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How To Write A Job Employable CV

Are you looking for a job? Or seeking to move higher up in your career, then this article is for you.

Are you looking for a job? Or seeking to move higher up in your career, then this article is for you.

The major challenge job seekers have is writing a resume that gets the attention of recruiters.

Sometimes, the problem is not a lack skill, but presenting them in such a way the organisation sees you as marketable and a potential valuable member of its workforce.

In this article, I’ll teach you how to write your CV to improve your chances in the job market.

I will use the word ‘CV’ and ‘Resume’ interchangeably, for non technical people, they mean the same thing.

Components of a CV/RESUME

We have different components of a CV (Resume). Each component has its own approach and best standard.

1. Formality of email

2. Contact Details (address)

3. Personal Biodata

4. Education/Certifications

5. Degree, Class and Results

6. Work Experience

7. Description of Roles

8. Volunteering/Leadership Experience

9. Professional Summary/Career Objective

10. Aesthetics

11. Component Arrangement

12. Employment Gap/Turnover

13. Referees

14. Lingual/Official Language

1. Formality of email

Do not use your nickname or an adjective to create employment-seeking emails. E.g. sexydiva@gmail.com, diamondgirl, babe123, machoman, richgang are all wrong email addresses for the workplace.

To arrive at a good formal email, use your first name, last name or middle name to form a mix. Olawale.adeniyi@gmail.com. dipobolatito@yahoo.com.

2. Contact Details (address)

Two things to look out for:

1. In recent times, due to security risk, it is best not to write your full address in your CV. Just write city and state of residence (e.g. Ramat, Ogudu, Lagos or Ojota, Lagos)

2. It is also encouraged to change your address to the state of the job you are applying to.

LINKEDIN ADDRESS on your CV

1. With less than 5 years’ work experience: This is not needed, because recruiters expect to see the same information as it was, on your cv, on LinkedIn.

2. Above 5 years’ work experience: It is important you include it. At this stage, your CV will be a short summary of your experience. Recruiters may refer to LinkedIn for more details.

3. Personal Biodata

(Sex, Marital Status, Age, State of origin, Date of Birth)

These are absolutely not needed in a CV. Except it is a government job or specially requested

4. Education/Certifications

Higher education degree is required only. Resist the temptation to include your secondary and primary school information. (Except you are applying to a government job or specially requested.) Include relevant certifications to your role and your experience

5. Degree, Class and Results

You do not need to put the class of your degree except you are a first class student

6. Work Experience


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This must be in a reverse chronological order, also known as descending order. In rare cases, order of importance as relevant to the role could be used.

7. Description of Roles

1. Use Active sentences not Passive

2. Use Achievements on the job not Job Description

3. Word usage must: Reflect Performance, Have Power Words, that fit into role you’re applying to.

8. Volunteering/Leadership Experience

Volunteering are good ways to

1. Build work experience

2. Transition into a new career path (e.g sales to HR, Oil & Gas into Health)

3. Network with people

4. Build competencies and skills

9. Professional Summary/Career Objective

Professional Summary

Experienced professionals use this until the point they want to transition into a totally different role or sector. Your professional summary reflects performance, success, skills, competencies and achievement

Career Objective

Inexperienced Professionals seeking employment or experienced professionals seeking to transition into a new role or sector use career objective. Career objective reflects your skills and competencies, your strengths and desired new role or sector

10. Aesthetics

It is best to stick to a single font type and size for headers and content respectively. If unchecked, it is a turn off for recruiters and ATS

Overall arrangement

Content must be well aligned with each other. Email, address and Phone number properly arranged under the Name

Font size

Email, Phone No, Address: 6-8

Body text: 10-12

Headers: 14-16

Name: 24-28

Font type

Calibri

Cambria

Garamond

Helvetica

Arial

Book Antiqua

Trebuchet MS

Serif – Bell MT, Bodoni MT, Bookman Old Style, Goudy Old Style

Sans-serif – Century Gothic, Gill Sans MT, Lucida Sans, Tahoma, Verdana

Headers and Lines

Headers should be properly outlined using lines, box or tables, look out for consistent spacing

11. Component Arrangement

How do you arrange your CV? This is done based on years of work experience

Pre-work/Intern

Career objective – Skills – Education – Trainings attended – Work/Volunteering experience – Leadership Positions – Hobbies/Interests

1-3 years

Professional Summary – Skills – Education – Work Experience – Volunteering/Other Works/Leadership Positions – Trainings Attended – Hobbies/Interests

3 and above

Professional Summary – Skills – Work Experience showing strong achievement – Certifications – Volunteering/Other Works/Leadership Positions – Trainings Attended – Education – Hobbies/Interests (or your certifications before work experience)

12. Employment Gap and Turnover

Two things

Unemployed: Avoid significant unemployment time or gap on your CV. Bridge the gap with volunteering or self-learning new skills.

Experienced: It is a red flag for employers if your CV reflects a short turnaround employment time. Employers are concerned about how soon you leave to other jobs.

13. Referees

Referees section is not required except otherwise stated

14. Lingual/Official Language

Only include a language section if bilingual

Conclusion

Your resume is a reflection of you. Put your best foot forward. Remember, first impression lasts a long time.

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