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Is Professional CV Design Service Necessary in Ghana?

Posted by | 23/04/2018 | Career Advice & Tips in Ghana 2020, Latest Blog Post

Is Professional CV Design Service Necessary in Ghana?

According to most people in Ghana, engaging a writing service professional to write your CV or resume for you is a waste of time. People who hold this view claim that “professionally-written CVs look generic and sterile and do not create a good impression with the reader (theguardian.com).”

This might hold true for some few people who can write good CVs. What about the majority of job seekers who struggle with problems such as incorrect grammar, poor structuring and formatting and inability to highlights what is necessary for CVs and Resumes?

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In this write-up, sobiaonline.com provides a list of questions to help job seekers to find out whether they need professional CV service or not.

    1. Do you know the difference between a resume and a CV, how to design them and which one you should use and when to use them? The truth is that each serves a specific purpose and should be used in specific contexts. Most job seekers take this for granted and pay dearly for it.
    2. Have you been granted an interview with your perceived well-designed CV or resume? Have you rolled out many applications without any call to interview? On average if you roll out three applications in your field without being called to interview know that there is the need for you to relook at your CV.
    3. Are you able to design your CV to satisfy how other people see you as a professional in your chosen field? In writing a CV or resume one consideration is that recruiters will serve as your looking glass and the picture you present to them in your CV must be able to make them (recruiters) see what they want to see not what you want them to see.Thus, by employing the services of a professional writer the writer assesses you just like a recruiter and in the process tries to hide all the negative traits and pitfalls that might potentially work against you been granted an interview.
    4. Assess yourself objectively by using the question of whether it is the resources you will invest in engaging a professional CV designer or the reality is that the service is not needed by you?”
      Well, this is a very important question worth asking in the sense that as a job seeker, you have to do a cost and benefit analysis of paying a small price for a professional CV design vis-à-vis missing a good number of interviews.
    5. Do you crosscheck the errors in your CVs and how? Do you use just Microsoft word editor or you have other applications? Without cross-checking your CV with relevant grammar checker applications and applicant tracking systems your CV stands the risk of being thrown out by both software and humans.
    6. Are you able to highlight your skills and responsibilities in a brief and concise manner? These days your ability to demonstrate that you are an achiever is what will make you stand out.If you can boast of only responsibilities and descriptions of your previous tasks, know that it is time to engage a professional writer to spice up your Resume/CV.

Note that a professional CV writer can help identify the key achievements and skills necessary for a particular role or sector, cut out unnecessary or irrelevant details, and pinpoint what makes the individual stand out.

This level of objectivity is one of the major benefits in working with a professional writer. It’s often difficult to be able to stand back from your own career history to assess what’s relevant or not, or to choose the most appropriate qualities.

However, engaging a CV writer does not guarantee success there are some best practices you must maintain. Read our next blog post to find out how to identify credible writers and how best to engage them to make your next job yours. Click here

Search and apply for CURRENT JOBS IN GHANA TODAY & Funding Opportunities in Ghana on Sobiaonline. Do not pay any body any fees for our job search support and advisement unless it is for our Executive Job Search, CV Design or LinkedIn & Writing Services. Access funding news, career advise and our daily updates here. Don’t forget to subscribe to our updates. Call us or Whats App: 0245692357 or Email: info@sobiaonline.com

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Career Services Provided by Sobiaonline in Ghana

Posted by | 16/04/2018 | Career Advice & Tips in Ghana 2020, Latest Blog Post

Career Services Provided by Sobiaonline in Ghana

Getting a job in Ghana can best be described as complicated of late. This calls for the need for innovative employment services that meets the demands of the constantly changing job environment. Job seekers in Accra for instance start their typical working day before 5 am and reaches home after 5 pm mainly due to traffic jams. This leaves workers in Ghana very little room to attend to their job search needs. Likewise, fresh graduates complete school with little experience on the demands of the job market as career guidance and and freemium services that targets the unemployed youth is virtually non existent.   This write-up provides an insight into the employment services of Sobiaonline, an innovative employment search agency in Ghana. Below, is a detailed description of the products and services provided by Sobiaonline.

1. Online Profile Services (LinkedIn, Facebook, Career Websites)

As you might be already aware, Sobiaonline services revolves around CV design/upgrade and the online profile service is an extension of the CV upgrade service. With the online profile service, Sobiaonline professionally upgrades the LinkedIn profiles of Job seekers in a manner that matches their professional standing, enhances their online presence, and makes them visible to head hunters online. No matter how well your CV is designed, how attractive the formatting or how good its looks it stands very little chance without an enhanced online profile with most institutions today.

According to job scan for example, 87% of recruiters uses linkedIn to find candidates for jobs whilst 94% uses linkedIn to vet job candidates. Job scan also added that an enhanced linkedIn profile can increase a job seeker’s profile views 132 times and triple the amount of your appearances in search results. Sobiaonline LinkedIn makeover service is specially designed to significantly increase your employment prospects in this regard.

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A very similar service is provided for job seekers who are interested in upgrading their Facebook profiles.  The service also serves small businesses who are interested in either creating new Facebook pages or upgrading existing ones.

