Part 2 of our series; Job Search: preparing your CV; what not to include is here.
We highlighted in part 1 five (5) inputs that won’t do your CV any good. Read part 1 here. In part 2, we’ve listed six (6) things not to consider in your CV preparation.
The format of your résumé is just as important as its content. The best format is the format that will make it easiest for the hiring manager to scan your résumé and still be able to pick out your key qualifications and career goals.
Once you pick a format, stick with it. If you write the day, months, and year for one date, then use that same format throughout the rest of the résumé.
Right use of tenses for jobs
Never describe past work experience using the present tense. Only your current job should be written in the present tense.
Presentable Email address
If you still use an old email address, like BeerLover123@gmail.com or CuteChick4life@yahoo.com, it’s time to pick a new one. Email address on your CV should have a touch and feel of your names example: Andrew_okon@gmail.com. Don’t have such? Sign up and get a new email now,it only takes a minute or two, and it’s free.
Unnecessary, dumb or obvious words
There is no reason to put the word “phone” in front of the actual number.
“It’s pretty silly. They know it’s your phone number.” The same rule applies to email.
What year level to include
When you start including jobs from before 2000, you start to lose the hiring manager’s interest. Your most relevant experience should be from the past 10 years, so hiring managers only need to see that, on the same note, never include dates on education and certifications that are older than 15 years. Why include your WAEC result of 1995 when you already have a university degree and a master’s? When the employing company demands for your original credentials you can present all including your primary school first school leaving certificate.
Some people in inputting their work experience include their annual pay package, this is grossly irrelevant. Your CV is intended to showcase your professional experience and skills. Salary comes later in the interview process.
Watch out for part 3 next week. Any enquiries on your CV format, cover letters etc email us: firstname.lastname@example.org