How to Write A Simple but Professional Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)

How to Write A Simple and Professional Curriculum Vitae

As a graduate, you are expected to have learnt how to write speeches, essays, articles, journals, resume’s or curriculum vitae but unfortunately, most secondary schools do not teach their students most of these things and if they do, its been rushed without the students assimilating the basics. These students in turn enter the university without prior knowledge of writing, making it difficult for most graduates especially in Nigeria to write an ordinary article talk more of a curriculum vitae. This article was written to address the problem of preparing a simple but professional curriculum vitae or resume.

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A Curriculum Vitae CV is an official document that outlines a person’s educational, professional and personal history which is usually prepared for Job applications. It gives a detailed understanding to your employers on who you are or better still, it markets your potentials, abilities, qualifications and skills. It is also called a Résumé. It is different from an application letter.

An application on the other hand is a formal letter that tells your interested recruiter that you have the qualities that they need as stipulated in where you found their requirement. While an application letter cannot be used to make multiple applications, a CV can be used to make multiple applications that is why it is requested more often than application letters.

It should be noted that employers prefer reading CVs at leisure time or outside working hours as the case maybe. So, lets say an employer has about 500 CVs piled up at his desk and he needs about 20 candidates to call for the interview. Do you think he would have time for a CV that is ambiguous, badly written with irrelevant and wrong information? He would just dump those and move on to the others.

Let me sound this as an important notice. There is no best way in preparing or constructing a CV. Everyone has a format or boasts of a particular format but all still contains the relevant information needed. The main thing here is to present a simple, non ambiguous but professional CV. So with that said, let’s move to how to prepare a CV

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How To Construct A Curriculum Vitae or Resume

1. First and Foremost, you should write your personal details which usually contain name, address, email, phone number, state of origin e.t.c. An example is given below:

TOLU, ADEBAYO VINCENT

100, Jigawa Street Casimo Town, Jigawa State.

Email: toluadebayo@gmail.com

Phone: 09046456785, 07077777097

 

PERSONAL DATA

Gender:                                      Male

Marital status                            Single

Date of Bir                                   4th January, 1900

State of Origin:                            Jigawa

Local Government Area:           Lapai

Nationality:                                  Togolese

 

2. Secondly, You should put your educational qualifications which give a detailed information about the schools, universities you attended. An example is given below:

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS ATTENDED WITH DATES

2014-2015: University of Yales, lome, Jigawa State.

B.Sc.Biophysics (second class honours, upper division)

2003-2008: Pretty International College, Cole street, Lai-mohammed, Togo.

Senior Secondary School Certificate

 1993-2001: Nigeria Staff Primary School, Gwanam, Abuja.

First Leaving School Certificate

 

3. The third part is your work experience which most employers require and inquire to know whether you have any experience. Be brief but clear in this part of your CV. Example:

WORK EXPERIENCE

2013-2015: Government Secondary School, Dogara-Dajem LGA, Jigawa State.

Maths Teacher

2010-2012: Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Taraba State Command.

Secretary

2012-2013: Marina Hotels, Yadon, Abuja.

Hotel Receptionist

 

4. The next part to write should be your Skills and Strength. I have found out that most people are not honest in this category. This is where you sell yourself, so you are expected to list what you know how to do best. Things like having good communication skills, being a good team player, being a computer literate e.t.c applies here. An example is given below:

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SKILLS & STRENGTH

  • Proficient in Microsoft application packages.
  • Good communication and time management skills.
  • Proven leadership and management skills.
  • A good team player.
  • Ability to learn fast and manage information.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.

 

5. The last phase should be your hobbies and referees. Please note that your hobbies should not be more than four and your referees should not be more than three persons who should know about you. Also provide their numbers as your employers might want to inquire about who you really are from them and whether the information you put about yourself is true. An example is given below:

HOBBIES

Reading, Making research, Meeting people, Swimming

REFEREES

Mrs. Bolanle, Joke

Director,

Pretty International College,

Comma, Full-Stop, Togo,

Africa.

Tel: +234(809)00099907

Mr. Chudi Wizkid

Head, Civil and Research Institute,

Power Bank Plc,

BBC Road, Zombie Estate,

Lekki, Lagos,

Nigeria.

Tel: +234(086)09994404

Dr. Flavour Davido

Surgeon,

Womin Hospitals Plc,

Idioriki Way, P.O.Box 419,

Britain.

Tel: +234(086)09994404

As you can see from the above, writing and preparing a CV is very easy using the above format. When we now put all the information together and this is what you will get.

TOLU, ADEBAYO VINCENT

100, Jigawa Street Casimo Town, Jigawa State.

