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11 Tips To Get Your CV Noticed By Employers by PatrickOkunima(m): 7:09am On Dec 04, 2019
You’ve ever heard the phrase “first impression matters?” It is also applicable to your CV. Whatever job sector you are targeting; as an intern, or the regular professional jobs, or even as a teacher with a local school, your CV should speak volumes for you. This means that the look of your CV would determine if an employer would dial your number or not – in most cases though.

There is no perfect way to write a CV, but there are methods to make it stand out as attractive. I have interviewed countless job seekers, and I have seen mistakes peculiar to them all.

If you don’t have reliable connections or networks to help you get a job with ease, you should focus on this article – to optimize your CV. Here are the 10 ways below.

1. Employ A Professional Font While Writing Your CV

The only mental idea every prospective employer creates about you is what your CV says about you. This means that you are being judged by what potential employers see on paper. If you want them to see you as a hire-able professional, then your CV should look professional.

Here are some few ways to go about that;

- Stick to Arial, Calibri or the Times New Roman Font.
- Don’t highlight any part of your resume with colours and fancy fonts.
- Use only font sizes of 11 or a maximum of 12.

2. Your Objective Should Answer The “What Do I Have To Offer?” Question

Always have this at the back of your mind. Using a copy and pasted objective that was drafted from a sample on a CV writing website is a CV killer. Hiring managers have seen such a couple of time, and they know exactly where you got it from. To create a wonderful objective, you should know the company needs and how you can be able to solve them – when you write it down. The moment you can attract the hiring officer’s attention, you are just a step closer from getting the job.

3. Give Attention To Your Educational Qualifications

Since it has been proven that the average maximum time to hold the attention of any hiring officer is 7 seconds, you should make the most out of it.

No one would want to swim in an ocean of information, just to see your educational qualification. It is one of the most important things in your CV. What you studied, any educational qualification that gives you an edge, and achievements you recorded should be paid attention to.

For those without work experience, you should focus more on optimizing this section, this section should be placed either at the top or centre of your CV – since it is where catches the recruiters’ attention the most.

4. List Out Valuable Work Experiences

Aside from your educational qualification, work experience can also be said to be the most important aspect of your CV. You should include any previous job you’ve handled in the past, your accomplishments on the job, and how it affected your previous firm positively.

Hint: This should be written in number and percentage form.

E.g. I succeeded in setting up 2 control panels that helped reduce the downtime in production by 90%.

You are free to use bold fonts to highlight your achievements, but it should be done with caution.

5. Highlight Your Skills

There should be a specific section designed to list out the skills you have in your possession. The fact is that recruiters don’t always need the regular skills being listed out by almost every job-seeker.

Skills like;

- Attention to detail
- Analytic Reasoning, etc. should be minimally used.

Just be sure to include skills that make you stand out, and also relevant to the job you are applying for.

6. Include Testimonials

I know a whole lot of job seekers won’t swallow this without a fight. The truth is who will believe all the numbers and percentages that you have outlined, without any form of proof? The best way to solidify your claim is to provide evidence from either a former boss or someone you have worked with before. If you can’t provide a testimonial, your CV might still look good all the same.

7. Create A Proper Sequence On Your CV

Since you have finally listed out the qualities that portray you as the best candidate, it is now important to make sure that your details follow a standard sequence.

After the Skill set summary (Objectives), you should follow it up with your educational qualifications, your work experience, core competencies, Seminars attended and Research works done.

8. Recheck For Grammatical Errors

Nothing kills a CV more than grammatical errors. How can you have good eyes for details, and you can’t detect simple grammatical errors? Be careful not to forget that your CV is an extension of you. Any rushed work without proofreading will not tell a good story about you. Endeavor to read out your write-up aloud and correct necessary errors.

9. Maintain A Great Online Profile

Most employers do a background check on several employees to be hired – in most cases, top level jobs. It is necessary you maintain an online profile that is in line with your career objectives. Nothing incriminating should be seen of your online profiles – most especially LinkedIn.

10. Keep Your CV Clean and Simple.

Desist from using colorful fonts and symbols. Leave plenty of white spaces and ensure to leave sufficient margins and spaces in between sections. Make your CV readable, otherwise, its purpose will be defeated.

11. Keep Your CV Updated

Every new skilled acquired; every knowledge got, should be recorded properly and updated on your CV. This would help make your CV more attractive and up to date.

