A resumé is everything to a Nigerian graduate as well as companies. A resumé is what you send to companies in application for a job, your resumé gives the company you applied to an insight into your abilities, qualifications, strengths, it also helps them form an opinion about you; if you are the best candidate for the job or if you should be considered at all.
Writing a resumé is something most graduates and undergraduates put off till they feel the time is right. Writing a resumé is not as easy as it looks. It’s all about selling yourself to whoever is hiring without saying anything.
A brilliant resumé is all about presentation; from the content to the font size to the punctuation marks and grammar everything is important.
One key thing to note is that your resumé tells the potential employer the value you are going to add to the company.
Here are the major components of a resumé
Most people go for career objective, but a profile is much more personal. It is a summary of your qualities, where you are coming from and where you hope to be.
See an example below
A mature, positive and hardworking individual, who always strives to achieve the highest standard possible, at any given task, possesses excellent communication skills and has the ability and experience to relate to a wide range of people.
Your bio-data contains your basic information: date of birth, gender and state of origin.
Putting these details at the top of your resumé can be of a disadvantage to you. You can never tell who is a tribalist, also if you’re not so young that could also serve as a disadvantage.
It is best to put your bio-data at the tail end of your resumé as this gives the person appraising your CV the opportunity to be wowed by your qualities, achievements and skills.
A list of the schools attended, year attended and the certificates or degrees you got from them e.g. wassce, B.Sc, B.Eng…
This is the part where you highlighted several positions that you have held prior to applying for a new job. It can also have your present employment.
You should list your work experience in chronological order from most recent to least recent. It should also take this format
Duration; from what year to what year
Name of company; title
It is also important that you use present tense when stating your job description.
E.g. Editing of articles, working with the registrar, developing materials for schools…
This part should show your exceptional accomplishments, awards, records…
E.g. Best graduating student 2014 set.
If you have any professional training in certain fields feel free to add it to your resumé as this can give you an edge over other candidates.
It is important to have a list of your skill set in your resumé e.g. interpersonal skills, communication skills, written communication skills, detail oriented, microsoft office…
These are people that can vouch for you if need be. Some companies like to have a thorough knowledge of their candidates, calling their past employers is one way to find out if the person you are about to hire possesses all the skills and abilities listed in his/her cv.
Two or three people should be enough for your referee list.
Other key points that make a good resumé include:
- Use bold and legible fonts
- Use simple words
- Make sure you can defend everything written in your cv
- Keep it short and simple.