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Secrets of Writing a CV for Nigerian Jobs

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How to make your CV even better

Sometimes, you want to believe that you have the best CV but here’s the question – Was your CV adjudged the best by a global team of certified HR professionals? If your answer is ‘no,’ then we should focus on helping you write a CV that would capture and hold the attention of Nigerian employers.

In this article, Yassine Elkarmoudi, a career enthusiast and the founder of Etihad Assessment shares secrets to making your CV good enough to nail your dream job.

Some of the questions you have to ask yourself include:

  • What is the main thing required by the job?
  • How can my experience and abilities correspond with the job? (Meaning, you need to rework your resume and cover letter to suit the role)
  • Does my CV highlight your basic advantages to suit the vacancy?

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It is always best to work with the assumption that a manager reads your resume and only has few moments to read each CV quickly. This is the clincher moment that determines if your application is considered for further evaluation.

The most important thing an employer wants to know in such short time is how suitable you are for the job and what sets you apart from other applicants. It’s that simple.

Below are the things you should pay attention to on your CV.


1. The golden rule

Keep things short and simple. Try to focus on what you can offer the company based on your experience and past achievements, and why you’re a better candidate than the others. A complete resume must provide a good biography and should pay attention to both form and content.

This is one of the secrets of writing an outstanding resume that can lead you to work.


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2. Template

The following are things you should take seriously when working on your CV.

  • An attractive resume template is very important to attract the employer’s attention and keeps things organised thoroughly.
  • Your resume must be typed on the computer using Microsoft word or WordPad, to say the least. Always check the content for grammatical errors before printing.
  • Use only white paper to print your resume. Never use coloured paper or paper with backgrounds and graphics.
  • The writing colour should be black only. Don’t use text shadows, oblique lines or any graphics. Your resume shouldn’t look like a magazine cover.
  • Reduce the use of heavy bold and underlines except for some titles only.
  • To avoid straining the eyes of the employer or hiring manager, send your CV using Font 12 or 14 text size. Also, do not use ‘CAPITAL LETTERS’ this way when writing
  • CV should not exceed two pages at most (one page for fresh graduates). If you’ve been working for over 10 years with a multiplicity of experience and numerous credentials, then it’s fine to have your resume up to three pages as is necessary.
  • Do not attach copies of certificates obtained unless you were asked to do so (separate documents)

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3. Content structure

The content of the curriculum vitae should be divided into several sections. We will explain these in the lines below:

  • Personal data: Name, age, sex, address, and mobile contact
  • Previous work experience: This should include temporary work, volunteering jobs and contract jobs
  • Educational experience: Educational certificates obtained from secondary school, the higher institution and other certificates
  • Other information about you: This will include your knowledge of computer, languages skills, charitable activities, professional affiliations and other hobbies

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4. Other sections of the CV

Below are other parts of your CV that make a world of difference.

  • In the job experience section, write the latest or current job then list your previous jobs. As for dates, make sure to use month names to make things easier for your prospective employer. In the example that follows, you should use the former instead of the latter. It should be ‘September 8, 1995 – December 10, 1997′ instead of ’09/08/1995 – 10/12/1997’ because employers will only skim your resume initially; not read it word-for-word. When you write it out, the dates are easier to spot when your CV is skimmed.
  • It is best to add a small line regarding the company if the title or company name isn’t self-explanatory.
  • Try to show your accomplishments in each job role you were assigned to and not just typing the designation.
  • Explain why you left your previous places of work if you think it’s necessary for the employer
  • Do not use abbreviations (like OCI, CRM) in your CV unless you intend to explain what they mean in brackets.
  • Avoid using buzz words (words or phrases that are fashionable at a particular time or in a particular context) and exaggerated terms as they can be unnecessary. Also, avoid the use of words and phrases intended to sweep up excessive respect in addressing a company where you worked. Such words include ‘esteemed,’ ‘best’ and others.
  • In cases where an image is required, add a modern size 4 × 6 image; taking into account, the image look and business attire.


Finally, you should:

  • Check your resume several times for any linguistic and grammatical errors.
  • Send your resume for a free CV evaluation by Jobberman.
  • Never send a CV without a cover letter.
Nathan Jeffery
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