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Jul 19, 2019

How To Write an Excellent Curriculum Vitae (CV)

How To Write an Excellent Curriculum Vitae (CV)

How To Write an Excellent Curriculum Vitae (CV)
“Interested applicants should send their application letters and CVs to the following address...”

You may have seen this advertisement, at least, once in your life, if you have ever been on a search for a job. But what is this CV that almost every Employer requests from job seekers?

A CV is “a written account of one's life comprising one's education, accomplishments, work experience, publications, etc.; especially, one used to apply for a job.”

Everyone deserves to own a well-prepared Curriculum Vitae (CV). It doesn't matter if you are not ready to apply for a job. A CV primarily helps keep track of your academic and work experiences, before it secondarily helps market oneself to a recruiting agency or any employer. So how do I prepare my CV? What goes into it? Are there types of CV? 

There are, at least, two types of CV; namely, Academic CV and Job CV.

The Academic CV is used to apply for advanced studies, say, Master's degree or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and sometimes, for scholarships and graduate assistantships. It usually contains the courses you read in your previous school, degrees and certificates, project work, academic goals, research works, awards, etc.

The Job CV is mainly used to apply for a job. It may not contain all the features that were listed under the Academic CV.

Depending on the type of job one is applying for, it is possible to have a blend of the two types of CV listed above. It behoves you to know what is expected of you as a job seeker or as a student applying for advanced studies.

In almost every CV, you would find some of the following areas:
1. Personal details/Personality Profile 
2. Career/Academic objective
3. Education
4. Professional/Work Experience 
5. Skills set/Other skills
6. Leadership Achievements
7. Extra-Curricular activities
8. Hobbies/Interests
9. Associations/Membership
10. Awards
11. Project and Research Experience
12. Seminars, Workshops, and Conferences attended
13. Referees/Recommenders

Note: Not every area listed above has to be in your CV. Life is too short to be writing lengthy CVs. Life is equally too short for employers to be reading never-ending CVs.

Disclaimer: Whatever you put in your CV, you must be ready to defend it because you found it necessary to put it out, but also remember that whatever you intentionally leave out in your CV may become a subject of discussion during your interview. Be guided.

Areas to consider in your CV

1. Personal details/Personality Profile
Under this, you may want to provide some of the following details:
Date of Birth
Postal Address
Languages spoken
Marital Status
Phone number
Email address

Not all these are important and/or compulsory. Areas such as "religion", "marital status", "languages spoken", etc. have become grounds for discrimination, so unless you are so sure providing them would not harm your application, you can leave them out.

2. Career Objective
It may sound difficult to summarise your entire career goals in just one sentence or two, but use these questions as a guide: Why do you want to work in that company? What do you bring on board? What do you seek to achieve in the short term or long term? Note that career objectives may differ from job to job.

The following is an example of a career objective:

"I am a young enthusiastic graduate of Human Resource looking for a firm that works in a highly competitive environment, where I can utilise my skills in customer service and human resource development."

3. Education
This is an important aspect of your CV. You want to prove to your would-be employer that you have the necessary educational qualifications to get you the job.

It is always important to list your current qualifications first before the older ones follow. As you climb higher on the educational ladder, most of your lower qualifications become less relevant so you could leave them out. For each qualification, you may want to indicate the following:
Name of Institution: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi

Name of Programme/Course: Bachelor of Arts in English

Year Started to Year completed: August 2009 to June 2013.

If the programme was not completed, you can indicate "abandoned"; if you have left it for a while, you can indicate "deferred"; if it hasn't ended yet, you can indicate "in progress" or you can write the start date and indicate "to present".)

4. Professional/Work Experience
This is where you indicate the work or jobs that you have done in your life so far. In many parts of the world, internships, voluntary works, and national service are included. As much as it is possible, focus more on the experiences that have a direct relationship with the work you are currently applying for.

If you don't have any work experience, you may run into few problems, but don't worry, indicate strongly how quick you learn and put it into practical use what you learn.

5. Skill set/Other skills
This refers to the knowledge, abilities, and experience necessary to perform a job. We can distinguish between hard and soft skills.

