CV For Secondary School Leavers with Samples -

CV For Secondary School Leavers with Samples

Here in Nigeria, it's not uncommon to see secondary school leavers who want to work for a while before gaining admission. They aim to engage with small or medium-sized businesses as attendants, office assistants, storekeepers, etc.

These organizations are reverting to the traditional method of employing workers, which includes requesting their curriculum vitae or resume. So, if you're an SSCE holder willing to work, how should you prepare your CV?

In this post, I will explain what a CV is all about, and if your prospective employer uses the term "resume", it essentially means the same thing. Following that, I'll provide a guide to crafting your CV, including the components that will help you secure the position. As a bonus, I've designed a template specifically for secondary school leavers aspiring to work with a microfinance bank.

Guidelines for Crafting Your CV

Crafting a compelling CV requires thoughtful consideration of its components. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you create a CV that stands out:

  1. Bio-Data: Begin with your name, contact details (phone number and professional email address), and a brief professional summary highlighting your career objectives and how you can contribute to the potential employer's business.
  2. Education: List your educational background, starting with the most recent. For secondary school leavers, include your Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSCE) details, grades, and any relevant coursework or projects.
  3. Skills: This section is crucial. Highlight both soft skills (such as communication, teamwork, and problem-solving) and any hard skills (computer literacy, language proficiency, etc.) that are relevant to the job you're applying for.
  4. Experience: If you have any work experience, including internships, volunteer work, or part-time jobs, list them here. Focus on the responsibilities you held and the skills you developed in these roles.
  5. Interests and Hobbies: Briefly mention activities that demonstrate your qualities or interests that could be relevant to the job or showcase your personality.
  6. References: Although not always required at the application stage, it's good to have a couple of references from teachers, coaches, or previous employers who can vouch for your character and work ethic.

NOTE: Any component you don't have doesn't have to be included in your CV. This is because, during the interview, your prospective employer will have questions related to what you have on your CV.

A Tailored CV Template for Secondary School Leavers

To further assist you, I've designed a CV template specifically tailored for secondary school leavers aspiring to work in roles like those in microfinance banks or similar institutions. This template emphasizes educational achievements, skills, and any extracurricular activities that demonstrate leadership, teamwork, or financial acumen.

[Your Full Name]

Phone Number: [Your Phone Number]
Email Address: [Your Professional Email Address]
Address: [Your Residential Address] (optional)

Professional Summary

A brief statement about your career objectives and how you aim to contribute to the potential employer’s organization. Highlight your enthusiasm, adaptability, and any relevant skills or qualities.


Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSCE)

School Name, Location | Month Year - Month Year
Key Subjects and Grades: Include subjects relevant to the job you’re applying for and your grades, if impressive.
Achievements: Any academic awards or recognitions.

First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC)

School Name, Location | Month Year - Month Year
Achievements: Any academic awards or recognitions.

List both soft and hard skills relevant to the job. Customize this section based on the job description.

Soft Skills: Communication, teamwork, problem-solving, adaptability.
Hard Skills: Computer literacy (mention specific software if relevant), language proficiencies.


Include any work experience, internships, volunteer work, or part-time jobs. If you don't have formal work experience, consider including experiences where you demonstrated leadership, teamwork, or other relevant skills.

Position, Organization Name | Month Year - Month Year
Briefly describe your responsibilities and any accomplishments.

Interests and Hobbies

A brief section that can include hobbies or interests that demonstrate relevant skills or qualities to the job.


Available upon request. (It's advisable to have references ready from teachers, mentors, or any previous employers if applicable.)
Example of a Secondary School Leaver's CV


Crafting a compelling CV as a secondary school leaver is your first step towards bridging the gap between education and entering the workforce in Nigeria. The guidelines and template provided aim to streamline this process, focusing on showcasing your potential, skills, and aspirations effectively. 

Remember, your CV is more than a document; it's a narrative of your readiness and enthusiasm to embark on a professional journey. Approach every opportunity with confidence and a willingness to learn. Your journey is just beginning, and with determination and perseverance, you're set to make significant strides in your career path. Good luck!

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