Top five things that every CV should have

Writing a CV can be hectic, some totally fail to put on paper who they are and make themselves transparent through the CV. However, before that interview which will give a snippet of who you are to your potential employers, your CV or resume will do all the talking for you. Therefore writing it to communicate who you are and why you are the right candidate for the job is a huge priority. Here are a few things that you must include.

Contact information

Your contact information includes your full name, phone numbers, email address, Skype ID, linkedin or any other information that you deem important where you can be contacted from. Try to stay away from social media contacts because you don’t want to give the wrong impression. The main reason why this part is important is because this is how your potential employers will contact you for an interview. Where you place this section should matter too, you can place it on the top of your CV as a way of introducing yourself.

Personal statement/profile

This is your introduction to the employer, this is your way of saying this is me in brief. Your personal statement includes your personal objective and goals whilst mentioning your desired career path. Do not forget to mention some technical skills that you might possess, but let them be career directed.

Example: An electrical engineering professional, I am agile, honest, and a hard worker with skills in installing electromagnetic controls with AutoCAD work experience. I have excellent communication skills both orally and verbally which means I can effectively take on the mentorship role quite easily, co-workers often say I am easy to talk to. I am seeking to grow my career into occupational health safety and looking for a chance to venture into this kind of engineering. I am a quick learner with a knack of absorbing quite easily.

Work experience

List all the places you have worked in for a general CV and you can edit out areas depending on which job you are applying for. However, give a few details about the kind of work you do or did and list a few key achievements you have achieved in the duration of your work. What you want is to draw in your potential employer to hire you for that job you are dying to get, don’t sell yourself short. The work experience basically shows what you have experienced and how that experience puts you on a better pedestal to win that job. Don’t sell yourself short once again.


This section gives you a chance to show off your academic prowess but unlike in the work experience section, just list what you studied here, the duration and the institution, no details needed. Your potential employer will ask for the details if indeed it is a must for them. So keep it simple and basic.

Additional trainings

Have you attended any other trainings that might not necessarily be considered under the education section, this is your chance to show off. It could be workshops, short certificates, and trainings in sports or a new language.

Other sections in your CV

Referees: these are people who can endorse you for your work ethic and prowess. Choose wisely, make sure you inform the referees you have mentioned such that they can endorse you or if they feel uncomfortable doing it, tell you ahead of time. These are used to ensure that you are what claim you are.

Certification: this is where you acknowledge the validity of your resume and sign at the bottom of it. It simply stamps ownership to the document.