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Tuesday, June 06, 2017


Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) is you in front of your prospective employer. Employers receive thousands of CV on a weekly basis such that they don’t have the time the go through each. Employers only glance through a few and there are basic things on a CV that draw their attention.

In this age and time, where the competition in the labour market is very stiff and on the increase, millions of graduates are being produced by the school system annually. So, you cannot afford to play with opportunities.

Grades like first class, second class upper, Distinction and upper credit are like ‘water’ as compared to 10- 20 years ago. Though such grades do not guarantee competence in the workplace, which employers know, but the number of these grades in the market has placed a restriction for others in some job openings.

Second class lower, lower credits and third class holders are also invited for such job interviews, but what really triggers the invite is the quality of the CV.

Irrespective of your grade, you have chances of being invited for a job interview, if only you can put your CV right. I’ve seen people with low grades, but are handling high profile jobs and doing well on the job. 

There are sections to a good CV. Below are tips on how to make your CV stand out in the overcrowded job market.

1. CONTACT INFORMATION: This includes your name (in full), address, phone number and email. It is better to make your name the Headline of the CV. Please make your email address look professional.

Example:  and not  or  With the last-two email addresses, your prospective employer will not take you seriously; you may not have the chances of being invited for an interview.

2. OBJECTIVE: You should have a career objective. It gives an impression you know where you’re going. Your objective should be tailored to the specific job for which you are applying.

Example: To proffer solutions to real financial problems in any organization I am opportune to serve, while further developing myself.  

3. RELEVANT EXPERIENCE:  Relevant experience is almost of the most important part of your CV. In this section, begin with the most recent job you did or the current job you are in.

Write the name of the organization, address (if possible) and the period you spent with the organization (with dates). Use bullet points to state responsibilities and achievements. The maximum bullet point per position should not be more than 6, except otherwise. Begin each bullet with an action verb.

Someone might be saying, “I don’t have any job experience.” Search yourself properly; in your life time you must have helped someone or a group once or twice to achieve a goal, which is an experience. All you need do is arrange it on your CV to look presentable.

It may not be relevant to the job in question, but it is better than nothing.

4. ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE: Use this section to include experiences you did not include in the Work experience section. Try to show them the transferable skills and experiences that will impact on the job you are applying for.

5. SKILLS & COMPETENCES: State the skills you possess that are required for the job. Examples are analytical skills, IT, Business Acumen, Communication, Leadership, Project management, languages you can speak, and so on.

Attributes: This is a section of Skills & Competences. Examples: Ability to meet deadlines, A fast learner, Ability to work in to teach, personable, and so on.

Hobbies: The thing you do at your leisure that are relevant to the position you’re seeking. Example: Learning, Watching movies, writing, Adventure, Football, and so on.

6. EDUCATION/ QUALIFICATIONS: You can split this section or leave them together, so as to reduce the number of pages the resume will consume.

Here, you have to state the levels of education you have attained: Name of institution/ school, name of qualification(MBA, B. Sc, HND, OND, NCE, SSCE, NECO and so on.) , grade ( 1st Class, 2nd Class Upper & Lower, Distinction, Upper & Lower credit, Third Class,etc) CGPA  of at least 3.0, date of graduation, city/state.  Keep this section as clear as possible.

If you have professional qualifications, such is ACCA, ICAN, CIPM, PMP, Lean six sigma belt, amongst others, kindly include them. 

7. TRAINING/ COURSES ATTENDED: These are short courses you must have attended in the past, outside your higher institution of learning. There are: CRM, Certificate in PMP, Financial management, Entrepreneurship, Career development, Team building & Management, Communication skills, IT packages, Leadership, and many more.

If you have attended any of these courses or other related short courses, do not hesitate to include them in your CV, as they can give you an edge in the market, in most cases.  

 Note: Don’t forget to include any course or training you are undergoing presently, even if you are yet to get your certificate.

8. MEMBERSHIPS: Include organization name and dates of membership as well as professional bodies you belong.

9. AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS: If you have been given Awards at any point in time, commendation letter, Recognition & Nominations to receive and award, mention them.

10. PERSONAL DETAILS: This should be almost the last item on your CV. Here, you will state the following: Your Date of birth, Nationality, State, Local government (sometimes), Sex and Marital status.  

11. REFERENCES: Providing information for this section is optional. It is better to say, “Available upon request.” Some prospective employers will request for it during or after the interview, while others will request when you are to sign your appointment letter or when you have resumed with them. It all depends on the employer’s policy. 

a.      Before you set out to write your CV, first of all, go through the job description and specification, if there is any, so as to have a clue on how to write your it. 

b.      Always tailor your CV to the position for which you are applying.

c.       As a young job seeker, it is better to have just 2 pages.

d.      Be sure to proofread after writing, checking for spelling or grammatical errors, formatting, consistency, neatness and flow of grammar and information.

e.      After proofreading & Editing, you can give it to someone else to do the same.

f.        Use a font size that is attractive and readable.

g.      Attach your passport to your CV, preferably coloured. (Optional). You might be required to do so sometimes.

h.      Enclose it in an envelope (White or brown), but white is better.

i.        Avoid using templates.

j.        Update your CV regularly.

k.      Submit your CV to the appropriate quarters.

Take your time to research and construct a good CV, so as to easy your job haunt stress;
getting an invite for a job interview is one step further in your Career pursuit. You can agree with that there are people that even celebrate an invite for a job interview. So, I want to urge you to do it well.

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