CV Writing Guide: Sample CV Format Kenya

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Sample CV Format Kenya

If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

This CV is tailored for an Administration candidate. Study each section and see what you can incorporate in your own. Obviously, the sample CV is limited when it comes to layout.

1. Personal Details:

• Name: Thomas Smith
• P.O Box 123, 00100 Nairobi
• Email: thomassmith@yahoo.XX.XX
• Tel: 07XX XXX XXX
• Date of Birth: XX/XX/19XX
• Marital Status: Single
In this section leave out details like ID number, religion, Languages (unless it is requested in the job advert)

2. Education & Professional Qualifications To Put In Your CV:

List your qualifications here. If you are pursuing a course and you are not yet done, you can include it with the line…Pursuing an MBA University of Nairobi. Some candidates give a breakdown of the course undertaken per unit which ends up using a lot of space.

The employer and maybe all of us know what a Finance course entails. There is no need to break it down. This is also not the section to include all those training you’ve gone through. Put it under a separate header as outlined below. Ideally, put those professional qualifications, diplomas, degrees and high school education, here.

3. Career Profile:

(Gives a summary of your skills, knowledge, and experience. Let’s look at an admin candidate career profile). An administrative support professional with over five years of office management experience. I am adept at working in fast-paced environments that demand strong organizational and office management skills.

Am committed to exceptional customer service and driven by challenges, with the ability to independently plan and manage diverse customer relationships. More so, I am accustomed to fast-paced, high-pressured positions demonstrated the ability to set priorities to deliver qualitative output, prioritize multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and provide quality service.

(Career objective or profile should be specific to your career. Most of us have ‘vague’ or ‘general statements.’)

4. CV Professional Strengths/Skills:

(Look at any job advert and you will find these listed after education requirements. Try to match what the employer is looking for but don’t duplicate. Again, we have listed skills for an admin person.

➧ Possess seven years of professional experience as Executive Assistant
➧ Possess excellent organization and management skills
➧ Goal-oriented and ability to handle multiple tasks
➧ Proven track record in customer service like managing front desk operations, processing sales order and communicating reliable information to customers
➧ Ability to resolve complex departmental problems
➧ Proficient in basic operating systems like Microsoft Word Press, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, and the Internet
➧ Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills
➧ Possess extensive administrative and customer service skills
➧ Ability to maintain a good relationship with customers

5. Work Experience

➧ When it comes to experience list from the most recent to your earliest job
➧ Include work achievements. Achievements Example:
➧ Implemented a more effective system for the management of meetings
➧ Even if you won’t specific months, list the year you worked
➧ When you have worked in more than ten jobs/companies, the important thing is to break down your duties in the three most recent. You don’t have to expound on every job that you’ve had.

6. Training and seminar Section In Your CV:

7. Professional Membership and Associations:

8. Hobbies & Interests: 

(In this section only indicate character building/business-related hobbies. A 40-year-old listing: making friends and watching movies plus socializing (What is socializing?) Doesn’t look like a professional on paper)

9. Referees When Writing A CV:

Provide at least three referees. Two from your previous and/or current workplace; preferable the HR or immediate boss, if that is not possible a client or customers you serve. On the other hand, if you have just left campus a lecturer may vouch for you.

A third one is usually personal; someone that has known you for a long period of time that can vouch for your character and will be able to recommend you for the job. For effective referees, put only those people who know you well and let them know to expect a call from recruiters about you.

This sample CV is only a guideline that demonstrates what to include in your CV, therefore, coming up with a CV should not be rocket science. The problem is that most of us don’t give it the seriousness it deserves. We are always in a hurry to apply for this or that job forgetting the impression we need to create.

Just like we take ample time in the morning to look our best to the outside world, your CV should be well thought out clearly sending the right message to your would-be employer.

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