228 free CV templates in Microsoft Word

Choose a CV template from our collection of 228 professional designs in Microsoft Word format (with CV writing advice)

Updated: 3rd October 2020 | By: Jen Wiss

In a competitive job market, we know that creating the perfect CV is a tough task. That's why we've put together this CV library of 228 best free CV and resume templates from our collection to help you. Each of our professional templates contains placeholder information to inspire you when writing your own curriculum vitae. Alongside our CV examples, we've also included plenty of advice on writing a winning CV that will land you more job interviews. In our CV writing guidance, we cover what to include in each section, and how to make your UK CV stand out from the crowd. We also answer your FAQS.

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Please note: These free templates have been professionally designed in the UK in Microsoft Word format. They are free to download for your personal use in finding a job. You can find our terms of use here. If you find a template that you like, we'd appreciate a review or a 'Facebook Like' and we'd absolutely love it if you shared this page!

Latest CV templates:

This simple, smart ATS system CV template uses minimal layout techniques to create a CV that is beautiful, clean, simple and smart. Crisp and modern with plenty of white space, it makes your information so easy to read.

A 2-page free template in Microsoft Word with sample content for a software developer. Based on our ‘Connect’ template but with a lighter header, this UK CV template places a large focus on skills / achievements.

A one-page two-column CV template in Microsoft Word featuring a bold heading, eye catching sub headings and the odd splash of blue. Smart, fresh and modern, it’s a great layout for catching an employer’s eye.

A medical themed CV template that is perfect for a nurse, doctor or other medical role within the healthcare team. Equally, by changing the graphic, the template can be tweaked for most other positions.

This Chef CV template has a fresh, simple design with a subtle splash of colour. Created with example content to help you write your own CV, covering various types of roles and experience that a UK chef might have.

We show you how to use work placements, activities & non-traditional experience to create a strong CV for internship applications in the workplace. The simple ATS-friendly layout is easy to edit and work with.

#205: Easy-to-edit & remove or add more sections, this classic 1-page CV or resume template is ATS-friendly, highly versatile & suitable for a wide range of job roles and industries.

#202: This attractive ATS friendly CV template uses the Garamond font and clever paragraph formatting to create a smart layout whilst minimising ATS parsing issues. Soft coloured shading divides up your details.

#186: A free one-page solicitor CV template in Microsoft Word format, ideal for professionals. A clean layout to catch the attention of prospective employers, with two columns, soft grey headers & an eye-catching intro.

This smart two-page ATS CV template features an unusual font choice – Arial Narrow – with some extra spacing thrown in to ensure it looks absolutely fantastic, Spacious and modern, it makes a great impression.

#222: Download & edit this ATS-friendly 2 page single column template – a perfect example for UK electricians & similar positions. A lovely layout with splashes of electric blue, dividers & a spaced font.

#221: A smart ATS-proof two page CV with example content for a mechanical engineer. Dark blue headings, a soft dotted border & smart use of spacing makes this a template that is both machine & human friendly!

A super-stylish bartender CV example with a fresh layout and a splash of orange. Focusing heavily on your skills, ideas and personality, the sample content makes this Word template really easy to use and edit.

Our two page artist template is a great example of how to write an artist CV. It provides the perfect starting point for artists applying for exhibitions, residencies or other types of professional opportunity.

To give this waiter CV a truly restaurant feel, we’ve presented it with a ‘menu card’ background & a traditional font (Old Standard TT). Contrasting headers add to the lovely look and feel of this layout.

#208: Our one-page hotel worker CV is a great starting point for those looking for hospitality work. With a smart two-column layout and attractive font, this example can also be adapted to suit any role.

A fresh 2-page easy-to-edit admin CV built using tables. Using two free fonts and splashes of colour and an easy-to-read format, it’s a crisp, stylish look that will make a great first impression.

#204: This simple yet striking CV uses the classic Garamond font & an attractive soft-blue border to help your application stand out from the pile. ATS-proof with sample content for a secretary/administrator.

Unlike many templates you’ll find, this ATS compliant CV shows some real design flair without introducing elements that may confuse the system. Soft shading helps to divide up your information effectively.

