How to apply for a job

Over the years we have received thousands of applications. Disappointingly, we have found that the majority are really not good enough to consider for a position at OneDayOnly. Often it's the quality of the email, letter or CV itself that simply doesn't reflect who is applying for a job. Remember: those files are all we have to go on, so make sure they are flawless.

So please take note of the following, as it will greatly improve your chances to be considered. It's a cliche that "you only have a few seconds to make a first impression," but if we find a typo in the second sentence of your email, that first impression can't be salvaged.

Just so we're clear: if you tick one or more boxes in the "bad" column, your chances of being invited for an interview are greatly reduced. Not just with us, but with probably ANY company.

Bad:

  • If you send an empty email, with a CV attached.
  • If you send an email containing just the words "see attached" and a CV attached.
  • When you send to the wrong email address. Yes, we can see you doing it wrong, mister "attention to detail."
  • When you forget to attach your CV.
  • When you use jargon: what are monthly RTB submissions to SBs anyway?
  • To apply for a job in the wrong city without indicating if you can/want to move.
  • Some people paste the entire text of their CV into the body of the email. Please don't, it's unreadable.
  • Please don't apply on someone else's behalf - we mostly need people who can send an email with attachment.
  • If we ask you to email us, do not contact us via LinkedIn or Tinder.
  • Please don't print, copy and fax your CV first and then scan it before you email us a 17MB file.
  • We don't need your certificates, ID documents, etc. Just your CV is fine, thank you.

Good

  • Put your motivation/cover letter as the body text of the email.
  • Before you hit send, check that you've actually attached your CV.
  • If you can, attach your CV as a .pdf document, to preserve your layout.
  • If you have any, start with work experience, and only then education.
  • Spell check.
  • List experience and education with the most recent at the top.
  • Show that you know our company and what we do.
  • Avoid applying via platforms like PNet and Careers24, as all applications look identical, and you won't stand out.
  • Spell check again.
  • Ask a friend to have a look at your CV or letter.

Your CV

A good CV is not more than 3 or 4 pages long. Think your CV requires more pages? You're wrong, because you're taking up too much of our time. Time is money and you're one of hundreds of applicants.

We don't need every detail of what you did 7 years ago. Make it personal, instead of a list of bullet points. Throw in some hobbies, to show us what you're like. Let us know in what city you live.

Unless you're a designer, do not ever use Comic Sans. That one goes for life in general.

Click here for more helpful tips.

Bonus points

To improve your chances, bonus points can be scored quite easily:

  • Spend some time thinking about why you would be good for OneDayOnly.
  • Try to impress us. Write us a love letter, and really mean it.
  • Show that you understand our industry and the challenges.

Final thought: maybe we're not the only company you're applying to. Perhaps you've been looking for way too long to stay motivated. We get that. However, you should never give us the impression we're the 217th company you're applying to.

Now go and have a look at all the wonderful jobs we have on offer!

“You guys did BRiLliantly!!!” Hawa, Joburg