CV template collection - 164 free 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 164 of our most popular CV templates in Microsoft 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 a CV with our CV writing guide, together with CV examples, samples, layouts and different formats.

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Two column bordered CV template (alternative)

CV ref #164: In this alternative version of our two-page bordered CV template (see below), we have created a more printer friendly version for those who don't have access to a great printer. Download Two column bordered CV template (alternative)

Free Medical CV template

CV ref #163: One of our newest CV templates, this is a medical themed design that would be perfect for a nurse, doctor or other medical role. Equally, the template can be tweaked for most other positions. The example content helps with CV writing. Download free Medical CV template

Free Developer CV template

CV ref #162: This one-page CV template is ideal for a technical style role such as PHP developer or similar. You can expand the template onto two pages if you need more space. Like our other templates, example content is provided to help with CV writing. Download free Developer CV template

Labels Microsoft Word CV template

CV ref #161: A neat free template CV that allows you to convey lots of information in just a page or two. Download free Labels MS Word CV template

Steps Word CV template

CV ref #160: Our 'Steps' CV template uses an eye-catching, original staggered layout to present your information to an employer. Download steps Word CV template

Three column professional CV template

CV ref #159: One of our many one-page CV templates that could just as easily be converted to include additional pages if needed. Download three column professional CV template

Highlights professional CV template in MS Word

CV ref #158: This CV template has a soft grey background with white boxes to highlight your information. The tables format makes editing and adding further sections fairly easy. Download Highlights professional CV template in MS Word

Centered focus Word CV template

CV ref #157: This is a smart two column CV template where the content is aligned to the centre. We've built the template in tables to make it super easy to edit. Download Centred focus Word CV template

Slick headers professional CV template

CV ref #156: A stylish CV template featuring a bold border and slick black headers. The CV uses Open Sans font which is free and can be downloaded from Google. The example content makes CV writing easier.Download Slick Headers professional CV template

Certified Word CV template

CV ref #153: Like many of our CV templates, this fresh two column, two page design in Microsoft Word has optional room for a photograph which can simply be deleted if you'd rather not include a headshot. Download Certified Word CV template

Smart free CV template

CV ref #154: A lovely two-page smart CV template using a two column clean layout with soft grey accents, dividers & Open Sans (free front). Download Smart free CV template

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 Microsoft 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 Microsoft 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.

Guided CV template

CV ref #153: This CV template in Microsoft Word uses Word's columns feature to create two very neat columns which could be extended over a second page. A great CV layout.Download Guided CV template

Acme CV template

CV ref #152: This is a very eye-catching good solid free template CV that has been filled out for a developer but would suit a range of roles. The perfect example of a great CV format. Download Acme CV template

Subtle CV template

CV ref #151: Another of our professionally designed 2 page CV templates, this layout that uses text boxes to organise the content.

Download Subtle CV template

Two page bordered CV template

CV ref #150: A more-than good two-column two-page design that's ridiculously easy to customise. Download Two page bordered CV template

Peach marble (alternative) template

CV ref #149: Our alternative version of this CV format 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. Download Peach Marble (alternative) template

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. Download Lush (alternative) template

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. Download Elite CV template (alternative)

New one-page CV templates

These lovely templates have been professionally designed in Microsoft Word 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.

Minimalist CV template

CV ref #132: This is a super-eyecatching clean one page design that's sure to make an impression. The circle to the top right of the page can be used for a photo. Download Minimalist CV template

Designer CV template

CV ref #131: A beautiful fresh two column design in Microsoft Word 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, this is a great example of how to make a CV. Download Designer CV template

Achiever Professional CV template

CV ref #130: A professionally designed template with all the sections you could need, and a complete guide to customisation. This CV has a feature box which is perfect for highlighting an achievement or a couple of key quotes from your references. Download Achiever Professional CV template

Legal CV template

CV ref #129: 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. Download Legal CV template

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

CV ref #128: 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. Download CV template for a 13, 14 or 15 year old teenager

Elegance template

CV ref #127: 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. Download Elegance free template CV

Fresh two column CV format

CV ref #126: Two columns separating your objective statement and personal information from your work experience and education. Blue accents help this CV format stand out, without being gimmicky. Download Fresh two column template

Basic CV template 2018

CV ref #125: This template is clean and simple with all the sections you need. Your personal details are highlighted in a simple box at the top, and the rest of the template is devoted to your key information which is presented in a neat and easy-to-digest format. Download Basic CV template 2018

Curvaceous template

CV ref #124: 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. Download Curvaceous free template CV

Featured boxes CV format

CV ref #123: A template which puts focus on your achievements. The featured boxes are the perfect place to showcase about what you have achieved in previous roles, or simply drop in a couple of key quotes from your references. Download Featured boxes CV sample

CV format: tips

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.

