Professional Resume and Cover Letter

How to Draft Your Curriculum Vitae and an Application letter.

A resume is what we generally call a Curriculum Vitae. A resume gives a background history of education, your job experience, and your gifts and talents. On the other hand, an application letter is written as an accompaniment to your Curriculum Vitae. Each requirement to send your resume is always accompanied by the necessity to attach an application letter. An application letter is meant to indicate the accomplishments you have achieved in your previous working experiences and your expertise.

There are so many techniques with which you can draft your resume. And your cover letter is the connection between you being among the shortlisted candidate and getting that interview. Most resumes go unnoticed, which is also because of the number of young people applying for jobs. That said, you have to ensure that you have spiced up your resume using your cover letter.

How to Draft A Great Professional Resume.

First and foremost, you must know what to include in your resume. Your resume must have your educational background, your work experience, and your skills and interests. Your educational background gives the prospective employer the information on your qualifications for the job advertised. This is because you must have the academics needed that is;

  1. academics certificate pertinent to that job opportunity, i.e., degree certificates, high school certificate, and your lower school certificate,
  2. professional certificates are pertinent to that job opportunity, that is, any other credentials done as continuous education but are related to your career such as CPA, Postgraduate diplomas, CPS, etc.

Some jobs have professional studies as a primary requirement to be a part of a particular professional body. So study your career and get the relevant requirements needed to ensure that your resume is attractive on the word go in terms of educational background.

Secondly, your work experience. This is the opportunity to prove to the companies and organizations that you’ve worked with. This shows exposure, zeal, and enthusiasm. Remember to indicate the work you did in each organization and display the most vital areas of knowledge, especially those interested in the prospective company.

Thirdly, dexterity, and interests. Mastery may be constant for many of the job applications, while your interests may vary and change from one application to another. Your skills are what you are good at. Mention them in a prose manner and make sure the skills mentioned are pertinent to the organization because you must show your skills will be in sync with the organization’s needs and goals. Skills include; interpersonal, oral and written communication, research, problem-solving, analytical, critical thinking skills, etc. Find one that is unique and that you know will interest each company and add it as bait.

Your curriculum vitae/resume should end with referees. These are people who have worked with you before or been with you long enough to know your suitability on the job. Most prospective employers prefer three referees.

Lastly, your application/cover letter should always be drafted at a paragraph of 1 page. This one page is to ensure that you don't repeat what you have written on your curriculum vitae/resume but instead, add emphasis and some spice to the resume/curriculum vitae to show the prospective employee why you are the best candidate for the job.