CV writing tips & templates

Writing a Curriculum Vitae can sometimes be a daunting and confusing task. What layout should I use? What should I include? What should I NOT include? 

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How to Write a CV

What is a CV?

A curriculum vitae or CV is a your personal bragging sheet. It's all about you, your skills and what you have accomplished and achieved in your professional life and what best suits you for a specific job. In other words, a CV is a document highlighting why you're suitable for a job to prospective employers.

What to Include?

  1. An introductory paragraph summarising who you are why you are best suited for the job in question.

  2. Education & qualifications - include your highest grade passed in school and all tertiary qualifications obtained.

  3. Experience and employment history - outline previous work and research experience in reverse chronological order (most recent listed first). Remember to only list your key duties, responsibilities at previous work and basic outline of research done.

  4. Awards - List any educational and professional awards achieved and the year you achieved them. Only list those that will add value to your CV - quality over quantity

  5. Key skills and abilities - List any skills and abilities that you have which will add value to your CV for the job in question. Keep the list short to about 5-7 skills and abilities.

  6. Additional Training - Include any relevant additional training that you have completed that will boost your CV.

  7. Contact Details - Include your contact number and email address.

  8. References - Always include contact references for all previous work and research experience. Contact numbers are preferred over email addresses.

What NOT to include?

Sometimes it is important to know what NOT to include in a CV. These are some of the things that should not be included in a CV.

  1. Your address

  2. Your ID number

  3. Your age

  4. Your marital status

  5. Your sex

  6. Your race

Writing Tips

  • Keep your CV relevant to the job/bursary in question.

  • Your CV should be limited to 3 pages with all the most important information presented on your first page and supporting information and work history presented on subsequent pages.

  • Don't include individual subjects and courses passed.

  • Ensure your contact details are easy to find and read.

  • Always save and send your CV as a PDF document.

Disclaimer

These CV templates may not be what you think a CV should be like or look like. If they do differ, let us know what you like.

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