How to Present your CV

How to Present your CV

A CV (Curriculum Vitae) is the most flexible and convenient way to introduce yourself as a successful job candidate to potential hospitality and retail employers and ultimately to make a great first impression. It is one of the most important ways to market yourself when you are searching for a job and therefore it is very important to invest time in writing your CV or resume in the most professional manner possible.

There are no specific rules on CV writing but you should follow some basic guidelines and include the following information that retail and hospitality recruiters will be seeking:
• Personal details – full name, date of birth, updated contact details (telephone number, email address and Skype username);
• Head and shoulder professional photo – a recruiter will not be impressed by seeing a photo of you in the club for example;
• Education and qualifications relevant to the retail or hospitality vacancy you are applying for;
• Work experience, starting with the current or most recent one (Company’s name, location, website if available, dates of employment, position and main duties). It is also important to include a reason why you have left each employment. Keep it simple – is should be easy to read;
• Showcase your career achievements;
• Skills – e.g. languages, specific computer programs etc.;
• Interests and life achievements – keep it short and to the point;
• Include a personal statement – use a short explanation why you are the best person for the hospitality or retail job which you are applying for
• References – Name and position, company and contact number.

There can be many reasons why your CV may be rejected by a recruiter. The job market is a competitive place especially if you are applying for a popular well paid hospitality job so avoid the following silly errors: spelling mistakes, typos and bad grammar, copying a large amount of words from the actual job post, incorrect contact details, messy format and decorative templates, and lastly, very long CVs.
Recruiters are busy people so you need to make your CV stand out from the pack at a glance! You will never get another opportunity to make that first impression.
Once you finish writing your CV – check and double check again! Avoid errors, ask for second opinion from a trusted friend or colleague. A well written CV will open a lot of doors to your career

Successful Job Interview Skills

Successful Job Interview Skills

So you believe you are the perfect job candidate for the retail or hospitality position you have applied for on our website …. Your dedicated recruiter has just given you the opportunity of an interview with a great employer to convince them you are the right job seeker for the advertised role. So how do you go about preparing yourself for the interview? It is completely natural to feel nervous before a job interview and that is why it is essential to prepare yourself for the interview as much as possible so that you are brimming with confidence and energy instead of nerves.

Here are some of our tips for preparing for your job interview:

Retail and Hospitality Job Interview Tips

• Do your research on the company and brand
Do your homework on the employer and the broader industry so you are ready for the question: “What do you know about this company?” For example, if you are applying for a job in a 5* hotel, but you have been working in a safari lodge, do your research about how hotel jobs may differ from the position you have held in a lodge. Likewise, if you have been working for a large retail store and are applying for a position in a boutique fashion retail shop, make sure you have an understanding of the fashion industry and how job roles will be different when working for a smaller employer. Know the interviewer’s name and use it during the job interview in order to create a personal connection. Try to relate what you have learned about the company when answering questions.

• Prepare for the recruitment interview
After you have familiarized yourself with the company you need to prepare for the interview. Go through our “Interview Questions and Answers” – and practice with someone. Make sure you go through the job description and specs that you applied for and make notes on question you would like to ask during the interview.

Present yourself as a winner
Dress the part! Look the part! Get the part! Make sure your interview attire is neat, tidy and appropriate for the type of firm you are interviewing with.

• Stay calm before and during the interview
During the job interview try to relax and stay as calm possible. Remember that your body language says as much about you as your answers to the questions. Proper preparation will allow you to radiate confidence. Take a moment to regroup. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Listen to the entire question before you answer and pay attention – you will be embarrassed if you forget the question.

• Show What You Know
Try to relate what you know about the company when answering questions. When discussing your career accomplishments match them to what the company is looking for. Use examples from your research when answering questions.

• Answering Questions
Listen carefully to the question before answering. Don’t answer questions with a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Always answer questions truthfully, frankly and as concisely as possible. Never make derogatory remarks about your present or former employers, colleagues or companies.

The Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions


• Can you tell me a little about yourself?
Don’t give your complete personal or employment history, rather make it a pitch that is concise and compelling and shows why you are the right fit for the company and position you are applying for. Share 2 or 3 specific accomplishments or experiences that positioned you for this specific role.

