A curriculum vitae or resume, we at PlanMatrix Strategic are well-aware, is a document that is core and critical to one’s optimally successful career trajectory and, therefore, the responsibility will fall to us in many respects to provide material that will give you the best possible chance for successful job applications.

A CV is, perhaps, one of the most important tools central to the quality of success of the direction you will take your life, your family and your quality of lifestyle, indeed, your legacy.
Its paramount significance is often, unrecognized or disregarded, and you owe it to yourself to procure a quality document.

These are factors we suggest you consider:

1.  The Right CV Format:

  • Choose a format that suits your experience and industry. Common formats include chronological, functional, and combination styles.
  • Ensure consistency in font, spacing, and alignment throughout your CV.

2.  Contact Information:

  • Include your full name, phone number, email address, and LinkedIn profile (if applicable).
  • Avoid using unprofessional email addresses.

3.  An Impactful CV Profile: 

  • Start your CV with a concise professional summary or profile.
  • Highlight your key skills, career goals, and what you bring to the table.

4.  Relevant Work Experience:

  • List your work history in reverse chronological order.
  • Focus on accomplishments, responsibilities, and quantifiable achievements.
  • Tailor your descriptions to match the job you’re applying for.

5.  Correct Education and Qualifications:

  • Include your educational qualifications, starting with the most recent.
  • Mention relevant certifications, courses, and any honours received.

6.  Applicable Skills:

  • Showcase both hard skills (e.g., programming languages, software proficiency) and soft skills (e.g., communication, teamwork).
  • Use specific examples to demonstrate your abilities.

7.  Additional, Important CV Sections:

Consider adding sections like:

  • Languages: Mention languages you’re proficient in.
  • Volunteer Work: Highlight any relevant volunteer experience.
  • Publications: If applicable, list any published work.
  • Awards and Honors: Showcase recognition you’ve received.

8.  A Cover Letter:

  • While not part of the CV itself, a well-crafted cover letter complements your application.
  • Customize it for each job application, addressing the employer’s needs.

Remember, a good CV is concise, easy to read, and tailored to the specific role you’re pursuing. It should demonstrate your skills, experience, and motivation to contribute to the organization’s success.

The Difference Between a Curriculum Vitae and a Resume

The terms “CV” and “resume” are often used interchangeably, but they have distinct differences based on their purpose, length, and content:
1.  Resume:

  • Purpose: A resume is a concise document (usually one to two pages) that highlights your professional experience, skills, and education. It’s TAILORED TO A SPECIFIC JOB APPLICATION.
  • Geographic Usage: Commonly used in the United States for private or public sector job applications.
  • Content: Focuses on relevant information directly related to the job you’re applying for.
  • Length: Shorter and more targeted.

2.  CV (Curriculum Vitae):

  • Purpose: A CV provides an in-depth history of your professional, academic, and research credentials. It’s COMPREHENSIVE AND USED FOR POSITIONS GENERALLY (NOT SPECIFICALLY); also, academic roles, grants, fellowships, and teaching positions.
  • Geographic Usage: Widely used in Europe, the United Kingdom, and for academic purposes globally.
  • Content: Includes detailed descriptions of coursework, research, publications, presentations, and more.
  • Length: Longer and without strict limits.

Remember that the choice between a CV and a resume depends on your career path and the region you’re applying in.

The PlanMatrix CV Strategy

Our CVs are written, formatted and designed in the modern idiom, recruiter- and human-resources-compliant, with no cliché or inappropriate jargon.

They are pleasing aesthetically, and are of a professional appearance.

Our documentation is not boilerplate or template-based, and is bespoke to each candidate’s character, industry culture and individual level and requirements.

They are offered at:

  • Lite (entry-level);
  • Standard (middle management), and
  • Executive level.

The procedure is:

  • 1st draft – major edit;
  • 2nd draft minor edit, and
  • final draft, being completion of works.

Refurbishments are cheaper, subject to our assessment of scope required.

Examples of CV mandates completed are available.

Look at our website https://www.planmatrixstrategic.com/, my email content@planmatrixstrategic.com and mobile at +2782 587 3920.

We would require a description of what you envisage you require, your existing CV in any format, and rough notes of updated/additional information required; also, a good-definition profile photo if so desired.

We provide you with a confidentiality agreement prior to receiving any data from you.

We would usually suggest a complete rewrite and design, mainly because recruiters, human resources personnel, and even potential line management responsible for decision-making, process a multitude of CVs at any given time, and their habit is to scan as your document and pick out keywords which attract their attention and align with their requirements; narrative content is, therefore, less effective for the

You will recognise this as the contemporary reading style originating out of internet users’ demands to review large amounts of data in the quickest way possible.

Fees range from:

  • Lite (entry-level) – US$20 / ZAR 350;
  • Standard (mid-level) – US$40 / ZAR 725, and
  • Executive level – US$85 – ZAR 1 500.

LinkedIn profiles, interview rehearsals on Zoom, and job application videos arranged separately. A 50% good faith deposit is required at the onset of works.