CV example template

CV ref #122: A neat, clean and simple template which incorporates some advanced features, including drop caps and featured boxes. Download CV example template

Arrows CV template in MS Word

CV ref #121: A great choice for a designer or creative person - with emphasis on skills, software and social. Download Arrows CV template in MS Word

Smart Division template

CV ref #120: On this sample CV, sections are neatly divided - making it easy for recruiters to find your information. Download Smart Division CV template

Contact icons Word template

CV ref #119: A template that takes into account the importance of social in today's job market, allowing you to showcase your social profiles. This can be a great opportunity to show an employer that you're active in contributing to your industry. Download Contact icons Word CV template

Timeline CV template in Microsoft Word

CV ref #118: A great free template CV for showing career progression, or simply presenting your information in a more creative way. Download Timeline CV template

Divided Word template

CV ref #117: A simple template which neatly divides personal information from work experience, education, skills and other sections. Easy to customise. Download Divided free CV template

Statement piece CV format

CV ref #116: The bold headings help your CV to stand out from the pile, whilst the classic font ensures your information is easy to read. Download Statement piece template

Basic CV template 2016

CV ref #115: A very clean, simple and neat template that will satisfy most job seekers, regardless of the role applied for. Download Basic CV template 2016

Functional résumé template (alternative)

CV ref #114: A basic template for those looking for a fuss-free way to present their information. Download Functional résumé template (alternative)

Creative black and white CV format

CV ref #113: For roles where creativity is important, this CV format 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. Download Creative black and white template

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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.

Tables CV template (alternative)

CV ref #112: A great way to organise the information you present to recruiters, allowing them to quickly spot the skills and experience they are looking for. Download Tables free template CV (alternative)

Tables CV format

CV ref #111: Blue bands and contrasting headings help this smart, organised CV template stand out from the pile. Download Tables template

Sections template

CV ref #110: 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. Download Sections template

Accredited template

CV ref #109: A fantastic template to use if you have particular accreditations or professional memberships to showcase. The box on the right can be used for accreditations, logos of professional organisations, key achievements or choice quotes from your references. Download Accredited template

Triple bar template

CV ref #108: On this CV template we have included a triple bar next to each section, coupled with grey headings. These simple style details help to neatly divided up your information and add a little flair to an otherwise basic template. Download Triple bar CV template

Header template

CV ref #107: Your name and contact info appear in the header of this CV format, in a smart green accent colour - easy, of course, to change if you want to. Download Header template

Box detail CV format

CV ref #106: The headings on this CV format are preceded by a neat and attractive row of boxes, helping to divide up your information and adding visual appeal. Download Box detail template

Blue stripes template

CV ref #105: Soft blue stripes are used as the background for each heading, dividing your information up in a neat and organised way. Download Blue stripes template

Contact icons template

CV ref #104: Draw attention to your contact info with smart icons - a neat and appealing way to add a little flair to your CV. Download Contact icons template

Bulleted detail Cv sample

CV ref #103: Attractive bullets add a neat design touch to this free template CV which otherwise keeps things simple. Download Bulleted detail CV sample

CV writing: quick tips

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. Scroll down for more advice on how to write a CV.

Neatly divided Word template

CV ref #102: This layout splits your contact details from your work experience and other sections, making it easy for recruiters to scan through. Download Neatly divided Word template

Centred headings template

CV ref #101: Download this simple, slick CV template if you want a smart layout that neatly presents your information in a clear and well formatted way to your employer. Download Centred Headings CV template

Windows Word template

CV ref #100: Although this CV template makes clever use of the window panels to separate your information, there's few graphics or details that detract from your information. Download Windows Word CV template

Simple purple résumé template

CV ref #99: You'll love filling in this super easy CV/Résumé template with your details and viewing the end result. There's nothing fiddly about this CV format! Download Simple purple résumé template

Indented template

CV ref #98: The addition of a summary section at the top of this CV or Résumé template is highlighted with soft grey shading, providing you with the opportunity to summarise in just a few lines who you are, what you can do and what you're looking for. Download Indented CV template