• What do you know about the company?
Any candidate can read and regurgitate the company’s “About” page. So, when interviewers ask this, they aren’t necessarily trying to gauge whether you understand the mission—they want to know whether you care about it. Start with one line that shows you understand the company’s goals, using a couple key words and phrases from the website, but then go on to make it personal. Say, “I’m personally drawn to this mission because…” or “I really believe in this approach because…” and share a personal example or two.

• Why do you want this job?
Companies want to hire people who are passionate about the job, so you should have a great answer about why you want the position. First, identify a couple of key factors that make the role a great fit for you, then share why you love the company and why you would be the perfect job candidate.

• Why do you think you will be successful in this job?
This isn’t an invitation to boast – you are being asked to match your strengths to the qualities needed to do the job. Why are you suited to this job, as opposed to any other? Thorough employer research will save the day as it will enable you to match your skills, interests and experience to the job role and the company.

• What are your greatest professional strengths?
Be as accurate as possible by sharing your true strengths, not those you think the interviewer wants to hear. Be relevant; choose your strengths that are most targeted to this particular position.

• What do you consider to be your weaknesses / areas of development?
What your interviewer is really trying to do with this question—beyond identifying any major red flags—is to gauge your self-awareness and honesty. So, “I can’t meet a deadline to save my life” is not an option—but neither is “Nothing! I’m perfect!”. Strike a balance by thinking of something that you struggle with but that you’re working to improve.

• What is your greatest professional achievement?
Nothing says “hire me” better than a track record of achieving amazing results in past jobs, so don’t be shy when answering this question. Set up the situation and the task that you were required to complete to provide the interviewer with background context, but spend the bulk of your time describing what you actually did (the action) and what you achieved (the result).

• Where do you see yourself in five years?
If asked this question, be honest and specific about your future goals, but consider this: A hiring manager wants to know a) if you’ve set realistic expectations for your career, b) if you have ambition (a.k.a., this interview isn’t the first time you’re considering the question), and c) if the position aligns with your goals and growth. Your best bet is to think realistically about where this position could take you and answer along those lines. And if the position isn’t necessarily a one-way ticket to your aspirations? It’s OK to say that you’re not quite sure what the future holds, but that you see this experience playing an important role in helping you make that decision.

• What motivates you?
You are particularly likely to be asked about your motivation in a strengths-based interview, which focuses on what you enjoy doing and what you do well. Your answer should draw on an example from your extracurricular activities, work experience or studies that suggests you would be strongly motivated by the job you are applying for.

• Why are you leaving your current job?
This is a toughie, but one you can be sure you’ll be asked. Definitely keep things positive—you have nothing to gain by being negative about your past employers. Instead, frame things in a way that shows that you’re eager to take on new opportunities and that the role you’re interviewing for is a better fit for you than your current or last position.

• What are you looking for in a new position?
Ideally the same things that this position has to offer. Be specific.

• How do you deal with pressure or stressful situations?
Choose an answer that shows that you can meet a stressful situation head-on in a productive, positive manner and let nothing stop you from accomplishing your goals. A great approach is to talk through your go-to stress-reduction tactics (making the world’s greatest to-do list, stopping to take 10 deep breaths), and then share an example of a stressful situation you navigated with ease.

How do you manage your time and prioritise tasks?
Your interviewer wants to know your tactics and strategies for getting yourself organised, so whatever approach you use to prioritising and listing your tasks, you should be ready to describe it.

• Give an example of a time when you showed initiative.
If an interviewer asks you to describe a situation in which you showed initiative, avoid giving an example of an idea you had but never put into action. It’s much better to talk about a time when you not only came up with a solution to a problem but also acted on it. Then you can explain the effect your decision had when you put it into practice.

• Give an example of your lateral thinking.
Lateral thinking is the ability to use your imagination to look at a problem in a fresh way and come up with a new solution. Companies prize employees with lateral thinking skills because without them, they can’t innovate and create new products. Think about times when you’ve been faced with real-life problems and have somehow managed to overcome them. Chances are your solution involved an original, creative approach, and that’s what employers want to find out about.

• Do you have any questions for us?
You probably already know that an interview isn’t just a chance for a hiring manager to grill you, it’s your opportunity to sniff out whether a job is the right fit for you. What do you want to know about the position? The company? The department? The team? You’ll cover a lot of this in the actual interview, so have a few less-common questions ready to go. Especially questions targeted to the interviewer like “What’s your favorite part about working here?” or “What can you tell me about your new products or plans for growth?”.

