JOB OPENING AT OBAFEMI AWOLOWO TEACHING HOSPITAL

INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL ADVERTISEMENT

Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill up the underlisted existing vacant posts in the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife:

Dated 14th July, 2016

GO TO JUNIOR CADRE
GROUP ONE

    Assistant Catering Officer – CONHESS 05 STEP 01
    Assistant Craftman (Welding & Aluminum Works) – CONHESS 02 STEP 01
    Assistant Craftman (Auto-Electrician) – CONHESS 02 STEP 01
    Health Attendant (Mortuary) – CONHESS 02 STEP 01
    Health Attendant – CONHESS 02 STEP 01

GO TO SENIOR CADRE: GROUP TWO

GROUP ONE
POSTS:

    Assistant Catering Officer – CONHESS 05 STEP 01
    Assistant Craftman (Welding & Aluminum Works) – CONHESS 02 STEP 01
    Assistant Craftman (Auto-Electrician) – CONHESS 02 STEP 01
    Health Attendant (Mortuary) – CONHESS 02 STEP 01
    Health Attendant – CONHESS 02 STEP 01

QUALIFICATIONS:

For Post (i):

    Candidate must possess National Diploma in Hotel Keeping and Catering Management and four (4) credit passes in any subject at one sitting or five (5) credit passes at two (2) sittings and at least passes in English Language and Mathematics in WAEC/ or NECO
    Federal Ministry of Labour Trade Test III in relevant discipline as indicated above.

For Post (ii-iii):

    Prospective candidate must possess 4 credit passes in any subject or 5 credit passes in any subject at two sittings which must include Physics plus at least passes in English Language and Mathematics in the West African Senior Secondary Certificate or NECO or NABTEB.
    Federal Ministry of Labour Trade Test III in relevant discipline as indicated above.

For Post (iv-v):

    Candidate must possess a minimum of four (4) credit passes in any subject plus at least Passes in English Language or Mathematics in the West African Senior Secondary Certificate or NECO.

SALARY

For Post (i):

    CONHESS 05 STEP 01 – N389,519.00 per annum

For Post (ii-v):

    CONHESS 02 STEP 01 – N271,423.00 per annum

FUNCTION

For Post (i):

Successful candidates will be required to perform the following duties:

    Planning daily menus.
    Supervising the preparation and serving of food.
    Ensuring cleanness and orderliness.
    Checking daily sales to ensure proper accounts.
    Any other duties as may be assigned by the Head of Department from time to time.

For Post (ii-iii):

    Assisting in the performance of routine trades, job that requires fabrication, processing, installation, maintenance or repairs of buildings, electrical & mechanical system, vehicles, mobile and equipment on a task and procedure basis and any other duties as may be assigned by the Head of Department from time to time.

For Post (iv):

Successful candidates will be required to perform the following duties:

    Removing corpses from the wards to the mortuary.
    Keeping records of corpses in the mortuary rooms.
    Seeing to the cleanliness of mortuary rooms.
    Assisting in the embalmment of corpses and any other duties as may be assigned by the Head of Department from time to time.

For Post (v):

    Successful candidates will be required to perform the duties assigned to the post as specified in the Federal Schemes of Service.

CONDITIONS OF SERVICE:

Conditions of Service for the posts are similar to those obtainable in the Federal Public Service and Federal Teaching Hospitals in Nigeria.

METHODS OF APPLICATION:

All applications should be made in the institution’s prescribed Employment Application Form obtainable in Room 1:2, Establishments Department, Administration Block, OAUTHC, Ife Hospital Unit, Ile-Ife. All completed forms with photocopies of all relevant credentials/documents should be submitted to the office of:

The Chief Medical Director,

Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex,

P.M.B. 5538,

Ile-Ife.

CLOSING DATE:

The closing date for submission of duly completed application forms is six (6) weeks from the date of this advertisement.

DATE INTERVIEW:

Only shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview via Mobile short message service (SMS) at a date to be made known later.

Signed

Bola Alejo (Mrs.)

Director of Administration

For: Chief Medical Director

Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates for the underlisted posts in the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife.

