How to Write a Killer CV

What to include in your CV

Make sure your contact details are visible on the first page. Include your full name, contact number (preferably mobile) and email address. If you have a LinkedIn account, add this in too.

It’s up to you if you include a photo or not. If you have a professional one, there’s no harm in including this.

Include a short summary after your contact details. This shouldn’t be more than two paragraphs long and should sum up your experience to date.

Ensure you include your education and qualifications to date, including your schooling, any tertiary qualifications and any other trainings or courses.

Employment history should be the main talking point on your CV. Include your most recent role first, with the previous roles following this in date order. Ensure you have your job role and how long you were employed for. Make sure you provide plenty of detail and examples to back up your experience. This will add to your credibility on paper – four to six bullet points is enough.

Cover letter

Make sure you have a supporting cover letter to go with your CV. Your cover letter should be specific to the job you are applying for, and should outline exactly what skills you believe you hold that align to the job at hand.

Three to four paragraphs should be enough.


If space allows, a nice to have is an area in your CV dedicated to hobbies/interests. Keep this short and bullet points are good. Skills are another good part to include in your CV, again keeping this in list form is best.

Make sure you proof read your CV and send it as a PDF once it’s all done.