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The Five Most Important Things To Include On Your CV by PatrickOkunima(m): 6:49am On Jan 13, 2020
A powerful CV is all you need to gain the attention of a potential employer. By that, you have a higher chance of getting that job. But wait a minute, ever seen a perfect CV? That is blatantly impossible. However, you can work toward perfection with these tips that would be disclosed in this article.

The problem most at times is not the inability to write a great CV, but knowledge of what your CV should contain. You might even find yourself wondering, should I include a reference? How do I list employment gaps? By knowing what to do, you cut down on these hurdles. Here are the five most important things to include in your CV. If you get this right, you will gain an edge over other candidates. Are you ready?

1. Job Description Keywords

Gone are the days when hiring managers scrabble through mountainous CVs in search of the perfect employee. Today, they simply save themselves the hassle by using the Application Tracking System (ATS). It is a highly sophisticated system that helps employers become efficient in hiring new employees. With this software, CVs can be ranked based on specific keywords found in the job description.

So, make sure to incorporate relevant keywords as you prepare your CV. A word of caution, the keywords shouldn’t be stuffed. They should appear naturally throughout your resume. Trying to cheat the system will only get your CV to the recycle bin.

2. Professional Title

As you carefully craft your CV, make sure your job goals are bold and bright. You do this by including the professional title at the top, boldly stating the position you’re eyeing. For instance, you can be something like; “Sales Manager” or “Senior Accounting Manager.” At a glance, the hiring manager would be able to tell the position you’re applying for.

3. Skills, Certification, and Credentials

If you have an essential certification that would prove to be an asset in your job, then you should highlight them at the top. Certifications like an MBA or RN often do the trick of wowing hiring managers. Include it close to your name, and it will be a bait; your potential employer won’t turn down. After all, they are looking to hire the best talent in the market.

If you also have other certifications or degrees that are not much of an asset, still include then in your resume. But make sure the important ones are on top and very visible.

4. Work Experience

If you have been working in the industry, making sure to include your work experience would be brilliant. It convinces your hiring manager that you’ve got both the qualifications and the experience. With that, arresting that job is almost assured. State empirically your previous position, your impact on the workforce, and what you plan to achieve if employed. It is a vital aspect of your resume that you shouldn’t joke with. To many, it is the selling point!

5. Profile and Personal Statements

Although you aren’t a business person, you must act like one if you must come home smiling. Every businessperson has something he or she is selling. In your case, you are selling nothing but your skills. Hook your hiring manager with a perfect sales pitch. This section should be right after your contact details and address. Your sales pitch is what will determine if they are to take you seriously or not.

When selling yourself, include bombs that would hit your hiring manager pretty hard. Include industries you’ve worked for, your high-level skills, and numerous problems that you have solved for your previous employers or aim to solve. Do this well, and you’ll get yourself a job.

Wrapping Up!

Getting a job isn’t rocket science. The more you try, the more you learn and upgrade your resume. The aim is to keep learning and implementing useful tips until you hit the jackpot. By knowing that companies are after the best, you will be able to create the best persona for them, without an atom of a lie. Good Luck!

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Re: The Five Most Important Things To Include On Your CV by PatrickOkunima(m): 6:51am On Jan 13, 2020
Are you familiar with the topic? Kindly join the discussion.

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Re: The Five Most Important Things To Include On Your CV by PalmOilDealer: 7:21am On Jan 13, 2020
Great info as always. Thanks, Mr. Patrick.

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Re: The Five Most Important Things To Include On Your CV by RapistOnBail: 8:10am On Jan 13, 2020
Fellow Nigerians.

You can't be a millionaire working under somebody.

Goodluck Job Seekers.

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Re: The Five Most Important Things To Include On Your CV by 9jayes: 8:12am On Jan 13, 2020
Nice one op even tho "send me your CV" is a scam.

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Re: The Five Most Important Things To Include On Your CV by careytommy37(m): 8:12am On Jan 13, 2020
Just joined LinkedIn and receive free professional advice from HR greats like Brigitte Hycinth and Kirsty Bonner

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Re: The Five Most Important Things To Include On Your CV by MANNABBQGRILLS: 8:12am On Jan 13, 2020
All the very best applicants.
Especially as you guys seek for new jobs this New Year.
May God grant your heart desires.

All of us cannot be entrepreneurs for real.

Thumbs up OP.
Good thread!
Educative and Informative!

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Re: The Five Most Important Things To Include On Your CV by Kylekent59: 8:12am On Jan 13, 2020
Connection is the main head.

When you are asked,"how did you know about the vacancy? ''

I read on a newspaper, I saw it online, I heard about it from road passersby, ....... you have lost 40% chance of getting the Job.


