How to write a professional CV

on Wednesday, 04 February 2015. Posted in Jobs

When you are looking for a new job and applying for positions, it is important that your CV makes a good first impression. Layout and design your CV so that it is informative, good to look at and has all the necessary information.

Ensure that your spelling is perfect on your CV and ensure that you actually attach the CV when you say you are attaching it.

Here are a few tips to help you draw up a winning CV

Personal Details

The first thing you need to do when compiling your CV is to put your personal particulars. These should include your full name (including nicknames), your date of birth, contact details (numbers and email), the area you live in, marital status, driver’s licence, own vehicle available, notice period.

Include a recent photo of yourself. 

Education and Qualifications 

These are beneficial in qualifying you for any position. Include the name of the institution, the year, the qualification you achieved and the subjects passed. 

Include details about your computer literacy. 

Employment History 

Always start with your current position and work to your last position. Put the dates, the company name, the type of industry, the position you held, and your reason for leaving or wanting to leave. Please qualify your reason more substantially than “better prospects.” 


It is essential for potential employers to be able to contact your previous employers. It is good to have a minimum of two references, including their cellphone number and email address.

Cover letter 

A short cover letter mentioning the type of position (out of a choice of 3 possibilities) is helpful, provided it is direct and clear. A long cover letter is not necessary, regardless of how much you would like to say about yourself.


Following all these steps will help make your CV stand out and increase your chances of being called to an interview.






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