149 free CV templates in Microsoft Word format

Are you revamping your CV? Make sure you use a high quality CV template to give your CV a professional look. On this page, you'll find 149 of our most popular CV templates in Word format for you to download and use without charge, for your own personal use. Although every curriculum vitae template we offer is created in Word, you can use any Microsoft Word compatible software package to open them up and edit them. You'll also find plenty of guidance on how to write your CV.

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Minimalist CV template

  • CV ref: #132
  • CV file size: 18kb
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Doc4.docx
  • CV fonts: Acme font (free, provided), Tahoma, Arial
  • Price: Free download

A super-eyecatching clean one page design that's sure to make an impression.

Designer CV template

  • CV ref: #131
  • CV file size: 28kb
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Designer-CV-template.docx
  • CV fonts: Jenna Sue, Arial (both free)
  • Price: Free download

A beautiful fresh two column design with an optional profile photo. The slightly colloquial use of intro and footer wording in the delightful free Jenna Sue font provide an eye-catching touch of flair, perfect for creative roles. Super easy to customise.

Achiever Professional CV template

  • CV ref: #130
  • CV file size: 139kb
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: CV_Template_A4_Prof.docx
  • CV fonts: Garamond (free)
  • Price: Free download

A professionally designed template with all the sections you could need, and a complete guide to customisation.

Legal CV template

  • CV ref: #129
  • CV file size: 29kb
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: legal-cv-template.docx
  • CV fonts: Leelawadee (free)
  • Price: Free download

The perfect layout for solicitors, lawyers or professionals looking for a clean, crisp template with no clutter in a modern, fresh design. Equally suited to a variety of professional roles.

CV template for a 13, 14 or 15 year old teenager

  • CV ref: #128
  • CV file size: 17kb
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: CV-template-13-14-15-year-old.docx
  • CV fonts: Times New Roman
  • Price: Free download

This simple, clean CV template is perfect for 13, 14 and 15 year olds who are looking to secure their first job, perhaps at a local shop. It assumes little formal work experience although it is easy to adapt.

Elegance template

  • CV ref: #127
  • CV file size: 277kb
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Elegance-CV-template.docx
  • CV fonts: Coventry Garden, Garamond (free)
  • Price: Free download

This curriculum vitae uses two free fonts - Coventry Garden and Garamond - together with our own custom soft grey icons and a splash of blue accent to create a very elegant and highly professional CV layout.

Fresh two column template

  • CV ref: #126
  • CV file size: 26kb
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Fresh-Two-Column-CV-template.docx
  • CV fonts: Leelawadee (free)
  • Price: Free download

Two columns separating your objective statement and personal information from your work experience and education. Blue accents help this template stand out, without being gimmicky.

Basic CV template 2018

  • CV ref: #125
  • CV file size: 21kb
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Basic-CV-template-2017.docx
  • CV fonts: Garamond (free)
  • Price: Free download

Clean and simple with all the sections you need. Your personal details are highlighted in a simple box at the top.

Curvaceous template

  • CV ref: #124
  • CV file size: 50kb
  • CV file format: .doc (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Curvaceous-CV-template.doc
  • CV fonts: Garamond (free)
  • Price: Free download

Eye catching curves to help your CV stand out from the pile. The spacing makes this a great choice for those without a lot of work experience.

Featured boxes template

  • CV ref: #123
  • CV file size: 56kb
  • CV file format: .doc (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Feature-boxes-CV-template.doc
  • CV fonts: Times New Roman (free)
  • Price: Free download

A template which puts focus on your achievements. The featured boxes are the perfect place to boast about what you have achieved.

CV example template

  • CV ref: #122
  • CV file size: 48kb
  • CV file format: .doc (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Example-CV.doc
  • CV fonts: Times New Roman (free)
  • Price: Free download

A neat, clean and simple template which incorporates some advanced features, including drop caps and featured boxes.

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Quick CV template customisation tips

Remove branding

If you’re using a Word CV template that you’ve downloaded from the Internet make sure you remove any branding that the website has added in. To edit headers and footers (where branding is usually put in), you can usually just double click them in Word. Your choice of CV template from our collection will have a simple link at the end that you’ll need to remove from the bottom of the file.

