Curriculum Vitae (CV) writing Guide and Tips

Curriculum Vitae (CV) writing Guide and Tips

    If you’re pursuing opportunities in academia or looking for work in Ethiopia, you may need to create a CV for your job vacancy. This document provides employers with a detailed account of your professional and educational history to decide whether you’re a good fit for a job position. 

Shola jobs site helps you to succeed in your future career goals. So let’s discuss a CV writing guide and some tips to win your other competitor's CV in a jobs search.

Curriculum Vitae (CV) writing Guide and Tips

There is no "best" or "right" way to complete a curriculum vitae, even though many people will try to tell you. We have extensive experience recruiting from graduate to CEO positions; When putting together your curriculum vitae, it is important to consider what sets you apart from other applicants.

Here are some of our CV writing guides and tips to enable you to do this:

1.Your CV is a marketing tool

Remember that your CV, whether sent by post or email, will be your first introduction to your prospective employer or recruiter. You will not be there to explain anything, or to fill in any gaps, so your CV has to represent the best of who you are.

Convince the person reading your CV that you have the right skills for the job by providing evidence of previously gained skills and experience. If applying for different types of positions, tailor your CV to each position you apply for.

2.Consider the Length of the CV

Most Ethiopian companies want potential employees to have short and brief curriculum vitae. The length of your curriculum vitae will to some extent reflect your level of experience. Do not try to summarize the information on two pages for the sake of clarity. However, remember that the longer you keep your curriculum vitae, the more likely your prospective employer or recruiter will lose some important information that is hidden in the document.

Be concise and positive when describing your professional history and achievements. Avoid the usual series of brilliant adjectives and instead, give real examples of what you've actually achieved and try to avoid the following: 
  • Nonsensical little things like “charismatic leadership qualities” or “team players”. 
  • Narrative prose. 
  • Terms like “involved” and “assisted” - need to be precise. 
  • Vague achievements like “improved” or “improving

Therefore, replace with something more specific to quantify what you have actually achieved, 
Pay attention to the keywords on your resume and try to add value to them instead of using the word 'designated' test 'promoted' or 'selected'. "I ran a program" could become "created and developed" which conveys a much stronger message. Let every word work for you.

3.Utilize your space effectively

Sometimes your CVs can become lengthy, especially if you’ve been in your industry for several years and have amassed a great deal of experience. To ensure you’re using space effectively and your CV is easy to read, consider using the following techniques:

  • Organize with bulleted lists: Make lists, (such as your collection of skills or awards) easier to consume by adding small bullets.
  • Use section headers: Distinguish section headers from the rest of your CV content by making them bolder, larger, or underlined.
  • Bold keywords: In addition to section headers, consider bolding other important words, such as your name and job titles, to set them apart. 
  • Remove irrelevant information: Use the limited space on your CV to promote only the most relevant and impressive information about your background. Remove experience older than 15 years and dates from your education section if you have five or more years of professional experience.
Utilize your space effectively

4.Proofread your CV

Before submitting your CV to employers, take the time to carefully check your spelling, grammar, and syntax. A clean, error-free CV increases readability and shows professionalism. Ask a trusted friend, family member, or colleague to review your resume. It often catches mistakes that you may have overlooked.

A well-composed CV shares all the most essential information employers need when considering you for job opportunities. By making sure your CV is comprehensive, correctly formatted, and easy to read, you’re one step closer to landing the job you want.

5.Choose the right font type and size for your CV

Choose a clear, readable typeface with plenty of white space and avoid gimmicky graphics. When emailing, use fonts that are widely available such as Arial – alternative fonts may look more appealing but only if your recipient also has access to them. Highlight keywords (e.g. job titles, organizations, qualifications) by using bold type, but avoid overuse of these techniques so they don’t lose their impact. Lay the CV out attractively allowing plenty of space – don't cram everything together as this will make the CV difficult to read. Bullet points your CV, as opposed to writing in full paragraphs. Remember the reader may have many CVs to read so you need to make sure that your key achievements stand out from the page.

Generally, Your CV should include the following sections:
  •  Contact information: Include your full name, address, phone number and email address.
  • Academic history: List all schooling from high school through postdoctoral (if applicable). Include the title of the degree you earned, the year you graduated and the name of the school.
  • Professional experience: Include the organization where you worked, the job title, the dates you were employed and a summary of your experience and achievements.
  • Qualifications and skills: List a combination of hard and soft skills you’ve developed throughout your career.
  • Awards and honors: For each award, add the name, year received, the organization that gave you the award and any pertinent details (such as how often it’s presented).
  • Professional associations: List the organization’s name, location, or chapter and the dates of active membership.
  • Grants and scholarships: Provide the name of the grant or scholarship, the date awarded and the institution that provided the award.
  • Licenses and certifications: Include the name of the license or certificate, the date you earned it and the institution that awarded it.
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