How To Write A Curriculum Vitae

How To Write A Curriculum Vitae

To me, to get you an interview, a CV should be:

  • A well-presented, selling document
  • A source of interesting, relevant information
  • A script for talking about yourself

And now, here are some of the rules I follow when I write a CV:

  • Every job must have its own CV written from the ground up (no copy and paste that is)
  • Write the things that are relevant to the bursary/internship/job in question (don't add small things from five years ago)
  • At most it must be two to three pages
  • Don't include subjects/course completed since I'll attach my academic record
  • Make sure that my contact details are easy to find (top of the first page)
  • I save all documents as PDF (keep your originals somewhere safe). If your copy of Microsoft Word does not support Save As PDF, please download this piece of software. I can give you a thousand reasons why this is important.

But, on its own, a CV can be limited on it says about you. So, I always write a cover letter as an extra document to clearly explain to the employer what it is that I can do for them.