A poor CV can lessen your chances of getting picked for a potential gig. Imagine a hiring manager whose mission is to go through thousands of CVs everyday, to then select few who will progress to a telephonic interview or a face-to-face interview — there are no second chances.

Staffing and recruiting firm Robert Walters advises to get your CV carefully checked for any embarrassing typos, grammatical errors, formatting errors, and any other errors.

“Ask a friend to check your spelling if it’s not one of your strengths. Spell check software can pick up some mistakes but it’s not foolproof,” the firm writes.

Robert Walters further warns jobseekers to stay clear of unusual or quirky additions to your CV such as hard-to-read fonts, distracting designs or coloured paper.

Jobs website, CV-Library, lists of things to remove on your CV include photos, jargon, hobbies, outdated employment history, unnecessarily big words, personal interests and social media links, to name a few.

Jobnow Nigeria says colourfully presenting yourself; ie. lying, is a bad idea! “Do not inflate your certificate or your achievement. Do not make up qualifications, experiences that you have not earned. This could be a deal-breaker in the event your employer finds out the truth. Let your CV have a true representation of your academic and work experience/s in a most truthful manner.”

So what do you keep, or make improvement on? We suggest you pay close attention to the traditional headers that all recruiters are expecting.

Personal Details: Include your current physical address, contact details, and an alternative number incase a recruiter is unable to contact you on your number.

Skills & Achievements: For each skill or quality you mention, briefly discuss how you’ve developed the skill or quality, and give evidence or examples of how the skill has worked in your favour.

Work Experience: For each work experience you mention, name of the place, company or institution, timeline of how long you worked there (year/s and/or month/s), your position (role) or job title, list (in bullet points) your responsibilities or tasks relevant to or specifically matching the job you apply for, and achievements (results) accomplished or ideas you contributed.

Education History: Include the name of the institution (Where you went to school, studied or trained), the years you’ve enrolled (when you started to when you ended), your qualification (certificate, diploma or degree), and list the subjects/courses taken.

References: Add two or three people who can provide positive feedback on your previous work or experience. Include their full name, their role or position (job title), institution or company, and contact details (mobile number and email address).

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