Writing A Resume Watoto/EBS Business SeminarPresentation Transcript
Tips on writing a Resume/Curriculum vitae By Ivan Ntabazi Managing Principal OneAccord Uganda Ltd Ivan.firstname.lastname@example.org www.oneaccordpartners.com 0755002002
Standard Sections to use in your CV
Title – The title of your CV is your Name. Your name should have the largest font size and be in Bold. Other sections of your CV should be smaller in size. Directly beneath your name, always include your contact information including your address and telephone number in a smaller font. CV Objective – The objective is basically your goal to work for this employer and how you want to further your career. This section should be short and contain no more than 2 sentences. Employers often sum up potential candidates by reading the objective. The CV objective needs to demonstrate communication, leadership, future goals, and your ability to move forward in the work environment.
CV Experience Your CV needs to include detailed work experience.
Always start with the most recent employment experience and work your way to the most relevant work experience you have had in the past each Employer you have had in the past should be entered including the start and finishing year of employment
The Company’s name, The location of the company, your Job title and responsibilities you had.
If there are achievements while you worked in a certain job, you need to indicate them. For example, if you were the Sales Manager and sales increased 120% in your first 3 months, then you need to indicate this achievement.
CV Education In your CV, list All Schools you attended starting with the highest level of education (example: University), High school (UACE) – include combination e.g. Physics, Economics, Math and Entrepreneurship (PEM/Ent) right down to your O levels (UAC) Include names of institutions, qualification attained Certificate, Diplomas or Degrees you received and date of completion. Primary and nursery school is not relevant
1. Honesty Your CV is a document an employer will use to measure your abilities, skills, experience, education, and your personality & character. What you write in your CV will reflect not only your ability to do the job the employer is hiring for, but to gage your personality and Character. The employer needs to be able to trust you and will question you on the CV. If you are honest, the employer will be able to rely on you to be truthful for the job at hand. Furthermore, the employer will be confident in your ability to do the job.
2. Set a Goal What Job is the CV for? What are your objectives? Who is the Employer? What kind of Job do you want? How do you want to be perceived by a potential employer? Once you have answered these questions, decide on what your goal will be. Your goal should also be reflected to some degree for your CV’s Objective.
3. Customize Your CV You can have several variations of your CV for various different Jobs you might want to obtain. For example, If you are a hair dresser or driver and also have experience as an electrician or a plumber, you might want to create two different CVs if you want to obtain to vary different Jobs; One Cv with all of your Driver experience, license and registration, with a secondary reference to your Electrician experience. This CV would be to obtain a truck driving Job. The Second CV would include all of your Electrician experience and education with secondary info about Truck Driving. This CV would be used to obtain and electrician position.
4.Neatness Counts Imagine 100 white papers that are typed and look all similar. Within the stack of papers, one paper is yellow. Which paper out of this pile stands out? Here are the guidelines on writing a CV that will catch the eye of an employer
Type or Print your CV neatly on white paper.
Use good quality paper and a laser printer.
Spell Check your CV and make sure all the grammar and punctuation is correct.
Proofread your CV. Have a friend proofread it for you as well.
Separate your C.V into several sections. Your document needs to be clean and have order.
Spaces and paragraphs are critical visually to your CV.
5: Religion, Politics, Humor, and Marital Status Your CV is for an employer who’s sole interest is for you to work for them o that they can continue to carry out their business and earn money. Your CV is not a place to make your views, opinions or values known to your employer. The CV is meant solely to allow your employer to measure your skills and experience as they pertain to employment. You could turn off an employer by discussing religion, political views, making jokes, or even by discussing your marital status.
6: Cover letter You should typically send out a cover letter with each CV you send out to an employer. Do not build a generic template cover letter or cut and paste from the internet – not impressive
A Cover letter must complement your CV, show interest in the Company you are applying to, and highlight your most important skills and abilities for the job you are applying for.
A cover letter is not your autobiography
When writing the cover letter, avoid negatives.
Try to avoid a salary history in the cover letter
Spend time thinking about the layout of your letter, and make it sure that it is easy on the eyes and has a logical progression.
Personalize your cover letter if possible. Your cover letter should be addressed to a specific person - avoid the "Dear Sir orMadam".
7:Interests and Hobbies Often times this section is left out as not important to the CV. To the contrary, this shows your employer a different side of you which can benefit your ability to handle stress and how you relax after a long day’s work. When include a hobbies or interest section on your CV, do not put walking and reading as interests. Who doesn’t read and walk? We all do. You need to add something you do that will be interesting to the employer. It will keep them focused on your CV when they make their final decision. Play football? Tennis? Enjoy Hiking? Swimming? Let your employer know you have a life outside of work and that you are active.
8: References You do not need to include references in your CV however you should be ready to provide at least 3 references upon being asked. References should be related to previous work experience however one character reference can also give insight to an employer about your personality and make conclusions on how your communication, leadership, and team skills will come into play. Generally speaking, only pick references of bosses or co-workers for which you have had a positive work experience with. If you left your last job yelling at your boss or you were fired, that person will not paint a pretty picture of your work abilities and could destroy your chances of getting a job.
9: Follow up Is it okay to follow up after you sent your CV to a potential employer? Absolutely More so, it’s a good idea to do so. It demonstrates that you are interested in the position and makes you and your CV standout from the crowd.
What is the next step in their recruiting process?