Answers like, "Mr John directed me here, A worker here directed me, My sister who is your friend told me about the job, Barrister Anayor directed me here, Sergent Matthew brought me here, Balle of.... informed me, ...... You gat 60% secured already.



Gone are the days people accept a nobody, just know someone so that the manager would know whom to hold in case ......


Testimonies:

A SSCE/WAECholder is the president of Nigeria which is very valid( if you have SSCE, you can run)

An optometry graduate works in Access bank as a customer care agent

A physics graduate is now a sergent in kano state

A law graduate is now a sales girl at aspamda market in trade fair complex

An Agricultural science graduate is now a hotel manager in one of the hotels in Imo state.


Let me Just pause here, who says connections don't work grin grin grin

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Re: The Five Most Important Things To Include On Your CV by qanda: 8:12am On Jan 13, 2020
Re: The Five Most Important Things To Include On Your CV by kay29000(m): 8:12am On Jan 13, 2020
Hmm! Okay.
Re: The Five Most Important Things To Include On Your CV by ufotty2001: 8:12am On Jan 13, 2020
Nonsense! Where is the jobs in the first place.

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Re: The Five Most Important Things To Include On Your CV by kindnyce(m): 8:12am On Jan 13, 2020
Lastly..
Make sure you have the RIGHT CONNECTION, at least in Nigeria, and TRUST IN GOD

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Re: The Five Most Important Things To Include On Your CV by Dave0116(m): 8:13am On Jan 13, 2020
grin

Lastly, plan to be your own boss.
Re: The Five Most Important Things To Include On Your CV by emmyt2: 8:13am On Jan 13, 2020
IS IT WORK EXPERIENCE OR WORKING EXPERIENCE..

PLEASE I WANT TO KNOW.
Re: The Five Most Important Things To Include On Your CV by DCQuest(m): 8:13am On Jan 13, 2020
Good cool

Re: The Five Most Important Things To Include On Your CV by Nobody: 8:14am On Jan 13, 2020
Mr cv . Has it gotten u into chevron or shell

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Re: The Five Most Important Things To Include On Your CV by babyfaceafrica: 8:15am On Jan 13, 2020
All these don't work...even without cv, if you know people, you are employed

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Re: The Five Most Important Things To Include On Your CV by 2shure: 8:16am On Jan 13, 2020
Even if u like add raw gold necklace to your cv. If God never say yes, rest na story.

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Re: The Five Most Important Things To Include On Your CV by Gepheral: 8:17am On Jan 13, 2020
Nice tips
Re: The Five Most Important Things To Include On Your CV by yourstruly5(m): 8:24am On Jan 13, 2020
emmyt2:
IS IT WORK EXPERIENCE OR WORKING EXPERIENCE..

PLEASE I WANT TO KNOW.


Work Experience is correct

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Re: The Five Most Important Things To Include On Your CV by Victory2222: 8:25am On Jan 13, 2020
Abeg in all , you need to know someone that know someone. That's the Nigeria we are in
Re: The Five Most Important Things To Include On Your CV by philkoms: 8:25am On Jan 13, 2020
Great info.A sampled CV would have make OP work an excellent job.

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Re: The Five Most Important Things To Include On Your CV by ifeanyija(m): 8:25am On Jan 13, 2020
careytommy37:
Just joined LinkedIn and receive free professional advice from HR greats like Brigitte Hycinth and Kirsty Bonner
that won't get you a job in Nigeria

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Re: The Five Most Important Things To Include On Your CV by ybalogs(m): 8:25am On Jan 13, 2020
Nice one OP.
Re: The Five Most Important Things To Include On Your CV by princejayy(m): 8:26am On Jan 13, 2020
shocked
Re: The Five Most Important Things To Include On Your CV by ybalogs(m): 8:26am On Jan 13, 2020
philkoms:
Great info.A sampled CV would have make OP work an excellent job.
Exactly. Still did a good job though.
Re: The Five Most Important Things To Include On Your CV by abeloureal(m): 8:27am On Jan 13, 2020
All in all, you have said nothing
Re: The Five Most Important Things To Include On Your CV by BrutusOj(m): 8:27am On Jan 13, 2020
This is not applicable in Nigeria. Invites are not by CV, most organisations in Nigeria that truely want to hire qualified applicants just glance through CV looking for class of degree and previous work experience. Ogas at the top and top share holders all recommend candidates. Una wey get the time to package CV, make una carry on sha.

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Re: The Five Most Important Things To Include On Your CV by bukkielee(m): 8:29am On Jan 13, 2020
ybalogs:
Nah so making CV upright for Lazy youths don turn to job ooo. Got lots to refer to you boss.
Thanks boss.
My number is in my signature

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