How to write a Curriculum-Vitae (CV)

A CV is a full record of your career history and everything you think your employer needs to understand about you.  It should summarize your experience, professional skills, talents, etc. this document aims to show that you have the necessary skills required for the job you are applying for or about to apply for.

It’s important to know that a CV has no particular format, it is up to you to input the relevant information (s) that tells your future employers, why they should hire you. Limit the information you provide on your CV. For instance, it is better you summarize your experience than write a long story, nobody has time to read through that. Advisably make sure your CV is no more than 2 pages.

Let’s get started with the basic CV format, please remember that your CV does not have to be in this format, you can arrange it as you see fit.

Heading: the heading of your CV should contain your name, contact address, email address, phone number, and a social profile like LinkedIn. Most people try to organize this by putting their name on the left side of the page in Capital and bold font while their contact information’s are placed on the right-hand side but it’s up to decide the look and feel.

 Educational History:  Your educational history should take top priority when planning your CV. It should only contain the relevant degrees, such as – the school you graduated from, your course of study and your class of degree (first class, second class, etc.) it is may be necessary for you to include your secondary school information but definitely do not include your primary or nursery school information, it is not necessary.  

Skills:  these skills often include things you can do that would help you perform well at a task. It could be language or computer skills e.g. Microsoft package or ability to speak multiple languages please include them.

I would advise that you research the company to know if they have specific task requirement if so, targeted skills would serve as a big advantage. What is targeted skills, for instance, if you are applying to be a content creator stating that you have good skills in graphics design, photography, digital marketing research, or whiteboard animation would give you a boost. Of course for it to be a targeted skill it has to be related to the job you are applying for.

 Experience: it is another important thing you should brainstorm on. Though you might have a long list of an experience only work with the ones related to the job you are applying for. Include the name of the company, address of the company, the duration with the company, and the position you held. Start with your recent job and walk backward

 Referee: your referee is one major factor to your CV, make sure the referee you are stating is someone you have worked with and can trust. it is not compulsory to put this on your CV during your draft as most employers would tell you if you are to provide a referee. If not be sure to ask after your interview.

To cap it, thoroughly proofread your draft and check for grammatical errors. Please note that while it might not be important to include your hobbies, some organizations might want to know, which is why you should research the company you plan to apply to tailor your CV appropriately. It is also important you do not lie or provide false information when drafting your CV, you should also make sure you update it from time to time.

I do hope this helps you get that dream job.

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