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Babajide Duroshola @Babajiide
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1. Good evening and welcome to #careerswithJide. A series targeted at undergraduates and fresh graduates🎓. The aim is to help navigate the job market and prepare for employability. Today we would be talking about *CV Writing*✍🏽 check out the overview on my hand sketched 📝
2. So before we go into writing your CV let’s just talk about a few things about your CV. Remember last week we mentioned how your CV is your brand, it’s important to have an outstanding CV as in today’s market personal branding is 🔑 key. #CareerswithJide
3. So if you want people to think of you as that person who can do the job, the first place you can demonstrate this capability is from your CV. Your CV has the power to get into places you cannot physically get to. So it’s important your CV represents your brand #CareerswithJide
4. In writing your CV you need to first and foremost KEEP IT SIMPLE. Cut out the fancy fonts and colors. Remember your CV is an indication of you. An untidy CV is a pointer that the person might have issues with organization #CareerswithJide
5. The first thing to note in writing your CV is that CVs are always in “Chronological” formats (meaning they follow a sequence or order of time). It can either be oldest to newest or reverse. I advice you start with the newest #CareerswithJide
6. Start off your CV with your full name boldly written at the top of the CV. This should have the largest Font size on the Page and should be bold. Since your CV is your brand, you should be proud to put your name on it. #CareerswithJide
7. Underneath it should be your personal information (Phone and email only) except you are applying for a job which has age limits. We are in 2017 leave out the state of origin, nationality, LGA area,house address etc. They can be provided on request #CareerswithJide
8. Next is a strong “Positional Statement”. Rather than a personal profile, a Positional statement highlights the value you would bring to a prospective employer. That is your opening speech use it wisely as it sets the tone of how your CV is perceived #CareerswithJide
9. An example of this is “Babajide is a Talent Acquisition Specialist with over 7 years experience. Over the years I have helped organizations develop talent acquisition and engagement strategies in Consulting, Banking and Technology” #CareerswithJide
10. That has given an overview of your skills and experience you can bring. The next thing is you want to show your academic achievement/qualification starting with the most recent obtained, the issuing body and the year obtained. #CareerswithJide
11. An example is “PHRI, Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), 2014” next line “B.Tech Computer Science and Technology, Bells University Otta, 2010”. For those who have amassed qualifications, only put those relevant to the job #CareerswithJide
12. Next is to have an overview of your experience. Usually this is best in a table that states the Date - Role/Position - Organization. This way you aid the recruiter in having a list view of your experience before taking a deep dive #CareerswithJide
13. Then you can now start to expand on your experience. In doing this try not to be too generic. Make sure it contains the Position - Organistaion - Start/end Date. Then your responsibilities (in writing this you can borrow language from the application JD) #CareerswithJide
14. Why is because it helps pop your CV up when the recruitment tool is scanning for a match. + it helps the recruiter connect dots to what they are looking for and what you have done.

Try not to expend to much energy on your responsibilities #CareerswithJide
15. After every job responsibilities make sure you highlight a minimum of 2/3 achievements on the job as employers like achievers. This shows traits of being a winner and problem solver. Your achievements on every job is a key 🔑 to demonstrating your competency #CareerswithJide
16. In case of graduates 🎓who have no job experience, your volunteer experience would be crucial even if it’s at your church, put it there. The reason being that what you are trying to demonstrate is that you have skills. #CareerswithJide
17. Shout out to @monale_a for this article I think buttresses this . Next is to know what skills to showcase partaining the job. Remember everything your CV is doing is to move you closer to demonstrating employability. #CareerswithJide
18. Make sure you showcase only the relevant skills and you can also add a few trainings as well. Next is your volunteering experience + your hobby. Remember it’s not just to showcase your skills but also to give the employer an insight on you as a human being #CareerswithJide
19. Forget about adding the referee. Your cv should only showcase relevant information that would make a recruiter want to sit down with you. All information that doesn’t do this can be provided on request. #CareerswithJide
20. When you are done ✅ proof read your CV over and over again. I learnt this the hard way when @EvanGreenLowe started pointing out the errors in my CV when I applied to @Andela_Nigeria . Then save it in PDF and make edits as time goes by. #CareerswithJide
21. That’s the end of CV writing ✍🏽 hope this was helpful. Keep RTing and Tagging people who would find this useful. Next week we would be talking about applying for jobs . #CareerswithJide
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