#198: This is a fantastic new take on our popular ‘Colour Blocks’ CV which we released first in 2016. This lovely updated version has a modern font, with more space, different alignment & the font-spacing feature.

We show you how to write a UK school leaver’s CV with a complete ‘how-to-write’ guide and real examples. We also give you a smart modern school leaver template that you can download and use yourself.

A beautifully designed accountant CV with a subtle wave background and contrasting headers. Classic Garamond font, square bullet points & optional photo space all add to this stylish CV layout.

This 2-page accountant-themed CV uses a variety of ways to section off your information, from bordered boxes to bullet points, coloured blocks and stylish lists. Subtle & stylish, it’s great for printing or PDF.

#196: A 1-page 2-column smart administrator CV that is suitable for lots of roles. Subtle icons, vertical text, soft shaded headers & a crisp font give this modern template a highly professional appearance.

#226: Download this simple, ATS-friendly CV template with sample information for a Library Assistant.

This two column Receptionist CV example includes sample information for a Receptionist role, with a basic font, coloured headers and an easy-to-read layout.

A skills-based CV spells out to prospective employers how you have acquired/used the skills they need for a particular job role.

Our Functional grey CV template has a simple, basic layout that’s ATS-friendly and easy to read. Soft grey headers divide up the core sections. The focus is on your skills.

A fantastic CV for teenager job applicants – a simple crisp template with example information to help you if you are a applying for a part time job at 13, 14 or 15 & have little or no conventional work experience.

Our ‘Bulleted detail’ nursing CV example is a lovely fresh template with a super-clean table-free layout that will easily adapt to your personal information. The classic Garamond font is always a winner.

A simple, delightful CV template for a 16 year old using the Garamond font which features smart sections and attractive navy headings. Slick & neat, your info is easy for prospective employers to skim through.

A 2-page academic CV example with a simple layout and sample content to inspire either an undergraduate / postgraduate / Masters degree or PhD application, or application for a research post.

A neat template for a kitchen porter or kitchen assistant with selected highlights using shaded backgrounds, that allows you to convey lots of information in just a page or two. The simple format is attractive and spacious.

Our fresh cleaner CV includes example content for a cleaner role. This lovely, smart sample CV has bold blue headings with plenty of space, making it easy-to-read. It is ATS-friendly & works for a variety of roles.

A fresh modern PR CV template with a clutter-free theme, designed with international or PR jobs in mind but equally suited to a wide range of professions. Lots of white space & neat dividers gives it a modern feel.

#212: A 1-page free acting CV template with example content to help you write your own CV as an actor/actress. Get more auditions with this professional layout that is easy to edit & adapt to your own requirements.

#200: The subtle style details in this ATS proof CV won’t interfere with applicant tracking system software, so you don’t need to compromise on style. The sample content is helpful for aspiring legal secretaries.

A smart Administrative CV example template that’s hot off the press! This beige themed template features an attractive double border and taupe-coloured headings to divide up the sections for your information.

A two-paged simple, fresh nursing CV template that has few graphics or distractions. Spacing, shading and borders are used to present the sample content in an attractive way to help you stand out from the pile.

This free two-page fresh Word CV includes sample content tailored for a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) role. A simple, crisp layout, this template can be used for any industry or profession.

A two-page easy-to-edit free CV template with example content for a UK lawyer. Microsoft Word format, Times New Roman and ATS-compliant, this is a great format for a multitude of job roles.

A clean, fresh template using the Garamond font, with sample information for a secretary. This smart design keeps the focus on your info while adding some very subtle style elements.

This is a simple effective one-page retail CV that works as either a CV or résumé. It’s filled out for a retail sales job but would suit lots of other positions. A fresh bright layout with a professional feel.

This two page Law CV example has a classic, simple layout that is clutter-free and ATS-friendly. It uses styled headings and spacing to effectively present your information in an attractive and easy-to-follow format.

This very smart CV or résumé template uses simple Times New Roman font for the text and highlights in a soft shade of green for a retro twist. An otherwise simple layout that presents your info neatly.