Hard skills are "teachable abilities or skill sets that are easy to quantify. Typically, you'll learn hard skills in the classroom, through books or other training materials, or on the job." Examples of hard skills are proficiency in a foreign language; typing speed; machine operation; computer programming, photography, editing, etc.

Soft skills are also known as "people skills" or "interpersonal skills". Soft skills relate to the way you relate to and interact with other people. Examples of soft skills are communication; ability to work under pressure; decision-making; time management; self-motivation; team work; conflict resolution; leadership; adaptability, etc.

6. Leadership Achievements
This is one of the optional areas in a CV. Have you held any leadership position? If you have, this is the time to show it. If you haven't, you don't have to lie about it. Some stringent interviewers would ask for certificates to prove that you have indeed held such positions.

Most employers have a strong liking for people who can lead so as much as it is possible, learn to take up leadership roles at school and at work.

Apart from the rich experiences and knowledge you acquire, your leadership achievements give you some leverage over equally competent applicants. On a lighter note, they beautify your CV as well.

7. Extra-curricular activities
These activities include anything (profitable or non-profitable) you do aside your work or school. You could be a volunteer, a philanthropist, a peer counsellor, an online teacher, a freelance poet/writer, a social commentator, a seamstress, a photographer, a regular guest on a TV/Radio show, a home teacher, etc.

Again, this is one of the optional areas in a CV, but it could win you the job you are applying for. Get something extra doing today!

8. Hobbies and Interests
A hobby is an activity that someone does for pleasure when he or she is not working. Examples of hobbies include fishing, watching movies, writing, singing, sound mixing, listening to music, etc.

An applicant should be mindful of what he or she writes as hobbies and interests. Some of them may inadvertently tell the employer what you would be using their internet to do at your leisure at the office.

9. Associations/Membership
Do you belong to any professional body, association, a voluntary club/group? You could indicate them here if you do. Once you have completed a school, you belong to the school's alumni, at least. Where membership numbers are given by your association, you could indicate them.

10. Awards
If you have received any award in the course of your education, work, voluntarism, etc., you could indicate them under "Awards". For example, we could have awards such as, "Best Graduating Student in Mathematics", "Best Student Blogger/Leader/Activist/Politician/Writer", "Best Worker/Employer of the Month/Year", etc.

11. Project and Research Experience
If you have conducted any research or undertaken a project which you think can increase your chances of getting the job, you can include it. "Project and research experience" is necessary when preparing an academic CV, where you indicate your thesis/dissertation/final year project. It informs the school that you have the requisite foundation or background for higher studies and research. 

12. Seminars, Workshops, and Conferences Attended
Knowledge is not only acquired in the classroom or at the workplace. Sometimes, you learn invaluable lessons at trainings, workshops, seminars and conferences. If you have attended any of these, you could list them (including the themes/topics of the seminars and the dates you attended them) under this heading.

For all intents and purposes, you need to attend conferences, not only for the knowledge you would acquire but also for the certificates and mentorship opportunities that would be provided.

13. Referees/Recommenders
A "referee" or "reference" is a person who knows you and who is willing to describe and, usually, praise you, in order to support you when you are trying to get a job, etc. Referees give credence to your application that you are suitable for the job. Always make sure that you inform whoever you choose as a referee so that he or she won't be caught unawares by random calls from your would-be employer.

While the reputation of some referees can get you the job, the names of some referees alone can jeopardise your chances. When you are in such a fix, you could just write, Referee to be provided upon request.

Features of a Good Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Your CV should have the following features:

1. It should be well typed and arranged beautifully. (Most people use "Times New Romans fonts, size 12")

2. It should be free from spelling and grammatical errors. Get a trusted editor/proofreader to go through it for you; it is worth it.

3. It should be brief and straight to the point: quality over quantity.

4. The printout should be legible, devoid of ink spillage, crumpling, mutilation, oil soiling, dirtying, etc.

5. If it is possible, embolden only headings and subheadings.

6. The Table Format and Descriptive Format are both appropriate.

Note: It is preferable and secure to send your CV in Portable Document Format (PDF).