Include only necessary information

Make sure you’re putting the right things into your choice of Word CV template and don’t overload your CV template with unnecessary information and waffle – it’ll make it harder for HR to find what they really want to see. Use the headings provided to guide you and as a rule of thumb, keep your CV to 2 pages in length.

'Coasting' 1-page template in Word

  • CV ref: #137
  • CV file size: 221kb
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Doc14.docx
  • CV fonts: Calibri, Lato Light, Raleway (free)
  • Price: Free download

Our 'Coasting' template is a lovely, fresh and customisable one-page design. The eye-catching blue corner has a blue 'legal documents' feel - but this CV is well suited to a variety of careers.

'Take a Leaf' one page CV template in Microsoft Word

  • CV ref: #136
  • CV file size: 163kb
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Doc13.docx
  • CV fonts: Futura Bk BT, Open Sans, Open Sans Semi Bold, Open Sans Light, Open Sans Extra Bold, Calibri, Century Gothic (free)
  • Price: Free download

This delightful CV template features a subtle leaf background. A key distinct feature is the skills circles which CAN be adjusted.

Arrows CV template in MS Word

  • CV ref: #121
  • CV file size: 41kb
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Arrows-CV-template.docx
  • CV fonts: Lobster, Arvo (free)
  • Price: Free download

A great choice for a designer or creative person - with emphasis on skills, software and social.

Smart Division template

  • CV ref: #120
  • CV file size: 19kb
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Smart-Division-CV-template.docx
  • CV fonts: Garamond (free)
  • Price: Free download

Sections are neatly divided, making it easy for recruiters to find your information.

New one-page CV templates

These lovely templates have been professionally designed and are very easy to customise. Remove the background images, add in your own graphics and photos, adjust the sliding bars, change the colours and make these fantastic CV templates your own. If one page isn't enough, it's quite easy to make a continuation page to add more detail.



Contact icons Word template

  • CV ref: #119
  • CV file size: 33kb
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Contact-Icons-Word-CV-template.docx
  • CV fonts: Arial Narrow (free)
  • Price: Free download

A template that takes into account the importance of social in today's job market, allowing you to showcase your social profiles.

Timeline CV template in Microsoft Word

  • CV ref: #118
  • CV file size: 34kb
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Timeline-Word-CV-template.docx
  • CV fonts: Helvetica (free)
  • Price: Free download

A great template for showing career progression, or simply presenting your information in a more creative way.

Divided Word template

  • CV ref: #117
  • CV file size: 15kb
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Divided-Word-CV-template.docx
  • CV fonts: Garamond (free)
  • Price: Free download

A simple template which neatly divides personal information from work experience, education, skills and other sections. Easy to customise.

Elite (alternative) template

  • CV ref: #147
In this alternative version of our Elite template we’ve removed the backgrounds and changed the font colour to black. We’ve also removed the repeated name at the top and created a lot more space for your work experience and education. The work experience and education has been flipped around to meet the UK norms. NB: The alternative version is below the regular version on the download page.

Lush Green Foliage (alternative) template

  • CV ref: #148
Here’s our Lush Foliage CV template, without the lush foliage – we’ve inverted the font colours, taken away the background and given it a fresher modern feel. NB: The alternative version is below the regular version on the download page.

Peach marble (alternative) template

  • CV ref: #149
Our alternative version of this template removes the peach background. We change the fill colour of the orange box and its border to white, and expand it to take a photo. We also remove the borders from the top and bottom, and change the lower headings to white. NB: The alternative version is below the regular version on the download page.

Customise

Make sure you customise each and every CV that you send out to the role you’re applying for, highlighting where you have the required skills and education mentioned in the job ad, and reiterating this in your covering letter. This makes you look like you are more suited to the role than candidates who submit a generic CV.

Limit personal information

Be cautious about the personal information you offer. For example, does your prospective employer really need to know that you’re married with 3 kids, or you’re 50? This type of information might say to your employer that you have a lot of out-of-work commitments that might get in the way of the job, or that you might not be as in touch with the latest developments in your area of expertise as somebody younger. Although recruiters aren't supposed to discriminate on the basis of any 'protected charcteristic', unfortunately they do. The aim of the game is to get your foot in the door and secure an interview, giving you the chance to impress them in person. So don’t give them any reason to reject you at the application stage.

