As every professional knows, one of the most important parts to landing your dream job is getting your foot in the door. Once you have secured yourself an interview you can wow them with your amazing personality and skills. But first, you need to get into the room with the hiring manager and the only way to do that is to impress with your resume and cover letter. If you’re not entirely sure how to write your CV, you’ve come to the right place, below we run through what you need to include:
Writing your CV in English
Writing your resume and searching for a job in Uganda can be hard – even without the added hassle of writing your CV in English. A cover letter and CV written in English will show that you can master the English language at a professional level.
If you want to improve your chances of finding a job in Uganda then an English CV will be your best option.
Many applicants will have a resume that qualifies them for the job, and if that’s all you submit you won’t stand out. You need to make sure you engage the recruiter with your story.
Body (work experience and education)
Each section plays a different role in telling your story to the hiring manager. Make sure you don’t put everything in your CV, keep it succinct and keep your story consistent.
An important thing to consider when deciding on how to format your resume is to keep it simple. Make sure you keep the style clean and easy to read. Your CV will probably contain a few different sections, make sure you put them in the correct order:
Name & contact info, Title / intro, Work experience, Education, Hard skills, Languages, Awards / interests and References (if requested).
A simple CV is one that is easy to follow and leaves a generous amount of whitespace on the page. A functional CV is designed to allow a recruiter to skim it and pick out vital bits of information. An important tidbit: just because you need to keep it simple, doesn’t mean it needs to be boring – try to find the balance between simple and creative.
This section is one of the most important parts of your CV. Your work experience will be a major determining factor in whether the recruiter or hiring manager is going to consider you for the interview. When organizing your work experience make sure you:
Have the most recent (or relevant) work experience at the top
Keep your language simple (minimise industry jargon)
Where possible show what you did with numbers
Only use work experience relevant to the job
Leave out any work experience older than 15 years
You don’t have to list every one of your responsibilities, just the most relevant ones. But don’t lie, because recruiters have many ways of finding out if you lie on your CV.
Depending on the type of industry you work in your education could be a make or break your application. Listing your education qualifications on your CV is an excellent idea, as it will the hiring manager that not only can you see something through to completion but you are also willing to learn. Don’t forget to
List your highest level of education first
If you have a Bachelor’s degree or higher, you don’t need to include your high school
If you don’t have a degree, list your highest qualification
You need to include a section that lists all relevant skills you have for a particular position. Make your CV as readable as possible.
You can leave this section entirely blank, almost every recruiter knows that anyone applying for a job will have references, and when they are ready to contact them, they will ask. If the job ad specifically asks for you to include a reference then you should include one. But only if your reference has agreed to be one.