A good CV forms the foundation of a well prepared job application. Your CV is the first piece of information that a potential employer will uses to assess your suitability for the role. Make it impressive!
If you’re looking for an example of a good CV for inspiration to help you write your perfect CV, you have come to the right place!
I shall present a section by section breakdown to give you tips on how to write an impressive CV that will go securing job interviews.
Let’s get started!
Section-by section breakdown of an example of a good CV;
1. Personal details
The personal details section is located right at the top of your CV, and it is the first thing that a prospective employer will see. The heading in this section should have your full names written in large, bold letters and centered on the page. Do not put Curriculum Vitae or CV on the heading.
Include a professional email especially one that has your first and last name. As for your address, no need to use the ‘Address’ prefix before the actual address it should be written as concisely as possible to save valuable space for more important information.
Don’t include personal details like marital status, religion, age or gender unless told otherwise.
A good example:
50563-00200 Nairobi, Kenya
2. Personal profile statement
A personal profile is a short statement that tells the employer about your personal skills, qualities, experiences and career ambitions. It needs to be punchy and clearly outline your personal qualities as they relate to the role they are applying for. Avoid using vague statements that are not specific enough to carry any weight or meaning. For example; “Two years of experience in business”……what kind of experience?
A good example;
A motivated, adaptable and responsible Computing graduate seeking a position in an IT position which will utilize the professional and technical skills developed through past work experiences in this field. I have a methodical, customer-focused approach to work and a strong drive to see things through to completion. In my current job, I have managed the launch and migration of two major IT systems which was completed on time and within budget.
The achievements section, as the name suggests, contains a short list of impressive achievements or accomplishments that are a testimony of your skills, abilities, determination and desire to be successful.
A good example;
- Managed the launch and migration of two major IT systems which was completed on time and within budget.
- Employee of the month for two consecutive months (2018)
The education section contains brief information about your education and qualifications background. Together with the employment and work experience section, it forms the bulk of your CV. Put the recent one first.
A good example of a CV education section;
- X University: Masters of Information Systems (ongoing)
- ABC University: Bachelor of Information Technology, (year of completion)
- XYZ High School: Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)
- Professional Certifications: Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP
5. Employment and Work History
The employment and work experience section of your CV contains information on your previous jobs and work history. Employers are particularly interested in this section because relevant work experience is highly valued and usually an essential requirement for many jobs.
Here is a good example of a CV employment and work history section;
July 2010- Present IT Manager Cellulant
- Mentoring and training new IT staff;
- Researching, installing and configuring new computer systems;
- Ensuring that all relevant licensing laws are adhered to;
March 2008-July 2010 IT Assistant Techsavanna
- LAN and WAN management
- Regularly updating of computer software for company staff
- Assist the IT Manager in managing all IT hardware of the organization (installation, set up and maintenance
January- February 2008 IT Intern Interactive Technology
- Assisting in the installation, updating and maintenance of antivirus and software updates
- Managing and directing members of staff on any IT related issues.
- Assisting in computer repairs and troubleshooting
In the skills section, you should include a list of your key skills and abilities that will enable you to do the advertised job well. They must be relevant and transferable in regards to the job.
A good example;
- Strong troubleshooting skills with software, hardware & network products
- Expert in networking fault diagnostics and troubleshooting, Cisco routers, Cisco switches, routing and switching configuration and technologies
7. Hobbies and Interests
You should use the hobbies and interests section of your CV to demonstrate that you’re a well-rounded person who is engaged in extracurricular activities and the community. They should be relevant.
I enjoy reading non-fiction books, building computer networks, solving puzzles and socialising with friends and family.
The references section is the final part of your CV containing the contact details of two or three people who know you well, have worked with you before and who can vouch for you to the employer.
A good example of a CV reference section;
Mr. Fred Ogore
Address: P.O Box 10307 – 00100, Nairobi, Kenya.
Congratulations! You should now have a pretty good idea about how an example of a good CV looks like by following the tips I have shared above.
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