Smart green lines template

CV ref #97: A CV template that is clean and fuss free, helping you to present your information in a way that will catch the eye of would-be employers, without the page feeling unprofessional or cluttered. Download Smart green lines template

Banded template

CV ref #96: The band at the top and right of this CV template really helps make an impact with prospective employers. Download Banded template

Highlight template

CV ref #95: This very smart, brand new template would suit a whole range of different jobs, from web designer or coder to teacher or health professional. The box at the top can be left as-is or replaced with a photo. Download Highlight template

Helvetica Word template

CV ref #94: This smart Word CV template uses the Helvetica font, one of the most effective fonts to use on a CV due to its clean, modern and easy to read format. Download Helvetica Word template

Helvetica blue layout Word template

CV ref #93: This innovative layout is achieved through tables so it is easy to customise and add extra sections if you'd like to include further information. Download Helvetica blue layout Word CV template

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; and 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. Want to insert a photo? Click here to watch our 'how to' video on YouTube.

Colour blocks template

CV ref #92: The colourful strips down each side expand as you add more information to the CV. The headings for each section match the colour strip to the side, making for an attractive design and easy CV writing. Download Colour blocks free template CV

Profile template

CV ref #91: The picture placeholder and lovely grey and blue colour scheme is eye catching without being overwhelming - while the three columns helps to present your work experience in a way that is engaging while keeping things brief Download Profile template

11 CV examples:

Retail Sales CV example template

CV ref #90: A neatly laid out résumé sample 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. Download Retail Sales CV example template

Medical Technologist CV example template

CV ref #89: A tidy CV example filled out for a medical technologist to inspire you when creating your own résumé for a similar position. Download Medical Technologist CV example template

Social Worker CV example template

CV ref #88: A clean CV template sample filled out for a social worker - a great example of how to prepare your CV if you are seeking a social worker position, for easy CV writing. Download Social Worker Example CV

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. Download Marketing CV example template

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. Download Sales CV example template

Health information technician example CV template

CV ref #85: 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, to make writing your own CV easier. Download Health information technician Example CV

Air sealing technician example CV template

CV ref #84: A CV 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. Download Air sealing technician example CV template

Admin assistant example CV template

CV ref #83: 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. Download Admin assistant example CV template

Construction assistant CV example template

CV ref #82: Get inspiration for your own résumé by looking at our construction assistant résumé template sample, which helps you understand how to lay out your information for this type of position. Download Construction assistant Example CV

Food Services Manager CV example template

CV ref #81: If you're going for a management role in food services, check out this example CV/résumé format to find out exactly how you should lay out your own information. Download Food Services Manager CV example

Pharmacist CV example template

CV ref #80: A well organised résumé or CV template that has been completed for a pharmacist, ideal to adapt for those applying for pharmacy-type roles. Download Pharmacist CV example template

CV examples: top tips

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 CV samples – 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 templates and CV examples have been designed to help you succeed, and with that focus in mind you can be assured that our CV samples look 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.

More CV templates:

Typeface template

CV ref #79: Yet another version of our popular typeface résumé template, this CV format makes use of the Courier New font throughout for a quirky 'typed up' appearance. Download Typeface CV template (version 3)

Typeface CV (alternative)

CV ref #78: Retaining the drawn border effect but making use of an easy-to-read font choice, this is an alternative to our ever popular Typeface résumé template for you to customise. Download Typeface CV (alternative)

High school graduate CV template

CV ref #77: Our high school graduate résumé template format is a very simple affair with just the basics for you to fill out. Download High school graduate CV template

School leavers curriculum vitae template

CV ref #76: This school leavers' template offers the sections you need in a clean, clear layout.Download School leavers curriculum vitae template

College graduate CV template

CV ref #75: This simple CV template is the ideal starting point to creating an impressive graduate CV when you don't have a lot of experience to include. Download College graduate CV template

Alternative bold black template

CV ref #74: Stand out from the crowd with this eye-catching CV format that is sure to help set you apart from other candidates. Download Alternative bold black template

Functional grey curriculum vitae template

CV ref #73: The simple grey boxes on this CV template help to catch the eye, without obscuring your important information. Download Functional grey curriculum vitae template

