HOW TO WRITE A FRESH GRADUATE CV IN NIGERIA
HOW TO WRITE A FRESH GRADUATE CV IN NIGERIA

HOW TO WRITE A FRESH GRADUATE CV IN NIGERIA

HOW TO WRITE A FRESH GRADUATE CV IN NIGERIA

HOW TO WRITE A FRESH GRADUATE CV IN NIGERIA
HOW TO WRITE A FRESH GRADUATE CV IN NIGERIA

 

A CV is essentially a marketing tool in the form of a document used to sell one’s unique skill set and the values. You can use this document to tell prospective employers about yourself, your job history, experience, skills, achievements and abilities.

A CV is paramount when applying for a job. This is where you show why you are the best person for the job.

If you’re looking to land that dream job, you need a CV that will impress recruiters.

I compiled key tips on how to write a fresh graduate CV in Nigeria

  • Research and Research
  • Deliver an impressive personal profile
  • Break text up
  • Include a core skills section
  • Be everything professional

Research Research and Research

First on this list is, research, and I’m sure almost every job seeker can relate. You need to first and foremost start off this journey by researching the job roles you are seeking.

For your CV to be relevant, it must contain the skills and abilities that the prospective employer is looking for.

Your research should focus on the most sought after skills that match your core skill set. Research is inevitable if want your CV to be successful and relevant in the job market. That being said; having a foreknowledge of the organization you’re applying to is crucial.

Deliver an impressive personal profile

Your personal profile is the first thing that will catch the eye of any recruiter, so make it worth their time.

Consider this as the legendary 60 seconds you’ve got to sell yourself. Here’s your space to create a dimension shifting impact literally, so don’t sell yourself short.

That being said, you want to keep it short and catchy. No more than a few lines. Remember, you’re basically aiming to hold the reader’s attention. So just carefully summarise your most valuable skills and highlight their relevance to the role in question.

Break text up

Readers will easily get distracted and bored when faced with huge chunks of texts. What to do? Break them up into smaller paragraphs. This makes reading a lot fun and easier.

Don’t forget that a recruiter has to wade through hundreds of applications daily. Let the recruiter easily spot out your core talents and other data that can help him/her make informed decisions.

Include core skills section

This is a very crucial aspect of a fresh graduate CV in Nigeria

This aspect highlights everything from your employment/intern/volunteering experience, qualifications to IT knowledge and skills.

Note that I said “highlight”. So make use of bullet points or numbering.

Be everything professional

Your entire CV should reflect total professionalism.  Every aspect of your CV will be rated for the professionalism of the writer. This will show what impact your pitch has for employers. From your contact information to references: demonstrate professionalism.

Now follow this step by step guide: Start this way…

Write your full name

Enter your contact details (address, e-mail address, telephone, LinkedIn )

Write your personal statement

Put your core skills

Education

Work experience

References

 

Your full name

Your full name should head your CV and should be boldly and clearly written.

Like this;

IFEOMA JOY OKOYE

Next on, write your contact information.

Like this;

Lagos, Nigeria

08340111111

ifeomaokkkoye@gmail.com

And your LinkedIn profile (if available)

Write your personal statement

A personal statement is a summary of core skills and abilities.

It should be a brief description of your career goals and what you can offer your prospective employer.

A well written personal statement should not be more than 200 words long at most.

Any other information can be saved for your cover letter..

Put your core skills

Group your skill set into different subheadings as;

 Communication, IT., Interpersonal, Commercial Awareness.

Under each subheading you can bullet point your relevant skills.

Communication:

Fluent in English

Fluency in Spoken and written Greek

IT

Proficiency in Microsoft office

Advanced in data analytics

And so on.

Education

List your educational qualifications and achievements to date in reverse chronological order.

That is, from the most recent backwards.

It should include the name of the school, the qualification obtained and the date.

If you’re still expecting a qualification, you can write “in view”.

Work experience

You may or may not have any job experience yet as expected.

Although unknown to you, you may have work experience you never counted as such.

For example: Voluntary work, charity work, freelance jobs

For each work journey you’ve ever had, try to write out the name of your employer, the duration, the dates, and most especially;

put up a description of your job role while there.

Describe your job roles in such a way that your prospective employer can tell what you would be good at.

References

While references are optional, you will definitely need it for your first job.

2 references are enough.

Highlight the following information of your refree:

  • The referee’s name
  • Job title
  • Contact address( only telephone and email )

And be sure to consult a referee before listing them.

 

 

 

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