GO TO: GROUP ONE
GROUP TWO

POST I:

MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST I

    Chemical Pathology
    Microbiology and Parasitology
    Histopathology (Morbid Anatomy)
    Haematology and Blood Transfusion

SALARY:

CONHESS 09 Step 1 – (N1,316,488.00) – per annum.

POST II: INTERNS

    MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST INTERNS:
        Chemical Pathology
        Microbiology and Parasitology
        Histopathology (Morbid Anatomy)
        Haematology and Blood Transfusion
        SALARY: CONHESS 08 Step 2 – (N1,151,989.00) – per annum.
    RADIOGRAPHER INTERNS
    SALARY: CONHESS 08 Step 2 – (N1,151,989.00) – per annum.

    DENTAL THERAPIST INTERNS
    SALARY: CONHESS 06 Step 1 – (N623,056.00) – per annum.

    DENTAL TECHNOLOGIST INTERNS
    SALARY: CONHESS 06 Step 1 – (N623,056.00) – per annum.

    DIETETIC INTERNS
    SALARY: CONHESS 07 Step 2 – (N992,512.00) – per annum.

For Post III:

MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNICIAN (Morbid Anatomy, Chemical Pathology, Haematology & Blood Transfusion and Microbiology & Parasitology)

SALARY: SALARY: CONHESS 06 Step 1 – (N623,056.00) – per annum.

For Post IV:

NURSING OFFICER II

SALARY: CONHESS 07 Step 02 – (N992,512.00) – per annum.

For Post V:

CIVIL ENGINEER II

SALARY: CONHESS 07 Step 02 – (N992,512.00) – per annum.

For Post VI:

HEALTH RECORDS TECHNICIAN

SALARY: CONHESS 06 Step 01 – (N623,056.00) – per annum.

For Post VII:

HEALTH RECORDS OFFICER II

SALARY: CONHESS 07 Step 02 – (N992,512.00) – per annum.

For Post VIII:

HEALTH RECORDS/INFORMATION TUTOR II

SALARY: CONHESS 07 Step 02 – (N992,512.00) – per annum.

For Post IX:

SENIOR SCIENTIFIC OFFICER (SPEECH THERAPIST)

SALARY: CONHESS 09 Step 01 – (N1,316,488.00) – per annum.

For Post X:

SENIOR SCIENTIFIC OFFICER (AUDIOLOGIST)

SALARY: CONHESS 09 Step 01 – (N1,316,488.00) – per annum.

For Post XI:

HIGHER TECHNICAL OFFICER (CIVIL)

SALARY: CONHESS 07 Step 02 – (N992,512.00) – per annum.

For Post XII:

HEAD OF SCHOOL (SCHOOL OF HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT)

SALARY: CONHESS 13 Step 01 – (N2,786,226.00) – per annum.

For Post XIII:

HOME SISTER (CONTRACT APPOINTMENT)

SALARY: VERY ATTRACTIVE AND NEGOTIABLE

For Post XIV:

NURSE TUTOR II

SALARY: CONHESS 07 Step 02 – (N992,512.00) – per annum.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

A good University Degree in Medical Laboratory Science and registrable with the Institute of Medical Laboratory Science of Nigeria plus evidence of completion or exemption from N.Y.S.C.

For Post II

    A good University Degree in Medical Laboratory Science and registrable with the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria.
    Candidate must possess a good University Degree from a recognized institution.
    Candidate must possess Higher National Diploma in Dental Hygiene from an approved school of Dental Therapy.
    Candidate must possess Higher National Diploma or University Degree from approved school of Dental Technology or University.
    Candidate must possess a good University Degree in Dietetics from a recognized Institution.

For Post III:

    Candidate must possess five (5) credit passes including English Language and Mathematics in the West African Senior Secondary Certificate or NECO.
    In addition, candidate must have successfully completed three years training in a recognized institution and obtained the Registration of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria for Technician Cadre.

