I’ve read a lot of CVs, some are good, some are bad, and some are very bad. So for those of us who want to write a CV, this is how to write a simple CV.

Before your start:
– keep your employment goals in mind
– know that your CV should be tailored to support a specific job goal. That is, your CV for a customer service position should not be the same as your CV for an administrative assistant position.
-Research industry keywords to include in your CV.
– compile specific information about your educational and professional experience
-Make up your mind on what font to use. Do not use unprofessional fonts like, comic sans. Most professionals use serif fonts, like New Times Romans, Bell MT, Calibre, Georgia.
Other Formattings:
margin – half to 1 inch on all sides of the paper is ok.
Font Size –  Font size between 10 and 12 point is ok.
Spacing – single spacing is ok

Doing the main thing – writing your CV:
1.  Contact Information.
Write your contact information at the top of the page. Write your first and last name and any professional titles you hold. Below that, write your city of residence and contact information,
including a phone number, e-mail address, linkedIn profile url. It is not necessary to include your street address.

  1. Objective statement.
    Write your employment or career objective. For example the objective statement for a Receptionist can be something like: I am looking for a receptionist position where I will use my skills in data entry and telephony as well as my experience with Microsoft Office and Excel. Objective statement is optional and can be removed.

    3. Work Experience.
    List your past work experience in reverse chronological order. That is, list each job title and employer, starting with most recent, and then describe the duties of the position underneath, focusing on your accomplishments.

    4. Education
    List your highest education first. Include the name of the institution and any degree or certificates you earned. You can include your CGPA if it is high, something like 4.0 and above. You can also list your honors or awards like best graduating student, best in whatever, etc.
    For fresh graduates without work experience, this section is your main selling point so utilize it if you can.

    5. Skills
    the skills section is very important, especially when your CV is being submitted to an applicant tacking system (ATS).  ATS ranks CVs using keywords specific to a job posting. Your CV should be tailored to each job you apply to, and this section is the most important part of the
    tailoring process. Use only hard skills, experience-based skills, e.g Photoshop,
    programming, data analysis, and prove your soft skills when mentioning your work and/or academic accomplishments. That is, relate your soft skills to your accomplishments to prove you really have them.

    7. References

Your references should be people who have worked with you in the past, your lecturer, project supervisor, your previous boss, e.t.c

Proofread:
Proofread your resume. Asks your friends or Professionals you know to help you proofread your CV.

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