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How to write a CV – Appropriate formats to use

Your CV and cover letter are your employer’s first impression of you. It is of great importance to provide evidence that you have the qualities to do the job required well. The purpose of the CV is to introduce and showcase your skills to the employer in order to obtain an interview. It should project your personality, show your skills, abilities and experience to your prospective employer.


What information should be included in a CV?


Personal information

Name, address, email address, mobile number, marital status, date of birth and languages spoken.



Profile summary

It’s a brief summary of your CV.




Start by listing your most recent education first. The course name must be included as well as the institution/college and the duration it took.



Key skills

You can list your technical skills, relational skills and knowledge. For example you can mention strong analytical and strategic planning skills.



Work and Experience

Start by listing your most recent job and job title first, stating the duration, duties undertaken and responsibilities.





List these in order of priority, only including those which are relevant to the job you are applying for.






Ensure you provide the name, job title, organization, e-mail and phone number of your references. Any reference given must be able to confirm the information you have provided.

Hobbies can also be included to give further insight on you as an individual.


Only send copies of your officially certified certificates if the employer asks for them. Never send or hand original document



Mueke Katwa
I have two years experience in Business Support which covers Human Resource as a function; and a lifelong passion in creative writing.
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