How to write a CV (adapted from Ahmed Abd El-Rahman)


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This is an adapted version from the original presentation by Ahmed Abd El-Rahman

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How to write a CV (adapted from Ahmed Abd El-Rahman)

  1. 1. By: Oladapo Fadoju
  2. 2. Agenda What is a CV? How should you organize your CV Things you should avoid in your CV Things employers look for Ensure that your CV is neat Recruitment agencies Write your CV
  3. 3. What is a CV? Is a written profile of your professional qualifications Prepared by an applicant seeking employment Multiple versions It might be called Resume
  4. 4. How should you organise your CV  Name & Contact Information  Personal Profile (Career Objective)  Technical and Interpersonal Skills  Career History  Experiences (only if you have gaps in your work history or recently left education)  Education  Professional Certifications and Training Courses  Other Info
  5. 5. Name & Contact Information  Your Name  in the top and in boldface  Address (optional)  Residence  Email  Includes your name  Phone number  Preferred pattern +X(XXX) XXX-XXXX  Write only one mobile  Land number is optional
  6. 6. Personal Information Military Service Status (optional) Marital Status (optional) Gender Other  Driving License
  7. 7. Personal Profile or Career Objective  Clear, concise, and targeted to your career goal(s) or a clear statement that matches the needs of the potential employer or recruiter.  Should include  Who you are: a statement, one sentence long, that describes you truthfully but powerfully  Skills and qualities that you possess  If you want to have more than one career option you should develop multiple CVs
  8. 8. Technical and erpersonal Skills Technical Skills Interpersonal Skills  Goal oriented  IQ score (optional)  Communication and Presentation  Work under pressure Language Skills
  9. 9. Career History Start with the most recent Employer name Position title Time interval (month/Year) Brief description of your role and responsibilities
  10. 10. Experiences Your Projects  Start with the most recent  Project name  Involved duties and skills  Brief description
  11. 11. Education  Start with the most recent qualification  For each qualification  name  year attained  Don’t include primary or high school if you have graduated more than 5 years ago  If you are currently in a degree  In progress  Expected graduation date
  12. 12. Professional Certifications and Training Courses CPD & Training Courses  Start with the most recent  Training Center name  Time interval (month/Year)  Brief description (optional) Certifications  Start with the most recent  Certification name  Earned date
  13. 13. Other Info General interests or Hobbies e.g.  Drawing paintings  Solving puzzles  Reading novels
  14. 14. Things you should avoid in your CV  ID number  Personal photo  Irrelevant awards, publications, & memberships  Travel history  Previous pay rates  Reasons for leaving previous jobs  Typing & grammar errors  Lengthy descriptions  The words “References available upon request”
  15. 15. Things employers look for Signs of achievements Patterns of stability & career direction or progression Professional presentation of your CV
  16. 16. Ensure that your CV is neat  Recommended fonts  Calibri  Tahoma  Times new Roman  Use one or two fonts only  Use bullets, but don’t overuse them  Recommended font size 12, don’t use smaller than 10.  Print in high quality, white paper
  17. 17. Recruitment agencies  Rename your CV file to be your full name  Enter a job code andor job title in the email subject  Write the following in the email body Dear Sir/Madam Kindly find my resume in the attachments. Regards,
  18. 18. Write your CV Time for the workshop