Human Resource experts agree that job-seekers face an uphill struggle to secure employment in 2011.

Increasing levels of competition, pressure to do more with less and ongoing volatile economic conditions mean that decision makers are forced to be more selective in their recruitment of skills. As a result those entering the job market have to use whatever they have at their disposal to grab the attention of prospective employers.

According to recruitment specialists at Accsys, a national supplier of payroll, HR, Time & Attendance and Access Control solutions, the value of the Curriculum Vitae (CV) should not be underestimated.

“We live in an age of information and because of the amount of data now available, and the volume of information technology being developed and released, decision makers can literally receive thousands of applications daily for positions. The CV is still considered to be a proven way of getting the attention of would-be employers and creating the right first impression,” says Teryl Schroenn, CEO, Accsys.

Accsys PeoplePlace is the aptly named recruitment division and the team keeps a close watch on industry developments, current and emerging trends, and industry requirements.

They advise candidates to polish up their CVs and make sure to include a number of key components. These components include

a short covering letter to summarise experience and skill sets, easy to access referees, as well as any letters of commendation.

“It is very important to include as much relevant detail as possible. However, what is equally vital is layout and presentation. This says as much about an individual as the content of a CV itself. Current jobs at the front, education and skill sets should follow, use spell checker and point form structure, and personalise the letter for the prospective employer. It really helps to show that you understand both the company and the position you are applying for and why you believe you are the right fit,” adds Schroenn.

Accsys management believes that adherence to these finer details pertaining to structure and presentation of the CV will enable candidates to gain precious competitive advantage in the race for jobs.



Key aspects to consider

• Job seekers under pressure against reduced resources, volatile economic conditions

• Job seekers must use all resources available to grab attention of prospective employers

• The value of the Curriculum Vitae (CV) should not be overlooked or underestimated

• Decision makers in businesses and companies are inundated with information, requests and mail – the CV is a proven way of gaining the attention of prospective employers and creating the first impression

• The advice to job seekers is to polish up their CVs and include several important components – including a short covering letter, easily accessed references and letters of commendation

• Pay careful attention to content, presentation and layout of the CV

• CV structure and presentation are critical to being able to get ‘a foot in the door’

About Accsys

Accsys is an award winning supplier of payroll, HR, time & attendance and access control solutions that are designed to optimise the management of people and processes in business. Accsys is an acknowledged market leader with customers in 13 countries.

The Accsys offering combines modern software solutions with high standards of service and an emphasis on training and skills upliftment. Accsys prides itself on keeping a balance between consultants with strong academic qualifications as well as those with extensive industry knowledge. The solutions have been developed in South Africa since 1980 and are geared towards enhancing local and African conditions.

Part of the UCS group of technology companies, Accsys' success as an industry leader in the provision of HR solutions is built on a solid base of product excellence, customer satisfaction and total support.

Accsys Products and Services include:

Accsys PeopleWare Enterprise

• Manages the full spectrum of payroll, HR, time & attendance, access control and employee self service on a single database

• Available separately or as a suite

• Employee Self Service and a Manager’s Dashboard

• Single point of entry for employee information , leave and all data input

Accsys PeopleSource

• Outsourcing Bureau for payroll and HR

Accsys PeoplePlace Recruitment

• Specialising in Payroll, HR and Time and Attendance temporary and permanent placements

Accsys Payroll Administration Diploma

• On line 1 year certificate or 2 year diploma


• 2010 Top Women in Business and Governance

• 2009 Visionary CIO Finalist

• 2009 Technology Top 100 - Ministers Award for Sustainability

• 2009 Achiever Award Finalist

• 2008 Technology Top 100 - Established Enterprise Finalist

• 2007 Regional Business Achiever Award – Gauteng Corporate

• 2007 Technology Top 100 - Excellence in Management of People

• 2006 Regional Business Achiever Award – Gauteng Corporate

• 2006 Technology Top 100 - Ministers Qualifying Enterprise Technology

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