Written headers CV template

CV ref #72: A touch of handwriting using the Bradley Hand ITC font gives this résumé template a more informal feel Download Written headers CV template

Well drawn CV template

CV ref #71: There's a slightly hand drawn feel to this neat résumé template with its boxy border and use of the Chaparrel Pro Light font. Download Well drawn CV template

Typeface résumé template

CV ref #70: Using the Kaiti font, this résumé template format looks like it's straight off the printing press. Download Typeface résumé template

Soft blue résumé template

CV ref #69: The combination of two superb fonts and some simple soft blue touches creates a stylish and professional looking format for your résumé. Download soft blue resume template

Smart soft green résumé template

CV ref #68: A light green chunky border and soft green headings using a bold choice of font make for a subtle well designed résumé template. Download Smart soft green resume template

Simple Sage template

CV ref #67: The choice of the Segoe UI font, neat double sage green border and attractive green headings add subtle detail to this attractive résumé. Download Simple Sage template

Things you should leave off your CV

Using a CV template is a great place to start, whether you’re writing your very first CV or even if you’re revamping an old one. A CV template will help you organise and complete all of the expected sections an employer would want to see, and saves you the hassle of having to design your own. However, if you want to stand out from the competition and impress the employer, it’s not just about what you include in your CV - but also what you don’t include. Here are a few examples of the things you should leave out of your CV if you want to stand a good chance of getting an interview:

Lengthy sentences: Your CV should always be short and to the point, leaving out any unnecessary words or sentences that don’t add value to your information. This doesn’t mean to say you should only have a few words for each bullet point, but instead you should focus upon what you’re trying to say, and how many few words you can say it without taking up valuable space. Always use bullet points where possible – a good example would be the tasks from your employment history and your core skills section. Check back over your CV once it’s completed and see if there are any sentences that you could explain in fewer words. Put yourself in the hiring manager’s shoes and see how quickly you are able to read the CV and gain all of the relevant information.

Exaggerations: You should never embellish your CV and certainly not tell any lies, as you will quickly be found out during the interview. There is a difference between being positive about your skills and experience and showcasing them well on your CV, and blatantly adding information which isn’t completely true. Everything on your CV should be 100% accurate - when it comes to the interview, you will be expected to talk about many aspects of your CV and if you exaggerate a certain skill set, you are only going to end up being embarrassed when your knowledge is clearly lacking. Even just one instance of this could incline the interviewer to assume that your entire CV is a hoax. Overdoing your CV with unnecessary embellishments may even lose you the interview!

Too much jargon: Although this might seem quite difficult to achieve, you’d be surprised at how many job seekers make their CV overly complicated with too much jargon. Your CV is meant to showcase your talents, not come across as an instruction manual. Including industry jargon is a must when it comes to writing a great CV, but you have to be careful not to make it look as if you're trying too hard to drop relevant terms in. Sure, you want to make the hiring manager aware that you know what you’re talking about and that you have industry experience, but too much could make the employer wary.

Boring hobbies: Little effort is rarely put into the hobbies section as it is deemed as the least important but this is a missed opportunity. First and foremost, leave off the cliches - your employer doesn't want to know that you love socialising on weekends (especially as this suggests Monday morning hangovers and duvet days). However, hobbies that are interesting, exciting or relevant to the role can spark an employer's interest and help you stand out. An example of a hobby which ties in well with a role is IT. Someone who is seeking a job in web design, SEO, or anything IT related will add value to their CV by utilising the hobbies section to show off their latest website project. You could provide links to these projects or anything else you’ve created and put online that will showcase your skills and show how passionate you are about the industry. Hobbies that suggest you take an interest in your personal health and wellbeing can also make you a more desirable candidate, as they suggest you'll take less sick days.

Secretary CV template

CV ref #66: A fabulous typewriter key heading gives this brilliant résumé template a quirky feel, perfect for secretarial or administrative job applications. Download Secretary template

Sage green template

CV ref #65: Smart sage green headings, lines and a simple border add interest to this clean and simple résumé template that is ideal for a multitude of roles. Download Sage green template

Retro orange template

CV ref #64: This résumé template has just a touch of retro - its titles are in the Bauhaus 93 font and it uses a 70s orange colour for the headers and border. Download Retro orange template

Purple flair résumé template

CV ref #63: A twist on our popular purple flair résumé template which makes use of the Lucida Console font for a typewritten finish. Download Purple flair résumé template

Pieced together template

CV ref #62: This intriguing résumé reminds us a little of a ransom note but with plenty of styling to keep it smart and professional. Download Pieced together template

Neat orange résumé template

CV ref #61: This well designed résumé template features a subtle orange border, orange headings and sub headings, and chunky circle bullets to organise your information. Download Neat orange résumé template

Neatly written curriculum vitae template

CV ref #60: A neat black and grey handwritten résumé template that makes use of an adorable font Download Neatly written curriculum vitae template

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.

