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Searching for a job is one of the hardest moments in today’s job market which has been filled with equally qualified applicants, and so hard is preparing a Curriculum Vitae (CV) that can stand out, and attract the eye of your would be boss.
A CV may simply be defined as a summary of one’s experience, achievements, and skills. It is an applicant’s marketing tool used to sell him/ her to a prospective hirer looking for the applicant’s service- labour.
A CV should be prepared in a way that markets the applicant before him or her personally meet the prospective employer, and as such it should be prepared in a way that is attractive, precise, and clear to understand. Today’s Human Resources officials are busy people, and have no time for CVs that wander about the bush, it has to be simple and straightforward.
When preparing a CV due diligence should be taken, so as to present you in a way that convinces the hirer that you are the right person for the job.
It is therefore important to highlight one’s achievements in the CV, employers look for results, so align yourself by pointing out some of your achievements, show that you are a goal getter, and how your efforts has helped your previous employer achieve the set goals. As today’s industry is all about teamwork, it is also vital to highlight how well you are able to work with others, for the common good of the organisation.
Firstly, there should be a format that should be used. For simplicity’s sake a CV should have sections with sub-headings to guide the reader on where to find what information about the applicant. Though, the set up may vary from one person to the other, the basics however, should be the same.
There should be a section with personal information, i.e, factual information such as name of applicant, address, contact number, date of birth, sex, and sometimes languages spoken, depending on the job being applied for.
Some other sections may include academic qualifications, professional qualifications, working experience, names and addresses of companies worked for, with time frames of periods worked at each company.
Such information helps you to let your prospective employer to know that you are a stable person who can keep employment, and that you are not nomadic to the extent that you can’t settle at an organisation.
The other sections on a CV may include any awards received such as most improved employee, or any other honorary credits received, as well as names and contacts of referees, who could be former seniors such as headmasters, supervisors, or managers whom your new boss can contact for more information about you.
It is also important to balance your personal and professional sides, how your personal traits can fit your professional skills.
However, there are some pitfalls in preparing a CV, some applicants tend to lie in their CVs, this is dangerous and should be avoided, as during the interview after having been shortlisted, the interviewer will be holding your CV, and at that stage, one can be found wanting. The CV will be the yardstick upon you will be measured.
Dishonest destroys character, as soon as your new employer finds out that you lied, then that spells doom and renders you unable to land the job.
In the coming instalments, I will be looking deeper into the practical aspects of a CV, the format, and how various sections of the CV can be arranged. CVs are important to the extent that it can sell or un-sell an applicant, and in the current highly competitive job market, the ability to prepare a CV comes handy in the search.
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