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[Dissecting Your Resume And CV] – Name

Babatunde Aloba

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A good name is more important than GOLD. What does your name have to do with you getting a job ? A whole lot. You really don’t have to abandon your name all the same. Our focus here is that your name should be simple. There are times you may have even changed your name just to suit a purpose. That is absolutely fine. Most people feel they would have changed their names if they had the chance or go on about literally hating their parents for such names. You really don’t have to.

FEELINGS – Human Resource or Hiring Manager may just put feelings and say “Oh I like that name and boom you have the job”. Now I do not have statistics to back this notion. We can do a poll and see how many people got employed because of simple things such as their names. Such names are rare and you will NEVER come across them for life. Some are popular too. It may just strike a cord with the HR or HM. Examples – Sijibomi, Peninah, Adele (Only became popular because of the pop star).

FACTS – Keep your names simple. Why ? A whole lot of things go into choosing you as a candidate.

  • How will your colleagues address you ?
  • How will clients address you ?
  • Will they be able to pronounce the name ?

All these are been done to make you feel comfortable at work. If you are conversant with application websites, you will notice that they usually ask for “Preferred Name”. Once HR calls you, they will most likely address you by that name. We all feel appreciated when you hear someone call you by your name.

Below are examples of how to keep it simple :

Uzoamaka – Uzo or Amaka

Mogbaireoluwa – Ire

Abdul-Mumuni – Abdul

Another reason to keep it simple is space. Conserve the space on your resume. You do not need to put those three names at the same time on your CV. Imagine how long those three names are and why you want to put it there. Is it required ? Most times NO. Who wouldn’t prefer “Tosin Oladapo” to “Oluwatosin Bernice-Maria Oladapo” or “Amaka Okoro” to “Chiamaka Aqua-Marie Okoronkwo”.

Your resume is a gateway. Once employed, you will be required to fill out paper works, then you will most probably need to put in your full names. But before then, keep it simple.

REQUIREMENTS – Your full names are required when employed – to update company database, file your taxes, complete CPE courses, open required bank account. These are just few places your legal names are required. The reasons are quite obvious in each case.

NEVER TRY THIS – Never use nick names on your resumes.NEVER. No one will even take a look at your qualifications if they come across it. By nicknames, I mean these tags – “SlayXXX”, “MoneyXXX” “Mhiz” “LitXXX” “StarBoyXXX” “WhizXXX” or use symbols instead of a letter “$u$an”; or titles such as “Chief” “King/Queen/Prince/Princess – [Except they are your legal names] . Those algorithms can run numerous scripts that will first sieve out these resumes.

You should be aware we are in the age of technology. Algorithms can be programmed to run numerous scripts to filter out the unwanted resumes.

NOTES – All names mentioned here ARE not real people . Names are only cited as examples.

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CAREERS[Dissecting Your Resume And CV] – Part IV – Training / Skills / Education

Babatunde Aloba

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The final part of the series is finally here.

There are those who believe the “Education” section should come first, while others opined it should be the last based on how many years of experience you have.

It all depends on preference. But please don’t spoil a good thing. My preference will be – if you attended a good school – irrespective of your experience – you can put it first. But if you feel the university you attended will be of disadvantage to you, please put it at the bottom. There is usually preference for the top schools irrespective of what you are bringing to the table. Do not knock yourself out of the race when you still have a chance.

Your experience coming before your university will surely sway some sentiments towards you. If you are proficient with financial packages such as SAP or Oracle financials and HR can see all this before they get to the “Education” section, then you have a chance against others who went to the best schools. Use your resume to your advantage NOT to your own detriment.

Below is an example :

EDUCATION

2008                                                    Bachelor of Science in Accounting – Boston  University [CGPA 4.42 out of 5.00]

2007                                                    Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

TRAININGS ATTENDED

Investment Policy Statements – CFA Institute

QuickBooks Pro Advisor

Corporate Finance Essentials

Open Universities Australia – Certificate of Achievement – Financial Planning

BLOOMBERG FINANCE L.P – Bloomberg Aptitude Test – Score:520

Oracle Financials Training – Accounts Receivables, Accounts Payable and General Ledger

 

COMPETENCES & SKILLS

Technology:   Technically savvy with the use of Oracle Financials ERP, Microsoft Word, Outlook, Microsoft Excel [Pivot Tables, V Lookup], International Money Management System, Wall Street Office, Clear Par Documents System, Global Cash Management, Work Flow Tool, Microsoft SharePoint, OnBase, Practice Engine.