Statement piece template

  • CV ref: #116
  • CV file size: 25kb
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Statement-piece-CV-template.docx
  • CV fonts: Garamond (free)
  • Price: Free download

The bold headings help your CV to stand out from the pile, whilst the classic font ensures your information is easy to read.

Basic CV template 2016

  • CV ref: #115
  • CV file size: 31kb
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Basic-CV-template-2016.docx
  • CV fonts: Garamond (free)
  • Price: Free download

A very clean, simple and neat template that will satisfy most job seekers, regardless of the role applied for.

Functional résumé template (alternative)

  • CV ref: #114
  • CV file size: 36kb
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Functional-resume-alternative.docx
  • CV fonts: Garamond (free)
  • Price: Free download

A basic template for those looking for a fuss-free way to present their information.

Graphical black and white template

  • CV ref: #113
  • CV file size: 1.64mb
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: CV1-alternative.docx
  • CV fonts: Masterplan, Arial (free)
  • Price: Free download

For roles where creativity is important, this template offers an alternative way of presenting your information, with an eye catching font and smart icons. Be sure to download the free font before opening.

Tables CV template (alternative)

  • CV ref: #112
  • CV file size: 47kb
  • CV file format: .doc (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Tables-alternative-CV-template.doc
  • CV fonts: Garamond (free)
  • Price: Free download

A great way to organise the information you present to recruiters, allowing them to quickly spot the skills and experience they are looking for.

Double check the criteria

Check the requirements of applying for the job carefully – messing up on small details like applying to the right person, getting their name right, and including the information they’ve asked for in your application, can be the difference between getting the interview and seeing your CV end up in their bin.

Show the right experience

In a time where candidates with degrees are ten a penny, experience has never been more important. Show that you have the right experience for the particular vacancy you’re applying for. Short of work experience for your CV? Read our article on work experience and skills.

Provide adequate contact info

Ensure your CV template download includes adequate ways for prospective employers to contact you. If you have a current job, consider that they may call you while you are at work so it is a good idea to provide an email address and to state '(preferred)' next to it. If you do offer your mobile phone number, make sure your voicemail is activated in case they call when you cannot answer.

Proofread carefully

Above all, don’t forget to spell check your CV, read it out loud and get someone to read over your CV for you. Trivial mistakes could cost you that life-changing interview.

Tables template

  • CV ref: #111
  • CV file format: .doc (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Tables-CV-template.doc
  • Price: Free download

Blue bands and contrasting headings help this smart, organised CV template stand out from the pile.

Sections template

  • CV ref: #110
  • CV file format: .doc (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Sections-CV-template.doc
  • Price: Free download

Clearly dividing up your information for the recruiter in a way that makes it easier for them to see how you fit the job description.

Accredited template

  • CV ref: #109
  • CV file format: .doc (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Accredited-CV.doc
  • Price: Free download

A fantastic template to use if you have particular accreditations or professional memberships to showcase.

Triple bar template

  • CV ref: #108
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Triple-bar-CV-template.docx
  • Price: Free download

Next to each section of your CV, we have included a triple bar, coupled with grey headings - simple style details to add a little flair to a basic template.

Header template

  • CV ref: #107
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Header-cv-template.docx
  • Price: Free download

Your name and contact info appear in the header of this template, in a smart green accent colour - easy, of course, to change if you want to.

Box detail template

  • CV ref: #106
  • CV file format: .doc (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Box-Detail-CV-template.doc
  • Price: Free download

The headings on this template are preceded by a neat and attractive row of boxes, helping to divide up your information and adding visual appeal.

Blue stripes template

  • CV ref: #105
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Blue-Stripes-CV-template.docx
  • Price: Free download

Soft blue stripes are used as the background for each heading, dividing your information up in a neat and organised way.

Contact icons template

  • CV ref: #104
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Contact-icons-cv-template.docx
  • Price: Free download

Draw attention to your contact info with smart icons - a neat and appealing way to add a little flair to your CV.

Bulleted detail template

CV ref: #103
CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
CV file name: Bulleted-detail.docx
Price: Free download

Attractive bullets add a neat design touch to this CV template which otherwise keeps things simple.

