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The Don'ts in writing a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a Resume. Number one (1) is very important.

With every passing year, the Nigerian labour market sees new entrants making the already saturated labour market even more saturated. With the fierce competition, it is very important you give yourself an edge over your peers. One of the ways to achieve this is to present a well written CV. A CV is the first form of contact a job seeker has with a potential employer. Therefore, it is important that you make a good impression. 

While writing a CV, there are problems that may arise, some of these problems have been treated in my previous update. Therefore, today I will be concentrating on the don'ts in writing a CV. 

These are summarized below:

Do not use photocopies of your CV to apply for jobs. Always use new computer print outs each time you apply for jobs.

Do not write curriculum vitae on top of your document. The document itself is a CV and so does not require that.

Don't use fancy characters in your presentation. Underlining and shading should be avoided. This is because it presents you as a clown. Use simple and easy to read characters. Be professional in your writing.

Avoid unnecessary information like marriage or family background

Don't exaggerate as employers have a way of detecting that. 

Don't falsifying your age.

Avoid spelling and grammatical errors. Spelling and grammatical errors will ruin your chances if you do not heed to this warning.

Ensure that you do not have dirt on the paper when sending it to an employer. Having dirt on the paper will portray you as a dirty and clumsy person and no employer wants such a Person. 

Don't use one CV to apply for all jobs. This is because all jobs are not the same and so is their requirements. The knowledge, skills, experience and ability you need in a banking job is not the same required as a field project officer in a non governmental organization. If you list skills an experiences that are not in line with what the recruiter is looking for, you have just showed him how irrelevant you are for the job. Therefore, you must tailor the contents of your CV to the specific requirements of each job you apply for. 

Disclosing unsuccessful exam results.

Drafting a lengthy document. I have talked about how many pages a CV and resume must be in a professional setting in my previous articles. You must try as such as possible to keep the contents of your CV as precise as possible. 

Having said all these, I'd like to discuss a few top tips on CV/Résumé writing.

The importance of a good CV or résumé can not be over emphasized. To secure that job, your CV/résumé must be sound and well written.

Here are some Top tips on CV/résumé writing.

The CV should include achievements as you should go ahead to include what you achieved in each job. It could go along way in convincing employers that you are an achiever. 

The CV should show a pattern of success. Make sure that each job means a higher level of income and responsibility. Do not give the impression that you were just jumping from one job to another.

The CV must be neat and free from typographical errors. If the CV is clumsy and messy and difficult to read, it can be an indication that you are not dedicated or meticulous. Don't present yourself as one that cannot represent the company or organization well. 

A résumé should be as brief as possible even when you have a long work history, keep the document short and to the point. A résumé of one page is most preferred.

Your résumé should be tailored to the requirements of that company or job. Don't include irrelevant information that will make the recruiter assume that you're irrelevant to his company.

Take time to prepare a perfect résumé. You cannot expect to draft a good one in a few minutes. 

A résumé is the one prepare to fit current realities. Don't pack your CV with past information that may not be relevant today or in the future. In as much as your employer is interested about knowing what you did in the past, he is more interested in interested in knowing how relevant you are to his company both now and in the future. 

In my next article, I will be talking about the different types of résumé, their functions, the instances where they should be used and which type is most effective to use when applying for jobs. 

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