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DOMESTIC WORKERS – TIPS FOR A GOOD CV
 
Why do employers ask for your CV and what is it that Employers are looking for?
 
How do I improve my chances with a good CV?
 
Your CV does not have to be in a specific format to impress an Employer however it is more important that it tells the Employer who you are and what skills do you have to do the job and what experience do you have of the job of a domestic worker.
 
Most of all you must ensure that the information you put in your CV is TRUE and CORRECT
 
THERE IS NO OTHER JOB WHERE TRUST AND HONESTY AND RESPECT AND RIABILITY
IS MORE IMPORTANT THAT THAT OF THE DOMESTIC WORKER
 
Let’s look at a few examples to explain the point.
 
SITUATION 1 - “Your Employer is a single mother and a nurse at the local hospital in Pretoria and has a 4 year old daughter.  Her parents came from Cape Town to visit her for the weekend while she was off. She has to be back at work 08h00 on Monday morning. You are supposed to start your shift at 07h30 to ensure that her daughter is taken care of but when you wake up your own child is sick with a fever and you realise that you will have to get her to the doctor as early as possible.”
 
Now what do you do?
 
OPTION 1 -  Do you take your child to the doctor and when your Employer phones you at 07h45 to find out where you are you tell her that you had to take your child to the hospital?
 
OR
 
OPTION 2 - When you realize that you will not be able to attend work at 06h00 phone your Employer and inform her of your situation with your child?
Be honest the situation is bad and both of you are in very difficult situations but it is important to understand that the 2 options will have very different results and impact in different ways on the relationship between you and your Employer.
 
OPTION 1 REACTIONS – Your Employer will be very unhappy and would ask herself or even confront you directly – “why could you not let me know earlier?” Your Employer gets to work and tell her supervisor that the domestic worker did not inform her early enough and therefore she is late. The whole day she will worry about the condition of the house, washing not being done etc etc.
 
OPTION 2 REACTIONS –  Your Employer will appreciate the fact that you informed her in time to make alternative arrangements to arrange for someone to baby sit her daughter and also call a back-up to clean up the house after the week-end and take care of the washing or be mentally prepared to know that she will have to do the washing when she gets home.
 
From the manner in which you handled the situation with your Employer in this example the Employer can make certain assumptions whether right or wrong;
 
OPTION 1 ELEMENTS
  • Feeling that you do not care
  • Feeling of unreliable
  • Feeling of no respect
 
OPTION 2 ELEMENTS
  • Feeling that you CARE
  • Feeling that you are RELIABLE
  • Feeling that you RESPECT her
 
Let me explain why I made this comparison – when you are looking for a job and you are a person who will respond to the situation by following option 2 so you are a CARING, RELIABLE person who respects your Employer the big question is – 
 

HOW DO I ADVERTISE MYSELF THROUGH MY CV TO ENSURE THAT THE EMPLOYER CHOOSES ME FOR AN INTERVIEW

 
Make sure that your CV contains the following information;
  • FULL NAMES
  • SURNAME
  • ID NUMBER OR PASSPORT
  • DO YOU HAVE A WORKERS PERMIT – YES OR NO
  • RSA CITIZEN – YES OR NO
  • IF NOT RSA CITIZEN – COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
  • YOUR PHYSICAL ADDRESS
  • YOUR CONTACT NUMBER
  • YOUR HUSBAND’S NAME AND SURNAME
  • YOUR HUSBAND’S ID NUMBER
  • THE NUMBER OF DEPENDANTS THEIR AGES AND RELATIONSHIP
  • YOUR EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS – what can you do and what experience do you have
 
STATE THE SALARY THAT YOU REQUIRE EITHER PER DAY OR PER MONTH AND SPECIFY IF YOU REQUIRE TRANSPORT ALLOWANCE ON TOP OF YOUR WAGE
 
YOUR ABILITY TO SPEAK, READ AND WRITE DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
LANGUAGE
WRITE (1 TO 10)
1=POOR AND 10=VERY GOOD
SPEAK  (1 TO 10) 
1=POOR AND 10=VERY GOOD
READ  (1 TO 10) 
1=POOR AND 10=VERY GOOD
ENGLISH
 
 
 
AFRIKAANS
 
 
 
LIST HOME LANGUAGE
 
 
 
OTHER
 
 
 
OTHER
 
 
 
OTHER
 
 
 
 
PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT
You record the previous Employers who you worked for.
  • State their names and surname
  • Their contact numbers
  • What your responsibilities were, as well as
  • The reasons why you left
  • The remuneration you received
  • Did you live in or did you live out
  • The days that you worked for them

WHY MUST I GIVE ALL THAT INFORMATION?

 
Remember that the new Employer is looking for somebody who they can establish a working relationship with. A person that will be in charge of the housekeeping, maybe even their children and even cooking food and being trusted with everything in their house.
It gets back to TRUST, RELIABILITY and RESPECT
Full details of yourself and your experience and your previous employers will simply increase your chances that the Employer will choose you for an interview.
If you want to register for a job as a Domestic Worker you can go to EDOMESTIX website  http://www.edomestix.co.za/cp/23806/available-domestics and fill out the form. Upload a photo of yourself and even your ID document. Our contact details 071 147 1213.
 
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