Hiring is a lot like dating, a first impression is formed within minutes and a CV (just like a good dating profile) is your first step in getting to the door. In a competitive landscape like Accra, it’s an employer’s market, and if you’re not on top of your game and standing out from the crowd (literally, the hundreds of resumes that flood in per job posting), you may find yourself in unemployment for a while. Here are some tips:
1.Get your resume professionally designed
A poorly formatted Word document just doesn’t suffice these days. For some professions, this is still the standard, however, if you are going for any creative position (marketing, communications, advertising, design, public relations, etc), you should have a well designed layout for your CV that reflects your creativity. How can I trust you to market a brand if you cannot market yourself? There’s many companies that offer this service such as Loft Resumes. You choose a template and updates cost only $5 each time. The person who is scanning your resume has very little time, make the job easier for them by having a resume that is easy to read, your main strengths and successes highlighted – no busy person is going to read through paragraphs of text when they have a hundred other resumes to sort through.