Hospitality Jobs in the Middle East

Hospitality Jobs in the Middle East

Attracts a lot of foreign visitors. More and more new restaurants and hotels are being open to cater for all their needs. Hospitality and Retail Industries are fast expanding businesses in the Middle East. Tax free shopping This fast movement creates many hospitality jobs and huge demand for international staff.

There are a number of reasons that attract employees to work in the Middle East and United Arab Emirates:

• Financial – the currency is stable, you will be able to save money. Earnings are tax free and most of the time, salaries offered in the Middle East are higher in comparison to other countries. Packages also include accommodation, medical insurance, annual paid leave, bonuses, return flights home and other great benefits;
• Overseas employment experience – exposure to worldwide brands and international co-workers will give you great confidence and might enable you in getting very good employment once you decide to come back home or move to another country;
• Possibility of career development with international jobs and brands – the world becomes your oyster and opens endless employment opportunities worldwide.
If you decide to pursue your career in the Middle East, it is important that you have all information prior to leaving your country. It is advisable to use local hospitality recruitment agency that works regularly with Middle Eastern clients. The personnel agency will be able to prepare you for the interview with potential employer, assist you with signing the work contract and making sure it is fair and comprehend with Employment Law and finally, assist you with your visa application and travel arrangements.

Things to have in mind when applying for a vacancy in the Middle East:
• Terms of your employment
• Accommodation type and location
• Career development
• Length of the contract
• Visa requirements
• Country’s culture

The most popular countries in the UAE for which we conduct international placements include:
• Dubai Jobs
• Abu Dhabi Recruitment
• Kuwait Placements
• Qatar Vacancies
Your South African recruitment agent will be able to give you all the above information, so contact us now

Jobs In Africa

Jobs In Africa

With the UK withdrawing working holiday visas for South African job seekers, it is important to know that there are still many overseas and international job opportunities for hospitality, hotel and retail qualified candidates.
Many of the lodges in Africa are able to process work visas for South Africans, namely countries such as:

Botswana; Malawi; Mozambique; Uganda; Tanzania; Kenya; Nigeria; Swaziland; Sudan and Egypt.
When searching for lodge jobs in Africa, employers will more than likely require you to have a tertiary education in hotel management or a lodge qualification in order for them to process a work permit. Employers have to be able to prove that they cannot find local lodge staff to do the same job before employing South Africans. There are many South African colleges now offering specific lodge and game ranger courses which are well worth investing in. Many African countries also have a requirement that job seekers looking for management couple positions actually be married before being able to obtain work visas.

Retail Industry
The South African retail industry is also expanding rapidly into the rest of Africa with many of the large chain stores opening branches throughout the continent. Retail jobs in Africa for qualified and experienced retail staff are therefore also on the increase for job candidates seeking international experience.
As the rand has weakened against many of the world currencies in recent times, working in other African countries has become quite appealing financially especially countries who are paying in dollars. As most ex pat staff are given accommodation, flights and visa, it can be a lot easier to save when working abroad.
Job Opportunities
As African tourism continues to flourish so do hospitality job opportunities for experienced and qualified staff, so take advantage of our wide range of jobs available Learn More
Whether your dream job is to become an Area Manager for a well-known International Fashion Brand, a 5* Lodge Manager, a Chef in a fine dining restaurant or a waitron for that gap-year to save up for your studies? Jobs Africa Group offers the opportunity for job seekers to work throughout Africa and South Africa in the Retail, Hospitality, Lodge, Spa and Chef industries.
There will always be new exciting positions available on the Jobs Africa Group website. Should a specific retail or hospitality position interest you please make sure you have all the relevant qualifications and work experience to apply as per the job description.
Once you have found that dream job you can apply online by easily registering yourself and loading your detailed CV in a Word document or PDF and a recent photo of yourself. A specialized hospitality or retail recruiter from Jobs Africa Group will get in contact with you should you qualify for the position in order to discuss the company and vacancy in detail. Should you be shortlisted, your CV will be shared with our client and we will be the link between yourself and the employer up until the job offer is made, accepted and you have successfully started your new venture!
For international hospitality vacancies in the Middle East, we have successfully recruited hotel and restaurant staff into: Dubai; Abu Dhabi; Bahrain; Kuwait; Qatar and Saudi Arabia