How to Write Great CVs

2 Days


Cohort-based Course

CVs are a critical part of any USAID proposal. Learn how to stand out from the competition and craft compelling CVs for your key personnel.

Course overview

Make Your Personnel Shine

At the end of this course, you'll learn how to make your candidates stand out from the competition, turning CVs from an afterthought to a key component of your proposal.

Who is this course for


BD teams who want to strengthen the CVs in their proposals.


Subcontractors and sub-awardees who provide key personnel on USAID proposals.


Recruiters who want to hone their writing skills.

What you’ll get out of this course

Understand USAID solicitations

Know how to read an RFP or RFA and find all of the information relevant for CV writing. Learn where to look to find resources and information to include in the CV

Realize the power of a strong CV

You'll learn how the CV complements other pieces of a proposal and why it matters

Learn how to write a compelling CV

Write CVs in a responsive and compelling style, and review a CV and  drafts of CVs to identify ways for it to be strengthened

This course includes

Interactive live sessions

Lifetime access to course materials

8 in-depth lessons

Direct access to instructor

3 projects to apply learnings

Guided feedback & reflection

Private community of peers

Course certificate upon completion

Maven Satisfaction Guarantee

This course is backed by Maven’s guarantee. You can receive a full refund within 14 days after the course ends, provided you meet the completion criteria in our refund policy.

Course syllabus

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  • Week 1

    Jan 24—Jan 25

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • Module 1: CV Theory

    • Module 2: Anatomy of a CV

Meet your instructor

Deborah Aker

Deborah Aker

Deborah is a professional editor and over the course of her 25+ year career has edited more than 500 USAID proposals. Deborah developed and co-facilitate sessions on persuasive writing.  She draws on her experience as a proposal editor, good and bad examples from proposals, and the insights of communication professionals to help participants unlearn the complex, wordy, and often over-the-top writing that earned them high marks in school. Sessions include brainstorming to improve sample text, critiques of proposal graphics, and discussions of pain points as participants seek ways to keep their writing compelling and readable.

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Course schedule

4 hours
  • September 14th and 15th

    9:00am - 10:30pm EST

    This two-day workshop will be held live over Zoom. Participants will have approximately 1 hour of homework outside of class.

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How to Make a CV Make Sense

If you’ve written a CV for a USAID proposal, you know that sometimes the candidate’s original CV can be kind of a mess. It’s important to have a framework to organize the information so the CV that goes into the proposal is not only readable but easily digestible, showcasing why the candidate is the best fit for the job. Keylime's guide to formatting CVs can help you sift and sort through information and present it in a logical, uniform way.

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Active hands-on learning

This course builds on live workshops and hands-on projects

Interactive and project-based

You’ll be interacting with other learners through breakout rooms and project teams

Learn with a cohort of peers

Join a community of like-minded people who want to learn and grow alongside you

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