CV Designing – A Comprehensive Guide

You need to help the recruiters as much as possible, since they see sifting through CVs as a chore!

James Inns

How long do you think a recruiter spends looking at your CV?

The rest of this article will share best practices for ensuring that your CV stands out and engages busy recruiters and hiring managers.

What is a CV

Professional Profile or Career Summary

A career summary a. describes what defines your professionally b. highlights your strengths and experiences, and c. sets you apart from other professionals.


Skills highlight the key competencies you have developed from your professional and academic experience. Remember to let the job description guide what you include in this section.

Sample Skills

Professional Experience

This section should include your relevant work experience in reverse chronological order (starting with the most recent). Each work experience should include:

  • Business Name
  • Job Role
  • Start and End date
  • A summary of the job role
  • Major accomplishments and responsibilities

How to write your professional experiences

Formatting each section

Education & Certifications


Common CV Mistakes

Top CV Tips

Remember to align your CV as close as possible to the Job Description.

Now get to editing and turn your CV from good to great.

For more on CV design, check out these articles:

Types of CVs Part 1: The Reverse Chronological CV

Types of CVs Part 2: The Functional or Skills-Based CV

8 Things Wrong with your CV.

About Musonda

I am a PhD candidate, organisational psychologist and human resource (HR) expert. For over seven years, I have served as a leader in people roles; using my intense academic foundation in philosophy, psychology, human resource management and business administration to support organisations in the international NGO, agricultural, food & beverage, as well as manufacturing spheres. I am passionate about the human capital narrative in Zambia and frequently write about it on my website

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12 thoughts on “CV Designing – A Comprehensive Guide

  1. I find everything you publish so important. Keep up with the spirit. It’s through your writing that get the confidence to face my fears. Job well done Musonda

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