5 things you should never put on your CV according to experts
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Paystack speakers reveal the red flags that keep prospective employers from hiring people.
Once a company puts out a job vacancy, their email boxes immediately get swamped with loads of Curriculum vitae (CV) or resumes.
A chat with the Human Resources team for Pulse.ng revealed that the hiring managers get an average of 50 per position they post. These continue to come even after the position is filled.
As a result of the huge amount of CVs or resumes, the HR team has just a few seconds before deciding to either delete or keep them. This is why it is important to avoid certain red flags.
These were all revealed during a recent workshop hosted by Paystack at the ongoing Social Media Week in Lagos state.
The session - ’Pimp My CV! How To Make Your Resume Standout’ - offered a major insight into the mind of an employer and gave CV structuring tips.
Here are five unnecessary things you should never put on your CV according to the Paystack speakers, Kharis Izevbizua, Adebola Adeola and I’m Ballotech .
Primary/ Secondary Education
For Izevbizua, the Product Specialist at the tech company, including details of your primary and secondary education is a waste of time.
According to her, this is a space filler that irritates the hiring manager, adding that this will most likely cause them to stop reading and immediately delete your CV.
The only time you should consider putting this on your CV is when you are applying for an internship.
Irrelevant hobbies and interests
This is another no-no for Izevbizua. Unless the position requires it, there is no need telling your prospective employer how much you love dancing or singing.
Adding the numbers or email addresses is a waste of space and a waste of the company’s time according to Paystack’s Product Specialist.
She recommends only offering this particular information when asked.
Once upon a time, it was totally okay to include your date of birth or age, marital status and religious preference.
Now, Adeola strongly warns against putting these on your CV or resume. His reason is that this is now considered as discriminatory.
His advice is to simply avoid it except it is a specific job for a specified age. For instance, if a company needs an intern between the ages of 17–25.
According to the guy in charge of Paystack’s Projects, adding your picture is so not necessary.
Admitting that he was once guilty of this particular CV crime, Adeola notes that is a space filler that should be forgone.
‘Being handsome or pretty does not mean you have what it takes to do the job so why to add your picture’, he notes.
There you have it. Avoid these five things and you will definitely land your dream job.
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ASUU chairman caught in sex-for-marks scandal
Prof. Monday Igbafen, the Chairman of Ambrose Alli University (AAU) chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has been suspended by university authorities over allegations of sexual assault.
Igbafen, an Associate Professor of the Department of Philosophy, was suspended after his appearance before a disciplinary committee on allegations of sexual misconduct.
This was made public in a statement signed by Edward Aihevba, the university’s spokesman, on Wednesday in Benin, Edo State capital.
The statement noted that Igbafen had been arraigned before the Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee (SSDC) on allegations of gross misconduct bordering on sexual harassment and threatening students to have sex with him in exchange for marks.
According to the statement, Igbafen was found culpable by the university’s investigative panel.
A relative of one of the victims had threatened to take the institution to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC if Igbafen wasn’t prosecuted.
JAMB Question: Correct Author’s Name for Sweet Sixteen; Abdullai or Abdullahi
There have been controversies over the correct name of the Author for the Official JAMB Novel for the coming UTME; “SWEET SIXTEEN”. Since the Novel was confirmed by JAMB at the beginning of registration, various versions of the Author’s Name have popped up; So can we spell it as “Abdullai” or “Abdullahi”, if it comes out in the exam? The difference in name is the letter “H”. We want to put an end to this confusion right now.
First of all, it’s important to note that the version released by JAMB to test candidates in the coming UTME is a slimmer or summary version of the original version composed by the Author. The original version has 157 pages, while the version released by JAMB has only 53 pages. The confusion stems from the fact that there are two versions of the book with one bearing “Bolaji Abdullai” and the other bearing Bolaji “Abdullahi”.
In the original version, the Author’s name is written as “Bolaji Abdullai”, while the version by JAMB is written as “Bolaji Abdullahi”. Although they sound similar, the difference is the letter “H” in the JAMB Version. Since Myschool.ng does not believe the Author would make a mistake in his own name stated in the original version, it is safe to say that JAMB made a mistake in the Author’s name. Oh yes, JAMB makes mistakes too. 🙂
Based on these findings, we hope JAMB does not test candidates to state the name of the Author in the coming exams. Even if they do, we hope they don’t bring out the two varying names as options, rather we expect them to place other Authors in the options.
Be that as it may, if you’re confronted with a question where the two varying names are placed as options for you to select the Author’s Name, please select the name that appears on the JAMB Version of the Novel, which is Sweet Sixteen by Bolaji Abdullahi.
So you now know what option to pick if you see the question; “Who is the Author of the book, Sweet sixteen?”.
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