Table of Contents

What is a CV?
What is a Curriculum Vitae
How to Write a Good CV
Tips on How to Write a Good CV
Example of a CV
Draft of a CV
Best CV Format
How do I Write my First CV?
Sample of a CV
How do I Write a CV?
How do I Write a CV 2020
What is a CV for a Job?
What Skills Should I Put in my CV?
How do I Make my CV Attractive?
What Should not be Included in a CV
What to Avoid in a CV
Dos and don’ts in CV Writing
How do I Write a CV with no Experience?
Can I Write a CV Without Work Experience?
What is the Difference between a CV and a Resume?
Similarities Between a CV and a Resume
How Long in a CV?
Characteristics of a Good CV
Should I include references in my CV?

Immediately after graduation, graduates are often requested to present CVs for job consideration. The CV is a kind of access key to a job. An employer does not necessarily need your life story to employ you but brief information about your education and career.

This is what the CV represents. Therefore, your CV could mar or make your search for a job. Hence, you must make the best out of your CV.

What is a CV?

A CV is an acronym for Curriculum Vitae.

What is a Curriculum Vitae
Also: What is CV Explain with Example

A Curriculum Vitae is a document that contains brief details of your professional career and education. The term CV is an acronym for the Latin phrase curriculum vitae; it means “course of life”. The curriculum vitae is a document detailing or highlighting your academic and professional history.

Any good CV will include information such as achievements and awards, work experience, scholarships or grants,  research projects and publications of your work, coursework, etc.

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How to Write a Good CV

A good CV should be unique to your profile and tailored to the job you’re applying for. To write a good CV, you must know the structure of a good CV. Below is the structure that should guide you write your CV.

  • Contact information
  • Brief info about yourself
  • Academic history
  • Professional experience (if any)
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Awards and honours (if any)
  • Publications  (if any)
  • Professional associations (if any)
  • Grants and fellowships (if any)
  • Licenses and certificates
  • Volunteer work (if any)
  • Personal information
  • Hobbies and interests (this may be optional)

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How to Write a Good CV

  1. Ensure your contact information is complete. Your house number and the name of your street does not constitute an address. Ensure you include your city, state/region, and name of country if your application is international.
  2. The bio info must not be overstated. Some persons may write ‘can work under pressure’. I think this is a cliché for employers. Please look for a more captivating line. Some of these job seekers can’t even work under pressure. They just write it to curry favour for the job. The employer knows this more than you do.
  3. Your academic history must not include false certification. Certificates are verified. Even if you seek for a job in the US, your employer behind you send your certificate to your university. So, do not falsify your credentials. Not even dates.
  4. If you do not have any professional experience, do not bother including one. It may ruin your career if your employer found out.
  5. If you input an additional skill in your CV, in later years when someone with that skill is needed, you may be called upon. So, write only skills you actually have.

Example of a CV

Also: Draft of a CV
Best CV Format
How do I Write my First CV?

Download Sample of a CV Here 



12 Sadiemo-Ama,
Amassoma, Bayelsa State.


Objective:                   Poised to use my educational knowledge and skills to pursue, meet and fulfill the set objectives of any organization in which I am duly employed and to strive for standard and best practice where this is not in place.

Work Experience:

2011:                           Teaching practice, (First): Government Secondary School, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State (Six Months).
2012:                           Teaching practice, (Second): Spark International School, Swali, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State (Six Months).
2014-2015:                  National Youth Service Corp (NYSC), Community Secondary School, Swali, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State (One Year).

Education and Qualification:

1999:                           First School Leaving Certificate: Ogelle Primary School, Ughelli, Delta State.
2009:                           National Examination Council (NECO), Institute of Continuing Education (ICE), Ughelli, Delta State.
2014:                           B.Sc. (Second Class Lower): Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State, (Business Education, Accountancy)
2015:                           Certificate of National Youth Service Corp: (Batch B) 2014/2015.
2014:                           Wiztech Computers, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State. Programmes: Microsoft, Excel, Corel Draw.

Extra Curricular Activities:

2011:                           National Union of Urhobo Students (NUUS) NDU Chapter, (President).
2012:                           National Union of Urhobo Students (NUUS) NDU Chapter, (President).
                                   National Association of Delta State Students, NADESSTU, (Eleco Chairman).

Personal Profile:

Date of Birth:            April 4th, 1999
Age:                          21 Years
L.G.A:                        Ughelli North
State:                          Delta
Nationality:                Nigerian
Language(s):              Urhobo, English
Religion:                     Christian

Personal Qualities:

Effective and efficient human resource manager with high sensitivity to the environment within. Can work under pressure and produce result within specified time frame. Highly adaptable to work as a subordinate and as a superior.

Physical Qualities:

Weight:                       63kg.
Height:                        6ft


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2015:                           The Deficiencies of the First Degree: (In Progress). Newly introduced.


