How to write a good CV

How to write a good CV

I know you must have been thinking on how to write a good CV, but you do not know how to go on about writing a good CV.

In this post I will be showing you how to write a CV that will land you an Interview, I know you must be thinking about what I mean by an interview landing CV. As you read on this post you will get to understand more about what I call an interview landing CV. The problem people do encounter is not about writing CV but about writing the best CV. This is why in this post i will be enlightening you on how to write a good CV. 

In his post I will categorize my write up into sections, which are:

  • The meaning of a CV
  • What a CV should entails
  • Types of CV Format
  • How to write a CV.

The meaning of a CV?

A CV (curriculum vitae), Latin for “course of life”, often shortened as CV or vita, is a written detailed overview of someone’s life’s work. A CV often intends to be, and can be extensive, a complete record of one’s career. You may be asked to submit your CV when applying for a job.

A CV may also include professional references, coursework, fieldwork, hobbies and professionally related interests. You may also choose to add a personal profile detailing your qualifications and positive attributes to ensure employers have a complete view of your personality and accomplishments.

What a CV should entail

A good interview landing CV should entail the following:

  • Contact Information: This includes your Name, Address, Phone Number and Email Address.
  • Professional Summary: This includes a brief summary about your competencies and capability that make you relevant for the job.
  • Academic History: This contains all your schooling history from high school to the last level of education you have. Include the title of the degree you earned, the year you graduated and the name of the school.
  • Professional Experience/Work History: This entails the organization you have worked, the job title, year of employment and summary of your accomplishment and experience.
  • Qualifications and Skills: This is the list of soft and hard skills you have developed throughout your career.
  • Licenses and Certification: This entails the name of licenses and certificates, the date you earned it and the institution that awarded it.
  • Grants and Scholarships: Give the name of the grants and scholarship you have earned, date awarded and the institution that gave the award.
  • Professional Association: This is the list of professional association you are a member, location or chapter and the dates of active membership.
  • Awards and Honours: This is the list of awards and honours you have received, for each award, add the name, year received, the organization that gave you the award and how often it’s presented.
  • Publications and Presentation: For publication, it includes the Name of publication, co-author, date, summary and volume. Also for presentation it will contain the title, date and venue of presentation.
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Types of CV Format

There are three types of CV format, which are Chronological, Functional and Combined. There are no major differences but them just the method of arrangement.

Chronological Format

This is the most common type of CV. List of your Academic history and Professional experience immediately after your contact information, because this type of CV focuses mostly on your Academic history and Professional experience.

This is the order of arrangement of a Chronological CV

  • Contact information
  • Academic history
  • Professional experience
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Awards and honours
  • Publications and presentations
  • Grants and scholarships
  • Licenses and certifications
  • Professional associations

Chronological CV is very good if you are applying within the same organization, and your work experience is aimed at advancing within your field.

Functional Format

This type of format basically consists of the qualifications, skills, awards and honours that you have obtained during your career. When you are writing a functional CV your relevant skills and qualification should come immediately after your contact information.

This is the order of arrangement of a Functional CV

  • Contact information
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Awards and honours
  • Academic history
  • Professional experience
  • Licenses and certification
  • Publications and presentations
  • Grants and scholarships
  • Professional Association

Functional CV is best when you are a fresh graduate with very little of experience display but you have the required skills and qualifications to show your capability for the job.

Combined Format

This type of CV consists of chronological and functional format which contains detailed information about your Academics history, professional experience, qualifications and skills. The information you put after your contact information depends on what you believe as a relevance to the job you are applying for.

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How to write a CV

When you are thinking of writing an interview landing CV, there are some factors you need to put into consideration.

  1. Using the right fonts

Fonts are very important when writing a CV, make sure to use a correct and easy to read fonts. Do not use fonts that are fancy that will disrupt the readability of the employer. The best types of fonts to use are Calibri and Times new roman.

Also keep the fonts size to be between 10 – 12 points, so as to keep the fonts not too big and not too small.

  1. Check your margin

When writing a CV make sure you check your margin very well, a CV with too much space is not good, also a CV with small space will make it look clumsy. The appropriate margin size to use is between 1- 1.5 points.

  1. Make good use of space

CVs may become lengthy, when you so much work experience or publications and presentation that you have gathered for years. To make you are making good use of your space and making it easy to read, you need to follow this techniques:

Bulleted List: When making list of collections of details, make use of small bullets.

Section header: This help you to distinguish between the header and the content of the CV, so make the header bigger than the contents.

Bolded words: Bold important words to differentiate them from other words, like your name and job title.

  1. Proof Reading

Before you send your CV, make sure you check your spellings, grammatical errors and alignments. An error free CV will increase readability and show professionalism.

A well-composed CV shares all the most important information that recruiters need when considering job opportunities. You are one step closer to landing the job of your dream by ensuring your CV is detailed, correctly formatted and easy to read.

With all this brief explanation I have given above, I am certain when you follow all these techniques I have given above you must have written an interview landing CV which will bring you closer to landing that your dream job.

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