If you’re reading this blog post, may I tell you that you’re about to read one of the most important blog post on writing CV. This is because this post will expose you to little foxes that you’ve not been taking note when writing a CV. It will expose you to mistakes you should try as much as possible to avoid while writing your CV.
The truth is that despite high rate of unemployment, there are still alot of organization that needs new people day after day. If you checked through some job opening platforms or websites, you will as well confirmed that.
However,the job available are for few people. And don’t have the mentality that those few people must have ‘Connection’directly or indirectly with the organization. That is a “victim mentality” at play.And you shouldn’t have that type of mentality.
So, you must be willing to put your best foot forward to get the job available. And one of the ways to put your best foot forward is by writing a winning CV. I mean a CV that sells you to your employers in your absence. A CV that makes your prospective employer to get attracted to hiring you amidst thousands of job applicants.
Your CV must answer the question “Why should I hire you and not others?. If your CV fail to answer this question correctly, there is no doubt that your CV won’t escape being neglected and eventually be dumped into the bin like that of other job applicants.
I know you’ve consumed alot of information on writing CV. Well, there are still some vital information that only very few people share with you about writing CV.Not because some don’t know but because they don’t really count it as “Big deal” And that is the purpose of this blog post. You can’t afford to be in the dark forever. So, pay attention and read with the intention to implement what you are about to read.
1.Your Font speaks volume: The font used in your CV Is vital in CV writing. Believe me, some font are horrible to the eyes.They piss off the person reading your CV. So you have to select a font that is legible enough to be seen by your prospective employer. Not all fonts can do that.Now first thing you should take note is your font type.
Your font type should be standard fonts such as Times New Roman, Verdana, Arial, Calibri, Georgia, Tahoma etc but Times New Roman take the lead for me. Also, the font size shouldn’t be too big or too small.Some people ignorantly make use of big font size just to meet up with 1-2 pages of CV. But, this is not advisable. I will advice font size of 11-12. Anything more than that isn’t really helpful. So pay attention to your font.
2.Your email address should be well spelt: Your email address also communicate something about you. Don’t just use any email address when writing or sending out your CV. Your email address must be modest and grammatically correct.
What do I mean by this? Email such as Sexyboy@gmail.com, Fukebabe@yahoo.com, Mammygreen@yahoo.com etc. doesn’t communicate something positive about you. It shows a weak personal brand. Neither include them in your CV nor use them while sending out your CV.
Those types of email can be use for other purpose but not for job application . So what type of email address should you use? Use a email address that is grammatically correct if possible let it be a combination of the names you use in your CV.If you need to change your previous email address, please do. Don’t assume it doesn’t matter because it does.
If the email address of your name combination has been taken by another person , consider adding numbers to it.E.g If my name is Akintayo Michael but firstname.lastname@example.org has been taken by another individual that bears my name. I should consider a name like Akintayomichael12@gmail.com. You get the point?
So just give it a twist. By doing that, you are already positioning yourself well.
3.File format matters : Most people think any format can be used to send their CV online. But, the answer is NO. The file format can encourage or discourage the person going through your CV. And once your prospective employer get discouraged. there is high probability that or she might end up not reading your CV at all talk less of accessing if you’re a good fit for the job or not. So what type of format should your CV be? Well, I will advice that it should be in PDF format. Files in PDF format are usually easy to read and also it can’t be arranged differently from the way you sent it or better put, files in PDF format remains intact when downloaded from the other end. So how can you convert your CV to PDF format? Very simple. You can save your CV as PDF directly from your Microsoft word. Recent Microsoft word version enables you to do this or make use of smallpdf.com to convert your CV to PDF format.
4.Don’t submit your email without a email subject and email body: Here is another vital fact most people don’t know or maybe don’t pay attention to. They send out CV without an email subject and body. Well, that shouldn’t be you again after reading this blog post. At every point of your ordeal as a job applicant, you must still show some level of professionalism.
And one of the level of professionalism to display is having a well written subject and body. Some recruiters specify what your email subject to be. Therefore, make sure you read through the job application process very well, there is no point in rushing to the farm while you forget your farm implements at home.However, in cases where email subject isn’t specified, make sure you include one e.g “APPLICATION FOR THE ROLE OF PROJECT MANAGER” or a twist of it. Just make sure it isn’t empty.
Also, your email body matters too. It is an opportunity to catch the attention of your recruiter amidst thousands of applicants.Never leave it blank. You don’t have to write a long email body. Be brief as much as possible. An example of what your email body should read is : Dear HR, Director, (Depending on who you are addressing the mail to)
My name is Mike Akintayo. Attached to this mail is my CV in response to the open position in your company . I am a social media strategist who helps individuals and corporate organizations increase their visibility and profitability.I will be glad to hear from you soon. Thanks.
You get the catch? Of course, you do.
5.Followup your CV: Sometimes back. I applied for a particular job role but several weeks after, I didn’t hear from them. I decided to send a follow up mail and I received a reply from the company and I was told to include the amount I wish to be paid. If I didn’t follow up my mail, they might not have written back to me forever. My point is that follow up your mail. It is very important. You might get the job just because you chose to follow up your Cv.
Don’t just send your CV and sleep. Go extra mile by following it up. Even if you don’t eventually get the job, you will learn why you didn’t get the job and what you should do differently next time. That is the power of following up your mail.
Let the follow up mail states that you haven’t hear from them since you sent your applications, majority of the recruiters reply such mail, their response to such mail will determine what to do next.
So, do what most people don’t do and you will achieve the results most people don’t achieve.
6.Understand How Applicant Tracking Systems(ATS) Works: If this is your first time of hearing Applicants Tracking system(ATS). Never fear, I will explain it to you. Applicants tracking system is a software or system used by large organizations to screen the CV’S of applicants.
It is necessary because the number of applicants are too much to be examined by humans. ATS makes selection easy because it screen out some CV that doesn’t meet the standard of the recruiters. The truth is that most people CV don’t see the light of the day because they end up being screened out by ATS.
So how can your CV scale through the test of ATS? Quite simple though that is if you play by the following rules.
Let your CV include keywords. Read through the Job requirements very well and make sure you include those requirements in your CV. This is because the keywords used in the job requirements announced by the recruiters will be programmed into the ATS and once the ATS scan through your Cv and didn’t find those keywords, it will automatically screen out your CV. Remember that, the ATS work based on the information provided by the recruiter.
So, ensure you include the right keywords in your CV.
Use standard fonts: we’ve discussed extensively on this on this blog post. Therefore, read through this blog post again.
Make sure you all acronyms, qualification are fully spelt out.
I believe you’ve learnt alot in this blog post. It’s time for you to take action.
I believe you’ve learnt alot in this blog post. It’s time for you to take action.
Your CV should be able to sell you implementing what you’ve learnt in this blog post. Do you have any question? Kindly ask.