Are you working on a CV right now and are not sure what to include? Do you need some inspiration for what makes a great CV?
Ms Rebecca Nyawira, our career advisor who helps job seekers and professionals in writing their CVs notes, “A CV is like a sales pitch where you convince a potential employer that you are the right candidate for the job. Do it right and you have got yourself an interview, but do it wrong and you are on an endless road of frustrations and heartaches.”
To help you come up with a good CV, here is a guideline on writing your CV, plus a professional CV sample that you can use.
How to Write A CV For A Job Application
The job market is very competitive. As such, you cannot afford to make any errors no matter how tiny you think they are.
To avoid this, here is a simple CV format that you should have:
1. Contact Information
This is the first thing that an employer sees when they open your CV. It should include your full name, email address and phone number, as illustrated in the CV sample below.
Unless the employer asks for personal details such as marital status and gender, do not include them.
2. Career objective or profile summary
Placed right after the contact details, a profile summary is a detailed paragraph explaining who you are as a job seeker and what makes you the ideal candidate for that position.
This section should also describe your career goals now and in future and what you are looking to gain in your career journey.
3. Educational/academic qualification
In the sample of CV for job application below, you will see that the educational background section includes relevant information in chronological order starting with the most recent.
It is good to note that KCPE qualifications do not matter. Just include a degree and KCSE. As you grow in your career and add more knowledge, you will get to eliminate some things that are not relevant to the opportunity you are applying for.
4. Work experience
In a market where experience matters more than papers, this is the most important section in a CV. This sections should include positions that you have held that are relevant, the responsibilities you had and achievements made.
5. Trainings and Workshops attended
If you have attended any trainings in your line of career, you can place them after the work experience. Trainings add key skills that employers look for in candidates like leadership, communication, IT skills among others.
Hobbies are meant to complement your experience and should, therefore, include those that are related to your career e.g. blogging, programming, graphic design etc.
Finally, the final piece of the puzzle. The kind of referees you choose can either help you land that job or can end up ruining your chances. Referees should be people you have worked with mostly on supervisory level and someone you know can vouch for your great work ethics.
Here Is A Good CV Example For A Job Application You Can Use
When all is said and done, here is the best CV sample for you:
A result oriented community development practitioner experienced in providing administrative support to complete projects. I am knowledgeable in: disseminating project information to project stakeholders, monitoring the progress of projects, developing and maintaining project deliverables and gathering and inputting data into databases. More so, I have been involved with HIV/Aids initiatives, community mobilization, monitoring and evaluation, field research, capacity building as well as planning and implementing community based projects. I am looking for a position in a challenging environment that strives for organizational and personal development.
- Bachelor of Science in Communications & Public Relations (First Class Honours – Egerton University; 2012-2016)
- Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (B plus) – Kamahuha Girls’ High School; 2008-2010
- Customer Service Intern
XXX Online Platform July 2016- October 2016
Duties & Responsibilities
- Made and received customer fulfillment calls, quality calls, renewal calls, follow up and Cold calls.
- Gave transfers to the senior Agent / supervisor.
- Responded promptly to customer inquiries.
- Handled and resolved customer complaints.
- Integrated the databases of all departments
- Created an online system where every department can access information rather than using hard copies.
If you are struggling with having a good CV layout, use the above professional CV sample for your next job application and be on your way to getting interviews whenever you apply.
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