For Post IV:

    Applicants must possess B.Sc. in Nursing or NRN plus any of the following post basic qualifications: Nursing Anaesthesia, Midwifery, Accident and Emergency, Perioperative Nursing, Ophthalmic Nursing, Intensive Care, Psychiatric Nursing, Otolaryngology Nursing, Orthopaedic Nursing, Burns and Plastic Nursing, Paediatric Nursing and Public Health Nursing from a recognized institution.
    All applicants must be duly registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria with evidence of current practicing licence.
    All applicants with B.Sc. in Nursing must have evidence of completion of or exemption from the N.Y.S.C.

For Post V:

Candidate must possess a degree in Civil Engineering registrable with the Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria (COREN) plus evidence of completion of NYSC or exemption from NYSC.

For Post VI:

Candidate must possess National Certificate in Health Records Technician after successful completion of the prescribed three (3) years Training Programme in a recognized institution or College of Health Technology.

For Post VII:

Candidate must possess Higher National Diploma (H.N.D.) in Health Records/Health Information Management or A Degree in Health Records Administration/Health Information Management from a recognized University plus evidence of completion of or exemption from N.Y.S.C.

For Post VI and VII: Candidates to either of the positions must obtain a current practicing license.

For Post VIII:

Candidate must possess a Degree in Health Records Administration/Health Information Management from recognized University plus evidence of completion of or exemption from the N.Y.S.C.

For Post IX:

    Candidate must possess a good Masters Degree in Speech Therapy/Special Education plus evidence of completion of or exemption from N.Y.S.C.
    Possession of a Ph.D in Speech Therapy will be an added advantage.
    Candidate with relevant experience in a hospital based audiological centre has an added advantage.
    All applicants must be duly registered with the relevant Regulatory and Professional Bodies.

For Post X:

    Candidate must possess a good Masters Degree in Audiology/Special Education from a recognized institution plus evidence of completion of or exemption from N.Y.S.C.
    Possession of a Ph.D in Audiology will be an added advantage.
    Candidate with relevant experience in a hospital based audiological/speech therapy centre has an added advantage.
    All applicants must be duly registered with the relevant Regulatory Professional Bodies.

For Post XI:

    Candidate must possess Higher National Diploma in Civil Engineering from a recognized institution plus evidence of completion of or exemption from N.Y.S.C.

For Post XII:

    Candidate must possess B.Sc. Degree in Health Records Administration/Health Information Management or Bio-Statistics from a recognized University and be registered with and hold a current practicing license of the Health Records Officers Registration Board of Nigeria (HRORBN).
    In addition to (a) above, possession of a Masters Degree in Health Information Management, or in any of the core disciplines being run in the Programme (Statistics, Management Science and Computer Science) will be an added advantage.
    Candidates with H.N.D. in Health Records Administration/Health Information Management or Bio-Statistics and who hold registration and current Practicing License of the Health Records Officers Registration Board of Nigeria (HRORBN) plus Masters Degree in relevant disciplines are also eligible to apply.
    Candidates must have minimum of twelve (12) years experience and at least five (5) of these years must have been spent as a Lecturer in a school environment.
    Candidates must have evidence of Completion or Exemption from the N.Y.S.C.

For Post XIII:

    Candidate should be in the Nursing profession and be doubly qualified as a registered Nurse and registered Midwife. Retired Nursing Officer/Midwife with considerable previous experience are encouraged to apply.

For Post XIV:

    Candidate must possess a degree in Nursing Science obtained from a recognized University plus evidence of completion of or exemption from NYSC.
    Possession of certificate of Registration as a Nurse/Midwife Tutor from the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria is an added advantage.

FUNCTIONS:

For Post (I):

Carrying out diagnostic tests, assisting in documentation and preparation of periodic reports, analytical and experimental studies, identifying for stores and medical equipment studies and producing special medicine for vaccines and diagnostic work, and any other duties as may be assigned by the Head of Department from time to time.

For Post (II) A – E:

Successful Candidates will be expected to perform all relevant duties in their respective departments including any periodic ones as may be assigned by the Heads of Departments.

For Post (III):

Successful candidates will be required to perform the following duties:

    Collecting, examining and analyzing specimen from patients to provide the information required by Medical Officer for diagnosis and treatment.
    Preparing chemical solution, reagents, slides and culture media for laboratory tests.
    Caring for and maintaining laboratory equipment.
    Carrying out microscopic examination of specimen for pathogens and any other duties as may be assigned by the Head of Department from time to time.

