In the Nigerian competitive job market where employers receive thousands of job applications, your resume is easily your most important job search tool. But over the years, there has been some confusion on whether CVs are the same as resumes. So, what is the difference? The primary differences are in the length, layout and purpose of each document.
A resume is more often, a 1 or 2-page document presented as a brief summary of your experience and skills. Resumes can be tailored to every job position you are applying for.
The CV, on the other hand, is a document which contains an overview of your full working career. It can be written to cover more than two pages and is organized chronologically. The CV doesn’t change for each position.
What determines if a resume is effective and gets noticed by hiring managers?
1. Search for a job
Your resume should be created in a format that is relative to your industry and job. Do a search on your job or industry and look at resume samples. Being concentrated on one position gives you more opportunities of finding exactly what you need.
2. Tailor resume to proposed position
Before submitting a resume, find out more details about the organization and the vacancy they offer. If you want your resume to be chosen among the hundreds of others, try to make it fit the position you are applying for as much as possible.
3. Include job-specific keywords
If you want to be found by hiring managers, think of keywords that are in the job descriptions in your resume. That will increase your chances of getting the desired interview. It’s also important to include keywords in your resume or CV.
4. Choose and stick to a format
You can choose between several resume formats: functional resume, chronological resume, targeted resume or a combination. Once you have selected the type of resume, organize the list of information that will be included in your resume. Whatever format you decide on, stick to it.
5. Provide a summary of your qualifications and work experience
Make your summary of qualifications stand out! Make everything possible to persuade the recruiting manager to choose you for this job. Try to provide all necessary information.
6. Exclude irrelevant information
This might sound new, but avoid adding irrelevant information such as your hobbies as no one is interested to know how you kill your free time. If the employer is actually interested to know such things, you can share this at the time of interview.
7. Keep length limited
Value the employers’ time. No employer is interested in your life’s story. So, keep the information crisp and limited to a one or two-page resume.
In summary, to minimize your chances of rejection and catch your potential employer’s eye, avoid mistakes like typo/grammatical errors, inconsistent format, poor portfolio, and too many pages.
So, what are you waiting for? Follow these smart tips and get that job!