5 things you need to remove from your CV

5 THINGS YOU NEED TO REMOVE FROM YOUR CV

Most of the time when you make a job application, you don’t get a call for an interview. Have you ever wondered why? Come on, it’s not your ‘village people’, it is your CV.

Your CV can get you dropped off a job application even before it began. Your CV can also get your foot in the door.

Most of the time, the tips you read and hear about are the things that should be in your CV. This article, is about the things you need to remove; as soon as possible – preferably, before your next job application.

Personal Details

As much you would like your new employer to know you, avoid including personal information that can get you removed before you get selected.

Personal information like Your marital status, your age, your religion, can trigger bias and discrimination. You can never tell who is at the other end of the email.

Moreover, the above information is of no use to anybody including you. It also occupies more space on your CV. Therefore, just do away with it altogether.

Irrelevant Experience

We’ve all had one irrelevant experience or the other in the course of our career. Most of the time just because we need to pay some bills.

However, it makes no sense – especially to your employer, to list an experience that is not relevant to the role you are applying.

Remember, the goal is to have relevant work experience and not to just have work experience.

However, if you have just started your career and see a similarity or some relevance of your previous experience to your new role, articulation is key. You must be able to – in the first few lines, explain how that experience is relevant to your new role.

It is wise not to confuse your employer.

Unprofessional Email Address

This is a serious issue amongst many job seekers. Especially the younger generation. Something as little as a funky email address on a serious workday can get your application disqualified.

Remember, most job applications are voluminous and cumbersome for recruiters. Stand out of the crowd as much as you can but not in a bad way.

An example of an unprofessional email address can be: swaggydude09@gmail.com and sweetbabe01@yahoo.com

Rather, create an email that has your first name and last name or vice versa.

If the mailing platform you are signing up with doesn’t have that address, add a few numbers but keep your email address sane.

Cliché Phrases

There was a time when cliché phrases meant something to everyone. However, people, including employers have understood that words are cheap.

Articulate yourself on your CV with simple and understandable words. No Cliché words like “Go Getter” or “Self-Driven”

Lies

Do not lie. Be very honest with your application; your CV, about your qualifications, experiences, skills and so on. Do not falsify information.

Two things will happen when you make an application, you are either accepted or rejected.

However, what will not play out well for you is when you give false information that you cannot defend or live up to when interviewed or even employed.

Don’t forget, your CV puts your foot in the door. Getting called for an interview at all depends on how well your CV is presented to your potential employer.

Building New Habits

Building New Habits In The New Year

We put up a post last week about making new habits. This week we would like to elaborate on it.

Habits are important parts of our lives, they determine a lot of things about us, ranging from our health to our success; and ultimately, who we are. 

Good habits are important because they make you a better person. Good habits when accustomed to, become good behaviors, lifestyle, ethics, and practices that consequently result in making you the best version of yourself.

On average, it takes more than 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact. However, how long it takes a new habit to form can vary widely depending on the behavior, the person, and the circumstances.

Today, we will talk about the steps to follow in building a new and good habit.

You can change any bad habit you already have by following these steps.

Take Baby Steps

A very important part of new habit development is to make micro-commitments and focus on small wins. Start small, don’t set big goals and targets when creating new habits, it can get overwhelming and discouraging.

The idea here is to create very little commitment that can be done easily and then consistently build on your success. It’s more important to stay consistent with a little commitment needed than it is to hit a huge target. 

Examples of baby steps in your habit changing journey include: taking a five-minute walk every day, drinking a glass of water, writing a paragraph of your book, taking one short course in line with your career, reading a page of a book you’ve always wanted to read.

Commit For A Minimum of 30 Days

Some people say it takes three weeks (21 days) to build a habit. Others claim it takes up to 66 days. The truth is, how long it takes to make something habitual depends on the habit, the person in question, and a few other things.

In all of these, we believe a minimum of 30 days, which is well in-between all other claims should do justice to any new habit you’re trying to create.

However, just ensure you are disciplined and consistent.

Have An Accountability Checker

There will be days when you see no point in continuing your journey towards building a new habit. There will be days when you are not naturally motivated to carry on with your task. Your accountability checker’s job is to check your level of progress and consistency.

Your accountability checker could be a person, an activity or even a reward. However, your best option here would be another person, as this is a factor that is outside your control and can check you effectively.

Reward Your Small Wins

Building a new habit should not be a boring journey. You can make it fun! Ensure you reward your small wins after each one. This will help you realize how much progress you’ve made and keep you a lot more motivated to carry on.

Fix Your Mind On The New And Forget The Old

As you keep winning, your challenges will keep growing. You will need to change your state of mind about yourself, the environment, and the people that relate to your new habit.

It doesn’t get easier, you get tougher. Your mind will be your greatest asset, you have to keep your mind on growth.

Straying from an old habit is not an easy task. Consistency will be your greatest weapon.

Finally, you should know that you don’t need a new year or season to bring changes to your life. You can change and create new habits whenever you want.

So go all out and win. You have our permission.

How to stay productive when you’re between jobs

How To Stay Productive When You’re Between Jobs

Sometime in your career, you will find yourself between jobs, in other words, unemployed. It happens to the best of us for diverse reasons.

A gap in your resume does not have to be a red flag to your new employer.

So, what should you do when you’re between jobs? How should you spend your time?

Productivity is a habit, and it cuts across disciplines and fields of work. In essence, you don’t have to be employed before you are productive.

If you read up to here, it means you will eventually learn how to fully maximize your unemployed phase.

Any two of the tips below will help you use your unemployed-phase productively:

Take a Class

Acquire a skill. Learn something new. Learning something new gives an immeasurable advantage. It broadens your knowledge base; it can even get you a new and better job by adding to your skillset.

The advent of E-learning has made learning a lot easier to accomplish and more efficient. You can now take courses online and get certifications your new employer will recognize.

Here are some of the platforms you can take online courses EDX, Udemy, Cousera, Shaw Academy, Hubspot Academy, Skillshare.

Volunteer

Most people think volunteering means you’re desperate. On the flip side, volunteering does better to you than harm when you’re between jobs.

The worst that will happen to you is that you will have a low income. As a matter of fact, the workplace is more humane now than before, any organization that will accept you as a volunteer will take of your basic needs. Even if that doesn’t happen, volunteering gives you the needed experience and fills the gap of unemployment.

Follow a Job Platform

Job platforms increase your opportunity of finding a job. They keep you posted with new jobs that might be beneficial to you. Some even do as good as notify you of jobs around you. Job platforms to follow and register on include Recruiterng, Jobgurus, Myjobbag, Jobberman.

Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn is a platform where a lot of employers scout and search for talents for employment. A lot of candidate selection takes place on LinkedIn. Optimizing your LinkedIn will increase your chances of being found when there is a search.

Start a Business

Not everyone is cut out for being an entrepreneur. However, your unemployment window is a great time to find out.

To us, it is a win-win situation. If you start a business and discover you are not an entrepreneur, you would have gained certain negotiation and communication skills that will aid your new job; then the business can transform into a ‘side-hustle’ and become your extra source of income.

The whole idea of using your unemployment window for the above and more is to stay productive, it is to use that space of time of being out-of-job for something that will not just fill the space in your CV, but make you a better version of yourself.

So, ensure to do what you can!