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How To Write a CV After Matric or Grade 12

How to write a CV after matric if you have only matric, and want to start applying for jobs:

CV writing or learning how to write a CV after matric does not have to be too difficult.

If you do struggle to write your own Curriculum Vitae after matric,

there are many CV samples online to learn from,

or even free CV templates that one can download,

where you would just duplicate the CV sample or example, using the same headings for the different CV sections, and then fill in your own details.

You could also hire Professional CV and LinkedIn writers to write your professional CV for you, but you can also learn right here, how to write a CV:

CV Format for Matriculants

CV format refers to the format of a CV, or to the layout of a CV – the different CV sections or headings, and in what order this format should be.

The CV format for matriculants learning how to write a CV after matric is not too different from a professional CV format for people who have already been working and are now looking for a new job. The only real CV section missing from the Curriculum Vitae of a matriculant is that of the career summary or employment history, since the matriculant has not yet had a job.

The CV format for matriculants would consist of the following CV sections, in this order:

  • a heading saying CV or Curriculum Vitae (or not)
  • name and surname
  • address
  • contact details
  • professional profile or introduction or personal statement
  • objectives (may or may not be included)
  • education and qualifications – include any courses, short courses, online courses or short online courses you’ve done – Start learning on Udemy today!
  • place/s of schooling/study
  • skills – may be placed after objectives instead of here
  • personal details
  • interests and hobbies
  • reference contact details and/or a note to say that references / testimonials / copies of certificates are attached

Try keeping your Curriculum Vitae to just one to three pages in length. Keep it simple and neat, watch your grammar and spelling, use short paragraphs, decent spacing, and plain white typing paper. Keep your CV neat, simple, and easy to read.

Let’s have a look at the different CV sections in this example of a CV below:

Free best CV template for 2023

Curriculum Vitae

First Name Last Name
Phone: Cell: Email:

Professional Profile

I am a matriculant who has been first in class throughout my 12 years at school, from grade 1 through to the end of grade 12. It was not until grade 5 that I needed to miss a day of school. I am a dedicated and hard working individual. I was selected by my teacher and fellow pupils to attend a youth leadership camp during my grade 11 year.


I am looking for a job where I can best make use of my knowledge and skills, and can be kept busy. I like to make the best of each day and feel uncomfortable if there is no work for me to carry on with.

Education and Qualifications

2015 Matric Certificate with Matric Exemption

Achieved 80+ % for:
Mathematics, Accounting, Life Science, Physical Science, Life Orientation

Achieved 70+ % for:
English, Afrikaans, Geography

Awards for:


1st in matric for:
Life Science,
Physical Science

2014 certificate for attending a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp

Short online courses successfully completed:
…….. in January 2016, at …… .com
…….. in February 2016, at …… .com

I attended …….. School from 2004 to 2015

Power Point
Microsoft Office Word

Personal Details
Drivers Licence: code 08 / clean
Health: Excellent – non-smoker, a fit runner and cyclist, black belt in Shotokan karate
In possession of a South African I.D.
In possession of a current South African passport

Interests and Hobbies
Reading, running, cycling, the outdoors, hiking and camping

……..School teacher Mr …….. phone …….. email ……..
……..School teacher Mrs …….. phone …….. email ……..

Certified copy of matric certificate
Certified copy of Rotary Youth Leadership Awards certificate
Certified copy of Excel short course certificate
Certified copy of ………
Certified copy of ………

Learning how to write a CV after matric is not too difficult, is it? You may also be interested in reading about the basic steps to get a job after matric.
Good luck getting that job!