How to make a basic CV and a Covering Letter in order to land Somali jobs
I have long been pondering about writing an article for Somali job seekers…. A post and a video on how to write a basic CV…
Whilst there are many articles on the topic, I have been unable to find any authors with experience of interviewing over 1000 Somali employers. This experience has taught me what the employers in Somaliland and Somalia would like to find in a CV.
For this reason, I have decided to share relevant information from the net along with my own views, so people can go on to find jobs relevant to their objectives. So they can find Somaliland jobs and Somali jobs.
How to write a basic CV
Writing a CV can be very challenging, especially if it is the first time you write one…Having said that, you are doing the right thing, which is reading up on how to do it yourself!
Ok, so let’s get straight to it.
If you have watched and listened to my video, you probably already know how to do a basic CV.
If you haven’t, don’t sweat it. Here is a quick list of all the must haves of a basic CV.
- Personal details: It may sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people forget to include their name, email, contact phone number and address. To avoid any awkward moments, make sure these are clearly presented at the top of your CV.
- Personal statement/Summary: As it’s the first thing that’s shown on your CV, a Personal Statement/Summary is an essential part of standing out from the crowd. It explains who you are, what you’re offering, and what you’re looking for. Aim to prove why you’re suitable in one short and succinct paragraph.
Here are 3 ways to start a Personal Statement/Summary:
Graduate Personal Statement/Summary example:
A recent graduate with a 2:1 honours degree from the University of X, looking to secure a XXXXXXX position to use and further develop my analytical skills and knowledge in a practical and fast-paced environment. My career goal is to assume a role which allows me to take responsibility for the analysis and interpretation of commercial data for a well-respected and market-leading leading company.
Unemployed Personal Statement/Summary example 2:
Driven Manager with over ten years’ experience in XXXXXXXXXXX. Proven track record of success, including managing the top performing stores in the region. Currently out of work due to company closure, looking for the right opportunity to bring my expertise to a well-established fashion brand in an upper management position.
No Experience/No Degree Personal Statement/Summary example 3:
A highly motivated and hardworking individual, who is seeking an apprenticeship in the XXXXX to build upon a keen XXXX interest and start a career as a XXXXX. Eventual career goal is to become a fully-qualified and experienced XXXXXXXX, with the longer-term aspiration of moving into XXXXXXXX.
Note: I will discuss the benefits of applying for jobs as an apprentice or the offering of working for “free”.
- Work experience: This section should include all your relevant work experience, listed with the most recent first. Include your job title, the name of the organisation, time in post, and your key responsibilities.
- Education: Your educational experience and achievements should be listed here, along with dates, the type of qualification and/or the grade you achieved – although the specific parts of education that you include in your CV will depend on your individual situation. For example, if you have more educational achievements than work experience, placing an emphasis on this section is a good idea.
- Other Information/Additional information and interests: You don’t always need to include other information/additional information in your CV, but mentioning relevant ones could back up your skills and help you to stand out from the crowd – not to mention give you something to talk about at an interview. Just don’t say you enjoy socialising with friends just for the sake of including something. If it’s not going to add value, leave it out.
- References: In the UK and the US, it is not a requirement to share the details of referees on your “initial” contact. Having said that, there appears to be requirement for it in East Africa, so we will include this to avoid being disqualified. My personal advice would be to share two professional referees providing there has not been a requirement for more.
Note: With professional referees, I mean people you have worked for in a professional setting i.e. your previous manager.
What words should I include in my CV?
Figuring out what words to use on your CV can be tough – especially when you’re trying to fit a lot of skills and experience into a short document.
Appropriate keywords for your CV could include:
In addition to using the right words, you should also back up your attributes up with genuine accomplishments. Not only will you stand out from others with identical skills, you’ll also be able to prove your suitability more effectively.
After all, anyone can say they’re hard-working – but not everyone can prove it.
How should I present my CV?
Your CV is the second thing an employer will see when hiring for a vacancy, and how it looks at first glance will be the reason they decide to read it in more detail. Even if your skills match the role perfectly, a messy and confusing CV probably won’t even get a second look.
To ensure you’re painting yourself (and your skills) in the best light, you should always:
- Keep it short and succinct – two pages will almost always suffice.
- Choose a clear, professional font to ensure that your CV can be easily read
- Lay it out in a logical order, with sufficient spacing and clear section headings (e.g. Work experience, Education)
- Order your experience and education in reverse chronological order to highlight your most recent experience and achievements
- Check your grammar and spelling thoroughly
Note: For Grammar and spell check, why don’t you use Reverso J
Here is the link in case: http://www.reverso.net/spell-checker/english-spelling-grammar/
For Expert/Professional CV’s: Here you will need to add the following as the absolute minimum:
Achievements: You should share your achievements in every job. The information you are sharing should be added after “key responsibilities”.
This part is a chance to show how your previous experience has given you the skills needed to make you a suitable candidate. List all of your relevant skills and achievements (backing them up with examples), and make it clear how you would apply these to the new role.
Skills: Outline your key skills and ensure it is visible and well presented.
Once you’ve put together your CV – don’t assume it’s finished.
Every job is different and tailoring your CV accordingly is vital to standing out. Edit it in line with the job description whenever you make an application, and you’ll be able to ensure it matches the specifications every time.
This is a part that is rarely done by Somali applicants so make sure you put in the time and effort to execute this.
Highlight that you’re the right match for the job by outlining:
- The specific skills you should offer the employer
- Relevant accomplishments and achievements
- The work and educational experience you have in their field
- Personal qualities that will make you right for the role
- An understanding of the job requirements
There you have it, you now information to create a CV that will help you land the best Somalijobs and Somaliland jobs.