Latest CV templates:
This CV template has a soft grey background with white boxes to highlight info. The tables format makes editing & adding further sections easy. It’s a great choice if you’re sending out PDF or print copies of your CV.
This CV template in Microsoft Word uses the Open Sans font and Microsoft Word’s columns feature to create two neat columns which extend over a second page. The simple layout has a fresh modern feel.
Our Steps CV template uses an eye-catching original staggered layout to present information to employer. It is very easy to edit & customise, and further sections or space can be added to meet your own needs.
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.
One-page CV templates are on trend at the moment, and this free CV template is a great example of why. Its eye-catching three column design is easy to customise and it’s not difficult to add further pages if needed.
In this version of our two-page bordered CV template we have created a more printer friendly version of the design that swaps out the black title box for a grey header – perfect for those sending out paper CVs.
A professional legal-themed conveyancing CV template for a property lawyer that splits into 2 columns after the intro. A unique squares design creates eye-catching headings & helps to divide up your information.
A very smart, clean two page professionally designed example CV for a UK accountant that would ideally be suited to a finance, business or analyst type role. Skills-focused with an eye-catching crisp layout.
This super-slick operations manager CV template uses a cog motif & a splash of orange to create a theme which would work very well for most business roles. Two pages with lots of smart, original details.
A comprehensive 2-page CV template designed with a Product Manager in mind and placing a large focus on your skills. Slick icons add a creative flair to this layout, whilst the vertical text frames the page.
This striking free professional care assistant CV template features an eye-catching motif together with a vertical contact details section to add interest. It spans two pages & can be shortened/lengthened to suit.
This smart CV template is the perfect choice for café, restaurant, coffee shop & other food service roles, whether customer service or waiter/waitress. The stylish design helps your application to stand out.
A clean CV template with icons, a bold header, section dividers, bullet points & lots more, for a professional finish. Sample content for a Secretary role is included, to inspire you when writing your own CV.
A delightful one-page estate agent CV template for property and real estate/realtor type roles, with a charming house graphic, two columns and custom bullet points. An eye catching design that stands out!
This business manager CV template uses an innovative cogs design to give the layout a business theme, with space for quotes from referees/achievements. Spacious and modern, this is an eye-catching template for 2019.
This attractive business development CV template uses a bold introduction, moving on to focus on your skills – before splitting into two columns for the rest of your info. Fresh, modern and eye-catching.
This attractive free fashion CV template is perfect for jobs within the fashion industry, featuring a mannequin in the centre and info on either side. A very unique, creative design that catches the eye.
This original 2-page office manager CV template uses tab-style headers, subtle highlighting & icons for hobbies – perfect for an office management-type role. Fresh & super-smart to grab the Hiring Manager’s attention.
This smart hotel manager CV example is an easy-to-use Word CV template akin to a menu card, designed for a hospitality role. Simple in concept but eye-catching, it is perfect for catching the hiring manager’s eye.
This stylish free CV template has been professionally designed with engineering jobs in mind but could easily be adapted to a multitude of other roles. The smart engineering icon and background help create the theme.
This stylish free two-column teacher CV template is perfectly designed for a teaching role, with a teaching icon in the top left hand corner and an optional graph-paper background to set the scene.
This science CV template is suited to a sciences-based role, featuring a microscope icon at the top and an attractive faint molecules background. The background can easily be removed for a plainer format if required.
A lovely CV template that is perfect for any sort of admin assistant role. The template is themed with an administrator icon in the left column at the top and an attractive background that is removable if required.
A two-page nursery assistant CV template perfect for education or early years roles. A good choice of fonts, attractive headings, a smart work experience grid and an original values section make this a great format to use.
A two-page marketing CV template with a bold header & large focus on skills/achievements. This layout suits a photo well, although we provide alternative versions of the template without for those who prefer.
A fresh, one-page business analyst CV template that’s easy to edit in Microsoft Word. This template has space for three job roles but you can expand onto a further page if you want to.
With a bold main heading, stand-out sub headings, dividing lines and orange accents, this eye-catching legal CV template works for a wide range of roles. One page format with two columns and plenty of space.
This one-page free IT CV template with its creative ‘keys’ header is ideal for a technical style role such as PHP developer or similar. It’s easy to adapt and you can expand onto two pages if you need more space.
A stylish two page CV template featuring 2 columns, a bold border & slick monochrome headers. A lovely fresh modern design for lots of roles. Built using tables, it’s easy to customise and add more space if needed.
This is a lovely fresh two-column two-page graphic design CV template with a soft grey header that puts your name in the Harlow Solid Italic font. It’s very easy to edit and add further pages if these are needed.