Email: toluadebayo@gmail.com

Phone: 09046456785, 07077777097

 

 PERSONAL DATA

Gender:                                  Male

Marital status:                        Single

Date of Birth:                          4th January, 1900

State of Origin:                       Jigawa

Local Government Area:        Lapai

Nationality:                             Togolese

 

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS ATTENDED WITH DATES

2014-2015: University of Yales, lome, Jigawa State.

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B.Sc.Biophysics (second class honours, upper division)

2003-2008: Pretty International College, Cole street, Lai-mohammed, Togo.

Senior Secondary School Certificate

1993-2001: Nigeria Staff Primary School, Gwanam, Abuja.

First Leaving School Certificate

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

2013-2015: Government Secondary School, Dogara-Dajem LGA, Jigawa State.

Maths Teacher

2010-2012: Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Taraba State Command.

Secretary

2012-2013: Marina Hotels, Yadon, Abuja.

Hotel Receptionist

 

SKILLS & STRENGTH

  • Proficient in Microsoft application packages.
  • Good communication and time management skills.
  • Proven leadership and management skills.
  • A good team player.
  • Ability to learn fast and manage information.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision

 

HOBBIES

Reading, Making research, Meeting people, Swimming

 

REFEREES

Mrs. Bolanle, Joke

Director,

Pretty International College,

Comma, Full-Stop, Togo,

Africa.

Tel: +234(809)00099907

 

Mr. Chudi Wizkid

Head, Civil and Research Institute,

Power Bank Plc,

BBC Road, Zombie Estate,

Lekki, Lagos,

Nigeria.

Tel: +234(086)09994404

 

Dr. Flavour Davido

Surgeon,

Womin Hospitals Plc,

Idioriki Way, P.O.Box 419,

Britain.

Tel: +234(086)09994404

 

Please also note that it is better to submit your CV in .pdf format or .DOCX, if required to submit a soft copy. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to comment below and don’t forget to share what you have just learned.

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  1. Osasona Lawrence

    Thanks so much for the painstaking job you do here guys. Pls,i need answers to the following questions:
    what is the real difference btwn resume and CV?
    If i attended two secodary schl and i combine two results,must i specify it in d CV?

    1. C.v and resume are the same thing. You would have to specify all relevant educational qualifications

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  2. Babayaro

    This is good. Kindly send a copy to my email, please (babayaroa@gmail.com)

  3. Chinedu Nwonu

    Great effort Sir. Well done. Just to point out a thing or two more. We usually advise candidates to include just one phone line they use all the time instead of many. We also desire to see one’s key achievements or impact (especially in figures) in places worked for. Real interviews major on candidate”s ability to defend achievement claims on CV (for the experienced) or demonstrate competence based on skills listed for position in consideration (for the experienced and inexperienced). I’m a recruitment consultant.

    1. Thanks for the suggestion, will include it in a subsequent post

  4. Oyewole B. Richard

    Good job!But i have read some articles that said you have to list experience gained under the work experience.What do you see to that?You didn’t talk about objective.

    1. Thanks for the observation, will include it in a subsequent post

      1. Gabriel Bula

        Pls can u send a copy of the CV to my mail- gbula7970@gmail.com

        If u treat cover letter too I’ll b glade if u can toward to same mail

  5. Michael

    Nice C.V, please can you send it to my Email. adiomichael99@gmail.com

  6. Richard Ilesanmi

    Nice job. pls kindly send me a copy: lansmack@yahoo.com. Try to treat cover letter as well. Thanks!

  7. Ikenna

    This is awesome. Send it to my email please ikeononaku@yahoo.com

  8. chima israel

    i will also like to get on my eMail address– ezrel007@gmail.com

  9. bolanle olatunji

    Great! Pls send it to my e-mail bolanleolatuni069@gmail.com

    Thank you.

  10. kingschijio

    Nice one there, plz a copy in my email , kchijioke23@yahoo.com. Tnx

  11. Nice job but I want to emphasize that personal information is not necessarily essential in a cv as it may even be disadvantageous Another thing to note is one’s accomplishments in the experience section of a Cv which should be clearly written That said I would want you to do justice to the issue of Cover and application letter Thanks alot

  12. Chimezie

    Please kindly send it to my mail @chimeziebright650@gmail.com. Thanks

  13. Opeyemi

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  14. Chinazom Kingsley

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  15. UMAR

    Please send a copy to this mail umhal200@gmail.com. Thanks.

  16. Abass

    nice job…i will like to get a copy via my e-mail olayiwolaabas241@gmail.com

  17. Ujunwa

    Very nice…i’ßve always wanted a profeesional CV…thanks for naking it easy….can u forward a copy to my mail as well? Thanks
    I dont also mind a cover letter…thanks….
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  18. Ujunwa

    Very nice…i’ve always wanted a profeesional CV…thanks for making it easy….can u forward a copy to my mail as well? Thanks
    I dont also mind a cover letter…thanks….
    ginika.o.ojukwu@gmail.com

  19. Mike

    Nice job…really encouraging,please kindly forward it to my email (slimworld400@yahoo.com) Thanks

  20. Nneoma

    Nice job! Would like to have a copy after the corrections. nneomaokoro39@gmail.com

  21. Ifeanyi okeke

    Thanks for your time and effort to make these articles but please i have question. After (no 5) which is hobbies like reading, swimming, making research and meeting people. What are the referees and meaning?

