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Partners Hailed for Fight against People Trafficking

first_imgThe Assistant Labor Minister for Trade Union Affairs has hailed the collaboration between the government of Liberia and World Hope International in the fight against trafficking in persons in the country.Mr. Emmett Crayton also hailed the support from the World Hope International, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and other partners for the fight against people trafficking.He made the statement recently at the opening of a one-day Completion and Validation of the National Trafficking-in-Persons Referral Pathway workshop held in the conference room of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Monrovia.The workshop was organized by the World Hope International in collaboration with the National Anti-Trafficking-in-Persons Secretariat with funding from the United States Department for State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking-in-Persons. The overall objective of the Referral Pathway is to ensure and strengthen cooperation and coordination among the National Trafficking-in-Persons Secretariat, taskforce members, the judicial system, international organizations, United Nations agencies, and local government with respect to identification and protection of victims of trafficking (VOT). More importantly, the referral pathway complements the standard operating procedures (SOP) among anti trafficking stakeholders. It also gives a procedure for cooperation and coordination, and ensures that all available expertise, capacities and potential of each of the taskforce ministries and agencies are adequately and effectively employed to deliver the best possible protection and assistance for victims of trafficking. As for trafficking activities in Liberia, past, current and future activities, Adolphus Satiah, National Coordinator of the National Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce Secretariat assured donors and stakeholders of the taskforce’s commitment to the multi-lateral and inter-regional cooperation agreements to combat trafficking in persons.Mr. Satiah said since the taskforce was constituted in 2006, it has been actively engaged in a series of activities aimed at eradicating the crime of trafficking in the country and sub-region.He named the arrest and prosecution of two Lebanese for trafficking six Moroccan and Tunisian women to Liberia and the repatriation of 14 Liberian young women allegedly trafficked to Lebanon as some of the achievements the taskforce has made so far.The National Trafficking Taskforce Secretariat serves as the overall coordinator to respond to all identified trafficking cases in the country. Once identified, the secretariat ensures that the VOTs are provided with the best possible protection and assistance as well as access to sustainable solutions.For his part, the World Hope International Program Manager, Wellington A. Kollie, said his institution will remain a major partner of the government in the fight against trafficking in persons.Mr. Kollie expressed his institution’s preparedness to work with the government and other partners to finalize the draft pathway as a means of accelerating the fight against the crime of trafficking in persons. “World Hope International is dedicated to fight injustice, poverty, hunger and suffering through innovative, sustainable programs that attack the roots of these problems and create positive lasting results,” Mr. Kollie said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Children’s Float Parade brings fusion of culture, excitement

