Tips for Preparing your CV
Your C.V./resume is a very important document that can determine whether or not you are considered for a job position. We have put together some tips and suggestions to ensure your C.V. is easy to read and highlights all of your accomplishments, qualifications and positive attributes.
Sections to Include on your C.V.
- Name, Title, All relevant contact Information
- Years attended & Graduation Dates from JHS, SHS & Training College/ University. Also indicate the examination level that was completed.
- Job Title, Company you worked for, dates that you worked there, a brief description of your responsibilities and skills used at your place of employment.
- Certifications from seminars or trainings attended/additional skills/Leadership Positions held – if they relate to any specific work experience please make this connection clear.
- Provide contact information for 2 or 3 people (usually supervisors from previous employers) who can verify that you have completed certain work training as well as being able to comment on your work ethic and skills set.
Have all of your contact information available – Include more than one phone number where you can be reached, also include an email address. Be sure to check your email regularly to see if you hear from potential employers. If you do not have an email address, you can create one for free with google.mail.com or yahoo.mail.com.
Be concise – It is important to include all of your qualifications, skills and accomplishments on your CV, however, it is also crucial to do so in a clear and concise manner. Rather than listing all of your skills throughout your CV, you can create a section that explicitly states what your skills are. Then whoever is reading your CV can read on further for more clarification or detail.
Pick strong references– When choosing your references, be sure to ask people who you have a strong working relationship with. This could be someone who was previously a supervisor or mentor to you. You should not ask someone who is an acquaintance or a friend. You should always ask the individual first if they will be a professional reference for you.
Make sure your CV is easy to read:
- Make sure dates are lined up against the appropriate job position or academic qualification.
- Pick an easy to read font like Calibri, Times New Roman or Tahoma
- Always use black or dark blue ink with a white background.
- Make sure your name and contact information is clear at the top of the page.
- Divide your CV into sections with clear headers so it is easy for anyone reading it to understand.