Neatly divided Word template

  • CV ref: #102
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Neatly-Divided.docx
  • Price: Free download

This layout splits your contact details from your work experience and other sections, making it easy for recruiters to scan through.

Centred headings template

  • CV ref: #101
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Centred-Headings.docx
  • Price: Free download

Should I include a photo on my CV?

There is no right answer to this question but some things you might want to consider are:

  • A photo shows that you are well presented.
  • Photos put a 'face to a name'.
  • Your employer is likely to find a pic of you online anyway.
  • You could be judged on appearance rather than ability.
  • Photos give recruiters the opportunity to discriminate.

If you are still not sure, read our article 'Should I include a CV photo?' for a discussion of the pros and cons.

Windows Word template

  • CV ref: #100
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Windows-CV.docx
  • Price: Free download

Simple purple résumé template

  • CV ref: #99
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Simple-purple.docx
  • Price: Free download

Indented template

  • CV ref: #98
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Indented-CV-template.docx
  • Price: Free download

Smart green lines template

  • CV ref: #97
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Smart-green-lines.docx
  • Price: Free download

Banded template

  • CV ref: #96
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Banded-CV-template.docx
  • Price: Free download

Highlight template

  • CV ref: #95
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Highlight-CV.docx
  • Price: Free download

Helvetica Word template

  • CV ref: #94
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: boxes-cv-template.doc
  • Price: Free download

Helvetica blue layout Word template

  • CV ref: #93
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: blue-layout-word-cv.docx
  • Price: Free download

Colour blocks template

  • CV ref: #92
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: colour-blocks-cv.docx
  • Price: Free download

Profile template

  • CV ref: #91
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: cv-template-profile.docx
  • Price: Free download

Alternative bold black template

  • CV ref: #74
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Bold-Black-Resume-Template-Alternative.docx
  • Price: Free download

Typeface template

CV ref: #70
CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
CV file name: Resume-Template-Typeface.docx
Price: Free download

Soft blue résumé template

CV ref: #69
CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
CV file name: Resume-Template-Soft-Blue.docx
Price: Free download

Smart soft green résumé template

CV ref: #68
CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
CV file name: Resume-Template-Smart-Soft-Green.docx
Price: Free download

Simple Sage template

CV ref: #67
CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
CV file name: Resume-Template-Simple-Sage.docx
Price: Free download

Sage green template

CV ref: #65
CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
CV file name: Resume-Template-Sage-Green-Left-Titles.docx
Price: Free download

Retro orange template

CV ref: #64
CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
CV file name: Resume-Template-Retro-Orange.docx
Price: Free download

Purple flair résumé template

CV ref: #63
CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
CV file name: Resume-Template-Purple-Flair.docx
Price: Free download

Pieced together template

  • CV ref: #62
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Resume-Template-Pieced-Together.docx
  • Price: Free download

Neat orange résumé template

  • CV ref: #61
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Resume-Template-Neat-Orange.docx
  • Price: Free download

Narrow lilac template

  • CV ref: #59
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Resume-Template-Narrow-Lilac.docx
  • Price: Free download

Classic green résumé template (alterative)

  • CV ref: #56
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Resume-Template-Classic-Green-alternative.docx
  • Price: Free download

Purple flair résumé template

  • CV ref: #55
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Purple-Flair-Resume-Template-Alternative.docx
  • Price: Free download

Grey box template

  • CV ref: #51
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Resume-Template-Grey-Box.docx
  • Price: Free download

Burgandy shadows template

  • CV ref: #48
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Resume-Template-Grey-Box.docx
  • Price: Free download

Bold black template

  • CV ref: #44
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Resume-Template-Bold-Black.docx
  • Price: Free download

Verdana template

  • CV ref: #36
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: cv-template-verdana.docx
  • Price: Free download

How can I make my CV stand out?

These days it seems that everyone has a degree and everyone has work experience - so how can you make your CV stand out from a very large pile? The key is in highlighting achievements. Although all prospective employers want to know about your responsibilities, most will also want to know what you achieved for each employer, whether it was smashing a sales target, running a successful marketing campaign, making cost savings or simply introducing a new process that helped the business run more efficiently. A great way to highlight those achievements is to use a fancy text box - in this video, we show you how.