first_imgMashramani 2019 By Rupa SeenaraineParading through Georgetown with artistic costumes that captured our diverse culture, every region of Guyana was represented as revellers of all age groups presented their pieces at the annual children’s float parade on Saturday.Gyrating to popular soca music from local artistes, their energy only increased under the midmorning sun which demanded constant hydration. It seemed as though the cheers of spectators along the journey fueled their bodies to keep on moving without hesitation, enjoying the kaleidoscope of colours.The Education Department of Region Eight portraying Guyana’s flora and faunaBeginning at Parade Ground, the children took the traditional route as they made their way along Middle Street, turning onto Camp Street, then Lamaha Street and at last, Albert Street which led to the final venue – the National Park.Revellers from the nursery level were tasked with celebrating Guyana’s flora and fauna while the primary bands highlighted folklore myths and beliefs. The secondary school bands showcased a futuristic approach, aimed at technologies and industrial processes which Guyana is expected to execute in the coming years.One of the costumes which left the crowd astonished was from the Department of Education from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), which was laden with historical structures such as the St George’s Cathedral and Stabroek Market.Acting Regional Education Officer, Tiffany Harvey represented the band and told Guyana Times, “We’re portraying our economy, where we want to be and where we want to get Guyana on the international market.”A float representing a revolutionised Guyana throughtechnological advancementsLittle energetic students from St Christopher Nursery were decorated with flowers and bees, creating more than just a spectacle. They were led by seven teachers, one of whom emphasised that they are bringing out the “Garden of Good Values”.She said, “Our children are so small, so it is very imperative that we teach them good values and moral as stepping stones for life.”Rondella Williams came from as far as Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) to partake in her region’s float. She noted that the preparations were very difficult but it was rewarding as they were hoping to win in the respective category.However, Ayeisha Dueva of Tucville Secondary School said their band entered the competition for the excitement.“We’re in it to win it. We’re showcasing our robot in black and gold. His name is Bumblebee. For us, we’re just here to enjoy ourselves,” the roisterer posited.Graham’s Hall Primary also executed an impressing float, taking the folklore beliefs seriously with Kanaima disguised as a jaguar.Carrying the humongous float, Luhana Cockfield related, “It depicts an Amerindian man called a Kanaima which turns itself into any animal but the most common animal is a jaguar and that’s the one we’re doing.”While the streets were seemingly embedded with hundreds of revellers, this was countered with scores of onlookers, watching on keenly at the moves but moreover, psyched about the intricate outfits which matched perfectly with each other and, of course, the floats.Brenda Rodney, a regular at the event said, “I think it’s very nice. It’s good to see that they’re so rejuvenated about what they’re doing and what it’s all about. It’s a good initiative and it’s really large and colourful.”Some covered themselves with large umbrellas while others embraced the sun and celebrated the activities as a family event. A few tourists who were passing also looked on at what was transpiring.As the entourage left the asphalt thoroughfares, they made a dramatic entrance into the National Park at Thomas Lands where another show-stopping performance was executed. By then, persons were already trickling into the ground as they readied their eyes to capture the routines.This culminated in a series of activities such as dance, masquerade, calypso, dramatic poetry, physical display and singing, which were organised by the Education Ministry to usher in Guyana’s 49th Republic Day celebrations.However, the Social Cohesion Ministry has a few items left to execute, which includes the Masquerade Jamboree at the Stabroek Square on February 21. The Flag Raising Ceremony will be hosted on February 22 to usher in the annual Costume and Float parade on February 23. The Mashramani festivities do not end on February 23 this year, as a Champions in Concert activity is slated for March 9, in Mahdia Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni).Mashramani will be celebrated next Saturday under the theme “Celebrating 49 with victory in mind: Rediscovering El Dorado” where more persons are expected to participate in the Republic Anniversary commemoration.last_img read more

GAICO Grand Prix Chess Tournament continues today

first_imgTaffin Khan and Ronuel Greenidge are among nine players who won their first match on Thursday when the second GAICO Construction Chess Tournament commenced at the National Racquet Centre.Taffin KhanThe competition of fighting chess saw three Berbicians entering the fray: Dane Grimmond, Steve Leung and Jacob Nauth. Three junior players are also boldly facing the seniors for supremacy.Joshua Gopaul, former Junior Champion, accepted a draw offer from his senior counterpart Shiv Nandalall in a bitter encounter lasting almost four hours.Junior player Ethan Lee also agreed to a drawn result following the second request from his senior opponent Loris Nathoo. However, Jaden Taylor of St. Stanislaus College went down to his opponent Roberto Neto.Twenty-two players, including the three juniors, are in battle mode to accumulate Grand Prix points in the competition.Rounds Two and Three will be played on Sunday, while Rounds Four and Five will run off on Tuesday and Thursday respectively. The final two rounds will be run off on Sunday next at the same venue.last_img read more

Pitch-in Community Clean Up Week

first_imgFor the City’s webpage; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City staff are inviting you to show your civic pride and participate in Pitch-in Community Clean Up Week.Community registration forms will be available on May 1st, gearing up for Pitch-In Week which starts May 25th and runs till May 27th.Honorariums will be awarded on a first come first serve basis shares the City and the deadline to register is May 13, 4:30 pm.- Advertisement -You can pick up a registration form in person at the Visitor Centre, City Hall or CLICK HERE.Completed forms can be returned back to the Visitor Centre, City Hall or emailed to the Community Development Coordinator at communitydevelopment@fortstjohn.ca.FB Event Page; CLICK HEREAdvertisementlast_img

Get a calculator: Mourinho in dig at Wenger over Arsenal’s ‘big-spending’

first_img1 Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has turned up the heat on Arsene Wenger ahead of the new season by insisting Arsenal have splashed out enough money to be winning titles.Wenger has continually bemoaned the spending power of the Gunners’ Premier League rivals having failed to lead the club to title success since 2004.But Mourinho claims his managerial counterpart can have no excuses if he doesn’t lead Arsenal to glory this season.Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy and Petr Cech have moved to the north London club in recent seasons, and Mourinho said: “If you add up the amounts clubs have spent in the last three or four years I think maybe you will find a surprise.“Get a calculator. That is the easiest thing, it leaves no space for speculation. If you want to be honest, objective and pragmatic it is the easiest job for a manager to do.“If you put Özil plus Alexis Sánchez, plus Chambers, plus Debuchy, you will find a surprise.“It’s a fantastic squad with good players, fantastic goalkeeper, they are more than ready to be a title contenders.”last_img read more