  22. olayiwola akeem

    what of nysc certificate? Where do we include it or its not necessary

  23. Joan

    tnks alot for taking ur time to explain this….. i hv this question that hv been bordering me which no one has given me a gud ansa to…
    if you re asked in an interview to tell dem about yourself… i mean something nt included in your CV not evn your name, pls hw do u ansa it????
    pls u can send ur reply to my email: ibenyejoan@gmail.com
    #thanks

  24. Ifeanyi Obi

    Nice job, keep it up sir

  25. Olayiwola Sodiq

    Help me send copy to my email address,nice write up

  26. Audu Habungbonche

    Good job.
    Please, inbox the format to me @;
    ngbonche2002@gmail.com

  27. This is really good. Can you please send it to me

  28. Grace Asiribo

    Good job sir, pls can you send it Tony email?

  29. Abbas Mahmud Hunkuyi

    I lyk it infact im very grateful, if possible Send me a copy to my Email adress Abbasmahmudhunkuyi@gmail.com

  30. Yahaya

    Please send a copy to my email

  31. Emeh Ebuka

    Thanks so much, it was really helpful

  32. Comr Amuda Yahaya

    In fact, i really comment your effort sir. May God give u more strength and knowledge to propel ur life ambition sir. More so, i will like to have the copy on my gmail sir.Thanks

  33. Nice job, treat Cover letter as well.

  34. Uduh Chinedu

    That is great. Please send a copy to my email… agilitypapautali@yahoo.com

  35. Fidelis

    I wish to hv a coppy tru my emIl thanks.. Fidelis.oagu@ymail.com

  36. Ayokunmi

    Nice job sir. Pls can u send a copy to my e-mail. Thanks

  37. oghale

    I’ve always been scared of writing a CV. But with this, I think I’m good. But what about a case where I have no experience? What do I do please. Tnx.

  38. Emmanuel Tsado

    Please, can you send a copy of the CV and a copy of application letter to me. Thanks

  39. nicholas

    Your work is good and it gives more help to many out there but i often see CV/resume’with career objective below the name of the applicant. Is that ok.

  40. Zauro

    wonderful opportunity, pls can u send a copy to my email.

  41. Mohammed saad

    Good job pls kindly send it to my email nmasaad11@gmail.com

  42. Muhd M Liman

    Thanks, really appreciate your help and advice. Please if possible need a copy to my email address. muhdmliman@gmail.com. Please do help because I need it.

  43. Francis Ezeh

    It’s splendid please can I have it in my mail ID nebs126@gmail.com

  44. Chijioke

    Great job there! Please send it to my email: chijiokeajaero@gmail.com

  45. Solution

    Nice cv,pls forward a copy to my mail

    1. Aro Sehinde

      This is a good job. Pls can i have a copy of this? here is my mail.arosehinde4real@yahoo.com. Thank you.

  46. Cynthia

    Thanks ya all,this is nice.pls i ll like a copy to be forwarded to my email chelexysparky@gmail.com

  47. IFEANYI

    Significant Cv… Pls help forward to my mail box:ifyyjames@gmail.com

  48. Becoted

    Nice job.. I really appreciate it.. Pls can you send a copy to my email becoted@gmail.com, I’ll be glad if you can help me.. Thanks

  49. stanley c

    i need this in my e-mail:umehstanleyc@yahoo.com. this is lovely.

  50. stanley c

    this is lovely. i would love you to forward this to my e-mail. umehstanleyc@yahoo.com

  51. thanks alot. pls i need the copy of the CV via email . xaviwood871@gmail.com

  52. chijioke

    this is superb. pls kindly send a copy to email. i will be grateful. thanks
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  53. Abanah Innocent

    Please admin if u wouldn’t mind, can u send a copy to me at Email at..innocentonyebuchi02@gmail.com

  54. saasu musa

    Please I would like you to treat cover letter or how to write an application for a job with relevant examples.

