Professional CV (Curriculum Vitae) writing has become a very important part of getting a job in Cameroon. As the number of graduates has increased exponentially in the last two decades, it has become increasingly crucial for recruiters to make the screening process faster and more efficient
IntroductionProfessional CV (Curriculum Vitae) writing has become an essential part of getting a job in Cameroon. As the number of graduates has soared exponentially in the last two decades, it has become increasingly crucial for recruiters to make the screening process faster and more efficient. It is now the need of the hour to have concise information regarding the applicant as quickly as possible.
To simplify further, let's take an example. Say you want to hire a gardener out of a hundred applicants. It will be a logical idea to sort them out into broad categories like those who have previous experience and those who are new to the trade because you see, it is not wise to let them all have a go at your precious lawn.
In the corporate world, it has become increasingly important to have an insight into the applicant's life so that the hiring decision can be made as quick and accurately suited to the work that needs to be done. Such insight can be provided by a document famous as a Curriculum Vitae or CV (Latin for the course of life).
What is a CV?A CV is basically an applicant's life's summary, containing their academic and work experience related information. In today's fast-paced life, it is ideal for every graduate to prepare on beforehand during their college days and further keep adding additional; skills as they are acquired by the student.
So as the student's skills keep increasing, so does the content of the CV, with each new pointer becoming a unique aspect of the student's life story.
CV stands for Curriculum Vitae.
What is the use of a CV?Whenever we are required to send a CV to the hiring agency or prospective employer, what they actually need is an insight to build up an interview. Usually, questions thrown at you in the interview are majorly based on the pointers provided in a curriculum vitae.
What are the steps to follow when writing a professional CV?
Like any professional document, a CV is also prepared along with some basic thumb rules and format. Some basic rules are as follows:
- Choose the best format with proper spacing and font, because as we all know, the first impression is the last.
- Many pre-set templates will get you going just fine, but always add some personality so that it isn't monotonous to look at
- Provide clear and concise information; no paragraphs needed, keep it crisp and pleasant.
- Provide full educational qualifications as well as your achievements in studies and sports
- Any sort of work experience will always look good, be it working at a cafeteria because, in the end, it will show your ability to work in any environment and role.
- An additional tip is to always portray yourself as an outgoing person and team player, as companies nowadays look for candidates who can blend in quickly amongst their colleagues. And becoming one won't hurt that much either, now will it?
What is essential in a CV?A question may come up in the minds of readers that what is so important in a CV? Is it an educational qualification? Or is it the co-curricular activities? Well, primarily the question that needs solving is what kind of a person you actually are because we all vary in our skill sets. It is thus imperative in the CV to show our strengths and other facts, including our weaknesses.
The three following points need to be considered:
- What is the job you seek and is your skillset up to the mark?
- Whatever you are mentioning, what image will it create?
- Why should the assessor even take out his time to go through your story of life?
So the fundamental choice of importance is dependent upon the writer himself. If a top-grade IT graduate applies to get a job in a sports and nutrition establishment, he can be rejected due to a lack of sports and fitness in his life. Similarly, a top-class athlete cannot take up a job at extensive IT projects requiring in-depth knowledge of cyberspace. Choose wisely regarding what you want yourself to be seen as that's the premium moment.
How many pages should a professional CV be made up of?
- The general idea prevalent is that ""A Two Page CV is the best"". However, that depends on the individual. Obviously, a college graduate with limited skill sets will only have limited data to present in his CV. Similarly, someone with various skills cannot be restricted in even five pages( just saying).
- A two-pager concept is that the task doesn't become monotonous and makes the assessor stop reading. Thus I emphasized keeping it crisp and pleasant. No paragraphs needed; let your facts prove your worth.
What is the difference between Resume and CV?A widespread misconception is that a CV And Resume are one and the same. But Stop right there, there's more to it:
- CV is one's life story's summary, then the Resume is the preface. The difference lies in length too, but it isn't just that simple.
- In Resume, one can be as concise as possible, giving only the job-related skills that only matter for which one is applying. If it's an IT job, tell how much you've worked for computers, and if it's an educational job, then tell only about the schools you taught and the results. Just remember one thing, do mention facts and numerical to emphasize your point.
- On the other hand, in a typical CV one can elaborate more on a single skill set they would like to show more predominantly. Many companies ask for a resume first before calling up for a CV just because of sheer concise information, a single piece of paper provides numbers and facts.
ConclusionI hope you have been able to understand everything about the document every corporation calls a CV. It is widely regarded by many as one's mouthpiece; a piece of paper that talks about you before opening your mouth or even meeting your employer.
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