It’s called CV Etiquette – what you should do to get that interview!


So you have started at the beginning. You have created your CV and it looks ‘posh’, now you’re about to send it off to a couple of recruiters and/or employers and hope you make it to an interview. Take note of the following etiquette when submitting (of course, this is my personal opinion and as a result of my own experience).

Always read the advert carefully, print a copy and go through it with a highlighter and look at the criteria. Make sure you meet all the minimum requirements before you apply or you will have simply wasted your time. For example, if you need a vehicle to perform the duties of a sales representative and you don’t have one, don’t even bother sending through your CV. Of course, this is an inherent requirement of the job and you won’t be able to perform without it.

As far as possible, send your CV from your email address and / or give the recruiter a call … yourself. I have received CV’s from parents asking for suitable employment for their children and spouses calling on behalf of the other. If you are old enough to work – you are definitely old enough to apply for a job on your own. Remember , the organisation receiving your CV does not want to employ your mother/ brother/ sister/husband – so make a good first impression.

One thing that usually gets overlooked is the actual email address a candidate uses. If you are applying for a vacancy, it would be wise to refrain from using addresses such as ; ; – well, you get my drift 😐 Hey, by all means, use it to email your friends and family but definitely not your potential manager! Keep it professional and clean, your best bet is to use your initial and surname or even your first name (if that isn’t already taken). If you need to, create this email address exclusively to be used for anything related to your job hunt.

Never, and I repeat, never pester a potential employer. One call is sufficient to enquire if they have received a copy of your CV but do not call regularly to find out on the status of the vacancy if you haven’t been asked to attend an interview. It actually becomes rather annoying and instead of possibly giving you a chance, they will strike you off completely.

Lastly, if the salary is not indicated on the advert and it simply says ‘market-related’, do not feel compelled to ask this question in your initial correspondence with the company. For goodness sake, they haven’t even invited you to an interview yet. Take it slow – you don’t want them to think you’re only in it for the money.

I hope this helps in giving you some insight into the etiquette of submitting your CV. There are more but these are just a few I thought would help you 🙂 Remember sharing is caring, so if you know of anyone who may benefit from this post, please direct them here!



*any similarities to actual email addresses are purely coincidental and not intended


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