Icon template

  • CV ref: #34
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: icon-cv-template.docx
  • Price: Free download

Stylish template

  • CV ref: #32
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: cv-template-stylish.doc
  • Price: Free download

CV template with grey headers

  • CV ref: #27
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: cv-grey-headers.doc
  • Price: Free download

Orange and blue creative template

  • CV ref: #24
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: CV10.docx
  • Price: Free download

Light purple creative template

  • CV ref: #22
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: CV8.docx
  • Price: Free download

Light blue creative template

  • CV ref: #21
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: CV7.docx
  • Price: Free download

Orange creative template

  • CV ref: #20
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: CV6.docx
  • Price: Free download

Purple creative template

  • CV ref: #19
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: CV5.docx
  • Price: Free download

Red creative template

  • CV ref: #18
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: CV4.docx
  • Price: Free download

Apple green creative template

  • CV ref: #17
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: CV3.docx
  • Price: Free download

Drop caps: a quick way to add a creative touch

Drop caps are a really neat way to add a touch of flair to an otherwise plain curriculum vitae. If you've never come across drop caps before, it means a larger capital letter at the beginning of a paragraph. Plenty of people have no idea that you can insert drop caps using Microsoft Word but it's a quick and simple trick. Once you've inserted drop caps, you can adjust the size to suit your needs and preferences. Watch our video to see how to add drop caps to your CV.

Blue creative template

  • CV ref: #16
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: CV2.docx
  • Price: Free download

Creative sage green template

  • CV ref: #15
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: CV1.docx
  • Price: Free download

Smart boxes template

CV ref: #14
CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
CV file name: Doc2.docx
Price: Free download

Two column template

  • CV ref: #13
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: cv-two-column.doc
  • Price: Free download

Stylish Garamond template

  • CV ref: #12
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: cv-template-stylish-garamond.doc
  • Price: Free download

Clinical template

CV ref: #11
CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
CV file name: cv-template-clinical.doc
Price: Free download

Garamond CV template with border

  • CV ref: #10
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: cv-template-classic-border-garamond.doc
  • Price: Free download

Garamond CV template with grey headers

  • CV ref: #9
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: cv-grey-headers-garamond.doc
  • Price: Free download

Neat and simple template

  • CV ref: #8
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: cv-template-neat-and-simple.doc
  • Price: Free download

Columns CV template with grey border

  • CV ref: #7
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: grey-border-two-columns.docx
  • Price: Free download

Simple Tahoma template

  • CV ref: #6
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: cv-template-tahoma.doc
  • Price: Free download

Georgia template

  • CV ref: #5
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: cv-template-simple-georgia.doc
  • Price: Free download

Simple Garamond template

  • CV ref: #4
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: cv-template-simple-garamond.doc
  • Price: Free download

Simple Word template

  • CV ref: #3
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: cv-template-simple-3.doc
  • Price: Free download

Simple CV template (alternative)

  • CV ref: #2
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: cv-template-simple-2.doc
  • Price: Free download

Simple template

  • CV ref: #1
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: cv-template-simple.doc
  • Price: Free download

CV template with bold headings

  • CV ref: #28
  • CV file format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • CV file name: Doc3.docx
  • Price: Free download

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Pharmacist CV example template

CV ref: #89

A well organised résumé or CV template that has been completed for a pharmacist, ideal to adapt for those applying for pharmacy-type roles.

Marketing CV example template

CV ref: #87

A well thought out example CV or résumé template that has been completed for a marketing professional, to give you an idea how to fill in and finish your own CV or résumé for a similar position.

Sales CV example template

CV ref: #86

A sales representative résumé or CV example for a role in manufacturing sales that has been completed for you to inspire you to fill in your own CV or résumé for a similar position.

Health information technician example CV template

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A great example of a CV or résumé that has been completed for a health information technician position - perfect as an example for you if you are seeking a similar position.

Air sealing technician example CV template

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A résumé example filled out as an air sealing technician - a perfect template for those looking for a green-technology based role, particularly where LEED accreditation or similar qualifications have been obtained.

