The role of your Curriculum Vitae (CV) in getting a job can never be over-emphasized. Your CV is the first impression to the person or company you are hoping to hire you. We all know that first impressions always matter; hence it is important that your CV does justice in presenting you in a positive light.
Writing the perfect CV is most times seen as a difficult task to handle, but good things never really come easy, do they?
The InfoPadi Team has decided to provide the good guidelines that would aid all our Job- seeking readers create an amazing and eye catching resume/CV that will adequately represent you and what you stand for even when absent.
However it is important you know that there are many ways to achieve an awesome CV. This is just a guideline, we encourage you to be creative when writing your CV, still yet, there are also many things you shouldn’t include when writing it. Carefully go through the suggestions we have made, it would definitely make your CV stand out.
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
There are majorly two-kinds of CVs
- Education Based CV
- Experience Based CV
Education based CV is used when you have not gotten work experience (fresh graduate) or you are probably applying for a research position in an educational institution. Your educational/professional qualifications come first before other information in this CV.
Experience based CV, is the CV that requires you to focus more on the skills you have acquired all through your years of working. Your experience should be listed from the most recent to the oldest, and you must also show your achievements.
Generally, for both types, you must bear in mind that one CV may not work for the entire job openings; therefore, you will have to use the right type of CV for the right industry.
PERFECT CV FORMAT 2018- How to write that awesome CV
The CV would be divided into 5 parts
Part 1– your personal details
Name, address, age, phone number, email etc, ensure you put this information in a strategic location and in legible fonts, easily noticeable by the employer and make sure the information supplied are correct and current.
Part 2– education and qualifications (from the highest to the lowest)
M.Sc/B.Sc- SSCE- FSLC
You can insert your CGPA if you have an awesome grade, but it’s not compulsory.
Part 3– work experience (current experience to oldest experience)
Ensure you link your job experience with the position you are currently applying for. This will increase the employer’s preference for you.
Part 4– interests/Abilities
It is advisable you keep this section short. As you gather more working experience, this part would be reducing greatly. Key things to note here are:
- Avoid common words – words such as ‘Team player’, ‘Motivated’ etc are good but try to be more creative.
• Specify your hobbies – You can replace ‘running’ with ‘I sprint 100 km everyday’. This shows you are very active.
• You can show your leadership skills here– I was Labor/Sanitation Prefect of INFOPADI HIGH SCHOOL, Abuja from 2010 to 2011. As a Labor/Sanitation Prefect, I won 3 awards for keeping the school clean and safe.
• Add any other interests that are relevant to the job you are applying for.
Part 5- References
It is normal to present 2 referees- one academic ref (from your lecturer or project supervisor) and the other from an employer (perhaps from your internship/NYSC PPA).
The fewer the pages of your CV, the greater attention it receives. Your CV shouldn’t be looking like university hand-outs. Ideally, a good CV for someone without work experience shouldn’t be more than 2 pages. Therefore, be direct, clear and convincing with what you have written down.
Check out for grammatical errors and misspellings. Use proper font (e.g Times New Roman, Verdana). The normal font size for a CV is 12. Use larger sizes for subheads.
You can go back and check your CV if it’s according to standard. You can also write a new one if you desire. The main point is you must be creative, remember you are not the only one seeking for that position.
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