Writing a CV is easy. Only if you learn the right format to write it. In Nigeria, not knowing how to write a CV (Curriculum Vitae) or Resume have made it really hard and because of “just” CV, a lot of people have missed their dream job.
Not because they are not qualified but because their CV did not present them well. If you are interested in learning how to write a good CV, this article will help you out.
First of all, you should know that there’s no one format way of writing a CV.
Secondly, have it at the tip of your fingers that you need to write a resume tailored to the job you are applying. Avoid writing generic CV if you can’t… Employers are tired of reading them.
While there’s no specific CV format and you can be creative in your own way, there are some basic things you need to include in your CV and these are discussed below.
How To Write A CV in Nigeria 2018
Step 1: Personal Information
This is important and should be placed in strategic position where they can be noticed easily by employers. They should be in a legible font.
Your personal information includes your name, home address and contact information which is your mobile number and email address. In some cases, you might decide to put your age if you are sure it won’t be used against you.
Step 2: Education And Qualifications
Also included in your CV is your education and qualification information arranged from the highest down to the lowest. That means for a fresh BSc graduate, your degree qualification is first while your primary education comes last.
Step 3: Work Experience
For many positions, employers require a minimum working experience and as such, having a work experience increase your chances.
You should state your work experience from the current one to the earlier experiences. Also include how your experience is linked to the position you are applying.
Step 4: Interest and Abilities
This information is also required. However, make it short and interesting, avoid clichés. Specifically state your interest and hobby.
Instead of saying jogging, you can say you jog a hundred kilometers a day. State leadership positions you have held and volunteer works you have done if any.
Step 5: References
You need to provide at least two references. One from your academic life (a lecturer or your project supervisor) and the other can be your former employer.
Let me state this clearly. This is not part of the CV writing! It is just a tip. Your CV format should be short. Long essays bores everyone and in this case, employers hate it a lot and wouldn’t have the time to go through it.