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How to Write a CV that Stands Out From Others

How to Write a CV that is very appealing to the employer is what this article want to address. Your CV is your first opportunity to sell yourself to prospective employer, the better your CV, the more interview you will be invited for.

Let start by understanding what is a CV.

Meaning of a CV:  A CV is a document which summarizes your cognate strength, distinguishing skills, and experiences.

The purpose of this document is to demonstrate to the employer that you have the necessary skills to do the job for which you are applying. Now let discuss steps in writing an Exceptional CV.

Decide the Format to Use

In writing CV, you use the format that will sell you to your employer at a glance. I advice;

  • You start with your best accomplishment (selling point). For instance, you can start with personal statement (analysis of your strength, skills and personal trait – three line at most),
  • Follow by qualification (if you have good GP), Experience etc, depending on your selling point.
  • You should consider what is most important factors in the role you are applying for. If experience is most important then lead with this and include education beneath. If education is the key criteria then open with your grades and academic accomplishments.

Understand the general information contained in a CV

A CV/resume is a summary of you. Generally CVs include

  • Your personal information,
  • Your education and qualifications,
  • Your work experience,
  • Your interests and achievements,
  • Your skills and strength,
  • Your hobbies, and references. Let discuss in details the information the CV must contain.
  1. Your personal information: This include: your name, address, telephone number, post code (optional), email at the top of the page. Use bold character and good font (Arial and Times New Roman) for your personal information. This is to facilitate your prospective employer to reach you easily – always save your CV with your name.
  1. Your Personal Statement: This shouldn’t be more than three line. It needs to clearly explain how you meet the requirements of the role you are applying for, while demonstrating your enthusiasm for the opportunity. It should elaborate your personal strength, skills, traits in relation to the job you are applying for. It should tell the employer why you are the best candidate. NB: It should be original not someone else’s personal statement. Below is an example;
  • I am a creative, motivated and diligent individual with demonstrated ability seen in my academic excellence.
  • Am a good communicator and a skillful problem analyst motivating others into action as demonstrated by my proven  sales record in ZXY Bookshelf Plc.
  1. Your education and qualifications. This section contains your academic qualification. List your education in reverse chronological order. It should begin from the highest to least; university attended with years, your major and grade (optional) down backward. No need of including first living certificate.
  2. Your work experience. This section details of all your relevant work experience. List the name of the company, the location of the company, the years you worked there, your role and your achievement in brief. Always start with your most recent job and work backwards. Don’t over stretch it, if you much list of work experience, then include only relevant ones to the job. Below is an example:


June  2015 – April 2016 National Youth Service Corps (NYSC): Delta State College of Physical Education (Economics Teacher).


  • To prepare comprehensive lesson note on the scheme of work.
  • Take part in giving orientation and guiding students on career choice.
  • Assume any other roles as may be instructed by the management.
  • Oct.  2006 –Aug  2009 Sales Manager, XZY Bookshelf PLC.
  • Head the marketing department with outstanding sales
  • Developed effective customer relationship,
  • Resolves all customers complains.
  1. Your skills and achievements. This section contains your greatest achievements: academics and job accomplished, as well as the skills you have developed through your experiences. This place should contained outstanding performance, and Skills (IT skill necessary). Always include relevant and general skills, it might be an added advantage.
  1. Your hobbies and interests. Unique interests or hobbies will make you stand out. Try to list hobbies that portray you as a team-oriented individual rather than as a solitary, passive person. Companies want someone who works well with others and can take charge if need be. No one is interested about your interest or hobbies if it doesn’t relate to the job you are applying for.
  1. References. This is the ending part of a CV, it includes the people you have worked for in the past or your tutors such as professors, previous employers, etc. that have seen your work and can credibly support praises that they give you. Before making someone your referee make sure you seek the person consent. The company you are applying to may contact these references to find out more about you. Write down their full names and contact information (including their phone numbers and emails). It is advisable not to include their details in your CV because of space. You just write under the section of CV, available on request.

Other Useful Information on a Good CV

Your CV should be error free: Proof read your CV content to avoid any grammatical error or spellings.  If there are, it suggests you have poor language skills or pay little attention to detail, neither of which are desirable from an employer’s perspective.

Personal detail: Don’t include your date of birth, marital status or health situation for the same reasons, unless you think it is needed.

Keep it positive. Sometimes work arrangements end badly but you should avoid mentioning that in your Instead focus on opportunities for the future and what you learned.

Page number: Your CV should be within 2 pages of A4. You can be clever with margins, but anything longer and the employer is unlikely to read it.

Try to provide evidence. Try as much as possible to convince your employer of your specific achievement. Think of this as demonstrating that the benefits you deliver are greater than what it costs the employer to employ you.

Use bullet points and lists. They are easy to scan and can help condense large volumes of information which is good, though don’t overuse them.

Convert Your CV to PDF (optional): It is important to note that most computers can open PDFs, while other file types may need to be translated for PCs. Employer might not have all the time to start converting your CV.

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