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Writing a good CV

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Writing a good CV

Curriculum vitae… we have all written one at least once in our lives and we all know the stress writing a CV causes us.  In this essay, I will share how to write a good CV.

What is a cv

A cv is an employer’s first impression of you, your academic and professional knowledge/ what you know, achievements and notable projects, etc. A cv is a document summing up your academic and professional achievements.

Layout and format

The first things to remember when writing your CV are the layout and font. The best option is to use a Word document/a4. Fitting everything in 1-2 pages is enough, more than that is unnecessary and the requite might not even look through your cv.

Sticking to one, simple and easy-to-read font is important. You do not want too many different fonts or too many different sizes. The only time required when to increase the font size is when making a new heading.

Personal details

This should include your name, surname, email, address, and nationality. Using a professional-sounding and appropriate email address is a good idea. Adding your LinkedIn account to your cv could also be a good idea, but it Is not a must. Your cv should be about you professionally so, there are a few things that are not necessary to include like your marital status, religion, sexual orientation and place of birth, etc.

Personal profile/statement

A personal profile should be added after writing your details. write a summary of your great skills and experience, why and how you would be the perfect fit for the job and your areas of expertise. Talk about your skills thoroughly and go a little more in-depth about your key skills. Remember to focus on job-related skills or skills that you have that are specifically useful in the job you are applying for. Think about your skills, a few examples are good teamwork abilities, flexibility, good communication, and problem-solving skills.

Work experience & employment history

Include all needed information about your previous jobs, including the name of the company, location/address, name, email, and address of the previous employer, job title, and date of employment.  Give details from your past jobs especially if they are relevant to the job you are applying for. Mention your work success and achievements, even better if the achievements are somewhat relevant to the job opening.


Start with your most recent degree then mention the others. Give details about where you studied, what degree you have, your field of study, years of graduation, certifications, and any other information you feel is relevant. In this section, you may also add your language skills.

Interests and hobbies

In this section, you have the chance to show your personality but not too in-depth. Try to highlight things you do in your free time that could be relevant to the role.


Employers may not require references for now, but you can mention on your CV that “References are available on request”. If the company request references beforehand add them at the end of your CV. You should have an academic referee and one or a few from your previous jobs, preferably your most recent employer mentioned first.





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