We looked at names the last time. This time around we are looking at contact details.
I have seen ALL the time that we put our FULL address on the CV. This poses a huge risk in todays’ world where we have virtually everything digital. Imagine the worst case scenario. Hackers can use your full details for free and with little effort. You have your HOME address and phone numbers with e-mail address there. It is just that easy.
TRUE LIFE – I was on my way to an interview. I had all my details on my resume. I lost it on my way there and could not attend the interview. Robbers could lay their hands on it and pay me a visit or set me up. Yes. They can. They can open an account in your name ( BVN may stop them this time around). There are numerous things they can do with the little information they have on you. It all just depends on how far they want to go.
TRUE LIFE – There was someone staying in Ogun State but wants to get a job in Lagos. First thing we did was to remove the address. How will he work conveniently in Lagos and travel to Ogun State everyday. He eventually got the job, and moved in with a friend in Lagos. Job was for N 150,000.00 per month.
Don’t deny yourself of a good job because of distance.
Most employers want you to be comfortable coming and leaving the office. We are aware of the daily traffic especially for those in major cities like Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.
Not putting your address doesn’t mean you should lie during interview. It means you should know what is doable and what is not.
If Chevron is offering me a position is Lekki and I live in Ibadan, I know for certain the pay will cover my accommodation down the line. I wouldn’t take the same risk if it is Ajanlekoko International PLC that is offering me same position. Be certain it is DOABLE. Be sure you can get someone that can accommodate while you look to get your own place.
I have NEVER seen an employer post employment letters to an address. Very rare and uncommon for them to do that. Maybe top companies. Even at that; you may be required to pick up your offer letter at the office and sign some more documents. So the address on your resume is irrelevant.
E-mail and Phone Number.
Your e-mail should be simple. I prefer you use your name and do away with numbers. You do not want to have issues not receiving emails from employers.
Do away with long e-mails : firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com . It is ideal you fashion your e-mail in accordance with your name, you can use dots if your name is already taken : I like firstname.lastname@example.org better than email@example.com.
The general convention for Phone Number is simple : 0805 – XXX – XXXX or +234 – 805 – XXX – XXXX . I do not see anything wrong in using two mobile lines on your resume.
Instead of putting the address, you may put the location – Surulere, Lagos or Ibadan, Oyo. That gives the employer an idea of where you stay.
Comments and suggestions are welcomed.
CAREERS[Dissecting Your Resume And CV] – Part IV – Training / Skills / Education
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 :
2008 Bachelor of Science in Accounting – Boston University [CGPA 4.42 out of 5.00]
2007 Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
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.
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.”
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.
(5) DRESS TO IMPRESS.
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
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:
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.