For Post (IV):

Successful candidates will be required to perform general nursing and other related duties.

For Post (V):

Successful candidates will be required to perform the following duties:

    Carrying out preliminary surveys and investigation on all types of civil engineering activities
    Preparing engineering designs in steel, reinforced and pre-stressed concrete
    Carrying out tests on highway materials
    Preparing cost estimates and tender documents for projects to be executed.
    Assisting in the maintenance of the institution’s roads
    Any other duties as may be assigned by the Head of Department from time to time.

For Post (VI-VII):

Successful candidates will be required to perform the following duties:

    Assisting in the arrangement of medical records
    Organizing, classifying and taking custody of records
    Collecting and computing medical statistics
    Assisting in the creation, storage and retrieval of patients’ record and any other duties as may be assigned by the Head of Department from time to time.

For Post (VIII):

Successful candidates will teach and prepare the students of School of Health Information Management for both internal and external examinations and made to perform any other duties as may be assigned by the Head of the School from time to time.

For Post (IX):

Successful candidates will be expected to perform the following duties:

    Ensure the keeping of confidential and adequate records of patients/clients.
    Perform speech assessment of patients/clients.
    Participate actively in planning and execution of rehabilitation modalities for speech impaired patients.
    Participate in the assessment and rehabilitation of patients with speech and swallowing disorders.
    Counselling of patients with speech and swallowing disorders.

For Post (X):

Successful candidates will be required to perform the following duties:

    Keeping of adequate and confidential records of the unit activities and her clients.
    Perform audiological assessment of patients/clients.
    Participate actively in planning and execution of rehabilitation modalities for hearing impaired patients.
    Participate in the assessment and rehabilitation of patients with balance disorders.
    Counselling of patients with speech and hearing disorders.
    Training and rehabilitation of hearing impaired patients using total auditory rehabilitation techniques.
    Any other duties that may be assigned by the head of department from time to time.

For Post (XI):

Setting out building, roads, preparing schedule of materials to be used for construction works, taking charge of a project and assisting in supervising the duties of a member of junior staff, and any other duties as may assigned by the Head of Department from time to time.

For Post (XII):

Successful candidates are expected to perform the professional duties of the Head of School and any other duties that may be assigned from time to time by the Management.

For Post (XIII):

Successful candidates will be required to perform duties of a Home Sister, and any other professionally related duties as may be assigned by the Management.

For Post (XIV):

Teaching and Supervision of Nursing students in accordance with the syllabus and standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, and other duties as may be assigned by the Head of Department.

CONDITIONS OF SERVICE:

These are similar to those obtainable in the Federal Public Service and Federal Tertiary Health institution in Nigeria.

METHODS OF APPLICATION:

All applications should be made in the institution’s prescribed Employment Application Form obtainable in Room 1.2, Establishments Department, Administration Block, OAUTHC, Ife Hospital Unit, Ile-Ife.

All completed forms with photocopies of all relevant credentials/documents and twenty (20) copies of up-to-date Curriculum Vitae should be submitted to the Office of:

The Chief Medical Director,

Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex,

P.M.B. 5538,

Ile-Ife.

CLOSING DATE:

The closing date for submission of duly completed application forms is six (6) weeks from the date of this advertisement.

Signed

Bola Alejo (Mrs.)

Director of Administration

For: Chief Medical Director
GO TOP

Human Capital Positioning

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Human capital to be defined succinctly means measure of the economic value of an employee or would be employee. It is mostly used for those that have been employed in an organisation or those with requisite value to be employed.

The crux of human capital positioning here will be narrowed down to the content of curriculum vitae.

My foray into Human Resources/Human Capital cum Personnel has opened my eyes to so many things that are not being done the right way and which people are not aware of. Ignorance has been the foundation of those things that are not being done right.
Let me give you a definition of ignorance;

Ignorance means important details that are ignored at ones peril.
Adeyemi, 2016
The cost of ignorance cannot be compared to the pains of learning. You may have to skip meals in the course of learning or even avoid watching your favourite football match, it is all for the gain that awaits you.

