Simple Steps to Writing a Good CV for Young Graduates

The scarcity of jobs in Nigeria has made the labour market highly competitive as employers tend to pay attention to little details on resumes.

One of the most difficult things to get right in pursuit for a job is CV. Most job seekers do not take time to research and construct a goo CV, as such their job pursuit becomes a mirage as some of them never get to be called for an aptitude test or interview.

To get a good CV, the following steps have to be followed correctly:

Contact Information: This should ALWAYS include your name, address, phone number and email. Your email address should be professional.

Objective: Your objective should be tailored to the specific job and/or facility for which you are applying.

Education: Keep this section as standard as possible and leave off all high school information. Include: name of degree, anticipated date of graduation, name of institution, city/state, and GPA if at least a 3.0.

Skills & Qualifications: Consider the skills, strengths, knowledge and competencies you possess as it directly relates to the position. You may also want to use an existing job description to help you brainstorm for this section.

Relevant Experience: If you have relevant experience, this is one of the most important parts of your CV. Bullets are preferred over heavily worded paragraphs. Three to five bullets per job is considered the norm. Begin each bullet with an action verb. List in reverse chronological order (starting with your current job and working back).

Additional Experience: Use this section to discuss additional work experience and to show some of your work history. Try to touch on transferable skills that would also be beneficial in the job you are seeking.

Memberships: Include organization name and dates of membership as well as professional bodies you belong

References: Provide only if requested. For now, saying ‘available upon request’ is appropriate.

Quick Tips: Be sure to proofread, checking for spelling or grammatical errors, formatting, consistency, neatness and flow. Avoid using templates and update your CV regularly. Also, remember to tailor your CV to the position for which you apply.

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