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TIPS OF HOW TO CONSTRUCT A PROFESSIONAL WINNING CV
When you set out to construct your C.V, always remember a C.V is meant to secure you an appointment with the interviewer to enable you expound your abilities in relation to the available vacancy. To catch the eyes of the shortlisting person, you must always ensure key shortlist information is highly visible on the C.V. Remember, however qualified; jobs will remain elusive unless you secure an appointment with the interviewer to impress him.
The following captions forms part of a winning C.V
1 . Personal Information - Bio Data
a. Name - Clearly print your names as they appear on your documents
b. Age - Either date of birth or the number of years. Remember some jobs have age limit and any C.V that doesn't disclose age is disregarded.
c. Contact Information
d. Gender/Sex - Though not common, potential employer may have preference of certain gender.
e. Current Residence town - Some jobs require candidates familiar with certain regions.
f. Languages - State all languages spoken and written other than your mother tongue.
A key shortlist criteria is how your current renumeration package relates to the potential employer's budget for the available position. Contrary to popular belief, indicating your current or last renumeration package never compromises your competitiveness. The figures enables the shortlisting person rapidly match you with the available range of vacancies especially where the assignment is being handled by a recruitment firm. Always clearly state your current / last gross salary + benefits if any.
Academic: Start with the highest level attained and list all your academic qualifications. You may choose to indicate the examining body and institutions where you studied.
Professional: List starting with the highest. Include year of qualification and examining body.
Other relevant qualifications: Especially those related to area of qualification e.g. an Accountant may need to indicate Accounting softwares he / she is good at.
- While laying out your experience, remember most employers are
looking for transferable skills. Therefore give as much details as
possible in this caption.
Always provide three referees on your C.V. The referees should be people who who know you very well; especially those you have worked with. For every referee give their Address, telephone contacts and email Addresses.
Information relating to captions below is not absolutely
necessary for shortlist but can be useful in other stages after
Write your C.V using standard fonts and styles to make the C.V eye friendly. Unless requested avoid sending scanned documents including certificates especially if the C.V is to be send through email. Use widely available programmes to prepare the C.V to make it easy for the interviewer to open/download the C.V. MS Word and Adobe reader are the most widely used programmes.
If you are unsure of the quality of your C.V, always seek the service of a professional C.V writer. Remember just like any product package which varies with targeted market segment, each C.V must be customized to meet the requirements of the available job