I encourage you to pay attention to details in this e-book and make the best out of it.
Note: The best you can be with human capital positioning is by adding value to yourself.

Your Name: Always start with your name and not Curriculum Vitae or CV. Use slightly bigger font
Your Address: Do not include two addresses. Be specific by nailing it with one address that is not cumbersome.
Your e-mail Address and Phone Number: You must take cognizance of how professional e-mail address is written. Your e-mail address must look like ade_judeisha@gmail.com and not swagsrolls@yahoo.com

PROFILE
Not essential, some employers like them and some don’t. Must be short and snappy i.e. no more than 2/3 sentences including relevant experience, qualifications, skills (but not a long list of them) and your career aim. Also note, the role you are applying for will determine the way and manner you will build your profile.

EDUCATION
Your University course comes first including relevant modules and/or dissertation. Then your other qualifications such as A Levels and GCSEs, just a summary for GCSEs is all you need e.g. 9 WASSCE, A-Cs. Your class of degree can be a hot selling point for you. Although this may not be the case for everyone but to anyone with good grade, it will be a hot selling point.

RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE
By splitting your work experience into two sections you can really tailor your CV to the job and importantly locate your relevant work experience on the front page. For example, if you are applying for retail jobs put all your ‘Retail Experience’ in one section on the front page with ‘Other Experience’ In the second section.
All experience should be in reverse chronological order with the most recent and relevant first on the list of the experiences garnered over the years. You can include voluntary work experience.

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE
You don’t need to include every bar job & supermarket you’ve ever worked in, but on the other hand you don’t want large gaps. If you have had lots of jobs, you could try grouping or summarising your experience.
For experience that may not be as relevant to the role, pull out the important aspect of the experience.

INTERESTS
Yes, employers are interested, but just a paragraph will do. Try to show a variety of interests to catch an employer’s attention, but think about the impression your hobbies may give to your prospective employer.
Do not make up interest as it may be your waterloo if you are asked to defend that aspect of your CV.

REFERENCES
‘Available upon request’ or two full references including name, job title, address, phone number and email. Always ask your referees first.

Types of CV
Chronological CVs

Below is an example of chronological CV careers.brookes.ac.uk
careers.brookes.ac.uk @BrookesCarewww.brookes.ac.uk/careers
Jane Schiller
15B. Ground Floor Flat, Yoruba Road, Ebute Meta
j.mojisola@hotmail.com 080$£&#@£$$
http://www.linkedin/in/jmosola

Final year Environmental Science student passionate about conservation and the environment.
Extensive voluntary experience working for wildlife trusts in various capacities, including
marketing, website editing and writing press-releases. Looking for a position in a wildlife trust
to further develop skills in marketing and communications from July onwards.

Sex:
Date of Birth:
State of Origin:
L.G.A:

Education
Ekiti State University 2012 – 2015
BA (Hons.) English and Music 2:1
Hill Top College, Lekki, Lagos 2005 – 2012
A Levels: English (B), Mathematics (C), Music (A)
_________________________________________________________________________
Relevant Work Experience

Publishing Pro July 2014 – present
Marketing Assistant
Duties and skills:
• Event co-ordination: visiting prospective venues within Lagos, liaising with event coordinators
and representatives, analysing survey results.
• Creativity: copywriting for letters, e-shots, and posters.
• Attention to detail: managing lead data and the marketing stock database, proof reading
documents.
• Responsibility: creating and updating the marketing internet page, providing administrative support to the sales and marketing teams, dealing with enquiries by email and on the phone.

Studio Mix September 2013 – May 2014
Talent Hunt Officer
Duties and skills:
• Advertising: creating and sticking up posters, sending emails, creating programmes for
each concert on a weekly basis.
• Negotiation: liaising with musicians about set length, finding out biographies for
programmes.
• Time-management: arriving early to set up chairs and equipment, ensuring each
performance does not overrun. Notifying staff in advance about pending concerts.
• Public speaking: presenting musicians to the audience and notifying the audience of
upcoming events.