Narrow lilac template

CV ref #59: A neat template that is professional, thoughtful and well organised, reflecting yuor best qualities. Download Narrow lilac template

Basic resume template

CV ref #58: This is our most basic résumé template with plenty of sections for all of your information and prompts to help you fill everything in correctly. Download Basic resume template

Make an impact CV/resume template

CV ref #57: Using the bold, brash impact font for your name and the headings, coupled with neat lines to section off your information, this crisp résumé allows your application to stand out. Download Make an impact resume template

Classic green résumé template (alternative)

CV ref #56: An alternative version of our classic green résumé template using traditional Times New Roman, with a soft green border and large bolder green headings. Download Classic green résumé template (alternative)

Purple flair résumé template

CV ref #55: A soft purple border, large strong purple headings and a traditional font make this résumé template a fantastic choice for a wide variety of roles. Download Purple flair résumé template

Lilac bullets Resume template

CV ref #54: Clean, fresh and attractive, this résumé template is very subtle in design but doesn't want for anything more. Download Lilac bullets Resume template

Headliner CV template

CV ref #53: All black and white, the résumé template has a crisp, clean feel to it and like all of our templates, it is easy to customise to meet your needs. Download Headliner CV template

Handwritten curriculum vitae template

CV ref #52: This smart, clean template has a slightly informal twist. Download Headliner CV template

Grey box template

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Grey black split template

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Classic green template

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Burgandy shadows template

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Broken border curriculum vitae template

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Blue college graduate CV template

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CV ref #43: The bulk of text on this very smart résumé is in simple Arial font - clear, crisp and unmistakable. However, the headings add a little retro twist. Beige retro CV sample

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CV ref #40: Keyword CVs have seen an increase in popularity and this CV template is just perfect for creating your own. The top blue bands allow you to add relevant keywords such as particular skills you have that the employer is look for. These are valuable for searching through CVs online - and also for ensuring the employer quickly spots what they want to see without having to delve too far into the detail. Download free Keyword template

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CV ref #39: A different version of our most basic CV template, this clean template uses a different style of alignment to help make your CV stand out from the pile. Download free Basic CV template (alt)

Basic resume template

CV ref #38: Our basic CV template has the simplest layout of our collection, with sections for your personal information, education, career and skills divided up by simple horizontal lines. Download free Basic resume template

Two column narrow template

CV ref #37: A neat CV template that uses Arial Narrow, with burgundy headers and a matching burgundy border. Some smart alignment at the top adds interesting detail to this professional CV template. Download Two column narrow template

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CV ref #36: If you've been looking around for a very simple understated but well laid out CV template, then this CV format which uses the Verdana font throughout could be perfect for you. Download Verdana template

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CV ref #35: A clean and simple CV template with a twist - the text is all aligned in the centre of the page and the CV makes use of the Courier New font for a quirky 'typewriter' feel. Download Typewriter template

Icon template

CV ref #34: This smart CV template features a section at the top for your life philosophy, personal statement or career objective, and more sections for your information. Download Icon template

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CV ref #33: This CV template makes use of a two column layout and small blue details to add interest. It also uses the Impact font to create a strong impression with your target employer. Download Two column blue template

Stylish template

CV ref #32: This clean, simple and stylish CV template places your contact information to one side of the page with your education and career information on the other. Download free Stylish Cv template

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CV ref #31: The majority of typeface in this clean and simple CV template is in black, with the exception of your personal details which are in dark grey. This keeps your CV easy to read and digest for prospective employers. Download Modern Cv template

Stylish template

CV ref #30:#30: This classic, well laid out CV format features a simple 1px border around the edge which continues onto the next page, and sections for a summary, education, career information and references. Download free Classic border CV template

Centred Modern CV template

CV ref #29: This modern CV template uses a few subtle style details to draw attention to your key skills and achievements. Download Centered modern curriculum vitae template