Sobiaonline is also pioneering what it calls career website services. With this service, Sobiaonline designs customize career websites and professionally integrates the Facebook profile and the linkedIn profiles of job seekers. With this service, job seekers have the option of storing multiple CVs in your online database to keep it safe. This also ensures that job seekers are always prepared to roll out applications timely. What I love about this third package is that the career website is search engine optimized making job seeker profiles more visible thereby making them accessible to head hunters.

To order either the LinkedIn profile upgrade or the Facebook profile upgrade click here

2. Job Search and Application Services

The job search and application service is a comprehensive job search package that provides the following complementary job search services all in one: job search for job seekers, document upgrade (CV, Cover Letter and any other document required for a specific job application), and job application. Sounds a bit confusing? Perhaps an illustration might be of help? Lets say you have opted for the job search and application service for three jobs package within a period of 30 days. The typical steps involved are:

1. Sobiaonline will commence with a review of your old application documents which should be forewarded to the immediately you have ordered the service. Documents are typically forwarded to Sobiaonline using their email address: info@sobiaonline.com or through their WhatsApp chat platform using : 233 242782389.
2. Based on the outcome of the review, a meeting will be held with you the job seeker to discuss the types of jobs to focus on and provide their expert advice. This discussion will be based on considerations such as your career interest, your academic background, professional experience and how that should inform  jobs that are best fit for you the job seeker.

2. Sobiaonline will then proceed with the job search. Sobiaonline uses Real Syndication Feeds (RSS) technology that sourced jobs globally the moment they are posted. Sobiaonline equally source jobs from offline channels. Substantial amount of Sobiaonline Jobs is also obtained from employers who make use of Sobiaonline jobs posting platform via Sobiaonline jobs portal

3. On weekly basis Sobiaonline provides updates on latest job openings that best matches your profile. Based on these updates jobs that are agreed upon are picked. Mind you, because we started this illustration with the three jobs package the job seeker will thus be given 3 jobs service within the span of 30 days. However, it is also possible to go in for two jobs package or just one package and the pricing varies.

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4. Once a particular job is identified at any point in time, Sobiaonline team will then professionally upgrade the application documents. The service also includes a free ATS scan of candidates resumes. Recently, Sobiaonline has added a free LinkedIn profile review service once you order any of the packages.
5. After the document preparation process Sobiaonline provides two options. With the first option job seekers can proceed with the application process but using a guided application protocol. The second option is that Sobiaonline can proceed with the actual application using a different email account generated specifically for the job seeker.
6. Finally, it is important to note that Sobiaonline also provide pre-interview career advise and guidance and other writing services. For further clarification you can open a ticket on sobiaonline using this link.

What I love most about these job search and application packages is that it has come as a Savior to professionals who are currently employed to attend to their job search needs. Secondly, for mid career professionals who seeks career change or transitioning into senior management positions, the service offers a perfect solution where their CVs and other applications protocols are expertly addressed to meet this requirement.

With the LinkedIn review service candidates are able to tell their story better and at the same time harmonize their CVs with that of their profiles. For fresh graduates, this service is a very good capacity building process as Sobiaonline always works closely with job seekers helping them to learn and share ideas on their job search and application processes. The service also offers fresh graduates the chance to escape basic CV errors and job application protocol mistakes that often results in high rejection rates of fresh graduates during applications. You can order any of these three packages here.

3. CV Design and Upgrade Services

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If you are really interested in boosting your interview chances then, Sobiaonline CV upgrade service is something worth trying out. It is imperative to mention that for every professional, there is always need to seek out the services of a professional CV writer from time to time. You might think your CV is good but the fact that your CV will be looked at with a different lens is something you need to try out.

As explained under the job search and application service, the CV upgrade services follows the same procedure as in the job search and application service only that this service has been segregated into three packages: Fresh graduates and SHS/JHS graduates, Mid-Career CV and Executive CV for senior professionals. It has been established that recruiters spend less than 6 seconds screening applicants CVs and Sobiaonline CVs are designed with this in mind. Sobiaonline CVs showcases candidates profiles, skills, experiences, education, references, certifications and others  without missing the details.

All CVs prepared by Sobiaonline are also optimised using latest technologies: Resume scanner, Grammar checker and word cloud services.  In terms of design, Sobiaonline is designed with content and this makes sobiaonline CVs very responsive to modern applications used to screen CVs. Click here if you want to order a package.

CVs designed by Sobiaonline are attractive to recruiters, it is concisely written and makes candidates standout as achievers. To assure quality, Sobiaonline screen their CVs and resumes using cutting edge applicant tracking systems and grammar  applications. Click on the image to learn more.

4. Job Posting

Sobiaonline provide a very user friendly platform that allows employers to advertise their jobs at their own convenience.  By using a job submission form, employers  are able to posts jobs and manage their  own listings by simply opening a free account with Sobiaonline.com. 

Unlike other service providers, Sobiaonlline provides the option for employers to decide on the expiry date, where applicants should send applications to, and specifications of documents that should be uploaded by applicants to support the application process. The form also made provision for logo upload, twitter handle, geocoded addresses of location, and website of recruiter or employer.