EMMET RUSHE: WORRYING ABOUT EASTER EGGS? DON’T!

first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: This is going to be short and sweet today.After all, it is a bank holiday and most of you are still in bed.I am pre-empting an early morning strike by my 4-year-old which will scupper any chance of a lie in, but I usually get up at 5am, so 7am will be a bonus. Over the last few days, in the build up to Easter, the fitness community started their usual nonsense.Memes were being posted daily, telling people about the amount of calories that will be in the Easter eggs they might be thinking of consuming.The memes usually state the item, the calories involved and the amount of exercise you would have to do in order to burn off whatever you were planning to eat.Way to take the fun out of Easter ‘Fitness community’…Way to go. Easter isn’t the time to be worrying about the amount of calories, carbs, and sugar that is in chocolate.You have had all year to figure that out, and if you haven’t let it bother you up until now, there is no point in worrying about it over the one time of year where Creme Eggs are available and chocolate eggs and rabbits are plentiful.We all know that over indulging in chocolate isn’t a good thing.We all know that if you eat an inordinate amount of Easter eggs over a 12-hour period, chances are, we will have a week’s worth of calories to get rid of.With the amount of free information that is on the internet, I would hazard a guess that none of you reading this didn’t eat your Easter eggs and think that you were sin, points or calorie free. So why do these memes still clutter our news feeds any time we have a commercial holiday that revolves around eating?It’s because some people think that they will make a difference.I’m here to tell you that they won’t.Not One Bit! There are two ways that it will go if you are a gym, trainer, I.G ‘celebrity’ or fitness ‘motivator’ and you are trying to get your people to abstain from Easter. (This is excluding people prepping for competitions)1. Your followers will ignore you and eat the eggs anyway.2. Your followers will abstain, only to crack a few days later and gorge themselves in a binge and then have guilt related feelings after.We have all year to stick to the plan and watch what we eat.One day won’t mess things up.Breeding guilt related feelings around food will however push you into a binge and purge type of eating pattern, which is worse for everyone.The take home message here for everyone is this;Think about what you eat and the amounts that you are eating on all the other days of the year.Have a diet that is sustainable, isn’t overly restrictive and allows for social occasions that you can enjoy with your family when they arise.This might take a bit longer, but it will breed better habits and better relationships with food.You will also get to enjoy occasions like Christmas and Easter without worrying about how many burpees you will have to do in order to burn off a crème egg.Where’s the fun in that?#TrainSmartThere are limited spaces left on my NEW FIT IN 42 program.It starts tomorrow and you can get more information through the link belowFIT IN 42EMMET RUSHE: WORRYING ABOUT EASTER EGGS? DON’T! was last modified: March 27th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:caloriesEaster eggsemmet rushefitness columnlast_img read more

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: MCGUINNESS – “SUCCESS OF MINORS WILL BENEFIT SENIOR TEAM”

first_imgJim McGuinness has said the success the Donegal Minor team are currently enjoying under the stewardship of Declan Bonner will benefit the Donegal Senior team in the long run.On Sunday, Bonner will lead his side out on to Croke Park to face Dublin at 1.30pm in what is a curtain raiser to the senior match which starts at 3.30pm. The Donegal minors won the Ulster title in utterly convincing fashion over Armagh, and have been impressive all year.A number of players have caught the eye, and McGuinness reckons he could take four of the current panel into his senior ranks right away.McGuinness admitted his policy since he became manager was to take the best minor every year, which every year happened to be the captain of the minors.However, he’s admitted that he could take at least four players from this current crop of talented players. He also said the importance of winning an Ulster Title at minor level will also do so much to develop the players as they progress to U21 and Senior level.To watch the video simply click play and enjoy.COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: MCGUINNESS – “SUCCESS OF MINORS WILL BENEFIT SENIOR TEAM” was last modified: August 29th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTVdonegaldublinJim McGuinnessMinorsnewsSportlast_img read more

