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As a candidate it is critically important that you prepare for interviews. Your chances as a candidate depend largely on showcasing your knowledge of the organisation you wish to join. With the knowledge, illustrate why you are suitable for the position.


Our recruitment consultants will always do as much as they can to assist you with preparing for interviews by providing as much background information on the role and the business as possible. However, SafariStaff International can not guarantee any success pertaining the interview process. But we are always willing to consult and discuss any concerns with candidates to assist in preparing for interviews. Preparation is everything, and as a candidate you must ensure that you reflect utmost professionalism at all times. Remember that you are selling yourself, the interview is an opportunity to pitch your knowledge and experience to the potential employer.  Display enthusiasm and interest for the role, and most importantly make sure to also prepare your own questions for the interviewer or interview panel! Any potential employer is as much responsible for their sales pitch to you; as you are to yourself!


To help candidates understand what we as an agent generally expect, please refer to our candidate agreement form here: link.


Please read our guides and tips attentively and prepare accordingly. Make sure that you have read and understood the job description in detail. Alter and adjust each application as well as your CV to the very specifics of the job description and advertisement. Applying for a new vacancy requires effort! Each application requires a unique and separate approach! This is a fundamentally important aspect and we consider this to be the first step to achieving success in the application process.


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The first and foremost important step towards achieving success in this process is CV preparation. We cannot stress this point any louder. Please adhere to the following when submitting your personal resume! Any applications submitted that have not adhered to these adjustments will automatically be rejected!


Content: We do not need to know your DNA! 

Your CV should not consist of more than two pages! Three at the utmost!


Reduce the content and get rid of unnecessary information. Less is More!

Start with your full name, email address and WhatsApp/mobile/cellular contact telephone number. Your full residential address is not required on your CV!

Please spend time researching professionally drafted examples of CVs. The web is filled with examples of international requirements for modern CV design and presentation. Keep it simple. You won't be working in Disney World so don't create an animated movie script! We do not need your family history, we do not need to know your school marks or subject percentages. We do not need to know what school you graduated at or when even. We do not need to know what farm you grew up on and we don't need to know that you love wildlife, conservation and safaris. We know this already!

Provide a short introductory paragraph and explain your profile! Remember, tailor each application according to the specifications of the job role and requirements. Use key words from the job specification to highlight your expert knowledge and special area of experience for the job that you are applying for.


Next, tell us about your tertiary education. Any internal, vocational or specific industry related training or qualifications should be listed. Simply provide the year in which you completed the course and the title of the certificate, diploma or degree. For guides, please list your updated qualifications and attach certifications to your CV when you apply for any vacancy. We don't need to know that you have a PdP for example. If you don't have a valid license to guide, then don't apply for a guide vacancy! Reduce the content, if there are any specific requirements for the role, it will be asked for in the job specification or description. If you do not have any specific required qualifications for an advertised role, do not apply! You will not be considered! 

Please also note: For any international vacancies all candidates MUST  have industry related tertiary qualifications! A senior national certificate or Matric and or A levels do not qualify your application for international vacancies. You must be in possession of either of the following:

Certification in industry: Hospitality, tourism, food and beverage, food production, sustainability, destination management, tourism management etc.

For guides, your FGASA certificate will not be enough! You will need a Diploma or further tertiary qualifications for the industry. Conservation, film making or teaching qualifications are desired! 

As above, Diploma in relevant industry  or BSC, MA, BA or MBA.

For senior Executive Chefs: All international certificates and qualifications. 

You will not qualify to obtain international work visas or work permits without the required tertiary education unless you are a resident or passport holder of the international country in which the vacancy is registered. 

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Next, list your recent employment history starting with the most recent first,  followed by your second most recent and so on. We do not want to have to scroll down 15 pages to find out what you are currently doing!  We need to know at most the recent 5 appointments! Give a brief description of responsibilities and duties under each, and highlight your job title and provide an internet web link to the company and or lodge/hotel you were employed at. The rest can be discussed during the introductory interview!

Following on from your recent appointments, describe any key achievements that you are proud of. For example, if you have successfully developed a team or provided training as a manager etc. Are you involved in any volunteer work and what did you do? Have you raised any funds for charity etc? Are you part of any committees or significant networks and or associations?

Lastly, we don't need to know that you played rugby for your school's first team or netball or whatever team or sport. Simply list any interesting hobbies that may be directly associated to the job or role that you are applying for. We are not interested in the different novels you like to read or that you enjoy long walks on the beach! Keep it simple! 

If we or any of our clients require anything else we will discuss this with you in the introductory interview.

For example, for chefs we may require a work portfolio, i.e. a file of colour photographs of your best work.

Work and character references will be required once candidates advance to stage two of the recruitment process. You will be notified to submit written and or verbal references in due course.

Professionally drafted LinkedIn web profiles are very important in the modern day business environment. Most clients and employers will go to LinkedIn first to get to know you a little more, followed by FaceBook. Make sure you have a LinkedIn profile! 

Any other interesting topics may be discussed in the interview! A well written CV makes all the difference in the application process. Good luck!


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