Create a killer CV

Your CV speaks for you before you get to speak for yourself. Getting your CV right is your key to achieving success. Here are a few tips on how to...

Create a killer CV

Your CV speaks for you before you get to speak for yourself. Getting your CV right is your key to achieving success. Here are a few tips on how to write the best CV.

How to write a CV that will get you hired?

Your CV should be interesting and easy to read. This means you need to consider the design, font size and the overall layout of your CV. Your CV has to match the job you are applying for.

It is important to note that your CV alone will not get you hired. Your CV will help get your foot in the door, you still need to leave a good impression in your interview.

What employers look for in a CV?

The sad reality is, your CV does not have much time to make a good impression. Employers only care about one thing. They want to know if you will add value to the business. Instead of only listing your work experience.

Your CV should include how clients or businesses have benefited from your work. This will let your potential employer know how beneficial you might be for the company. Look for more on what employers look for in a CV.

What should/ should not be included in my CV?

It is easy to get your CV wrong by either including too much information or by missing a few important points here and there. The front page of  your CV has to grab the reader’s attention. The first page should include, your name, address and contact details.

Your contact details have to be included on your CV, your potential recruiter or employer is not going to hunt you down. The first page of your CV also needs a short profile of about 3 sentences short. Add a list of skills and a list of achievements. Don’t forget to use bullet points. Look at the CV below for format:

The skills part of your CV should prove  that you are right for the job. The skills on your CV should match the skill requirements of the position. In listing your achievements, do not simply  write down a list of things you have done. Your achievements should prove that you have been beneficial.

Here are a few other dos and don’ts:


  1. Your CV should not be too long. No unnecessary details.
  2. If your CV has no list of skills on the front page, it’s going in the bin.
  3. Don’t include too many words and sentences in your CV. 
  4. Don’t list your hobbies.
  5. No spelling/ grammatical errors.


  1. Use bullet points.
  2. Use short sentences. 
  3. Use professional language. 
  4. Tailor your CV to the job
  5. Keep it neat and Tidy 

In the second page of your CV, add your work experience, and your education and training. Make sure you use short bullet point sentences. Mention your previous roles, your responsibilities and how beneficial you were in your role.

Your entire CV should include how beneficial you are. There is no set  format for a CV. Remember, the aim of your CV is to market yourself and to let your potential employer know that you will add value.

How many pages should you have in your CV?

A CV should only have information that is necessary. There is no set limit to the length of a CV. It all boils down to your work history. The average length of a CV is about 2 to 3 pages. A graduate or someone without much experience would typically have a 1 page CV.

If you do not have much to  include in your CV. Do not feel pressured to add unnecessary information. Keeping your CV short and simple is  the best option. Recruiters do not want to spend a long time reading through your CV. Your CV has to deliver information in a clear manner. 

Author: Omega Fumba 

Date Published: 27 July 2020

Last Updated: Sanel Van Staden , 2 July  2021

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