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How do I Write a CV?
How do I Write a CV 2020

To write a CV, you have to do the following:

  1. Get a CV format or sample from this page above.
  2. Edit all contents to suit your need or write a fresh CV using the guide above.
  3. Ensure to be brief without, avoiding too many explanations about yourself unless where necessary.
  4. Ensure your work is not too clumsy
  5. Use easy to read text.
  6. No need for unnecessary designs.
  7. Let your name be bold in bigger letters
  8. Insert your address immediately underneath your name
  9. Add your objective or philosophy of work
  10. Insert your academic history
  11. Add professional experience
  12.  Write out all your qualifications and skills
  13. If you have any awards and honours, add it
  14.  Add your publications if any
  15.  Professional associations (if any)
  16. Grants and fellowships (if any)
  17. Licenses and certificates
  18. Volunteer work (if any)
  19. Personal information
  20. Hobbies and interests (this may be optional)

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What is a CV for a Job?

A CV for a job is a document needed by a prospective employer to know more about a prospective employee. The content of a CV allows the employee to ascertain if the applicant is suitable for the job. A CV stands for curriculum vitae and it contains all academic, work experience, biodata and other relevant information about a job seeker. Please, refer to the second paragraph of this material above.

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What Skills Should I Put in my CV?

The skills to be contained in your CV are skills you have. Do you have human relation skills? Do you have communication skills? What about computer skills?, Leadership, management, interpersonal, courtesy, diligence, etc. These skills may not be skills learnt in any formal setting but acquired throughout your activities with the people around over the years.

How do I Make my CV Attractive?

To make your CV attractive, you too must have attractive qualities and experience. This is because you are not going to lie to your prospective employer. To make your CV attractive, you must do the following:

  1. Your personal objective must be captivating. Your accomplishment should be in a simple line captured in your personal objectives.
  2. If you have made any accomplishments with results, ensure you add it.
  3. In your CV, ensure you write in response to the need of a particular job, explaining why you are the best fit and not just writing generally.
  4. Highlight your growth and development
  5. How connected are you? Can you pull resources for the organizations? All these are side attractions.
  6. You must show your understanding of the industry for which you are applying. A shallow understanding of the industry is unattractive.
  7. Use captivating and power words such as adaptive, resilient, innovative, etc.

What Should not be Included in a CV
Also: What to Avoid in a CV
Dos and don’ts in CV Writing

There are several things you must know about CVs. In your search for jobs, you must avoid the following:

  1. Do not send the same CV every time: CV is not one-fit-all document. It may not suit all your applications. So, always read through to see if there is need for adjustment when sending to another company.
  2. Do not write too much: A good CV is not a voluminous one. In an attempt to impress your prospective employee, you may overstate facts or become verbose. You must avoid this temptation.
  3. Avoid clichés and unnecessary expressions: To make your CV unique, you must avoid certain clichés such as socializing with friends, partying, can work under duress. These could strip you of your job rather than help you.
  4. Ensure a good café attendant handles the typing and formatting of your CV. You may have written a good CV but if your presentation is bad, it may affect you.
  5. Edit your work for spelling/sentence errors: While in the school, you were free to submit erroneous research work to your supervisor because it will be guided and corrected. It is not same with an employer. Wrong use of words, wrong sentences and bad spellings may lead your CV to the trash bin. Always give to someone else to read through if you are not too sure of your grammar.
  6. Do not forget your contact details: What if you have succeeded in impressing your employees, how are they going to call you for the job? Always ensure your contact details are intact.

How do I Write a CV with no Experience?

If you do not have any experience in writing a CV, this should not be a problem. You can download the format above in this material and use it. All you need to do is to edit the CV to suit your demand. you can also take the sample you downloaded and give it to a cafe attendant to help you edit it while you sit close to him/her.

Can I Write a CV Without Work Experience?

Yes, not having a work experience should not stop you from writing a CV. Not all jobs demand for work experience. All you need to do is to scrap out the title ‘job experience’ from your CV. But if you have engaged in any form of work before, even if it is not a recognized form of work in your field, you can also add it. Even sales rep (known as sales girl in most part of the world) is a work experience.

What is the Difference between a CV and a Resume?

There are several differentiating factors between a CV and a resume. In meaning, a CV (Curriculum Vitae) is a Latin word for “course of life.” However, resume is a French word for “summary.” This means that a resume is in essence expected to be shorter than a CV.

In the CV, you are expected to present a full history of your academic qualifications and this affect the length of the document. But in a resume, you write out a summary of your skills and qualifications for a specific position. This may make the length of your resume shorter

Similarities Between a CV and a Resume

  1. Both CV and resume are tailored to suit specific jobs for which applicants applies.
  2. CV and resume are used to select you for an interview.
  3. Both documents are written to represent you as the best qualified candidate.
  4. CV and resume do not usually include personal interests

How Long is a CV?

There is no specific page requirements for a CV. However, page length are usually determined by owners qualifications and work experience along other related information. A good and attractive CV should not be more than two pages or at least, three. Nevertheless, there is no specific page limits. If you have more job experience, qualifications, publications, etc, your CV may be quite longer.

Characteristics of a Good CV

For a CV to be attractive to the employer, it must attain the following:

  1. Must grab the attention of the employer
  2. Allows employers to know who you are and the kind of job you are looking for
  3. Confirm to your prospective employer that you are credible
  4. Gives your prospective employer the nature of your career journey.
  5. Tells your prospective employer how good you are in writing
  6. Reveals your wide array of skills
  7. Easy to read and understand
  8. Concise and straight to the point

Should I include references in my CV?

These days, references are no longer needed. It is better to use the reference space for better information or scrapped out completely than inserting them. Whenever needed, your company will seek for them.


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