________________________________________________________________________
I.T. Skills
• Very competent with computers and databases.
• Particularly familiar with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and the Web.
Languages
• Conversant in English and Yoruba
________________________________________________________________________

Interests and Achievements
• Writing: Write for Success Digest (www.successdigest.com.ng/reviews).
• Music: Play drums in local bands and record music at home.
• Sport: Member of the university basketball team; Soccer Pundit on http://www.onlineradio.za

Referees
Professor R.K.K Kayode
Management Building, Ekiti state University, Ado-Ekiti
karog@yahoo.com

Mr Joseph Nath
Studio Mix, Lagos, Tel: 08054549877
Email: josephnt@yahoo.com

        Skills Based CV
Ayodeji Martins
10. Cole Close, Off Adaranijo Musa Road, Akure, Ondo State
07023415902
mayo@ymail.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/ayomartins
A graduate of Business Administration with excellent marketing skills in areas such as customer prospecting, service feedback and after sales service, all developed during my Holiday Job in Insurance concern and Industrial Training Scheme. Able to communicate effectively to varied audiences through experience giving numerous presentations. Looking for a customer service executive job and to further develop my skills for impact making in your establishment.

Education
Ekiti State University, BSc (Hons) Business Administration 2008 – 2011
Islahudeen High Ibadan 2001 – 2006
WASSCE: 9 A-C grades including Maths, Commerce and English

Key Skills
Industrious
• Practical experience shared in marketing and marketing research class have shown to me that industrious disposition is a must skill and I have shown that over the years in my fews engagements
Communication
• PowerPoint presentations at university have improved my oral and written communication
skills, helping me to project my voice and speak clearly when addressing large audiences.
• Working as a policy marketer in an Insurance firm has helped sharpen my ability to communicate without hassles. I was voted ‘Best Marketer’ in June 2009 for excellent customer service.
Organisational
• I have had to manage my time at university to meet multiple deadlines whilst I had several deadlines and also maintaining many sports hobbies. I frequently make lists, use an mobile phone diary and prioritise tasks.
Teamwork
• A range of university academic activities such as group term paper presentation and study group discussion have helped me develop team work skills, obtaining excellent marks in all projects.
IT
• Confident in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint which I use on a regular
basis throughout my degree programme.

Work experience
May 2009 – June 2009, XYK Insurance, Policy Marketer
• Employed for aggressive policy marketing and other customer related services.

September 2010 – November 2010, Geek Consult, Administrative Intern
•Compiling of all the online correspondences from customers.
•Taking of online order and forwarding same to store for onward supply.
•Proper record keeping and backup.

Other Achievements
•Marketer of the month at XYK Insurance in a stint of two-month holiday job.
•Best overall performance in Marketing Research exam while in the university

Hobbies and Interests
Many of my hobbies revolve around sport including swimming, gymnastics and dance. I have a team of five individuals that bike once every year to raise money for out of school vulnerable children.

Referees Available on Request

How to Write a Good ‘Profile’
“I am a self-motivated, enthusiastic,
hard-working and very determined
individual with excellent communication and
team-working skills who thrives in a
challenging environment. Looking for a
position that will allow me to further my
career and build upon my existing skills”. ×

What is wrong with the above profile?
Let me simplify my response here, this profile is just like every other profile asking for any role without being specific or tailoring down your job quest to any specific position. I mean, the above profile is wishy washy, vague and hollow. It has long list of words with no evidence. Unfortunately, employees see this kind of CV everyday.

“A graduate of Business and Marketing
with one year’s experience of
business to business marketing. Excellent communication and
customer service skills from developing
relationships with clients at ‘Bank Industrial
Training’ to ensure repeat business transaction. In addition,
has 6 months retail experience, now looking for
an entry level marketing position with an
innovative retail company”.

What is right with the above profile?
This profile sells the personality of the prospective employee with evidences to show for it. The skill here is enunciated based on the work experiences.

THE GOLDEN RULES OF WRITING A GOOD
COVERING LETTER
ALWAYS INCLUDE A COVERING LETTER – Unless you are specifically told not to. ‘Applicants who include a covering letter with their CV are 10% more likely to get a reply’.

TAILOR IT TO THE JOB – focus on the essential and desirable criteria on the job specification. You may start with a standardised letter, but just like with your CV, unless you adapt it carefully to the job requirements it’s meaningless and can be a little annoying for the employer!

