Employers receive thousands of applications from suitable candidates for the job roles they advertise. Every graduate right after secondary school has a curriculum vitae (CV) but what is more important is how you stand out from other applicants.
Most of us are also lazy to edit our CVs for different job roles applied to, we have one CV and that same is sent to different companies for different job applications. I know this part is not an easy task, but if you really need that job, you will do what is humanly to increase your chances of being selected. You have to tailor your CV for every job application. Most employers look at the experiences on your CV and if it is relevant to the vacancy.
Keep your CV simple and straight to the point. You CV should not be jam-packed and should also not be filled with huge gaps. Employers are only out for some key requirements on your CV. A CV should be easy to read and most key points should be noticed even when glanced through, most employers do not have the time to read through every CV they receive. Use bold for headings and important information and you can also use italics as well for some of them.
There are actually no rules governing the number of pages a CV should have. But as a fresh or young graduate, your CV should be a minimum of one page and a maximum of two pages.
Most of us include, primary and secondary school education at the educational section in our CV. This is irrelevant except you do not have so much written on your CV and you want to occupy space, you can add your secondary school education. But if you have a lot to write about, Its advisable to remove your primary and secondary education on your CV to save space. For you to have graduated from a university clearly shows that you have passed through the primary and secondary stage of your education.
You have to make sure your CV is up-to-date. If you change any of your contact information, make sure it reflects on your CV immediately. Any additional skill/professional certificates or even an added project from your present job should be updated on your CV as soon as you are done. You never know when you will asked for your CV when you are not prepared or have the resources needed to edit it. *Always have your updated CV in your email*
Make sure key information about yourself is included especially your name, address, phone number and email address. Date of birth is not necessary except the job advert specify an age range. Nationality is also not required except you are applying for foreign jobs. Languages are also not required except you know how to speak other languages apart from English or the job requires some specific language requirements that you can speak and understand and it should be included as a skill not under Personal Details section. As long as you are Nigerian, everyone knows the general language is English.
When talking about your work experiences, use action words like developed, planned, supported, organized and so on… The dates of your educational and professional experiences should be in a chronological order starting from your most recent experience and achievement.
Your achievements (educational and professional) is very important. This is the part where you have to showcase yourself and tell the employer what you are made of. If you are an A student, do not be shy to include your GPA on your CV or the class of your degree, it boosts your chances but you should be sure you can prove yourself during the interview. You have to show self-confidence on your CV, even without being seen, your CV should tell a lot about you and what you can offer to the employer.
You should try as much as possible to write your CV yourself, you are the only who can outline what you have done that is needed on your CV. This helps you to be more confident when you are sitting opposite an interviewer when questions are being thrown at you. A third party is only needed to cross-check and point out some mistakes or adjustments. And the third party should be someone who is more experienced than you are. Telling someone to construct your CV will only give you a generic format which will definitely look good especially if it’s from an expert. But what happens when you have to reconstruct it to tailor the needs of another job application???
You should also ask yourself some questions like: Is the information on my CV relevant to the needs of the employer? Does it provide positive evidence of my skills and competence?? Does this information add value???
One thing you should also know is that, there is no one best way to write a CV. The aim of a CV is to showcase your job talents, work history, education, qualifications, career goals, skills and how your experience would be best suited to the job advertised.
Search for other CV formats online to get more ideas in terms of layout, structure, style and the wording of your CV.
All the best!!!
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