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.
- 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):
1. 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
- ID Number
- Drivers Licence
- 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
- Papers Read
- 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.