CV template with bold headings

CV ref #28: This carefully laid out CV uses smart visual features to cleanly divide up the sections in a simple yet eye-catching way. Download CV template with bold headings

CV template with grey headers

CV ref #27: The grey centralised headings of this clean CV template use courier font to give it a quirky modern feel. Download CV template with grey headers

Two column Arial narrow template

CV ref #26: A smart CV template in black and white that uses the neat and tidy Arial Narrow font - perfect if you have a lot of information to include but don't want to make an excessively long or difficult-to-read CV. Download Two column Arial narrow template

Black and white two column template

CV ref #25: A CV template that places your personal info on one side and your core info on the other, with a bold heading and neatly organised sections.Download Black and white two column template

Orange and blue creative template

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Burgundy creative CV template

CV ref #23: This very simple but highly stylish CV includes a classic burgundy bar at the top to highlight your name and profession, and sections for all of your information underneath. Download Burgundy creative CV template

Light purple creative template

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CV ref #21: Our light blue CV template has an eye catching header that makes an impression - and then the remaining parts of the CV have smart headings and dividing lines but no graphics, to ensure your information packs a punch. Download Light blue creative template

Orange creative template

CV ref #20: Our smart orange-themed CV template is perfect for creating a one page CV that makes a fantastic impact. Need another page? Just 'save as' and create the second page in the copy documnt. Download Orange creative template

Purple creative template

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Red creative template

CV ref #18: Our smart red CV template is perfect for a wide range of job roles. Download Purple creative template

Apple green creative template

CV ref #17: This fresh bright CV template includes a bold title and uses simple icons alongside each segment to help clearly separate your information. Download Apple green creative template

Blue creative template

CV ref #16: Our graphical blue CV template includes some stylish elements that are ideal for job applications which require you to demonstrate a creative flair. Download Blue creative template

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CV ref #15: Some jobs require you to show a little creative flair to stand out from the crowd. Our sage green CV template allows you to do just that. Download Creative sage green template

Smart boxes template

CV ref #14: A very clearly laid out CV template that makes use of a graphic at the top. This can be easily replaced with your photo if you choose to include one.. Download Smart boxes template

Two column template

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Stylish Garamond template

CV ref #12:Although not strictly necessary, the split of your personal information and other details on this smart, simple CV template creates a really eye catching design that will help your job application. Download Stylish Garamond template

Clinical template

CV ref #11: Our free, simple clinical CV template in Word is the perfect starting point for creating your perfect application. Download Clinical template

Garamond CV template with border

CV ref #10: This CV format uses the gorgeous classic Garamond font to display your information and has very subtle styling. Download Garamond CV template with border

Garamond CV template with grey headers

CV ref #9: A very well organised CV template with grey band headers dividing up each section and the professional-looking Garamond font used throughout. Download Garamond CV template with grey headers

Neat and simple template

CV ref #8: Our neat and simple CV template has centralised personal information and the rest of your details aligned to the left, using a classic font and simple dividing lines. Download Neat and simple template

Columns CV template with grey border

CV ref #7: This super smart CV template has a grey background and lots of nice details. Download Columns CV template with grey border

Simple Tahoma template

CV ref #6: Where a simple template with basic sections and a clean professional font is required, this design could be just what you were looking for. Download Simple Tahoma template

Georgia template

CV ref #5: Georgia is another great choice of font for your CV, providing employers with your information in an easy-to-read format. Download Georgia template

Simple Garamond template

CV ref #4: The classic Garamond font is a great choice for any CV. It is easy to read and professional, making it highly suited to almost any role application. Download Simple Garamond template

Simple Word template

CV ref #3: This basic CV format has no graphics or fuss, placing the focus on your information without distraction. Download Simple Word template

Simple CV template (alternative)

CV ref #2: A very clean and straightforward template CV offering the very minimum basic sections. Download Simple CV template (alternative)

Simple template

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How to write a CV

CV writing advice

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 is s evident from the CV itself.

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

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 is no hard and fast rule as to what a CV should contain but you should consider including: Name and personal / contact information, Title/summary and objective, Work experience, Qualifications, Professional memberships / accreditation / honours / awards (if relevant), skills, languages spoken (if relevant); 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, and 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, and 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:

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

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:

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. Now you know how to write a CV, why not check out our other careers guides and advice blog?

Useful links

We hope you found our collection of CV templates and guidance on how to write a CV 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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