Illogic Is Rife in Science Media

first_imgA simple exercise shows that what materialists are telling us cannot possibly be true. So why do reporters give them any mind?All you have to do to test the logical validity of a proposition is turn it back on itself. One famous example is “There are no absolutes.” The listener should simply ask, “Is that absolutely true?” The claim refutes itself, so it’s false. There are many others: I am a liar, name-callers are idiots, question everything. It’s amazing how many ‘great minds’ don’t look in the logical mirror at themselves. [Note: in the following, we acknowledge the intelligence of the suspects, but call into question some of their logic.]The illusion of explanation. Mainstream secular reporters tend to have their favorite experts. Atheist philosopher Daniel Dennett is one of them. Unfortunately, his teachings are full of self-refuting propositions. Anna Buckley on the BBC News asks a leading question that is logically false on its face: “Is Consciousness an Illusion?” Let’s run our exercise. If consciousness is an illusion, is the proposition made consciously? If so, it is an illusion, too. Simple. Yet Buckley gives Dennett valuable air time to express his physicalist view that consciousness is just that: an illusion.Our minds are made of molecular machines, otherwise known as brain cells. And if you find this depressing then you lack imagination, says Dennett.This can only mean that Dennett is deluding himself that his mind is made of molecular machines. He only imagines that is true. But even his imagination is an illusion. He imagines that he’s imagining. Everything he says collapses into solipsism. In his dream, he imagines a reporter named Anna Buckley asking him questions, but she’s really a Westworld robot. So is he.Dennett, raised in a nominal Christian home with a grandmother who sent him to Sunday School (“I sang in choirs and learnt all the hymns, memorised the books of the Bible and all that stuff”) is a prime example (along with Dawkins, Shermer and some others*) of something about atheists: the most adamant and irreconcilable atheists tend to come from religious backgrounds. Something about their rebellion against religion flips their brains like a scorched pancake, so they become unable to feel their own illogic. Here’s more:We evolved from uncomprehending bacteria. Our minds, with all their remarkable talents, are the result of endless biological experiments.Our genius is not God-given. It’s the result of millions of years of trial and error.Aside from being examples of argument by assertion, the only way these statements make any sense is in the illusory world of one infected with the Yoda Complex. Dennett imagines himself outside his physical brain, like a god, making statements that are timeless, universal, necessary, and certain. Once he steps back into his physical body, those propositions evaporate into uncomprehending cells, aimless biological experiments going nowhere, and illusions of genius. Maybe after a few more millions of years of trial and error he will notice that it’s all error.Royal blunders. Smart people are not immune to illogical beliefs. Among the vulnerable intelligentsia is Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal of Britain. In a Q&A piece for The Conversation, he lets loose with wisdom and folly, describing visions of life evolving on other planets while admitting there is no evidence for it, and confessing that nobody knows how life emerged on earth. He even knows that humans must look like bacteria to advanced aliens that are millions of years ahead of us in the evolutionary march of progress. So advanced are they, in fact, that “While we depend on a planet and an atmosphere, these entities would be happy in zero G, floating freely in space.” Evidence, please? None required. “This might make them even harder to detect,” he says. Kind of like ghosts. This on a science news site that boasts of “Academic rigor, journalistic flair.” The only thing floating freely in space here is his imagination.Asked, “Have you ever encountered anything in the cosmos that has made you wonder whether a creator was behind it?” he responded,No. Personally, I don’t have any religious beliefs. But I describe myself as a cultural Christian, in that I was brought up in England and the English church was an important part of that. Then again, if I had been born in Iran, I’d probably go to the mosque.There are two self-refuting problems here. One is that if humans are mere expressions of their culture, then Rees could be described as a product of the science culture. No one denies that our upbringing influences our identity, but unless one can prove that one’s rational thought is free to explore beyond the bonds of one’s environment, then everything becomes an expression of one’s culture. All intellectual thought vanishes, including the thought that one is a product of culture. Another self-refuting problem is that it takes a religious belief to say one doesn’t have any religious beliefs. Another word for religious beliefs is worldview, which entails the answers to man’s fundamental questions: Who am I? Where do I come from? What is the meaning of life? Apart from any external expressions of that worldview (like ritual or dress), Rees clearly has one. Saying one has no worldview is a worldview itself—a self-refuting worldview.Using language to defeat semantics. Before proceeding, consider the self-refuting claim, “I don’t know any languages.” Watch for it. Mark Pagel, no stranger to self-refuting sentences (winner of the 5/31/07 Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week), reappears in Nature reviewing a new book about the origin of language. It has a pompous title: The Truth about Language: What It Is and Where It Came From. Author Michael C. Corballis takes the position that monkey gestures led to human language, because mirror neurons (purely physical) seem implicated in pointing behavior (and, thereby, he reasons, in meaning and reference). Pagel is not sure about that, tending to favor the vocalization hypothesis, but he uses the opportunity to shoot his own foot again:But what does it mean to say that language — the exchange of information between senders and receivers — arose from gestures? Gesturing may indicate a theory of mind, the ability to understand what others might know or be thinking; and surely that is a requisite for language. Humans take this understanding for granted, but it has proved difficult to show conclusively in other animals. Some dogs respond to pointing, but they have been selected to do so (and don’t point things out to other dogs). Chimpanzees can point, but do it rarely: not what would be expected in routine social communication. Chimpanzees and other primates can follow others’ gazes, but gazing is not an intentional act of communication. Indeed, following another’s gaze is potentially an act of theft.There the putative gestural trail goes cold in the long line of fossil hominins along the 6-million- to 7-million-year evolutionary path separating us from our common ancestor with chimpanzees. And yet this gap is where everything happened. Humans use language to promote learning, cooperation and the exchange of goods and services — a leap from occasional pointing. Our brand of sociality distinguishes our species as much as language does, and it is hard to imagine our social systems working without language.One might equally argue that human language arose to exploit the psychological capabilities that make our advanced sociality possible. Corballis’ position then has to be that gesturing provides the most likely evolutionary route to those capabilities. But this is a topic on which he says comparatively little. What we do know is that without those capabilities, we might still be pointing and grunting like the Trolls.Here, both Pagel and Corballis show themselves open only to Darwinian views for the origin of language. But it doesn’t matter who is right, whether it started with gestures or with grunts; both are devoid of evidence (as Pagel just said, the “trail goes cold” in a “gap… where everything happened”— cf. the Stuff Happens Law). Both views are also self-refuting; to believe them, we must conclude that Corballis is gesturing, and Pagel is grunting. Pagel asked, “What does it mean…?” He should know that semantics is orthogonal to the medium; you can express the same meaning in different systems of gestures or vocalizations. Now ask them both to convince us that they are not just Trolls pointing and grunting. In essence, their responses are, “I don’t know any languages.” [Cue buzz of short circuit.]*Jerry Bergman is working on a book containing dozens of case studies of people raised in religious homes who became militant atheists when they were exposed to Darwinian propaganda.This is what the secular evolutionary worldview has produced. Hope you’re happy with it. Fun, isn’t it, being surrounded by trolls in Fantasyland. Watch out for those undetectable space aliens floating by. Except for the ones operating your brain in a vat. 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R2bn boost for FET college students

