It all began in 2007 with a red editing pen and the desire to help …

The CV Surgeon was formally founded in 2010 focussing solely on developing and writing strategic curriculum vitae’s (“CV’s) and cover letters for a wide range of clients, from new graduates to senior executives from across a wide range of professions.

Over the past 5 years our team has grown and today The CV Surgeon boasts expert language, writing and job search professionals situated in the Western Cape. As a result, we have developed our offering to include unique writing, editing, proofreading, translation and job search services and fantastic client service.


To become South Africa’s premier writing and language service company.

Our process:

Once we have received an electronic copy of your current CV, a free assessment will be prepared and sent to you via email. This assessment contains recommendations on how, where and why we propose specific changes to your CV.

Should you not have a current or electronic CV, we will provide you with our CV questionnaire which, if completed, will give us a good basis upon which to compile your new CV.

Upon acceptance of our proposed recommendations set out in the assessment, or upon return of the completed CV Questionnaire, we will provide you with our invoice for payment and once proof of payment has been received, a first draft of your updated CV will be sent to you for your consideration.

We are happy to effect any changes you deem fit and will revise your CV until you are 100% satisfied.

For more frequently asked questions, navigate to our FAQ page.

Chantelle joined the Stellenbosch University Faculty of Law (the “Faculty”) in as a Legal Writing Consultant (“Consultant”) and was subsequently also offered a contract as Website Administrator for the Faculty’s legal writing website and Technical Editor (copy editor) of the Stellenbosch Law Review, a triannually published legal academic journal.

She was promoted to Coordinator of the Faculty’s complete Legal Writing Strategy, the Financial Literacy G-I project and course convenor and lecturer for Writing Skills 171. In addition, she also directs the corporate training offerings of the Faculty and conduct individual consultations with LLB students to discuss problems associated with their written work and conduct guest lectures and/or tutorials pertaining to writing skills development . In 2017 she established The South African Journal of Legal Reasoning, Writing and Education, appointed an editorial board and committee and currently serves as Managing Editor for the journal.

Prior to joining the Faculty, Chantelle spent 11 years in a corporate law environment, seven of which were at top-tier firms such as ENS Africa and Werksmans Incorporated. During my tenure with these firms, I developed skills in drafting, editing, and proofreading legal process, agreements, opinions, correspondence and other legal documents and working in a fast-paced, attention to detail environment, while managing a commercial legal practice at Werksmans Incorporated.

Chantelle has published in peer review journals and presented at various conferences and symposiums such as the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and the Stellenbosch University Social Impact Symposium. She is currently a member of the Professional Editor’s Guild and The Legal Writing Institute, Seattle University.