Get a sample CV here

© Eric Nuamah Korankye

Jul 12, 2019

MTN's 2-Day Plan: Get 2GB and 4GB for N500

MTN's 2-Day Plan: Get 2GB and 4GB for N500

MTN's 2-Day Plan: Get 2GB and 4GB for N500

The everywhere-you-go network and telecommunication giant, MTN, has remained unrelenting in ensuring that its customers get the best data offers. After few weeks of slashing its data prices, MTN has dished out a new and mouth-watering offer that gives old and new customers a whopping 2GB and 4GB for N500 respectively. This offer, if adequately utilized, will be enough to carter for your urgent downloads.

As regards this, MTN has got this to say:
People’s data needs have changed, we recognize that. Our customers need much more and we are delivering that for less.

How to Get MTN 2GB for N500
To get MTN 2GB for N500, dial *131*1*1*5#, or dial *131#, reply with 1, 1 and 5.

How to Get MTN 2GB for N500
To get MTN 4GB for N500, simply get a new MTN SIM card registered, and you will automatically be eligible for MTN's double data offer for 4 months. With your new MTN SIM inserted in your phone, dial *131*1*1*5#, or dial *131#, reply with 1, 1 and 5. Once this is done, you will be given 4GB (instead of the usual 2GB) for N500. You can subscribe to this plan as many times as possible. Remember, the data (2GB or 4GB) is valid for two days.

Jul 10, 2019

NYSC: The Date for 2019 Batch ‘B’ Stream II Orientation Course Has Been Changed

NYSC: The Date for 2019 Batch ‘B’ Stream II Orientation Course Has Been Changed

This is to inform the general public and all 2019 Batch 'B' Stream II prospective corps members that the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has changed the date for the 2019 Batch ‘B’ Stream II orientation course which was initially scheduled to commence on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.

The 2019 Batch ‘B’ Stream II orientation course will now commence on Tuesday, August 20 and end on Monday, September 9, 2019. This, according to NYSC, is to enable the Scheme prepare adequately for the successful execution of the orientation course.

Read the circular below for more information.
When is the date for the 2019 batch b stream 2 orientation course?

Jul 9, 2019

What Is the Difference between “i.e.” and “e.g.”

What Is the Difference between “i.e.” and “e.g.”

What Is the Difference between “i.e.” and “e.g.”

They may be small, but their power to befuddle (I mean to confuse) writers and speakers of the English language is mighty.

The term “i.e.” is a shortening of the Latin expression “id est”, which translates to “that is”. It is used to introduce a rephrasing or an elaboration on something that has already been stated.

The term “e.g.” is an abbreviation of the Latin expression “exempli gratia”, meaning “for the sake of example” or more colloquially, “for example”. This term is used to introduce examples of something that has already been stated.

Examples using i.e. and e.g.
Here is an example using i.e.

“I like citrus fruits, i.e., the juicy, edible fruits with leathery, aromatic rinds.”

In this example, “i.e.” introduces an elaboration on citrus fruits.

Here is an example using e.g.

“I like citrus fruits, e.g., tangerines, lemons, and limes.”

In this example, “e.g.” introduces examples of citrus fruits.

How Do You Correctly Use i.e. and e.g.?
One easy way to remember the difference between these two abbreviations is by employing a simple mnemonic device: think of the ‘i’ at the beginning of “i.e.” as a stand in for the first word in the phrase “in other words”. This indicates that the clause that follows will rephrase or explain the first part of the sentence.

e.g. is a little more straightforward since e stands for exempli, meaning “example”.

And, remember that in formal writing, e.g. and i.e. are often set off in parentheses and followed by a comma; in less formal writing, it is standard to place a comma before and after these terms.

© Joseph Baidoo
Joseph Baidoo is a Ghanaian and is popularly known on social media as Misty Joe.
All right vs Alright: Which Is Correct?

All right vs Alright: Which Is Correct?

All right vs Alright: Which Is Correct?

There is a considerable dispute going on over the spelling of this word. On the one hand, we have many, many people who are in the “all right” camp. They learnt from childhood that “all right” is the correct form and that is it as far as they are concerned. They are outraged that the spelling “alright” should even be mentioned.