The logo upload feature allows job employers to  improve the visibility of your business.  All these features comes for free unless an employers wishes to feature the job posts beyond a specified period. Click on the image to learn more.

Why Sobiaonline and not other career agencies?

You might want to consider Sobiaonline for the following reasons:

  • Sobiaonline works quite closely with their clients compared to typical agencies.
  • Sobiaonline services are very affordable and they appeared to have the lowest rates in Ghana.
  • Sobiaonline is very responsive to clients needs. Through their WhatsApp chat platform and ticket feature
  • Sobiaonline respond to all clients queries all times even during post work hours (24/7)
  • Sobiaonline provides high quality services backed by modern technology.
  • Sobiaonline has very flexible payment options either through their bank account or using mobile money
  • Sobiaonline goes by strict accountability and professional working standards. 

Disclaimer:

This is write up  seeks to clarify the nature of services provided by Sobiaonline. The Author currently serves as the Senior Team Lead of Sobiaonline. He would have still recommended these services even if he was not working with Sobiaonline. 

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CV and Resume – Differences and How to Use

Posted by | 28/03/2018 | Career Advice & Tips in Ghana 2020, Latest Blog Post

CV and Resume – Differences and How to Use

“Um, what is a CV?” is a question job seekers often find themselves asking. Approach 10 professionals, and odds are high only one or two can tell you the real answer. Good news, you’re about to be one of those few people who know not just what the letters stand for, but how the CV compares to a resume, and whether or not you should have one.

Curriculum Vitae, more commonly referred to by its shorthand abbreviation CV (a Latin term meaning course of life), got tossed around a lot when I was in graduate school. I’m pretty sure I pretended to know what it meant the first time I heard it, only to go home to Google and educate myself before it came up in casual conversation again.

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I quickly learned that dissertation-defending PhDs didn’t have resumes, they had CVs. Unlike the resume, which lists work history and experiences, along with a brief summary of your skills and education, the CV is a far more comprehensive document.

It goes above and beyond a mention of education and work experience and often lists—in thoughtful detail—your achievements, awards, honors, and publications, stuff universities care about when they’re hiring teaching staff. Unlike a resume, which is rarely longer than a one-sided single page, the CV can be two, six, or 12 pages—depending on your professional achievements.

Let’s go over some basics of the CV versus resume.

Difference Between a CV and a Resume?

Short answer: Length.

Long answer: The CV’s static in that it’s not a document need to be tailored for different positions in the way that a resume is. Rather, according to UNC Writing Center, the CV’s a “fairly detailed overview of your life’s accomplishments, especially those most relevant to the realm of academia,” hence the variance in length; an early-stage grad student’s CV is going to be a lot shorter than a sixth-year student preparing to write a dissertation.

The document only changes as your accomplishments grow—you publish the findings of a scientific study, or a short story, or you receive an award as a Teaching Assistant—whereas a resume can and should be modified often as you job search and apply to different companies and positions.

We highly encourage you to make good use of a one-page resume service for each and every job you apply to, even if the job descriptions are similar. (It’ll not only help you stand out, but also ensure you get through Applicant Tracking Systems and human hands.

But, How Do I Know When to Use Which?

Fortunately, if you’re still confused about where to begin, remember that almost any job you apply to will let you know what you need. However, in Ghana some employers do not also understand the difference between the two especially in the private sector.

To be on the safer side, always examine the job requirements and CV specifications. For instance when you see “no more than 3 page CV” in the job description, it means that a resume will  be applicable.

When you apply for a job in New York City, or Minneapolis, or Austin, there’ll likely be clear language on what’s required with the application. Begin looking into overseas opportunities, and it’s probable that the application will explicitly state that you need to submit a CV or resume for consideration.

Seriously though, if you’re truly dumbfounded about what’s needed, it’s OK to ask the point of contact directly, “Would you prefer a resume or CV?” (And in America, the answer will almost always be “resume” since we know that recruiters don’t spend more than six seconds looking, anyways.). In Ghana, employers and recruiters are very fond of CV and the answer will almost always be a CV.

Should I Have a CV Handy?

If you don’t currently have one, I’d recommend creating the doc just in case. You don’t have to stop everything you’re doing right this second, but the next time you go to modify your resume (a familiar and somewhat ongoing practice, I hope), start building it out.

If nothing else, it’ll serve a dual-purpose: Not only can you have it handy if you do ever need it, but you’ll also have a running list of everything you’ve ever accomplished, a.k.a., a master resume to pull from as you tailor your own for specific positions.

And there you go, everything you ever wanted to know (plus more!) about the differences between a CV and a resume. Feel free to share your own views on this topic using the contact form below.

Search and apply for CURRENT JOBS IN GHANA TODAY & Funding Opportunities in Ghana on Sobiaonline. Do not pay any body any fees for our job search support and advisement unless it is for our Executive Job Search, CV Design or LinkedIn & Writing Services. Access funding news, career advise and our daily updates here. Don’t forget to subscribe to our updates. Call us or Whats App: 0245692357 or Email: info@sobiaonline.com