A well prepared CV can have a great positive impact in your career thus increasing your chance of getting that dream job fast. Your CV is meant to convey all information about you to your employer and anyone who needs it. But most people neglect some basic things that should be on a CV thereby suffering the consequences.
Here in this post, I am going to guide you step by step on how to prepare simple yet awesome CV using MS Word.
How to prepare a professional CV for any job
- Don’t make it too bulky:
Don’t ever make the mistake of preparing a bulky CV; just keep it simple. Most applicants think employers will be impressed with their too many words. But the truth is, most employers are always busy. So, they may not have all the time on earth to go through your ten-paged CV. To get quick response, make it at least to pages.
- Use a good font style and size:
Here is one area people neglect when a preparing CV. I’m sure you wouldn’t want your employer to start reaching out for his glasses before assimilating what you put down as CV. In preparing a CV, I recommend you to use Cambria as the font style for the body, Tahoma as the style for your name and other titles. Font size: choose between 12 & 14 for the size.
- Don’t be shy to include everything:
I have once witness an employer who flings away a CV through the window. The applicant intentionally omits his gender. He probably thought it won’t be necessary since his name already identify him a male. As a serious applicant, don’t ever assume your employer should see through the screen. Always have the following in mind when you are planning your CV: Date of birth, State of Origin, Religion, Marital Status, Sex (gender). They are very important to employers. For instance, he may not want to employ a married person. But how would he know if not indicated properly that you’re still single?
- Define your Aims and Objective:
Neglecting this area is like telling the company that you do not have or share their vision. Carefully use this area to your advantage. Tell the company what you’ve got, how you got it and how you intend using it for the company’s benefit.
- Add your Qualifications & Work Experience:
Of course, it should also contain your educational background and qualification obtained so far together with the dates. Your work experiences are also very important in a CV. It determines your pay and salary range. Most companies wouldn’t like to hire someone without experience (Fresher).
- Scan through your Hobbies: In as much as you like adding hobbies, be careful about what you put down as hobbies. I discovered that most applicants ignorantly add anything to fill that space. For instance, including “sleeping” as one of your major hobbies when applying for Security job is enough reason for your employer to write your sack letter even before appointment.
- Get yourself a cover page:
Ensure you specify the position you are seeking through an application letter. Employers so much like it when your CV is accompanied by a cover letter, since it tells the position you are seeking. Read this post; how to prepare a Cover Letter for any Job to get more ideas on how to structure it.
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