26 December, 2018
A CV is a document that your prospective employer would review before inviting you for an interview, CV properly written can improve your chances of getting employed by 55%. Curriculum vitae (Latin for “the course of life”) which is appropriate and is far more comprehensive in Nigeria work environment in 2019. A CV elaborates on education and includes a comprehensive listing of professional history and most significantly how revelant it is to the role been applied for.
The CV includes all relevant information that could convince the recruiter that you are the right candidate for the job which includes graduate and/or undergraduate education, fellowship, NYSC (National Youth Service Corps) Experience, Leadership roles in various educational institution attended for fresh graduates and most importantly your accomplishments in these roles.
Students are encouraged to compile their CV in the first year of higher institution learning and participate in activities such as leadership in school unions, Department Unions, Interschool competition which could be educational or otherwise that would improve their CV profile as they continue to update activities and honours as they progress. The CV will be useful and necessary throughout one’s professional career.
we’ve written about the frequently asked questions of job seeker here, for any other question do leave a comment and I would get back to you. To improve job-seekers chances of getting a job job-seekers we have thus put together a collection of CV Formats/templates and examples in PDF/Word Doc. for Various field – both for experienced professionals and Fresh graduates.
1. CV Templates for Accounting Jobs
Template for recent graduates
2. CV Templates for Nursing Jobs
3. CV Templates for Procurement Jobs
4. CV Templates for Quality Assurance Jobs
5. CV Templates for Sales manager Jobs
6. CV Templates for Office Administrator Jobs
7. CV Templates for Personal Assistant Jobs
Do & Don’t for CV Templates/Formats
Keep it short and sweet. One page is all you need, Highlight your skills, experience and education
Keep some mystery; don’t lay it all out. The interviewer will use your resume as a guideline to base questions off of. If you say it all upfront, you have nothing to expand upon.
Keeping mystery in your resume is a way of guiding the questions in your favour
Text Format for Resume
For a modern finish, use a sans-serif font (keep it between 12–14pt)
Customize each resume for the job you are seeking
Indicate key job duties performed in previous employment that will make you a good fit for the position.
Keyword optimize based on the job posting but don’t overdo it. Work these into the sentences smoothly.
Remember that this resume isn’t for you; it is for your employer. You are essentially a product; the employer is a consumer.
Showcase that you are exactly what they are looking for.
Use colour. Don’t be afraid to stray from the black and white; but at the same time, don’t go overboard.
Pick a colour pallet, like a muted green or pale blue, and use that as an accent. Avoid off-putting colours such as red, or neon anything.
It’s okay to use
Make it easy to read.
Employers and recruiters spend an average of 6 seconds scanning your resume. You need to make an impression, and the important stuff needs to be easy to find.
Use headings, sub-headings, bullet points and tables (moderately).
Keep your format CONSISTENT. If the heading for Employment is in all CAPS, the rest of your headings need to be in caps as well. Same goes with colours, fonts, sizing and spacing.
Add a tiny, professional headshot of you, that is well formatted within your resume.
Start every sentence or bullet point with the same or repetitive words.
Forget to run it through spelling and grammar checkers.
Over inflate yourself or your experience.
Use thesaurus words you don’t understand. A thesaurus is more of a guide to help you find a better word choice. It is not a tool that will make you sound more intelligent.
In fact, it will do the opposite if implemented incorrectly. Sometimes, simplicity is better and comes across as more honest.
Use contractions such as don’t, won’t, can’t, etc.
Add clip art, borders or embellishments. (an exception to this case may be a resume for a creative field such as web design or marketing, but use your judgment in these cases)
Add a long bio. A short 3–4 sentence summary is sufficient.
If you were fishing, then remember your resume is the bait. The interview is the process of reeling it in. If you don’t have good bait, you won’t get any bites, and you’ll go home
Decisions of candidates to invite for
P.S: All Templates above are works of latestjobsinnigeria.com.ng which is in no way a comprehensive CV but rather a template to give a guide to prospective job seekers.