HOW TO WRITE A WINNING CV/RESUME

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In pursuit of your dream job/career, one of the questions you might want to consider is does my personal branding communicate rightly to my potential employers? Try to think of every item that you send out (Cv/Resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile etc) which recruiters are likely to come in contact with as your brand items, and the impressions those items induce go a long way in determining if you’re ever granted an interview to eventually getting the job.

This article seeks to inform the reader with quick tips that would be of immense benefit in crafting a winning & compelling CV/resume, one that commands attention and not a candidate for the trash can/recycle bin, I’ll be sharing quick helpful tips below.

Be Honest; the first thing you don’t want to lose as a person and a professional is your integrity, Warren Buffet advised “if you find a person who has energy, intelligence but lacks integrity, ignore the first two”, there’s no point lying all through your Cv/Resume, just so you could impress your potential employers, in the end they’ll find out you lied, and wasted their time and your time, or they could even mark your profile should in case you show up again.

Be Simple Clear and Precise; Cut away the fluff, cut to the point, be as succinct as possible, excuse unnecessary industry Jargon where possible, as the average recruiter rarely spends up to 10 seconds viewing your Cv, so you want to be sure your message is clear and well outlined with the most important things in strategic locations.

Avoid Grammatical Blunders; you really do not want your Cv/Resume to look like your 8 year old son or brother wrote it, the last thing you want an Hr personnel or whoever is viewing your resume to see is; grammatical errors or green/red lines all over the screen especially if you’re sending a doc format (preferably send PDF’s), always proof read before sending out your Cv/Resume, as a little grammatical blunder could communicate incompetence.

4. Highlight Achievements; Use your Cv/Resume as a showroom for displaying notable and relevant achievements that you achieved while on the job rather than just highlighting the roles and responsibilities of your job e.g.

Instead of writing; Handling Customer Relationship management for organizations top customers.

I’ll write; Managed customer relations for organization’s top clients, analyzing and improving feedbacks, which caused 35% increase in client retention.

Instead of writing; I was a cashier that checked people in and out of store, and stocked.

I’ll write; Acted as Professional support liaison (client’s first contact), while aiding product education & location, which raised client satisfaction & turnover by 50%.

Always show numbers and proof where available.

5. Drive your C A R very well

Utilize a “Challenge – Actions – Results” framework to illuminate your critical contributions in previous roles.

Utilize storytelling to explain how you made things happen in previous roles– how you were able to capture new markets, contribute to bottom-line e.t.c. for your past employers.

It gives your target audience a visual simulation of what you’ll do for their organization. They begin to project what you’ll do for them based on those things. It makes your Cv come alive.

6. Demonstrate Your Understanding of the Job & Industry; Let your Cv communicate to the reader that you possess a good level of understanding of their needs by listingrelevant skills and experiences that you possess which are highly prioritized in your industry of interest, and that’s relevant to the job you’re applying for. 

8. Refine For Every Application Using keywords; Don’t use the lazy one size fits all approach when applying for jobs, know that every organization is different although Job titles/descriptions may be similar so take time to target your Cv towards the job ad and creatively use the included keywords to craft your application, this will help you get past ATS robots that scans your Cv/Resume before it appears before a human. You could also contact professionals in this regard, Getajob.ng offers this service at a friendly fee. 

Highlight Achievements; Use your Cv as a showroom for displaying notable and relevant achievements that you achieved while on the job rather than just highlighting the roles and responsibilities of your job e.g.

Instead of writing; Handling Customer Relationship management for organizations top customers.

I’ll write; Managed customer relations for organization’s top clients analyzing and improving feedbacks, which caused 35% increase in satisfaction rate.

Demonstrate Your Understanding of The Job & Industry; Let your Cv/Resume communicate to the reader; that you possess a good level of understanding of their needs, by listingrelevant skills and experiences that’s relevant to the job you’re applying for. 

Refine For Every Application Using keywords; Don’t use the lazy one size fits all approach when applying for jobs, know that every organization is different although Job titles/descriptions may be similar, so take time to target your Cv towards the job ad and creatively use the included keywords to craft your application, this will help you get past ATS robots that scans your Cv/Resume before it appears before a human. You could also contact professional Cv writers in this regard, GetAJob offers this service at an incredibly affordable fee.

Trust this helps!

Godman Oluwaseun Ajayi, Executive team lead and Lead consultant at Get a job.

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