In Kenya, applications for professional positions are written in English, unless there is a specific request for another language. Always proofread résumés carefully for typographical and grammatical errors. Do not rely solely on spellcheck program.
Many organizations prefer online applications, and may or may not accept hard copies. It can be useful to set up an electronic signature, if possible. There are many tech-savvy individuals in Kenya, and a staff member in a cyber café or other organization that offers IT services will usually be able to assist with establishing a secure virtual signature.
An application, whether submitted online or by hard copy, will consist of a cover letter and a CV. It usually is not necessary to submit copies of certificates with an initial application, but if invited to an interview, it is important to have copies in case they are requested. Similarly, letters of recommendation and honors and awards should be mentioned in the CV, but not sent with the initial application. These should be taken to the interview, as well.
Begin your résumé with basic contact details (in general, a photo is not necessary), followed by a short summary of strengths and experience. New graduates should include educational details listed in reverse-chronological order; candidates with professional experience may include this at the end, after noting previous work positions. As with education, experience, both on CVs and résumés, is usually presented in reverse-chronological format, with the jobseeker’s most recent employment listed first. Most employers prefer this format rather than the functional format, which categorizes a worker’s experience by skill area.
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