CV Writing Tips: Best Format For 2019


By Kibet Tobias

As you are job searching this January, how your CV is represented will play a big part in determining whether you will get the job or not.

Employers and recruiters will draw conclusions on the candidate to invite for interviews just in the first few seconds of looking at your CV.

They have become skimmers, meaning your CV should be customized to appeal to a person skimming through.

What does this mean? Your CV should be informational as soon as someone lays eyes on it. It should tell on your years of experience, key skills, education qualifications and major achievements at a glance.

These are mainly what employers want to see and if it is not clear, you might be missing out on a job.

So as you follow this format we have provided below, emphasize on your presentation in terms of font used, font size and grammar.

Best CV Format This Year

1. Your Name and Contacts at the top
Most candidates are quick to include information about their education and experience only to forge about their contacts.

This leads to a suitably qualified candidate missing out on the job opportunity because recruiters and employers can’t reach them. Remember to include a working phone number(s) and email address where you can be reached at any time.

2. Summary
This is the section that comes first after your contacts. It details your experience in the field you are applying for jobs and tells on your current career plans or otherwise known as your career objective.

Your profile summary should be about 5-6 lines or not more than 100 words, according to Florence Mukunya, a CV Writing consultant at Corporate Staffing Services.

3. Key Skills
Today employers are looking for candidates with an edge over other applicants when it comes to hiring, people with an added advantage.

Indicating your key skills informs the recruiting personnel what value you will be bringing to their company and how willing you are to learn new skills.

Include anything that will be valuable to the role you are applying for and try to veer away from the norm of team work and detail oriented.

They are becoming a cliché.

4. Education
This I believe you are already familiar with.

Here you detail the necessary education background starting with the most recent to the least significant.

Include the name of institution, period of study until completion and if needed, your grades.

You can leave out the grades, especially when a job had not included this as part of requirements.

5. Work Experience
Here is where you tell recruiters and employers of the practical experience you have had. When writing our work experience, don’t just write the company name, position and period, also include the duties and responsibilities you held in the position. The first five duties are what matters, so ensure what you include is the most important.

If you have extensive experience, you can always summarize those that are not that recent. Focus on recent years.

6. Key Achievements
These you must never leave out from your CV. Once employers see that you are qualified and experienced for the role, it does not stop there.

They will want to know what you were able to do in the positions held.

So to communicate this, under every position held, include at least two achievements that will present you as a performer to recruiters and employers.

7. Professional Certifications
These can be listed under education or as a standalone in the CV, especially for professions that insist on professional qualifications, including Accounting, HR, Procurement, IT and the like.

Detail your certifications in a brief and yet understandable way. Make them visible to the recruiter or employer.

8. Hobbies
While most people may prefer to leave this out, your hobbies communicate a lot about who you are as a person. They communicate your character and why the position would be ideal for you.

Under your hobbies, make sure the information you provide is relevant to the profession you are in.

For example, if you are in Accounting, listening to music and dancing would not be ideal. Playing computer games on the other hand would be received well as it puts you out as a problem solver.

9. Referees
This is the last and yet one of the most crucial part of your CV. Provide the name and contacts (phone number and email) of people who can say good things about you as a performer in our profession.

It could be your lecturer, former employer or mentor.

Remember to ask for permission first before including anyone as your referees.

A professional CV comes a long way in getting you that job you really want. “Job seekers should ensure their CVs are updated with recent achievements, those for 2015, and are not wordy. In CVs, less is more,” says Melody Mwendwa, a CV writing expert and interview coach.

Want a professional CV? Email jobsnetworkkenya@gmail.com for assistance.

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