However, in the other camp are quite a few people, especially young people, who do not seem to realize that there is anything wrong with “alright” and that is the way they spell it.

Who is right? Well, at the moment, the traditionalists are. “All right” is the only spelling that is considered correct, but all that could change, particularly in informal contexts.

Why has the dispute occurred? Well, it probably has something to do with words such as already and altogether. Some people think that “all right” should be used to indicate that something is completely correct but that “alright” can be used to mean acceptable or satisfactory. But they are wrong – at least for the time being!

© Joseph Baidoo
Joseph Baidoo is a Ghanaian and is popularly known on social media as Misty Joe.

Jul 7, 2019

Watch all Netflix Contents for Free on Netflix Pro Mod

Watch all Netflix Contents for Free on Netflix Pro Mod

Like GBWhatsapp (which is the “modded” version of the official Whatsapp), Netflix Pro Mod is the “modded” version of the official Netflix. It allows you to watch all contents on Netflix for fee and without registration. All android users who can't watch latest movies, TV shows and series on Netflix because of its monthly subscription fee can use this “modded” version provided they have internet connection. No login details or any form of registration is required.
Watch all Netflix Contents for Free on Netflix Pro Mod

Netflix Pro Mod features all contents on the official Netflix: TV shows, Series and movies. However, unlike the original Netflix that has 4 user limits, Netflix Pro Mod is unlimited. Movies are in Quality HD, Full HD, and Ultra HD. It supports multiple languages.

You can download Netflix Pro Mod using this link. After a successful installation, choose your preferred language and select the movies you wish to stream in HD.


Jul 5, 2019

NYSC: Date for the 2018 Batch ‘B’ Stream II Corps Members' POP Announced

NYSC: Date for the 2018 Batch ‘B’ Stream II Corps Members' POP Announced

The Director-General (DG) of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, has approved Thursday, 25 July 2019 as the passing-out day for the 2018 Batch ‘B’ Stream II corps members. According to NYSC, the winding-up/passing-out exercise will be “low key”.

Below is the programme of activities:

1. Tuesday, 23 July, 2019: Release of passing-out corps members by Employers.

2. Wednesday, 24 July 2019: Signing of final clearance by Zonal Inspectors.

b. Administration of questionnaire (Form 48) on 30% of the passing-out corps members.

3. Thursday, 25 July 2019: Distribution of Certificates of National Service to deserving corps members at Local Government Level.

I wish you all the best!
NYSC: Date for the 2018 Batch ‘B’ Stream II Corps Members' POP Announced

Jul 4, 2019

Tested: A Perfect Way To Fix GBWhatsapp's "Temporarily Banned" Issue

Tested: A Perfect Way To Fix GBWhatsapp's "Temporarily Banned" Issue

It is no news that the management of the official Whatsapp (owned by Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg) has been prosecuting GBWhatsapp users by permanently prohibiting them from using both GBWhatsapp and the official Whatsapp. However, such prohibition does not happen immediately as GBWhatsapp users are given several warnings before being banned permanently. Unlike those who take the warnings seriously by quickly resorting to the official Whatsapp, those who take the warnings lightly by ignoring them get their GBWhatsapp numbers banned permanently.
Tested: A Perfect Way To Fix GBWhatsapp's "Temporarily Banned" Issue
Well, I won't blame those who got their GBWhatsapp numbers banned permanently because it is really painful to leave your duplex for a hut. GBWhatsapp is too good to be forgotten – the too many privileges it accords its users is second to none. If Mark Zuckerberg wants people to stick to his app (the official Whatsapp), he has to make it “tasty” and “rich” for users' consumption. Nobody prefers a poor man to a rich man. We all want to live in affluence. But if we can't, we should at least be allowed to enjoy such luxury from those who voluntarily let it out. 

