C.V stands for Curriculum Vitae which is a Latin term that literally means “the course of life”. Some people call it a resume. A CV is the best chance for you to make a good first impression when applying for a job. It is a way for you to sell yourself which will make the recruiter want to meet you.
I will take you back to the basics and step by step of content to include in your CV to increase your chances of getting that job!
1. Education, Professional Qualifications and Trainings
In this section, list your qualifications in order of the most recent first. The qualifications should also be relevant to the position, for example, if you took a bakery course before your IT studies and you are applying for a Systems Administrator position, it may not be relevant.
What to include
1. Title of your qualification
2. Where you studied
3. Period you studied
4. The grade you were awarded and
5. The date you achieved it
January 2008 to April 2011: Rongai International University, Kajiado
Bachelor of Business Administration (Marketing Management option)
Second Class Honors Upper Division – 2011
You can also include qualifications for which you are currently pursuing as long as you indicate the expected date of completion. This also applies to your professional qualifications and any other trainings attended.
2. Work Experience
List your work experience from the most recent (current) first. If you are still starting out, include any internships or volunteer work you have done, it still counts as work experience.
What to include
1. The correct name of the company: If the company is not well known, you can include brief information maximum three sentences.
2. Branch or Region you were working: This may increases your chances if a position is in a region you are currently working or have worked before
3. Period worked at the company: This should include the month and year
4. Correct job title: if you are an accounts assistant, do not indicate assistant accountant, the positions are very different and it decreases your chances. I have a friend who had a hard time getting a job, when I had a look at his CV, he had indicated IT Consultant, Systems Administrator, IT Manager as previous positions held when he actually worked part time and as an intern 🙂
5. List of responsibilities or duties done: Here, remember to use key words relevant to your industry to make it easier for the person scanning through the CV.
April 2013 to August 2013: Marketing Company of Kenya, Rongai Branch
• Prepared quarterly in-house newsletters
• Drive the companies CSR initiatives
• Ensured branding and visibility of the Company
Remember that a recruiter does not read a CV, they scan through them. Your job is to make this easy for the reviewer to improve your chances of passing the screening. The reviewer is not going to spend a lot of time and if it is too difficult to determine whether you meet the requirements, more than likely you will not make the cut.
Hope this helps 🙂