Curriculum Vitae Guideline and Tips

A good CV can ensure that you are taken seriously and a badly written CV will end up in the trash can immediately. Kindly use a professional, simple layout for your CV and create it in Word format (not read-only)

NB: The reason we ask for a CV in Word format is to enable us to correct small mistakes, do spell-checks and also to protect your confidential personal information which we do NOT share with prospective employers unless you are invited for an interview and have consented to your details being shared.

 Please ensure that it is simple to read with defined sections stating the following:

  • Personal information (Name, Address, Contact number , Email, Skype/WeChat id)
  • D.O.B required for visa purposes
  • Educational qualifications (secondary school/tertiary education) Specify the degree obtained/ educational institution and when the qualification was obtained. NB: Only include completed qualifications.
  • Employment history in full (previous and current) Include the exact month/year
  • Ensure that the most recent employment is put first dating backwards with no gaps in employment. If you have taken gaps to travel, stay-at-home or were unemployed, please state this clearly
  • Include telephone details (with international dialling codes) and email addresses of at least 3 professional referees who are contactable – References from colleagues are NOT acceptable. Only references from Principals and HOD’s will be accepted
  • TWO written references are required from different previous employers stating the dates of employment and position you held and this must be signed by the relevant principal/manager and on the school/company letterhead
  • NB!!!Employers want to know who they are dealing with and see what you look like. Ensure that you have a professional looking colour jpeg head and shoulders photograph of yourself on the front page (women must have their shoulders covered)

No tilted head and shoulder shots-please wear professional clothing, smile and look straight into the camera like you would when applying for a passport.

  • The CV must be no longer than 5-7 pages long. If your CV is not concise and easy to read, professional and short it will be discarded by hiring managers without hesitation.
  • Check margins and that font sizes match

By following the above guidelines, you will greatly improve your chances of securing your dream job overseas.