Therefore, kindly do the following if your GBWhatsapp keeps notifying you that you are temporarily banned from using Whatsapp:*

1. Don't wait until you are permanently banned.*

2. Uninstall your GBWhatsapp. Do not update it with its latest version. UNINSTALL IT!*

3. Download v7.20 of GBWhatsapp HERE. Click on "Download File" to download GBWhatsaap.

4. Open and install.*

5. Launch GBWhatsapp.

6. You are good to go.

Click on “Restore” when you open your GBWhatsapp to restore your pervious GBWhatsapp setting, If you are unable to restore your settings, go to your phone's settings, click on “Apps” or “Apps and Notification”, search for “Whatsapp” by scrolling down. Once you see the Whatsapp app icon, grant permission by clicking on the button close to the Whatsapp icon. Open your GBWhatsapp and click on "Restore".

Jul 3, 2019

The Difference between “Lighting”, “Lightning” and “Lightening”

The Difference between “Lighting”, “Lightning” and “Lightening”

The Difference between “Lighting”, “Lightning” and “Lightening”

These words can be very confusing but let's end the confusion today. Lighting is a noun. It is the arrangement or type of light in a room, house, etc.; for example, "The lighting in the room was poor/bright". Lighting is pronounced approximately as /lai tin/ but accurately as /ˈlaɪ.tɪŋ/.

Lightning can be used as a noun and as an adjective. As a noun, it means "a flash, or several flashes of very bright light in the sky caused by electricity." For example, "Thunder and lightning", "a flash of lightning" etc. Lightning is pronounced approximately as /lait nin/ but precisely as /ˈlaɪt.nɪŋ/.

Lightening can also be used as a verb and as an adjective. As a verb, lightening is the present participle of lightenLighten means "to become less dark" or "to make something become brighter or lighter in colour". To lighten also means "to reduce the amount of work, debt, load, worry, etc." The other verb forms are "lightens", "lightened" and lightening. For example, "He was interested in lightening our burdens." Lightening is pronounced approximately as /lai ti nin/ but accurately as /ˈlaɪ.tənɪŋ/.

© Eric Nuamah Korankye (Hamlet)

Jul 2, 2019

9mobile's New SuperTV App Lets You Watch High Classic Movies without Internet Data

9mobile's New SuperTV App Lets You Watch High Classic Movies without Internet Data

The competition between telecommunication companies in Nigeria is obviously getting fierce every day as each of these telecommunication companies looks for possible ways to keep its existing customers and cajole prospective customers. Barely a year after Airtel Nigeria launched its 3flix TV App, 9mobile has introduced its SuperTV App which gives customers access to watch their favourite movies and TV series anywhere in Nigeria. 
9mobile's New SuperTV App Lets You Watch High Classic Movies without Internet Data

The intriguing part is that customers in all nooks and crannies of Nigeria can watch their favourite movies and TV shows on their smartphones or tablets with zero data or internet cost, or without any form of deduction from their existing data. 

9mobile's SuperTV features Hollywood movies, Nollywood movies, Bollywood movies, Kannywood movies, Live TV shows, documentaries, comedies, lifestyle, music and lot more on any connected device such as Andriod phone, iPhone, iPad, desktop, Laptop, Mac and Smart TV.
9mobile's New SuperTV App Lets You Watch High Classic Movies without Internet Data

9mobile's SuperTV is exclusively for 9mobile customers. Therefore, you must have a 9mobile SIM card (if you don't have) to enjoy the amazing features of 9mobile's SuperTV. It also offers daily, weekly and monthly subscription plans. However, for a trial, customers are granted access to enjoy its contents for seven days.  

Android users can download 9mobile's SuperTV on play store here; iOS users can download it on iTunes whereas windows users should download it on windows stores.

After downloading the app,

• Launch the app on your device.

• You’ll be logged in automatically as long as you are on the 9mobile network.

• Click “SUBSCRIBE NOW,” and select your preferred plan.

• Relaunch the app, and then sign out from the drop-down menu.

• Launch the app again, and start watching your favourite movies and TV shows.

Generally, 9mobile's SuperTV can be accessed using this url on chrome or Firefox browser

Should you encounter any problem while logging in,

1. Turn off your WiFi.

2. Make 9mobile SIM your primary data SIM if you are using a dual-SIM phone.

3. Change your APN setting from WAP to 9mobile.

4. And turn on your 9mobile data/internet connection.

5. Enjoy yourself!