It is important to note that your CV will not get you a job; it will only provide the opportunity for you to be shortlisted for an interview. This implies that if your CV is not properly prepared and written you wont have the opportunity to prove yourself before the recruiter that you are qualified for the vacant position.
Also, because most recruiters are tight on schedules and will usually have so many CV to sort, it will be relevant that only basic and necessary information is provided in such a way that it catches the attention of the sorters.
It should be noted here that CVs for professional related jobs are different slightly from the CV for a fresh graduate not necessary in terms of format but in areas of key highlights.
|PROFESSIONAL CV||FRESH GRADUATE CV|
• Name ( Kennedy Azu / Certified International Supply Chain Professional)
• Location or Full address:
• Name ( Kennedy Azu/ B.sc Sociology)
• Sex ( Depending on Countries, it is not necessary for some climes but acceptable in others)
• Date of birth:
• Contact Information
• This section should give a succinct and clear explanation of your experience, achievement in quantitative terms including where you have worked and position held
• This should contain relevant achievements that you attained when in school i.e., leadership positions held, industrial service experience and NYSC i.e. teaching or community service involvement
|3||ROLE DESCRIPTIONS OR CAREER SUMMARY
This will contain all or relevant previous career experiences that are relevant to the position that you are applying for, for example :
1. Date of employment to– / Companys name and position held ( Listed in chronological order)
2. Record of Achievement ( Quantified or highlighted)
3. Brief Job Description
• Simply pick your most relevant exposures while in school or during your industrial practices and most importantly your NYSC service experience.( For example, Voluntary role supporting the elderly in a public home and teaching junior secondary students Government and civic education
|4||CORE SKILLS AND VALUE PROPOSITION
• Emphasis should be placed on key business support skills that will add value to the job and performance standard. For example, ability to speak other languages, use of computer, knowledge of specific software ( CRM, call handling, conflict resolution etc)
|CORE SKILLS AND VALUE PROPOSITION
• This highlight could be your speed of learning, IT skills, team bonding ability and any other non-academic skills.
• This should be in bullet forms and kept brief and should only highlight those qualifications that are relevant to the job. Dates here should be the date that certificates or certifications were issued
• Emphasis should be dates, qualifications and the Institution that were attended. The year should be from the date of admission to date of graduation.
It is important to states here that the consent of referees should first be obtained before including them on your CV so that they are aware of such listing and respond appropriately when they are called or written to.
For professional it should be that they will be provided upon request
Name given upon request should be those who have superintended over your work or those that you directly reported to in the past or at best HR Department where your employment records are kept.
For a fresh graduate, it is better that reference is made to the record office of the department that you graduated from, your project supervisor or family members that hold relevant career position. A referee is not the same as a guarantor hence your referee should be someone who can talk about your work or academic-related experience.
|7||DATE AND SIGNATURE
Your CV should be dated and signed. This will enable you to know when it requires update peradventure if you have acquired new qualifications or new work experience.
|DATED AND SIGNED
It should be dated and signed
A CV should be properly proofread and studied, you should have a thorough and good knowledge of your CV and what they contained. Never, list any skills that you have not acquired as done by many people who just picked and edit a template without paying attention to the issues highlighted.
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