CV writing guide

There are many possible layouts and formats when creating your curriculum vitae. On this page we discuss the format of a CV generally before looking at the CV format that is expected by employers in the UK. Our step-by-step guide walks you through creating each section of your CV. For each part, we explain what information is required to write a great CV and how it should be laid out.

There are three main types of C V format:

  1. Reverse chronological
  2. Functional (or 'skills based)
  3. Combination

The most common format for CV writing used in the UK is reverse chronological.

1. Reverse Chronological

Contents of a reverse chronological CV:

  1. Name and professional title
  2. Contact details
  3. Personal statement
  4. Work experience (majority of content)
  5. Education
  6. Skills
  7. Additional sections (if applicable)
  8. References

Note that the work experience section is listed in reverse chronological order (most recent first).

"This type of structure makes it easy for employers to identify potential candidates. It allows you to provide clear details of your qualifications, work history and responsibilities, which match the criteria provided in the job description." ~ Prospects.ac.uk.

Here is an example of the Reverse Chronological CV format:
CV - reverse chronological format
CV reverse chronological format - page 2
The only deviation from the standard format here is that the contact information appears down the side of the CV. This example care assistant CV format is free and can be downloaded here.

2. Functional (skills based)

Contents of a functional (skills based) CV:

  1. Name and professional title
  2. Contact Information
  3. Personal statement
  4. Skills (majority of content)
  5. Work Experience
  6. Education
  7. Additional sections (if applicable)
  8. References

This format of CV places a lot of focus on the skills that are most relevant to the role applied for. The skills section appears after the personal statement rather than towards the end of the CV. It is typically much longer than would be included in a reverse chronological CV.

A functional C.V format is mainly used by two types of candidate:

  1. Candidates with little formal work experience. In this case, the skills section may even be larger than the work experience section.
  2. Candidates applying to roles where skills are more important than work experience. In this case, the candidate will want to draw the skills to the attention of the employer first.

Here is an example of a functional CV format:
Functional skills based CV format - page one

This example CV format is free and can be downloaded here.

3. Combination

A combination CV is as it sounds: it combines the reverse chronological and functional CV formats, placing equal emphasis on both skills and experience. The layout for this type of CV is more flexible and can be adapted to the job position. So, if you want to put your work experience first, that's fine. If you'd rather put skills first, that's fine too.

The difference between this format and the reverse chronological format is that with this format, the skills and work experience section could be the same size. With the reverse chronological format, the skills section would be much smaller.

As the combination format puts emphasis on both work experience and skills, there may be less room for other sections such as interests.

Contents of a combination CV:

  1. Name and professional title
  2. Contact Information
  3. Personal statement
  4. Work Experience (major focus)
  5. Skills (major focus)
  6. Education
  7. Additional sections (if applicable)
  8. References

Here is an example of a combination CV format:
Combination CV format - page one
This example CV format is free and can be downloaded here.

CV content: what to include on your CV

Every CV needs to have a few core sections - and there are some optional ones too. Here's what a UK employer will always expect to see on your CV:

  • Name
  • Contact details (address, phone number and email address)
  • Social profiles (these can be used to elaborate on your work history and add credibility - see our article 'Building a killer LinkedIn profile to complement your CV')
  • Work experience (reverse chronological, i.e., most recent first)
  • Education
  • References

These sections are always expected on your CV and the above order is typical. However, there are some other sections that we recommend you include to make more of an impact. These are:

  • Personal statement (sometimes called a profile or career objective). This section typically goes after your contact details.
  • Skills (both hard and soft). This section typically goes either after your personal statement (for CVs that are more skills focused) or after your education (for CVs that are more experience focused).
  • Hobbies and interests. This section typically goes before your references.

Finally, there are some sections which you might like to include where they are relevant to you. These are:

  • Memberships (of professional industry-relevant organisations)
  • Awards
  • Achievements
  • Publications

These sections would typically appear before the hobbies and interests section.

You can also find out more about what goes into each of these sections together with the different CV layout and format options in these guides:


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