  55. Ifunanya

    Thanks for the information. Please forward it to my emailemail: ekeochaifunanya@yahoo.com

  56. Ogungbe david

    This is awesome, great idea.
    Please can you forward this to my email .
    Ogungbe_david@yahoo.com.
    God bless you. Ft

  57. Ogungbe david

    Also with a cover letter

  58. nssitommy

    Good work. Pls could you forward it to my email. Thanks

  59. Baba yaro Abdullahi

    This format of CV is good, but what about professional certicates and certificates of attendance, where can we out them. The CV format has no provision for that.
    Thanks and regards

  60. Baba yaro Abdullahi

    Kindly forward the CV format to my email address ( babayaroa@gmail.com) I want to use it to update my CV. Thanks

  61. it is a very wonderful experience i grasp from epitom of cv that you have just posted,because before i have nothing like knowing how to a good cv bu with the you provided us with i now know how to write my cv and even how to correct others whenever they are having problems in writing their cv’s

  62. innocent

    This is a well done job sir. please can you forward it to my mail, I want to use it to update mine. I will appreciate if you can send the format of cover letter too sir. thank you ugbajeinnocent@gmail.com

  63. Theophanes

    Thank you v.much. Pls work also on cover letter, and inbox me the C.V in ichibuike61@yahoo.com

  64. Owolabi rafiat olawunmi

    Pls i need you to explain the difference between cover letter and application letter. Thanks

    1. Rafiat, sorry for the long delay. Here is the difference between an application letter and a cover letter

  65. Bertrand

    Thanks for the good job. Could you please send the format to my email. chukwudibertrand9@gmail.com. thanks once again.

  66. Isaac

    very nice cv,please send it to me through my email. azubuikeezeis@gmail.com

  67. Sir observation please, the CVs are not having objectives or personal profile. It is not necessary? Thanks

  68. I must confess, these are some things alot of job seekers need but the information never gets to them.

    Thanks alot for a very deep post as this on cv writing

    I also found this post interesting too, for those who may want to read more

    https://collegereap.com/creative-cv-format-resume-for-any-job-or-employment-application/

  69. Shuaibu Maje

    Kindly send me a copy: shumaje4@gmail.com
    Thanks

  70. Rikky

    Good job, I appreciate.kindly send a copy to my email:rikkyberry@gmail.com

  71. kazeem

    Please sir can I have a soft copy of the CV

  72. Felix hassan

    Thanks a lot sir, pls send a copy of CV to my email: Felix.hassan@yahoo.com

  73. Abwage Jamilu Sale

    so interesting, can I have a copy pls. below is my e mail address abwagesale88@gmail.com

  74. gwendolin eduok

    i think after your name,address, mail address and phone no. at the top of the resume, the next thing should be career objective,work experience, education and additional kills and there should be no need for personal data,hobbies and referee. the reason being that its the work experience and skills that will tell more about your ability to handle the work

    1. Thanks for the suggestion but you know that there are various formats in writing a CV or resume

  75. Okoyomon Harry

    This is great.God will bless you…Pls,I need a copy,kindly forward it to my e-mail.okoyomonhgmail.com

  76. okoyomon harry

    God will bless you real good.Pls I need a copy of this….okoyomonhatgmail.com

  77. Ezeobi Remigius O

    I appreciate reading this, it enlightened me more. Please kindly send the C. V and any further correction to my Email: remigiusezeobiatgmail.com

  78. Onyebuchi Ikechukwu Godson

    Please can you send this CV formats to mail box

    1. Onyebuchi Ikechukwu Godson

      Ok

  79. Onyebuchi Ikechukwu Godson

    Ok

  80. Onyebuchi Ikechukwu Godson

    Please a copy of this format to me

  81. Nath

    Nice work! Please I want to ask when writing CV won’t you include the position you are applying for. How will the employer know the position or job you are applying for in your CV?

    1. no need to include that. Your c.V gives a summary of your work, skill, personal details and academic career

  82. Olatunde

    There is truly no perfect way to write a cv as you have said but errors and poor arrangement/scattered cv should be avoided. I prefer cv in pdf as they will be rendered the same way anywhere. You can get free cv templates online

  83. kelvin

    nice article, whats the difference between application letter and cv

  84. sarah

    thanks for the information
    what if i want to add my nysc details where will i put it and can you please send the cv to my mail

    1. you should put NYSC under the educational qualifications

      1. sarah

        thanks

  85. Ezekiel

    Please forward to my email also
    olajideezekiel8@gmail.com

  86. Holmes, Eyoanwan

    So helpful, thank you.

  87. chidera obeta

    Job well done sir, buh my problem is that I have no work experience, am just a fresh graduate how do I go about it ?

    1. If you don’t have work experience but have skills, that should do

  88. Hi admin, how does a person without a work experience or particular skills prepare a CV….

  89. kiran sahu

    Hi..
    Great article..
    nice points to go through..
    Thanks for posting.

  90. bright Nwabueze

    How can one write a very good cv without a work experience,In the reference part sir, how can I obtain a good reference since the cv I’m writing is not from any source?
    Thanks in anticipation for your response.

    1. A good CV without work experience is rare, but it depends on the kind of jo you are applying for. CV is just like a summary of your life. As for reference, you must have at least 3 persons that can attest to the fact that the information you provided on your RESUME is accurate and can vouch for you.

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