first_img13 February 2013 The government is to increase funding for students at the country’s Further Education and Training college students to R2-billion this year, as it moves to raise the profile of FET colleges and grow South Africa’s skills base. President Jacob Zuma made the announcement during his visit to the Tshwane South Further Education and Training College’s Odi Campus in Mabopane on Tuesday. In 2012, R1.7-million was allocated to students at FET colleges. “This programme gives effect to the introduction of free education, whereby all qualifying National Certificate Vocational and the NATED students are exempted from payment of fees at all public FET colleges,” Zuma said. He visited the college in Pretoria to see first-hand how FETs are run and what students do. The President also took the opportunity to encourage students as the academic year gets under way. The visit forms part of a community outreach programme designed to gauge the views of the public on a range of issues ahead of Thursday’s State of the Nation Address.First FET college visit by a President “The visit signifies the importance which government attaches to FETs,” Zuma said. “That’s why I brought ministers, so that we can recommit government to provide full support to FETs countrywide.” The first ever visit by a President to a FET college follows a meeting last year in which Zuma met with FET college principals. During that meeting, Zuma told the principals that the government would do everything to improve FETs and make them centres of excellence. He also ensured the principals that more funds would be allocated towards infrastructure at FETs. Zuma was accompanied on Tuesday by Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande, his deputy Mduduzi Manana, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant and Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane.National Skills Accord He said the National Skills Accord, signed by government, business and labour in July 2011, committed them to a number of things with tangible targets. “They agreed that training will take place both in colleges and in workplaces in the private sector, government and state-owned enterprises, and agreed to take more apprentice learners and interns and to train them beyond their own needs,” Zuma said. “All parties agreed to work to improve the role and performance of FETs. We are optimistic that this will pave the way to achieve the New Growth Path target of 5-million new jobs by 2020.” He added that companies had committed to make 12 000 vacancies for internships for FETs students, as well as to provide opportunities for work exposure in an industry work environment for 16 000 FET lecturers annually. Zuma encouraged students to take full advantage of opportunities brought about by freedom and democracy. He said there were many opportunities created by the government’s investment in student financial aid, including infrastructure programmes and other economic opportunities which required their skills.‘We want you to become change agents’ “We want you to become change agents that will break the cycle of poverty. Liberate yourself and future generations in your community. Work hard, stay focused and complete your studies in record time. “Government is providing opportunities to all of us [you], even those who may not have means to further their studies. Take advantage of the opportunity,” Zuma told students. Nzimande said the President’s visit to the college would help the department in its journey to transform FET colleges into institutions of choice for school leavers. “This will help in sending a message to youngsters to take FETs seriously,” Nzimande said. The Tshwane South FET College has four campuses – Centurion, Pretoria West, Atteridgeville and Odi. They offer artisan training, electrical and civil engineering and motor mechanic studies, among others. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

