The 9 Essential Rules That Every CV Should 'Obey'

By Irene Gloria Addison
Irene's Workplace The 9 Essential Rules That Every CV Should 'Obey'
SEP 27, 2020 LISTEN

Over the years I have read so many books and articles and blogs about CVs.

From my practical and very hands-on experience as a Recruiter/ Headhunter (I am the owner of HIREghana), allow me to suggest at least 9 rules that your CV needs to 'obey':


1. #Clean and #Neat #presentation.

Visually messy CVs are not welcoming to read.

Actually, any visually messy document is very unlikely that it would be read

2. #Perfect #grammar + #Superb #Syntax.

With so many tools, it is inexcusable to have any such #Errors.

I can't even think of any wordprocessing package without a spellchecking ability.

If you want to be a super writer - even for business communication, may I suggest that you look at either:

  • The Elements of Style, an American English writing style guide in numerous editions. FYI: The original was composed by William Strunk Jr. in 1918
  • The Chicago Manual of Style, a style guide for American English published since 1906 by the University of Chicago Press.

3. There #must be #numbers and #How_Tos

For example, we should expect reading the CV of a Civil Engineer, that s/he should tell us how many building s/he has constructed and of how many floors each and how they tested the structural integrity of the columns/ beams, or how many roads and their total length...

Or if we were to read the CV of an HRBP person, they should tell how many employees they are supporting or have supported or how did they set up that wonderful Performance Management System.

4. #Provide #Evidence

Customize your CV to #convince #beyond #doubt that you will #outperform #when (not if) they #hire you.

5. Your #CV #must #match your #seniority

You are a senior executive/ CxO and you still list duties instead of #numerical #accomplishments?

6. #Language should be simple

No complex words/ sentences


7. Show #Emotion

You are a Manager or HR and you talk about strategy but not about the humans that you are responsible for? #Seriously?

8. #No #Lies

So easy to spot them....

Any recruiter can tell lies in a CV - don't underestimate that and don't get blacklisted.

9. #Name your #CV_file in a good way

Eg "Kweku Smith, CV for IT Support Roles"


Tnx + Good Luck,




About the Author: Irene Gloria Addison is the owner of HIREghana [Human Intelligence Recruitment], a niche HRM Consultancy and a Leader Ghanaian Recruitment Agency and Executive Search firm, based in Accra.

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