Getting Noticed: A Beginner’s Guide to Drafting Your First CV in 5 Easy Steps

Getting Noticed: A Beginner’s Guide to Drafting Your First CV in 5 Easy Steps

Putting together an excellent resume can seem like a daunting task, but this is something you can learn with ease. When drafting your curriculum vitae, set aside some time to focus on it and in no time, you’ll have completed the best CV ever.

If you don’t know how to begin, you can draft your CV using the following steps. Note that this process can be made even easier if you use a resume maker to guide you through it.

1. Contact Details

At the top of the page, you want to include your name in large font. Right below your name, you can include your other details such as email address, contact, and physical address. This is an important part of your resume as it introduces you to your potential employer.

2. Personal Statement

Although optional, this is an important section of your resume. If you are good at providing summaries, then you can summarize yourself in this section by highlighting your career goals and the kind of job you are looking for. However, you can only include this section if you are confident your personal statement is a strong opening sentence.

3. Education and Qualification

This section of your CV will require you to list your education qualification starting from the most recent (university or masters). Do not forget to include the name of the university, college, high school, or any other learning institution including the years you attended. If you are still in college, you can indicate your expected grade and also include the grades for your previous years. You may also decide to list some key modules if you believe the knowledge acquired from such modules will be advantageous to the kind of job you are applying for.

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4. Employment History

Just like is the case with the education section above, you can begin this section of your resume with the most recent employment. Employment history can include anything from your internships, voluntary work, paid work, shadowing roles, and placements. You may also include the months and years for which you worked. To highlight your suitability for the type of job you are applying, highlight the responsibilities, key skills, as well as duties you were able to garner under every section of your work experience.

5. References

A reference section is crucial in tying your CV up. In this section of the curriculum vitae, you may include two different contacts and these could be your previous employer as well as your academic reference. To save space, you may decide to include “Reference available upon request” although it’s always advisable to give two contacts straight away.

Before you can provide your references, you need to ask the relevant companies or individuals for their permission to include them as references. This will prevent any form of embarrassment if the potential employer decides to follow up the references.


The above are some of the effective steps to drafting a CV. If you are still finding it difficult to draft one, you can always access your entry level resume templates online. Moreover, there are so many free CV examples online that will give you an idea of how you can write one.

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