Admin assistant example CV template

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A great example CV that has been completed for an Administrative Assistant. A perfect template to inspire your own CV or résumé if you are applying for an administrative position.

Construction assistant CV example template

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Get inspiration for your own résumé by looking at our construction assistant résumé template, which helps you understand how to lay out your information for this type of position.

Food Services Manager CV example template

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If you're going for a management role in food services, check out this example CV/résumé to find out exactly how you should lay out your own information..

Social Worker CV example template

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A clean CV template filled out for a social worker - a great example of how to prepare your CV if you are seeking a social worker position.

Retail Sales CV example template

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A neatly laid out résumé filled out for a retail sales position, ideal to use as an example of how to complete your own CV. The template is divided into two columns, with your name and personal details on the left.

Physiotherapist CV example template

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If you're applying for a role as a physiotherapist or a related role, this CV example will be really helpful to you. We have filled out all of the sections with dummy information so you can see the sort of thing you need to be writing in your own physiotherapist-tailored CV.

Medical Technologist CV example template

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A tidy CV example filled out for a medical technologist to inspire you when creating your own résumé for a similar position.

CV example for a teenager/school leaver

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Here we walk you through what to include on your CV if you are applying for a part time job at 13, 14 or 15. We also provide a suitable example CV template that you can download for free.

Things to note about these CV examples:

You should tailor your CV to the exact job that you're applying for - every time. Sure, every CV you send in might be for a 'Marketing Consultant' role, but each employer will have different requirements. Whilst looking at CV examples might give you ideas of how the perfect CV is structured and how certain sections of the CV are presented, you still need to write your CV from scratch, tailored to the job specification.

Q: Should I start with a CV example?

Gone are the days when you have to spend hours in front of your computer trying to create your CV, and with such an abundance of free CV examples to choose from why make things hard on yourself? Here’s why you should use a CV example:

1. It saves a lot of time

Creating a CV from scratch can be a very time consuming and exhausting process. First of all you have to figure out which sections you want to include, and in which order you want to put them. The problem with this is that you run the risk of missing something vital off of your CV.

It can take anything from 2-4 hours to create the perfect CV, and with literally hundreds to choose from you could reduce that time down to minutes. With only a handful to search through you might be worried that you won’t find the right one, but when there are hundreds of CV examples and templates – you can’t really go wrong!

2. There's no chance of missing something important

A CV example will ensure you don’t miss off a vital section from your CV, as everything has already been covered. Trying to remember exactly what has to be covered on a CV is a waste of time when this information has already been researched and implemented into a fantastic CV example.

You will often find that when choosing CV examples you will come across sections that you’d not even thought of, or may give you the inspiration you need to write a whole new section about yourself.

3. You'll get structure and layout help

Not only will you be able to take advantage of having the sections already organised, CV examples will also take away the hassle of trying to structure everything perfectly. The layout of a CV is extremely important if you want it to beat the competition, and that’s why using cv examples is a great way of ensuring everything is neat and organised.

4. The end result will look more professional

Our CV examples have been designed to help you succeed, and with that focus in mind you can be assured that our templates looks professional and will please the reader. From the suggested font, to the layout and structure, to the overall presentation and design of the CV template itself – everything has been created with success in mind and to look visually stunning to the hiring manager.

A well thought-out, professional looking CV will give you the very best chance of gaining that all important interview. It doesn’t matter how highly skilled and qualified you are if your CV doesn’t look professional. Choosing the right CV look and feel for you will present your talents to the employer in the best possible way.

5. You can use our CV examples simply as inspiration!

If for any reason you want to customise cv examples to your own taste – then go ahead! You don’t have to stick with the exact layout, and if there’s something you don’t like then don’t hesitate to change it to your liking.

You will often come across CV examples that you like the look of but feel that they need adjusting to suit your needs. Using CV examples as inspiration to create your own unique CV is a great way of impressing a potential employer.

CV writing advice: how to write a CV

Your curriculum vitae, or CV, provides potential employers with an overview of your experience and qualifications, as well as giving them some clues as to the type of person you are and as to whether you'd fit into their organisation. Your CV is the first impression a potential employer has of you so it's important to make it neat and accurate, as well as to sell yourself in the best way possible. Every time you send out a CV, prune it so that it meets the requirements of the job you're applying for as closely as possible, and ensure your covering letter sets out exactly HOW you meet those requirements, even if it's evident from the CV itself.