This fresh two column, two page free sales executive CV template in Microsoft Word has optional room for a photograph and uses two lovely FREE Google fonts. A soft blue header makes for an eye-catching introduction.
A lovely two-page smart law CV example with a two column clean CV layout, soft grey accents, dividers & Open Sans (a free Google font). A very attractive free template suited to a variety of roles and industries.
The bold font and quirky use of black boxes, dotted lines and columns on this attractive template makes for an eye-catching one-page software developer CV that will catch the hiring manager’s attention.
This is a very subtle, professionally designed CV template that uses text boxes to lay out the content. The design is over 2 pages and makes use of the Open Sans font which is free and should be installed before you start editing.
Each of the core sections mentioned above will be considered in turn.
Personal statement (3 - 4 lines)
Sometimes the personal statement is known by other names such as 'objective', 'profile', 'career goal' or 'introduction'.
This is one of the most important parts of your CV as it's essentially the crux of your job application. A good statement can increase your chances of the employer noticing your CV. On the flipside, a poorly written statement will lower the chances of them wanting to know more.
It should set out:
(a) who you are;
(b) how you meet the job spec; and
(c) what you are looking for.
Here is an example of a good personal statement:
Here is another example:
And one more...
When you're writing your personal statement, focus on the job specification and pick out the most important points the employer is looking for.
Qualifications (highest level to lowest level)
This section is quite self explanatory, but it's worth noting that you can again consider what is the most important and relevant to the role you are applying for. You may wish to exclude lower level or irrelevant qualifications.
Don't forget to also show what grade you achieved IF this would enhance the qualification.
The typical format for higher level qualifications is to give the qualification and institution where you studied - for example:
BSc Computer Science (Upper second class honours) - Jan 2013 - March 2016
University of Liverpool
For lower level qualifications, such as GCSEs and A Levels, it isn't absolutely necessary to name your school or college. You certainly do not need to name earlier schools.
There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passions – in a way that serves the world and you.
~ Sir Richard Branson
Interests and hobbies
Listing sports or fitness activities amongst your interests tells your employer that you take an interest in your health=fewer sick days!
When writing your hobbies and interests section:
- List 3 - 5 hobbies
- Emphasise any health-enhancing activity (sports, fitness etc)
- Choose hobbies that put you in a good light from an employer's perspective
- Avoid overly quirky hobbies - save these for when your new colleagues have got to know you better!
Although this section may seem quite insignificant, you'd be surprised at how often a recruiter looks at this section with a keen eye. This is one of the best areas of a CV for an employer to get an idea of your personality.
For example, you may enjoy volunteering at the local woodland park at the weekend. This would give employers a sense that you are someone who is helpful and generous. It also suggests you like to work hard without expecting a huge reward other than job satisfaction. You can also use hobbies to demonstrate soft skills such as teamwork and communication.
You can see how important this section can be when the employer is trying to build up a picture of what you are like in their mind. Whilst mundane hobbies won't usually harm your chances of an interview, desirable hobbies and interests may help.
What to avoid:
You must avoid stating these kinds of hobbies:
I like socialising on the weekend
This basically means you like to get drunk on Saturday night!
I like hanging out with my friends
It might be true, but it doesn't sound very interesting!
For more on preparing the interests and hobbies section, read our article 'Does the hobbies and interests section of my CV really matter?'
Additional CV sections
Other sections you might want to include in your CV (depending on relevance) are:
- Awards (relevant to the role)
- Memberships (relevant to the role)
- Publications that you've contributed to (relevant to the role)
Include achievements either within your work history, in a separate section or a combination of both. They can also be dotted around your CV where there is space (although take care not to clutter the layout). In this example two-page template, you can see how achievements work well in their own section:
If you've received an award that's relevant to your role, go right ahead and boast about it! Awards help build your credibility and demonstrate your achievements They are a third-party endorsement and they can therefore give your CV a valuable boost.
Being a member of a professional body shows that you're interested in the industry and involved with its development. It can also help to demonstrate that you're staying up-to-date with industry developments. You'll see that we recommend various professional bodies in our featured careers sections (links above).
Whether you're a regular contributor to your company blog or you've penned something for an industry mag, now's the time to brag about it. A publications section can demonstrate you're interested and actively involved in your target industry. It demonstrates to the employer that you have knowledge, passion and great written communication skills.
Endorsements don't need their own heading - they can go wherever there is space. Alternatively you can add them underneath your references. They are a brief testimonial which may come from your references or from some other credible person. Like awards, they are third-party proof that you're a worthy candidate. A strong endorsement can give your CV a valuable boost.
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