Have you applied for a job this year?
Did you get an interview invite?
What’s your percentage of invite?
Well if it’s less than 50% then you have to look at your CV again.
In the Nigerian job space, applicants fail in their job search even before applying for the job with the composition of their resume. As part of our annual #FreeCVRewrite for 2016, we list some notable mistakes Nigerians make on their CV.
Unreadable CV – Recruiting managers don’t waste up to 10 seconds going through a CV with a verbose font. Make your CV easily readable with good fonts, double spacing and bullet points (not arrow point) to structure your CV.
78% of CV received by hiring firms/managers
are poorly written, unpresentable and
don’t get up to 10 seconds review.
Too Long and clumsy – Applicants with less than 10 years working experience why should your CV be more than 2 pages? Standard CV size should be max 3 pages but 2 if you have been out of school over the last 10 years. There are just some work experiences you need not include; example: Sales girl at Iya Basira’s bukka.
Improper Career statement/Objective – ‘Am looking to work in a moving organization’ The company recruiting knows their worth what they want is; show them your worth. Use your statement as a window to sell yourself highlighting your worth (especially as it relates to the job description).
Accomplishments – This is a column Nigerians rarely do include in their CV’s and it sells you more than anything else in your resume. Listing your career highlights (or accomplishments) gives the reviewer a sleek preview to your working abilities and the strengths embedded in it. In doing this, quantify your accomplishments in percentages and use action doing words.
Example: INCREASED monthly customer interaction by 45% in six months.
Action doing word: INCREASED, Accomplishment quantified: 45%
References or Referees – How long will you keep ‘exposing’ people’s name, phone numbers, home address and email addresses? Listing references (even indicating you will provide on request) is grossly unnecessary. Hiring companies once they pencil you down for the job, will demand you present two (or more) referees at some point. Including references will not help your job cause especially if they are reputable names like: Mrs. Patience Jonathan; – That will look like being brash or name dropping. Listing references will harm your job chances than help it.
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