Aside from making your CV more attractive, you should also make sure that you tailor your CV specifically for the intended job role. Your CV is your professional personality on paper. It should be able to speak volumes for you.

If you can’t brand yourself on paper, make sure you hand it over to professionals to help you. As long as you get the job, who will care about how much was paid for the help in branding you?

Closing Remarks: If after following through with my tips, you’re still not happy with your CV or it’s not getting you the results you desire, or you just want to get it right the first time, you know how to reach me.

Remember, getting a professional CV is the first step to actualizing your career goals, and I’m one of the most qualified persons in Nigeria, and the whole of Africa to handle your CV writing. I know how to structure a CV to gain attention, land interviews or get promotion.

Till we meet again, I wish you all the best in your job search.

http://patrickokunima.com/11-tips-to-get-your-cv-noticed-by-employers/

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Re: 11 Tips To Get Your CV Noticed By Employers by PatrickOkunima(m): 7:10am On Dec 04, 2019
Feel free to add yours.

Re: 11 Tips To Get Your CV Noticed By Employers by PalmOilDealer: 1:33pm On Dec 04, 2019
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Re: 11 Tips To Get Your CV Noticed By Employers by PatrickOkunima(m): 4:30pm On Dec 04, 2019
PalmOilDealer:
Nice one, Op. I dey always gbadun your threads.
Thanks.
Re: 11 Tips To Get Your CV Noticed By Employers by PalmOilDealer: 6:36am On Dec 05, 2019
PatrickOkunima:
Thanks.
The pleasure is mine.
Re: 11 Tips To Get Your CV Noticed By Employers by StrikeBack(m): 7:08am On Dec 05, 2019
Nice one
Re: 11 Tips To Get Your CV Noticed By Employers by Brandstudio01: 7:08am On Dec 05, 2019
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Re: 11 Tips To Get Your CV Noticed By Employers by nuhu2018(m): 7:08am On Dec 05, 2019
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Re: 11 Tips To Get Your CV Noticed By Employers by qanda: 7:09am On Dec 05, 2019
Re: 11 Tips To Get Your CV Noticed By Employers by Noblejay7: 7:11am On Dec 05, 2019
A good CV can sure open some doors unfortunately who you know is what opens mega doors in nigeria

An interviewer once asked me who I know in the top management of the organization and that was how I lost out even though I was qualified for the job.

In Nigeria, most times what you need is a signed complementry card of a minister, senator, governor etc or a phone call and the job is yours.

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Re: 11 Tips To Get Your CV Noticed By Employers by fatymore(f): 7:12am On Dec 05, 2019
It is well jawe.


God help us job seekers.

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Re: 11 Tips To Get Your CV Noticed By Employers by Promismike(m): 7:13am On Dec 05, 2019
Enough
Re: 11 Tips To Get Your CV Noticed By Employers by Horsh(m): 7:17am On Dec 05, 2019
above all with connection you'll get the job with ease

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Re: 11 Tips To Get Your CV Noticed By Employers by bukkielee(m): 7:23am On Dec 05, 2019
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Re: 11 Tips To Get Your CV Noticed By Employers by hpymoment(f): 7:23am On Dec 05, 2019
Writing a cv with everyday new style is becoming harder than getting the job sef. angry

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Re: 11 Tips To Get Your CV Noticed By Employers by bukkielee(m): 7:29am On Dec 05, 2019
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Re: 11 Tips To Get Your CV Noticed By Employers by Lamasta(m): 8:37am On Dec 05, 2019
Your designed, well crafted, articulated, up to date CV will get you an interview invite sometimes but connection will get You the job most times....

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Re: 11 Tips To Get Your CV Noticed By Employers by emmanuelsea(m): 8:39am On Dec 05, 2019
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Re: 11 Tips To Get Your CV Noticed By Employers by chukxy44(m): 8:55am On Dec 05, 2019
Nice tips,

I just added another qualification, so had to edit my CV.

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Re: 11 Tips To Get Your CV Noticed By Employers by shockingist: 9:26am On Dec 05, 2019
Thanks Man.
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Re: 11 Tips To Get Your CV Noticed By Employers by Abiboss: 12:02pm On Dec 05, 2019
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Re: 11 Tips To Get Your CV Noticed By Employers by lilyheaven: 6:29pm On Dec 05, 2019
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Re: 11 Tips To Get Your CV Noticed By Employers by Mazugore365: 8:16pm On Dec 12, 2019
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