I know before now you have been searching to how to include your NYSC certificate in your CV and how to arrange your CV for employment in general: this article will help you to get out of that confusion.

After successfully completing your mandatory service year at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), what does that mean for your Curriculum Vitae (CV)? Do you leave it out of your CV? Or is there a benefit to adding it to your CV? If so, then how do I add it to my current CV? These are questions that frequently plague Nigerian graduates after completing the NYSC program.


The NYSC certificate is an essential document needed for employment. Therefore, as a graduate who has successfully served in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), and has been awarded the NYSC discharge certificate, you are required to add the NYSC certificate to your CV when looking for a job.

However, some graduates tend to omit their NYSC certificate in their CV, while others do not know how to include it in their CV. Writing a good CV can sometimes feel like a difficult task to achieve, especially when you’re targeting a lucrative job.

A good CV increases your chances of being employed. With that in mind, in today’s article, I’ll be showing you how to write a good CV, and the best way to include your NYSC certificate in your CV.

What is Curriculum Vitae?

A Curriculum Vitae is a Latin word that means “the course of your academic life”. It is a formally presented document, with a detailed synopsis of your academic and research experiences and achievements. It is similar to a similar resume, but with much more detailed content.

Your CV should contain your achievements in education, research, work experience, presentations, publications, and anything else you’ve done in your professional life, like the NYSC program. Your CV is an account of everything that qualifies you as an expert in your chosen field. A CV is usually requested during a job application, graduate program application, application for international positions, etc.

How to Write a Good CV

To write a good CV follow the format below:

1. Personal Details

This is the first section in your Curriculum Vitae. It comprises your name, age, contact address, phone number, and email address.



  • Your Personal details should be at the top of your CV in a visible font
  • Do not include your state of origin in the personal details section
  • Including your age here is optional
  • Do not include your religion in this section
  • Do not use an unprofessional email addressWAEC result

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2. Educational Qualifications

This is the next section after writing your personal details. In this section, you are required to provide all your academic qualifications, starting from the most recent. Any professional certificate that you possess can be added to this section. It is recommended that you add professional certificates relevant to the position you’re applying for.


  • Do not include your primary or first school leaving certificate unless you are a fresh graduate without any job experience.

3. Work Experience

In this section, you are required to write about your work experience. Begin with your most recent job, or current job, before writing about your past work, and state your achievements during these experiences.


  • Savannah Production Limited (August 2019 – present)
  • Job Title: Production Supervisor
  • Achievement: Through my effective supervision and dedication to work, the production capacity of Savannah Production Limited was increased from 40 pallets per day to 50 pallets. I also won the best supervisor of the year, 2020.JAMB Result

Ensure that your work experience and achievement are tweaked to match the position you’re applying for.

4. Interest and abilities

In this section, you are required to write about your personal interest and abilities. Your interest should be in line with the employer’s social responsibilities, and try to keep it as short as possible.

5. Reference

This is the last section in your Curriculum Vitae. You should add at least three referees unless otherwise stated. Ensure that the referees you’ve written are properly informed.

General Tips for writing a good CV

  • Ensure that your CV does not exceed 3 pages. A good CV should be between 2 – 3 pages at most, no employer wants to review a textbook-like CV.
  • Ensure that your CV is concise and straight to the point, and avoid grammatical errors.
  • Make use of unique real-life examples to show your abilities, rather than using generic phrases like team player or hardworking
  • Your CV should target the job role you’re applying for
  • Do not start your CV with the words “Curriculum Vitae”
  • Do not include a passport photographs unless otherwise stated
  • Avoid exaggeration on your CV, it would be deemed as fraud.
  • If you are posting your CV online, do not add your home address to avoid being targeted by fraudsters.

How to Include your NYSC Certificate in your CV

Your National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate should be included under the “Work Experience” section in your CV, and not under “Educational qualification”.

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