How To Write The CV That ‘Works’ In Nigeria – Adenike Fadina

I have observed that writing a CV in Nigeria is something people put off for as long as possible and when they eventually get to it, they have the impression that so long as important elements such as work experience, educational qualifications and bio-data are in place, a CV is complete.

I beg to disagree. I believe that your CV is an account or narration of yourself. It is YOU talking about YOU in YOUR very own words and in the best way possible. It starts from who you are, to all the places you have been and how you have contributed to those places; your achievements, how you spent your time, and even personal details like your marital status and so on. Bearing this in mind, every detail and information provided must be meticulously considered and articulately presented. Put your most flattering qualities or accomplishments up front and then move gradually to less flattering qualities.

In writing your CV in Nigeria, presentation is everything! Your content, layout, template, font type, font size, line spacing, bullets and borders are all crucial in achieving a great looking CV. If someone has 3 years of experience and another has 6 years of experience, and they are both applying for the same job, the ONLY thing that differentiates them is the way they both present their work experiences.

The basic elements of your CV in Nigeria should be profile, work experience, achievements (if any), trainings (if any), educational qualifications, bio-data, hobbies and referees. Please note that no particular format or template is cast in stone, every template can be amended to suit a particular requirement at any given time.

I would rather a profile to an objective. An objective is simply a goal while a profile is a brief description that summarizes your qualities, vis-a-vis where you are coming from and where you hope to be. It shouldn’t be more than two sentences or three short sentences at most.

Your experience(s) should indicate the name of the company, your designation/title, your job description and the duration of service. The address of the company is not compulsory except you are applying for a job outside of your state or country of residence. Your experience(s) should follow a chronological sequence (most recent to least recent). Also stick to the present tense when describing your current job description.

This is a run-down of exceptional accomplishments you have bagged over a period of time. It can include a record breaking GP, an award, a surpassed target, an impeccable record and the likes. Your achievements are supposed to score you extra points with a potential employee but if it does otherwise, chuck it.

Your bio-data which consists of your date of birth, sex and state of origin are not necessarily your most important details. Infact, it could serve as a disadvantage. Should you apply for a particular vacancy and you are past the age requirement, if your age is the first thing a potential employer sees, you are likely to be disqualified even before your CV is given a proper appraisal. So it’s best to keep those details at the tail end of your CV.

Points to bear in mind:

1. Chose bold and legible fonts
2. Use simple and unambiguous words. Leave no room for vagueness.
3. Have a focus and find a way to infuse your interest and specialization into your CV
4. Be accountable. Always account for time spent. Ensure your CV reflects that you are constantly adding value, honing your skills or getting more education.
5. Never include in your CV what you are not a 100% certain will be a plus.
6. Keep your CV to a maximum of three pages except you have had several years of experience.
7. Ensure that you can defend everything that you have written in your CV
8. Lastly, don’t forget to KISS! (Keep It Short and Simple!)

See you at the top!

Adenike Fadina is the Project Manager with several years of experience in the Nigerian Media/PR industry and is passionate about empowering the Nigerian job seeker with the right tools to improving their job search process.



  1. Mrs ADEfa I really appriciate ur effort 2 Nigeria unemployees lives.If we have many successful Nigerian up there contribute like this maybe we would hv got zero unemployment. If u cn help in publish one sample of quality CV it will be appreciable. Thank U [email protected]

  2. Goodmorning ma,really appreciate ur directives on how to write a cv pls can you send m sample of ur cv to my mail pls i wil appreciate that.tanx

  3. I am really impress by your contribution to the nigeria public,it is quite timely.I would much appreciate it if I can get a sample.pls send it to my mail.thankx and God bless.

  4. Wow! U ve done a gud job here,i ve surf d web for close 2 two hours, ve nt find any piece of work like dis,very explanatory and straight to d point,tanks so much,am a fresh graduate without experience, i need a sample of d cv,please kindly forward it 2 my e-mail add.

  5. Good work Adenike Fadina may God reward you. Can I please get a sample of cv that suits a fresh graduate sent to my e-mail?

  6. Please I need a sample of CV, cos am about to apply a job in abroad Here in a super market and Hotel hospitality , I Need Your Help,

  7. I realy Apreciate ur effot on this. may God reword you. please i wil lyk to have a copy of this wonderful cv in my mail box. thanks.

  8. that is wonderful thing you have done. It is only God that will reword you from this great knowledge you have imparted in the life of people. Pls i will need your help by post a copy of cv to my mail. [email protected]. I will be very happy for your favourable consideration.

  9. we are being vry lazy here. d guidelines are there! lets get to Wrk. we Jst want copy, paste and edit! GRADUATES!!! lets put in sm effort.

  10. thank you very much! i really appreciate your good work and gesture in this regard. but ma i will be more appreciatable if a sample or format of the CV can be send to my boy. thank you ma once again!

  11. This is a nice one. May God bless you abundantly. Please I want you to send me a copy of CV sample to make my work easy. Thank you.

  12. This is very informative. It will be highly appreciated, if you could send me a sample and I wouldn’t mind if I can meet you directly

  13. This is awesome.A perfect piece.pls,kindly send a copy to my g-mail.I ll also like to see you face to face if you wouldn’t mind.Thanks and God bless.

  14. Please can i get a copy of a Curriculum Vitae in my E-mail Box..i will be very Grateful if you can please send it to me..Thanks

    Asare Daniel

  15. Wonderful and great tips indeed. Thank u 4 helping the teaming populace. pls, kindly send me a format cum template of a winning cv/resume to my mail.

  16. I have been in need of this kind of help for a long time. Madam, you are a rare gem. please I will be immensely grateful if I can get a sample in my mailbox. Thanks.

  17. Thank you very much for the information. For more clarity I need a copy of CV. Kindly send it in my e-mail. Thank you once again.

  18. Hello,
    Thanks for the write-up information, could you please send a copy of a sample CV to my email? I’d really appreciate it. Thank you.

  19. Thanks for the proceedures….please I will appreciate if you send me a format or a copy of a CV so as to follow up properlly.thanks

  20. i love the work done so far on this site to help people on there resume,if you wont mind i would like to have a copy so as to work on mine.thanks

  21. Excellent Format and Guiding Principles in writing a great CV for prospecting applicants in Labour Market!
    With all due respect sir, kindly assist me with samples of the CV through my E-mail address.
    Thank’s, For Everything!!!

  22. Great guidelines! Please could I get a sample CV sent to my email for assistance. Would very much appreciate it, if it’s no hassle of course.

  23. Thanks for the wonderful tips, I try to do something new with my CV each time I send it out, please can I get a sample of your recommended CV.


  24. This is Good, thank you for this. please can I get a free sample or samples? please forward it to my mail. Thank you once again.

  25. this is a great work for the trend of comments to have kept flowing from 2012 till date. awesome!!! please I’ll be pleased if a sample of a standard CV is sent to my mail. thanks

  26. I appreciate the way you took out time to explain the format. Please, I would like you to send the sample to my email.

  27. Pls can u help me with a copy of the CV via my email, i will be very greatful. Thanx for the knowledge u impacted into me, God bless u.


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