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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

HOW TO WRITE A CV


A CV – curriculum vitae – is an in-depth analysis of your professional details, collated for easy reference to your credentials by prospective employers and if well written, will give you an edge over other employment seekers. A CV contains information on your qualifications among other things. Sometimes confused with a Resume, a CV is a different thing on its own. You may click here to read the differences between a CV and Resume.

Writing a CV is one of the arduous tasks faced by most job hunters because nobody really teaches them how to do so while they are acquiring qualifications. In simple, easy to do steps, I will briefly explain how to write a CV and what your CV should contain.


1.       PREPARE
·       Before you consider writing a CV, you must prepare for it like you prepare for most other activities.
·     Know what details you would want in your CV then take your time to go through your qualifications. What certificate have you earned but forgotten to add? What special skills would you like to include?
·   Take a few days to set it right. A CV is often static through time, and giving proper planning into its writing is recommended.
·      Tailor the information in it to your job need.

2.       RESEARCH
·         Know what information is most likely needed for your profession.
·    Visit a few hiring websites in your field to know what they would like – use their information to build your CV.
·         Search for sample CV templates in your field.

3.       INFORMATION
·         Collate all your information accurately.
·    Make a category for each set of information and include everything you need – not everything you want to.

4.       Arrangement
·    At the top of your CV, input your Name, email address, contact number, and any other means of being contacted. Do this in a clear, larger font size, different from the rest of the CV.
·      CVs don’t have a particular arrangement format for categories.
·      But, do ensure to put important things like personal information, Education, before the less important things like hobbies and extra skills.
·    Your education and previous work experience, however, must follow a reverse chronology format. This means that you start from the most recent to the earliest.

5.       CV TO INCLUDE
·         Personal information.
·         Education.
·         Professional experience(s) – if any.
·         Skills.
·         Certification(s) and award(s) – if any.
·         Extracurricular activities and hobbies.
·         Any other thing you deem important.
·     Referee(s) – ensure to contact your referees first before entering them. Be sure to use a recent contact.

6.       PROOFREAD AND EDIT
·         Your CV is your first professional reference point; avoid having avoidable errors in them.
·         Read it repeatedly to ensure you have an almost clean, if not totally clean CV
·         You may use grammar checker apps like Grammarly.
·         You may also hand it over to friends, or professionals, to help you check for blemishes

7.       COPIES
·         Always have multiple copies.
·         Keep them safe and clean at all times.
·         Keeping soft, easily accessible, electronic copies are also advised.


There you have it. Easy steps on how to write your CV. Is there any important one I omitted? Let me know in the comment box. If you need the services of a professional to help you write, rewrite, edit and proofread your CVs at affordable rates, do contact me; +2348177522712, theprincelyx@gmail.com


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