at a first impression.


 

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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia

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20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.