Curriculum Vitae

According to Wikipedia, Curriculum Vitae (CV) is a written overview of someone’s life’s work. It is a comprehensive collection of your personal details, educational qualification and acquired skills attained overtime.

A curriculum vitae (CV)often aims to be a complete record of someone’s career and oftentimes extensive. They differ from a résumé, which typically is a brief one-two (1–2) page summary of qualifications and work experience. This is for the purposes of employment, and often only presents recent highlights. 

Job seekers frequently send a cover letter along with their curriculum vitae or applications for employment as a way of introducing themselves to potential employers and explain their suitability for the desired positions.

Employers are in search for individualized and thoughtfully written cover letters; and used as a method of screening out applicants who are not sufficient in the positions or lack the necessary basic skills.

Attributes of a CV
Contents of a CV

The DOs and DONT’s of a C.V

  • Choose an appropriate format with good spacing technique and arrangement.
  • State your name, address (email/home) and phone number.
  • Have a proper construction of sentences in order to make your CV readable.
  • Ensure that your words are either written in bold letters, underlined or in bigger fonts to indicate that they are headings.
  • Ensure to list your work experiences as well as your key achievements
  • Develop your education section correctly by including your field of study, university and honours you graduated with.
  • Ensure to always attach a cover letter together with your CV.
  • Do not state your age, state of origin, sex and religion or any form of personal pictures in order to prevent discrimination. However, it should be available upon request
  • Information such as your hobbies and what you dislike should not be included in a CV
  • Do not use various bullet points in listing out items in your CV. If you begin with the good old numbering, stick with that rather than switching to bullet points in the middle.
  • Avoid unnecessary spacing lines between your sentences and word clustering.
  • Do not bold between your sentences unless making reference to a very important factor: your CGPA.
  • Avoid making your CV lengthy. Only put in important information.
Curriculum Vitae
Essentials of a CV