By Teresa Mulomi
“Always tailor your CV to suit the job you are applying for.”
This was the resounding message emphasized by Ms. Rebbecca Nyawira during the free CV writing mentorship forum that took place on Friday,19th August at the Corporate Staffing Service Training Center.
During the forum, Ms. Rebbecca Nyawira, the keynote speaker and Head of Career Advisory at Corporate Staffing Service provided professionals with top tips on how to craft eye-catching CVs that helped them stand out among the sea of job applicants competing for few job opportunities.
“ I’m looking forward to venture into a new field from sales to accounting. However, finding a new job in a different field is quite challenging. This forum has taught me how to write a good CV that highlights my previous achievements and demonstrate how my past experiences are relevant to the new career I have embarked on.” Laura, Accounting Graduate
Ms. Rebecca encouraged professionals to continue building their brand through ongoing professional training and illustrated how candidates can format and structure their CVs in ways that accentuated their skills, expertise and accomplishments.
“I have not had any success with online job applications and had given up hope. I was under the impression that the Applicant Tracking System was unfairly discriminating against me. However, after this forum I fully understand that my CV is the problem. The advice given during this forum will help me write a simple, clear and straightforward CV.” Bernice, Petroleum Engineer Graduate
Reiterating the advice given by Ms. Rebecca, Mr. Julius Kairo, the Marketing and Communication Officer at Corporate Service provided pointers on how to beat the applicant tracking system by submitting keyword optimized resumes that fit the descriptions of jobs advertised.
“I have been struggling with filling in the gaps in my CV due to a period of unemployment when I took a break to complete my Master’s Degree. This forum has provided me with great insights on how I can spin this gap into a positive story that will get me noticed by employers.” Madaga, Project Management Professional
The StandOut CV writing event is part of the free mentorship initiative by Corporate Staffing Services geared towards providing new graduates and beginning professionals with career advice to help them navigate the trials and tribulations of launching careers in a highly competitive job market. The key specialization of the free mentorship event is job search, CV writing and interview preparation advice.
The next free mentorship forum focusing on how to effectively search for a job will take place on 23rd, August 2019 from 2:30-5:30 pm. If you are lost in your job search and would like inspiration and guidance to boost your career, email Kairu at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line (Mentorship forum-Job Search) to be shortlisted as one of the event participants.