Latest CV templates:
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 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.
A stylish template split into two parts with your personal information on the left, a dividing line and the rest of your details on the right. This layout makes use of the professional Garamond font for an attractive finish.
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.
A professionally designed CV template, spread over two pages with all the sections you might need & full instructions. Uses the free Garamond font. Free download with sample information for a Marketing Manager.
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 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.
A skills-based CV spells out to prospective employers how you have acquired/used the skills they need for a particular job role. Sample information included for an Administrator role.
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.
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. Sample information for a Customer Services Manager.
A super-clean basic CV template that uses one of the most popular CV fonts and a really simple layout. Suitable for all types of job application, roles and industries. Get the job you deserve with a new fresh CV!
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.
Our Director CV template has a ‘Smart Division’ design which suits a wide variety of roles, from administration through to high-end management. The layout includes smart titles, a slim border and grey accents.
This clean, fresh 2-page web designer CV template with a focus on work experience is great for a wide variety of roles. Print on high quality paper with a good printer for the perfect CV to grab the employer’s attention.
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 two-page layout with a bold border, an eye catching heading, a splash of colour and the lovely free Open Sans fonts. The two columns neatly split titles from core information, making this CV easy to skim through.
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.
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.
An elegant UK CV template for a waitress that uses the classic Garamond font, and Burgundy accents – a simple border, neat headings and subtle shadows. ATS-friendly and easy to edit in Microsoft Word format.
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 supersmart legal CV template is designed with a practising UK solicitor or lawyer in mind but could be adapted for any other professional legal role. Neat icons, 2 columns & a splash of colour help it stand out.
This lovely graphic designer CV template in Microsoft Word format has a simple, eye-catching design and offers clear presentation of your information. Originally published Sept 2018 & updated for 2020.
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.
This free teaching assistant CV template in Microsoft Word uses bold headings and a beige border, creating a simple, subtle design detail to give you a very professional looking, well presented CV or résumé.
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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