DON’T WRITE MORE THAN ONE PAGE
An employer won’t have time to read it and 1 page really is enough!

MAKE SURE YOUR GRAMMAR AND SPELLING ARE PERFECT
‘Applicants sending CVs and letters without spelling mistakes are 61% more likely to get a reply and 26% more likely to get an interview’.

HAVE A STRUCTURE : FOUR SIMPLE STEPS

Paragraph 1.
In your opening paragraph briefly describe your situation and where you saw the advert and specify the job you are applying for i.e. reference number (in case the recruiter has several jobs currently on offer).

Paragraph 2.
Focus in. Talk about your relevant skills and experience for the job – always focus on their key criteria/competencies. Then provide examples from part-time work and extra-curricular activities etc, highlighting EVIDENCE that you can actually do the job! You might say something like ‘I set out below how I meet your criteria’ and then take each key criteria in turn citing your evidence, so if communication skills were the first criteria and problem solving the next…
Communication skills: I regularly write reports and present these to tutors and other students in seminars. As a member of the debating society I take part in weekly debates and we have recently partnered with a school to help basic four pupils develop their debating skills. This has given me confidence and the ability to communicate effectively with different audiences.

Paragraph 3.
Articulate enthusiastically WHY you want to work for the company, what your motivation is and WHY you are interested in this particular post/sector. This will always require some research, you might find they are rolling out new and interesting products or services, they might have also been in the media recently.

Paragraph 4.
Sign off with a polite & positive ending, stating when you would be available for interview. Use ‘yours sincerely’ if you are addressing it to a named person or ‘yours faithfully’ if not. Ideally try to find a name, but with large organisations this is not always possible.
Ground Floor Flat
Sabogari Road
Akure
Ondo State
27th May 2015
The Human Resources Manager
Oxford University Press
Mokola Layout
Ibadan
Oyo State

Dear Sir/Ma
Re: Marketing Assistant (W07/076)
I am writing to apply for the position of Marketing Assistant as advertised on the Oxford University Press website, enclosed is my CV for your consideration. My past experience in marketing concern organisation have given me a strong interest in a marketing career.

My achievement at XYK Insurance can be replicated in a better magnitude going by different unique marketing experiences I have been exposed to. 

I am not only drawn to Oxford University Press because of its global reputation as a leading publisher, but also because of its focus on education. My recent experience as an undergraduate and ‘end user’ of academic journals such as Essays in Criticism and The Review of English Studies has sparked an interest in how they are produced and targeted. I welcome the opportunity to explore this further in a marketing role at Oxford Journals. As a result of my experience to date both professionally and academically, I believe that I could make a valuable contribution to Oxford University Press as a Marketing Assistant.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfuly
Joseph, Aboki

                     Speculative Covering Letter

When jobs are not advertised, this kind of cover letter can land you that hidden job in an organisation. Many organisations use press release of their task as a subtle means of advertising possible job openings.

10 Palm Place
Oxford OX1 2BA
10th April 2015
Project Director
Iperindo Gas Pipeline Project
Iperindo Open Court
Osun State

Dear Sir/ Ma,
I read with considerable interest the recent report in the Guardian Newspaper of Tuesday 8, 2016, describing Tetraco GasPro recent success in landing a contract to lay Gas pipeline from Akan Refinery to Iperindo Gas depot.

Your current business concern suggest that you may have a need for additional staff. I am attaching my CV from which you will see that I am a qualified and skilled Civil Engineer, with considerable experience in under water and surface Gas Pipeline laying, mostly gained in the engineering industry.

I would welcome an opportunity to find out more about opportunities you may have,
and will telephone you in a few days to hopefully arrange a meeting.

Yours faithfully,
Gbenga, Black

Note:
There are some Job openings that will require professional competence. Nearly all professional organisations have student membership admittance that students do not take opportunities to enrol in nowadays. Take your time today to boost your professional competence by registering with any professional body that is recognised both by the Government and corporate entities.

Beyond the content f your CV is the invincible hands of God, working in the background to favour you. Do not lean on your own understanding while applying for job, talk to God about your expectation and trust Him for a favourable outcome.

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