Combined, your CV and covering letter need to demonstrate that you have:

  • the motivation for the role;
  • the ability to adapt to and share your employer's vision and ethos; and
  • the skills and competence relevant to the job.

Hiring new staff is costly in terms of advertising, time spent and training, so employers also gravitate towards candidates who look like good long-term prospects.

CV layout

Unless you're applying for a creative role (and so can justify a little artistic license), your prospective employer will be looking for a neatly presented, accurate CV that follows a traditional format so that they can find the information that they're looking for quickly; and not something that looks like a GCSE art project. When you're choosing from your CV template from our collection, don't use too many colours and ensure fonts are easy to read; a little flair is acceptable but simple and clean is the best approach.

What goes on my CV?

There's no hard and fast rule as to what a CV should contain but you should consider including the following sections:

  • Name and personal / contact information
  • Title/summary and objective
  • Work experience
  • Qualifications
  • Professional memberships / accreditation / honours / awards
  • Skills
  • Languages
  • Interests and hobbies
  • References and availability

Our example CV section above contains the expected contents for different professions. We'll look at the previously mentioned CV sections in turn.

Name and personal contact information

This should include:

  • Name including title e.g. Mr John Smith
  • Address
  • Phone number(s)
  • Email address
  • Driving licence if you have one ('full, clean', if that's the case)

Some people include their date of birth here. Age really isn't relevant at all to whether you're suitable for a job, unless there is some specific requirement to the role you're applying for, so there is no reason to include it. Similarly, there's no need to include your marital status.

Title/summary and objective

Since your prospective employer likely has many hundreds of CVs to review, use a title to catch their eye and tell them that you're exactly what they're looking for, by reference to the elements of the job description that you meet.

Example of a title/summary – one line:

  • Solicitor with 4 years' PQE (post qualification experience)
  • Customer Service Representative with 5 years' experience
  • History Graduate with extensive work experience

Example of an objective – expand on who you are and include what you want:

  • I am a solicitor with 4 years' PQE at a busy East Midlands' Law Firm. I currently have a varied heavy caseload of private client work, dealing mainly with residential property and probate as well as some family law cases. I am relocating to Birmingham and looking for a similar role with a partnership opportunity in the near future.

For more help with writing a great summary, read the first section of our article: 4 super easy ways to make your CV stand out.

Work experience

Usually this goes before your education. However, if you've only just graduated, unless you've clocked up a few years of relevant experience along the way, switch these sections around so that education comes first and work experience second.

For each item in this section, detail:

  • Job Title
  • Company Name and Location
  • Dates of Employment
  • Very brief intro to company
  • Description of your responsibilities
  • Key achievements

Offer more detail for your latest and/or most significant role and try to tailor what you include to the job you're applying for. Keep what you write factual and ensure your achievements are accurate, verifiable and specific. If you were responsible for supervising and/or training other people, detail this, and to what degree.

Sometimes it's helpful to say why you want to leave your current role, or why you did leave, but only if it's a neutral reason such as relocating or redundancy. Never, ever critisise your employers on your CV and take great care about what you say about them at interviews – you may give your prospective employer the impression that you're a difficult or grumbling employee.

If you've not stayed in any role for long, you may want to explain to your prospective employer why, if there's a good reason – such as that the roles were all temporary/contract positions.

'I don't have much / any experience!'

If you're short of work experience, make sure you've included:

  • Part-time work
  • Temporary work
  • Volunteer work
  • Freelance work
  • Experience gained through related hobbies
  • Relevant school projects, internships and extracurricular activities
  • Teaching (for example, graduates helping undergraduates)

The above can be great ways of demonstrating to employers that you're ready for the role so get involved while you're job hunting. Read our guide to work experience and also consider volunteering. You can find excellent volunteering opportunities on the 'Do it' website: https://do-it.org/.

Education

For each entry, include:

  • Course and grade achieved
  • Institution/awarding body and location
  • Year completed

Start with the most relevant first (such as those requested in the job advert) or if none are especially relevant, the most recent first.