Team oriented and strong interpersonal skills, Basic familiarity with GAAP/FASB, Sarbanes Oxley Act and GAAS standards, Effective written and oral communication skills, sufficient technical skills to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

This concludes the series – Dissecting Your CV.

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Tackle Your Next Career Fair With These 5 Tips

“Understand that you have the qualifications that they are searching for, and effectively communicate this to company representatives. Be confident that you have what it takes to get the job, because YOU DO.”

Precious C. Price

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So you’ve found yourself back on the market searching for your next fulfilling position at your dream company. Between professional networking events, informational interviews, and countless job application submissions online, you’ve come to the point where you must attend your local career fair.

Either way, sooner or later, you will have tackle your career fair woes.

Check out these tips that will help you to completely TACKLE your next career fair, and land your resume right in the end zone of recruiters.

 (1) It ALL begins with confidence. 

The aura that you exude to anyone is the energy that they will bounce back to you. Understand that you have the qualifications that they are searching for, and effectively communicate this to company representatives. Be confident that you have what it takes to get the job, because YOU DO.

 (2) Research is imperative. 

Go into the career fair with a outlined plan of the companies you would like to target – DO NOT simply walk up to any and every company table with small talk such as, “So what do you guys do?”

Do your research on your target companies to understand things such as the organizational culture, open positions, recent initiatives they’ve been working on, news articles, etc.

 (3) Have questions. 

These questions are what you want to go up to the recruiters to speak about, along with your background and experience, paying careful attention to actually link your experience to what they are looking for in a candidate.

It’s also common to ask representatives about them about their experience at the company, or just about them in general. But again, DO NOT ask them about what the company does, or what jobs they have. From your research you should already know this information. Asking them will show them that you may be lazy or simply did not do your research.

(4) Ask for a business card. 

This shows your ambition and also tells them that you will follow up.

So with that, ensure that you follow up (within 24 hours) on what you and the company representative spoke about. You want to reiterate the skills you have that are related to the position you are seeking in the follow up email. In order to remember your conversation, jot down the high-level topics you both spoke about on the back of the business card between table visits. If you’re spreading your net wide with seeking positions (which you should be), then it can sometimes become difficult to recall what topics came up with each person.

Oh yeah,

 (5) DRESS TO IMPRESS.

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Answers to tricky Interview Questions

Smile as much as you can. Relax. A whole lot of interviews are just as simple as it is – getting to know you and a bit about your competencies

Babatunde Aloba

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Interviews are usually an opportunity to sell yourself. Go with the flow of your interview and never derail from it. The interviewer wants you to be settled and will ensure the environment is conducive enough for an interview. You may be asked if you want water or coffee. Smile as much as you can. Relax. A whole lot of interviews are just as simple as it is – getting to know you and a bit about your competencies. Never speak with fear in ANY interview. See some questions below:

  1. How do you prioritize your workload? Answer : I list out the tasks in order of priority in my daily to do list and ensure they are completed accordingly. this has worked for me significantly
  2. How do you manage stress? Answer: Whenever I feel stressed, I take a 3 minutes’ walk and also drink water to relax and calm down. From my experience, i feel refreshed anytime i do such.
  3. Why should we hire you? Answer: I am hardworking and always ready to improve on given tasks. Not only in accomplishing set goals but also getting a new way to do it better. My experience and technical background has prepared me for this role and i believe I have the mental and physical strength to succeed in this role.
  4. What value can you add to this job and the company? Answer: I have a great work ethic in achieving set tasks and duties. If hired, I hope to contribute to set organization goals and also streamline processes by introducing new time effective systems.

Finally at the end of the interview, do not forget to send a thank you mail to the recruiter or the interviewer as the case may be.

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