- June 11, 2019
- Posted by: Mike Akintayo
- Category: Articles, Interviews, Job opportunity,
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 Resume/CV? This is because this article 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 when writing your CV.
The truth is that despite the high rate of unemployment, there are still a lot of organizations that need new people daily. If you checked through some job opening platforms or websites, you will as well confirm that.
However, the jobs available are for a 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.
However, job openings do not guarantee that you will get the job. While there are job openings, 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 even in your absence. A CV that makes your prospective employer 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 fails to answer this question correctly, there is no doubt that your CV won’t escape being neglected and might eventually be dumped into the bin like that of other job applicants.
I know you might have consumed a lot of information on writing a CV. Well, there is 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. So, what are the little foxes you must pay attention to when writing a CV:
1. Font speaks volume: The font used in your CV Is vital in CV writing. Believe me, some fonts are horrible to the eyes. They piss off the person reading your CV. This means that your font could prevent your Résumé or CV to be considered. Therefore, you have to select a font that is legible enough to be seen by your prospective employer. Not all fonts can do that. Concerning Font, the first thing you should take note is your font type. The font type must not be too artistic, all that is needed is that it should be legible. Nothing can replace the legibility of your font. Bad fonts bore your prospective employer to consider your CV.
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. However, this is not advisable. I will advise that font size of 11-12. Anything more than that isn’t really helpful. So pay attention to your font. Also, your font colour should black. Except you’re in the creative Industry that sometimes requires you to be creative and submit a designed CV, don’t use other font colour aside from black.
2. Your email address should be well spelled: 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. There is no excuse for an email that is not correctly spelled. It shows and already makes a bad impression of you even before the mail is opened. Remember, you don’t have a second chance to make first impression and first impression matters a lot.
What do I mean by this? Email such as Sefirstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Mammygreen@yahoo.com etc. don’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. It is important you don’t joke with this notable fact about emails.
Those types of email can be used for other purpose but not for job applications. So what type of email address should you use? Use an email address that is grammatically correct if possible let it be a combination of the names you use on your CV. If you need to change your previous email address, please do. Don’t assume it doesn’t matter because it does matter.
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. Do you get the point?
So just give it a twist. By doing that, you are already positioning yourself well. Always remember, email should be well spelled.
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 from going through your CV. And once your prospective employer gets discouraged, there is a high probability that he or she might end up not reading your CV at all. So what type of format should your CV be? Well, I will advise that it should be in PDF format when as submitting online except otherwise stated. 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 a website I discovered called smallpdf.com to convert your CV to PDF format.
4. Don’t submit your email without an 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 a 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 levels of professionalism to display is having a well-written email subject and email body. Some recruiters specify what your email subject to be. Therefore, make sure you read through the job application procedure very well, there is no point in rushing to the farm when you’ve forgotten 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”, APPLICATION AS AN INTERN, etc 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. It is an opportunity for you to sell yourself. You don’t have to write a long email body. Be as brief as possible. An example of what your email body should read is:
Dear HR, Director, (Depending on who you are addressing the mail to)
Good day, 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. Thank you.
5. Followup your CV: 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 on your CV. Following up your mail will go a long way to show that you’re really interested in the job.
Don’t just send your CV and sleep. Go the 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.
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 Résumé/CV of applicants. It is necessary when the number of applicants is too much to be examined by humans. ATS makes selection easy because it screens 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 Applicant Tracking System? Quite simple though that is if you play by the following rules.
A) 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 requirement 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.
B) Use standard fonts: we’ve discussed extensively on this on this blog post. Therefore, read through this blog post again.
C) Make sure you all acronyms, qualification are fully spelt out.
7. Mobile contact Used must be always reachable and strictly personal: Someone on a hiring team once shared something with us. They considered a particular guy for a role after which they proceeded to call him to schedule an interview with him. Unfortunately, when he was called, a lady picked the call and started abusing the young lady(a part of the hiring team) that called to stop calling her boyfriend. And that marked the end of the guy opportunity to get a job.
I believe you’ve learnt alot in this blog post. It’s time for you to take action.
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