Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

Your CV is intended to give the reader thereof a clear picture of your life history and present position.   Typically a CV includes details concerning personal information, educational history, computer skills, language proficiency, employment history and personal or professional achievements.

When writing your CV it is important to consider the following criteria:

  • Honesty:   An honest, factual and objective description is required.
  • Contact information:   Make sure that your personal and contact details are correct.
  • Logic:   It should be a logical, user friendly, well structured and neat document.
  • Language:   The text must be clear and easy to read.
  • Concise:   The content must be brief and to the point.
  • Continuity:   The career history must reflect your entire   career.
  • Accuracy:   All information must be correct and verifiable.
  • References:   Permission must be obtained from the referees for contact purposes.
  • Editing:   The text must be thoroughly edited.
  • Job specific:  Ensure that the position advertised is stated in the introduction to the document.


The following format is suggested for writing or updating your CV: (Please remember that your CV should be relevant to the position you apply four.   You therefore not necessarily need to cover all of the categories provided below): 

Position advertised:   The position you apply for or the field in which you seek employment.

2.      Personal Details

  • Surname and First Name(s)
  • Residential Address
  • Postal Address
  • Telephone numbers:  Cellular;  Work;  Home
  • Fax
  • e-Mail
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • ID Number
  • Drivers Licence
  • Languages
  • Health/Disability
  • Marital Status and dependents 

3.     Education and Training

  • Institutions (schools, colleges, universities)
  • Field of study (if you are a post matric student,  provide your year of study and the qualification you are registered for (e.g. second year B Sc)
  • Qualifications(degrees, diplomas, certificates)
  • Further training and professional development(programmes, providers and certificates)

 4.     Employment history

  • Present position and employer (including relevant responsibilities)
  • Employment history (experience in terms of employers, positions held and periods of employment in the work place concerned)

5.     Professional experience and achievements

  • Projects
  • Publications
  • Papers Read
  • Awards
  • Special Achievements

6.     Management and Other Achievements

  • Management;  Leadership
  • Sport Achievements
  • Cultural Achievements

7.     General (additional information)

8.     References:  The names, titles and the contact details of the referees with preferably a very brief referee report.  The referee must state the nature of his/her relationship with you.

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