Tips to write a Curriculum vitae (CV)

This guide presents the tips needed when writing a CV.

1. Tips to write a curriculum vitae

Tips for writing a Curriculum vitae (CV).


One of the necessary documents considered before employment of an individual in an organization concerning an advertised job is a curriculum vitae otherwise known as a CV. 

The CV presents who you are in order to convince the employer you are the right candidate fit for the job. A necessary document also attached to the CV is a Resume.

A resume presents detailed experiences you have encountered concerning the field you applied for. It also presents your experiences in other sectors different from the job description which may be relevant to the job applied for.


In the course of this guide, How to write a CV, I will define the terms that will be used often in this article which are "employer" and "employee"


An employer is a person, organization, or company that pays people who are willing to offer their service.

Whereas an employee is a person who is paid by the organization, company, or person responsible for the employment.


Do you want to write a CV? 

Here is the necessary guide to consider when you are writing a CV.


1. Introduction

In the introduction, it is expected that the employee indicates his name, email address, phone number, and other means of reaching out.


2. Objectives

Create a brief introduction about yourself, This should be at most three lines. It makes your CV looks official and responsible.


Below is an example of an objective written for a client for a teaching position as can be seen below;

"I am a competent teacher with proven capacity to get the best out of her students and do exploits with their untapped creative abilities. She demonstrates a high standard of professionalism.

Presently, she seeks a suitable teaching position with a progressive school, that is impact orientated and offers opportunities for professional development. 

It will be a great honor to be given the opportunity to serve"


3. Profile

Your profile indicates your date of birth, state, the local government of origin, nationality, marital status, e.t.c

An example of a written profile is shown below.

"Nationality: Nigerian

State of Origin: Akwa-Ibom

Date of Birth: January 1, 1979

Sex: Female

Marital Status: Married"

4. Academic Qualification

In a curriculum vitae, it is essential to include your level of education as relevant to the job you seek. Some employees go on to include educational qualifications of primary and secondary institutions attended with dates. 

However this is not a bad idea, but it is not relevant. Your highest level of education attests to the fact that you already attended basic school (primary and secondary school). Hence it is not needed.

Educational Qualification does not only cover your highest level of education. But also talks about relevant training you have acquired which may be vital in the job.



I applied for a teaching job with my highest educational qualification certification as Bachelor in Education.

I will also include my computer training certifications which also tell the employer I am computer literate.

A vital point here is do not to use the wrong educational qualification certification for a job application.

If you studied Education as a course in school, Avoid using the certification to apply for an engineering job. It doesn't speak well of the employee.


Talking about your Highest educational level in relation to the job.

The employer considers your level of education when going through your application letter. It is advisable your educational level must tally with the position sought.

Trust me no employer would like to employ staffs who have little or no experience in the Job field. As it may be a hindrance to them against accrued expense induction.


An arrangement of academic qualifications is as seen below.

"University of Lagos, Nigeria                     

BSc (Science Education) Biology (second class lower)    May 2018

First Global Computer College       

Diploma in Computer Engineering                            

Diploma in Desktop publishing   December 2005       

Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria

Certificate of registration    2005"                        

5. Research

Before submitting a CV to an employer, it is advisable to make research on the organizational structure to understand what the organization or company is about. It's helped a lot during the interview.


6. Working  certifications

Working certifications otherwise known as work experience is usually detailed in your resume.

The job advertised requires the employee to have the skills and current training required for it.


For example, 

I want to apply for the position of pilot in an airline company.

In my CV, I am going to indicate companies that I've flown for in order to present to the employer I'm not a newbie to the job.

This makes the employer have the conviction you have an idea of the job and you are fit for it.


7. Talk about skills you have significantly different from the job advertised that but still utilized by the organization.


For Example

I want to apply for the position of mathematics s teacher in a school, I can include computer literate skills in my CV.

Also, talk about your experiences in order sectors of the organization. That is why you need to do job research of the company's organizational structure.


8. Present your Resume

Your resume presents your full work experiences including responsibilities and roles handled in the organization you served.]


Here is a sample of what it looks like.


Senior Manager – Community Malls (May 2011 onwards)


Joined Majid Al Futtaim Properties, a leading shopping mall developer and operator in the region, as an Operations Manager and quickly climbed up the ladder by constantly taking over more responsibility and improving business processes.

As Head of Community Malls, I oversee the overall operations of the Community Malls and work closely with various teams including Development, Project management, Leasing, Legal, and Marketing. Currently managing 8 operating malls with 4 major developments in the pipeline.


Key Responsibilities:

Managing the overall profit and loss financials of the operating malls while supporting the development team in forecasting revenues and expenses for upcoming malls within the region.

Develop annual business plans for the community malls and ensure proper implementation through regular monitoring and follow-up.

Prepare, review, and adjust the footfall and tenant sales performance on a regular basis to ensure the successful performance of the malls and tenants.

Develop and implement standard procedures based on international best practices across all functions to ensure smooth operations and an unforgettable customer experience.

Ensure collection of all amounts receivable from tenants as well as complete sales reports as required"

9. Include your digital skills.

Most employers consider employing people with digital skills such as computer operation skills, designs, data analytics, statistical data interpretation, decision analytics, and so on.


Don't limit yourself to a digital skill.