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CV_image.jpgWriting the job-getting CV is often considered a difficult task (nothing good comes easy), but with the right guidelines, you can easily create a great resume that will boldly boast of your accomplishments in your absence.

One rule you should note, however, is that there is no ‘one best way’ to write a CV. You can be creative about yours (it’s a free world), but there are certain things that MUST be included. We have put together some suggestions that will help place your CV in the spotlight.

Generally, CVs are of two kinds – Education-based and Experience-based. The first is used when you have got no work experience (fresh graduate) or you are applying for a research role in an educational institution. The rule is that your educational/professional qualifications come first before other information. The other, experience-based, centres more on the skills you have garnered while working. Your experience should be listed from the most recent to the oldest, not forgetting to showcase your exploits. For both, put to mind that one CV may not work for all the industries, thus, you will have to adapt each CV for each industry.

Usually, a CV should contain the following information:
1.Your personal details – name, address, age (not be compulsory), phone number, email etc Put these information in a strategic location and in legible fonts, easily noticeable by the employer and make sure the data are current. (Some job seekers can fix in email addresses that are not theirs!)


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A Harvard psychologist says there’s one factor that defines success in a job interview

harvard-psychologistIn 2004, when Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy was a fifth-year doctoral student, she attended a conference where she’d have a chance to rub elbows with some of the most celebrated social psychologists in the world.

It was her chance to finally give her “elevator pitch” — a 90-second summary of her research program and goals that could help her land a job at a prestigious academic institution.

Sure enough, she soon found herself in an elevator with three prominent psychologists in her field, and one of them prompted her to give her pitch.

As Cuddy recalls in her new book, “Presence,” her delivery was disastrous. She started off wrong and couldn’t regain her footing, becoming more panicked by the second.

“That was the worst elevator pitch I have ever heard,” one of the professors told her.

What frustrated her in the days that followed wasn’t that she hadn’t immediately gotten hired at any of those professors’ schools. Instead, it was that she had failed to fully represent herself and all her hard work.

Eight years later, after giving a now famous TED Talk on power and self-confidence, Cuddy received multiple letters from people who had similar regrets.

Cuddy recently spoke on this topic to an audience at the 92Y in New York City, and Business Insider interviewed her beforehand. She told us that people often wrote to her about how frustrated they felt after job interviews. In most cases, they weren’t upset about not getting the job — rather, they were upset that “I didn’t show them who I am.”

“That’s what makes people feel bad,” Cuddy said.

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Basics of Online Job Application – Part 1

shutterstock_240832993-400x275Dear CoachFaith: How does online job search work generally, I don’t think it works for me. Please I need your advice on this – Ronald, Jos.

Dear Ronald: Online job hunting online is more convenient and cost effective compared to doing the legwork needed for typical job hunting. However, the success rate of your online job hunting activities mostly depends on sending online applications the right way. Here are some essential tips that every job hunter should bear in mind. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ignore Employment Stats During a Job Search


Dear CoachFaith: Today, I read two “employment trends” reports from two different online sites. One claims jobs will rise in the months ahead as such, job-hunters should be proactive; the other says we are in the 11th straight month of decline, and the lowest in the last decade. What should I believe? Are we rebounding or not? As a job seeker who has been out of work for eight months, I want to believe things are getting better, but the lack of job postings in my field tell me otherwise.

How can anyone make sense of all the conflicting statistics? — Seyi Read the rest of this entry »

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Motivation Letter Vs. Cover Letter

Article_WritingDear CoachFaith: What is the difference between motivation letter and cover letter  and can I use my already prepared cover letter for an application that requires motivation letter. Evelyn, Portharcourt

Dear Evelyn: In most cases they both fall under the name of cover letter despite the extremely subtle variation. A cover letter technically refers to the accompanying letter you use when applying for a job, while a motivation letter is usually for applying to university or a non-paid position. Generally speaking, the content of both letters is quite similar and the purposes are the same which is why using the title of cover letter to represent all types of letter that persuades the recipient that they are the right choice. I also observed that the term Motivation Letter is more of an American variation to it. The more important thing here is, make sure you fine-tune your letter to every specific application, don’t throw around what some call generic cover letters and CVs, it sells you off as lazy and lacking initiative. See a template of a motivation letter after the cut.  Read the rest of this entry »

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