If applicable, you may also wish to include any training you have completed in your current or previous positions under a new heading of 'training'. This might include, for example, short courses in popular software like MS Word and Excel.

Professional memberships / accreditation / honours / awards

This is fairly self explanatory – the place to put any relevant professional memberships or awards, such as 'Microsoft Certified Engineer' or 'Certified Scrum Master'.

Skills

Under skills, detail any particular skills that are relevant to the job followed by any skills that may be of interest to your employer. After each skill, state your skill level. Here are some examples:

Hard skills

  • Use of common software – such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access and so on.
  • Use of specialist software – such as familiarity with Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator and so on.
  • Technical skills – such as the ability to code in a particular language like PHP.
  • Typing skills – with speed, including oral typing if you've done this before.
  • Admin / secretarial skills – such as shorthand, book keeping etc.

Need more ideas? Try our list of hard skills.

Soft skills

Ensure anything on this list is specific and highly relevant to the job. Avoid fluffy statements. A good way of listing soft skills is to state how you acquired them with reference to specific projects or experience. For example, 'My work as a volunteer for Oxfam, organising convoys to remote parts of the World, has developed my skills in establishing cooperation between diverse groups'. Focus particularly on any skills mentioned in the job advert. Here are some soft skills you may be able to find evidence for:

  • Communication (verbal, non-verbal, written, and interpersonal)
  • Presentation (demeanour, appearance, the way you engage with others)
  • Facilitation (coordination, resolution)
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Interviewing
  • Selling (goods, services, ideas, talents, organisational change)
  • Influence/persuasion
  • Teamwork
  • Management and leadership – make sure you know the difference. Very briefly, management is often about setting direction and strategy whereas leadership is about communicating, inspiring and driving people forward.
  • Handling difficult people and situations
  • Networking (online and offline)
  • Negotiation
  • Organising and multitasking
  • Mentoring/coaching – again make sure you appreciate the difference.
  • Learning

Languages

Include any languages you speak and to what level of fluency. If you have any specific qualifications or experience in relation to these, it may be worth mentioning here.

Interests and hobbies

This should be a brief summary of your favourite out-of-work activities. This section helps your employer guage how well you'll fit in to an existing team but be very cautious about what you write here – leave off 'going to the pub' 'socialising' 'seeing friends' and anything else that makes you sound like a party animal, but equally, leave off your model train, stamp and coin collection for now. Mention any sports or fitness acivities you take part in as this will help your employer see that you take an interest in your wellbeing – healthy employees are better than unhealthy ones! Need more guidance on what to include in the 'interests' section? Try our article 'Does the hobbies & interests section of my CV matter?'.

References and availability

Offer two references, giving their name, job title and contact info.

It's usual to list your current employer as one of your references but it's perfectly acceptable to write 'references available on request' if you haven't yet discussed your plans to move on with your current employer. The other reference should be someone professional such as a former tutor or business contact who has worked with you on a project.

What doesn't go in my CV?

There are things you should NEVER include in your CV. Here are some of them:

  • Clichés: Throwaway comments such as 'able to communicate at all levels', 'can work to tight deadlines' 'able to work alone or part of a team' are just irritating fluff if they're not supported by examples and evidence. Of course you can speak to people and meet your deadlines – you might as well just write 'employable'!
  • Writing in the third person: Unless you're Richard Branson or the like, you're probably going to be writing your own CV. Don't be tempted to write it as if someone else did. It's annoying and ever-so-slightly pretentious.
  • Photos: Unless appearance is in some way relevant to the job, don't include a picture. How you look has nothing to do with how well you can do the job and you give people an opportunity to exercise their prejudices, rightly or wrongly.

Final checks

Now you've customised your CV template, run a spell check on your finished CV and get a couple of people to look over it for you. It's easy to miss little errors when you've been working on something for a long time but they suggest to your prospective employer a lack of attention to detail.

Useful links

We hope you found our collection of CV templates useful. We also recommend these websites which offer more help with preparing your CV and landing your dream job:

  • London School of Economics and Political Science - a great list of CV and cover letter related resources that will be extremely useful when customising your CV template with your information.
  • Duke University - well laid out CV resources, CV examples and careers related information from Duke University.

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