How to compile your CV and nail the job interview

first_imgTaking time to work on your curriculum vitae is worthwhile to get the job interview you want. Recruiters say there are a few simple steps to getting it right.It’s a good idea to convert your CV into a PDF document before sending it to a potential employer. (Image: Nick Youngson, via Blue Diamond Gallery, CC BY-SA 3.0)Priya PitamberFirst-time job seekers and experienced professionals alike need a stand-out curriculum vitae (CV) document to be given a chance to interview for a job.Recruiters agree there are a few simple rules to follow when creating or updating a CV.We chat to a couple of them. Vanessa Raath is general manager at It’s About People, a recruitment agency that focuses on the IT sector. Candice Clark is the founder of the Candice Clark Collective, a career-coaching practice.Raath has been in the industry for a decade, and is a host on the regular Monday afternoon Twitter chat #JobAdviceSA. Clarke hosts #CareerGirlCollab, a free online community.Here are their do’s and don’ts for putting together a great CV.Do:Do convert your CV to PDF before sending it off. “This way,” says Raath, “you know that no one can make changes to your CV and that your format will not change when viewed on the recipient’s computer.”Do check details such as spelling, grammar and formatting. Clarke recommends: “Ask a friend or industry professional to read over it and double-check it for you.” Errors can put recruiters and future employers off within five seconds of looking at your CV, Raath warns.Do highlight your career achievements. “Show how you have been an ambitious, high-performer,” says Clark.Do keep it short: two pages or a maximum of three. “CVs that are too long are also not ideal,” says Clark. “Ensure your CV is succinct and punchy.”Do make it unique and appropriate for specific industries. Clark says, for example, a creative professional should take the time to craft a well-designed CV.Finally, do remember to update your profile on the social network, LinkedIn. It is just as important as a high-quality CV, Clark says.Don’tDon’t omit details about leaving previous jobs. “People need to know why they have left previous roles and ‘left for a better opportunity’ is not a good enough reason,” says Raath.Don’t mix up employment dates. Raath says job-seekers should make it clear whether their roles were permanent or contract positions, or the CV could look very jumpy.Don’t send out a generic CV for every application. Rather take the time to tailor your CV honestly so it is appropriate for your application. “Include an introductory profile where you position yourself, your experience, your career goals and your qualifications clearly for the role you would like to attain,” says Clark. But, she says, this introduction should also be short and punchy.Maybe:Add a photo of yourself.Raath says this is entirely up to an individual. “I personally do not think it is necessary as any hiring agency or prospective employer will just conduct a Google search to find a photo of you if they want to.”Clark says while a photo can add a nice personal touch, it must be of professional quality. “Use it on your front page, and think carefully about where to place it so that it flows nicely with the document, and doesn’t look randomly stuck on.” She recommends an ID photo size.I have an interview. Now what?Raath describes job interviews as a necessary evil for anyone who is ambitious and is eager to build an amazing career.Both Raath and Clark agree that preparation is the key to successful interviews. Research the company and learn more about the role.Raath says ask for a job description to help you think of pertinent questions.Clark advises applicants to visualise a successful interview. “Ensure you have had a good night’s sleep prior, and arrive early with enough time to practice some deep breathing before your interview.“Ask for a glass of water at the start of the interview. This will allow you to pause and take a sip of water when you need more time to think of an answer.”Overall, honesty is important. “Represent your experience, qualification and achievements honestly. You want a company and role that is right for you,” says Clark.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more