For those fresh out of university or college and have never had a Curriculum Vitae (CV), this post would give you a basic guide on how a CV should the written.
I am going to divide it into 2 sections so you can understand it better. The first section would be on the major sections of a CV and the second section would be how to write it in terms of lexis and grammar.
Major Sections of a CV
- CV Name – Your name and surname should be at the top of your CV. Please write your name as “Name Surname” or “Surname, Name”.
- Contact Information – After your CV name, you should add your phone number, e-mail address, and contact address.
- Summary or Profile – A summary talks about your education, experience, and career objectives in about 3 sentences.
- Education – As a graduate, either your education or skills should come after your summary/profile. Start with your most recent educational qualification and continue in reverse chronological order.
- Skills/Competencies/Expertise – Your skills, competencies, or areas of expertise include professional technologies (computer applications, physical equipment, and so on) you can use and areas similar to your educational qualification that you can also fit in.
- Experience – If you have worked in any job, state it. Start with your most recent job and continue for other jobs in reverse chronological order.
- Awards/Conferences/Professional Qualifications – If you have won any award, attended any professional conference, or have bagged a professional qualification, please say it to.
- Bio-data – Although not usually necessary, you may want to state information like your age, gender, nationality, and state of origin.
- Hobbies – If you have hobbies, please state them.
- References – Although not usually necessary, you can also state your referees.
How you should write your CV
- Spacing – Spacing between the major sections (paragraphs) should be consistent.
- Capitalization – Decide on a capitalization style and stick to it. For instance, if you choose that all the educational institutions you attended should be in capital letters, stick to it.
- Errors – Check for spelling and punctuation errors.
- Personal Language – Decide on your tenses and stick to it. For instance, in your job duties, if you decide to use present continuous tense to list your duties, stick to it for all your jobs.
- Word Choice – Use words that are easy to understand and are related to your job.
- Sentences – Use short sentences; they are easier to understand than long sentences.
How a CV should look
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