Latest CV templates:
A stylish ATS-friendly NHS CV with a bold header, suitable for a range of healthcare and other roles. Example information for a midwife is included.
A neat and tidy Investment Banker CV or résumé template with a simple navy border, bold smart headings and sample information.
This attractive Footballer CV template contains helpful example information to inspire you, with a clean ATS-friendly layout that uses a stylish Microsoft Word theme and palette.
This attractive two-page Assistant Professor CV template uses one of Microsoft Word’s gorgeous themes and colour palettes to create an eye-catching, well-organised CV. The sample information shows how to set out various sections of your CV for an Assistant Professor role.
An alternative to our free simple Word CV template, this layout is clean, clear and well laid out, allowing all your important information to shine. A good reminder of how to present your info in reverse chronological order.
A sample CV showing how to deal with gaps in employment, in a simple layout. This template shows a candidate addressing a career break.
An example of a work experience CV, written for a student seeking a placement. The CV uses experience of babysitting their siblings, helping out in the family business & a couple of small unpaid job placements to demonstrate their skill set. A bright and fresh layout.
A stunning ATS-compliant executive CV template with a striking design that uses one of Microsoft Word’s beautiful themes as its base. Three pages of sample content for a HR executive that is easily adaptable to a very wide range of executive roles.
A stylish CV or résumé example with sample information for a university student. The eye catching template features a bold border and headings in purple, grey accents and smart bulleted lists.
Our free doctor CV template uses a two-page expandable ATS-friendly layout in Microsoft Word. It is a helpful example of the correct CV format for doctors.
An attractive two-page apprenticeship CV example using a smart ATS-friendly template that’s easy to adapt. Sample information is included to inspire your own CV writing.
Our HR Consultant CV is a smart, editable CV template in Microsoft Word with example information. Burnt orange highlights and the Cambria font. This layout works well for a range of jobs in HR: Manager, Consultant, Assistant, Administrator and more.
A simple ATS-friendly HR Manager CV template with example information for a Human Resources type role. Work history examples for HR Manager, Consultant, Administrator and Recruitment Consultant.
A gorgeous and colourful CV template that is perfect for creative / designer type roles. The fresh, bright layout makes use of two great fonts and some attractive graphics, to help show off your creativity and flair.
Our second gorgeous ‘Contact Icons’ CV template gives you the ability to add more than the usual contact information to your curriculum vitae. A one-page, two-column layout with blue accents and neat headers.
Our ‘Timeline’ CV template in Microsoft Word makes clever use of tables to create a timeline for both your employment history and your qualifications. Two columns with an attractive intro and lots of detail.
This fresh black & white 1-page CV or resume is a real show-stopper. A superb font creates the eye-catching title while attractive icons help to mark each section. A great choice for creative roles to accompany a portfolio.
If you like the look of our Tables CV template layout but you’re not keen on the blue accents, you might prefer this alternative version. It uses the very smart tables layout and the same Garamond font, but everything’s in black and white.
Our “Neatly Divided” CV template in Microsoft Word sections your personal information to one side of the page and your career/education information to the other – with a subtle dashed line splitting the two.
This delightfully simple CV or Résumé template features the Garamond font and simple, centrally aligned grey headings separating your information into nice, neat and easy-to-read sections.
This original CV or Résumé template features a very eye catching ‘windows’ design which allows you to present your information in different sections.
Our Indented CV/Résumé template is all about clean, good looks with very little fuss. This simple CV or Résumé template arranges your information in a visually appealing way.
Neat soft grey centralised headers and an eye-catching courier font gives this smart simple CV a fresh modern look that catches the eye. A simple layout with the usual core sections & the addition of skills/memberships.
Our most basic and also one of our most popular downloads to this day, this free simple CV template in Word has a clear layout, no fancy fonts or graphics and all the sections you need. Free for personal use.
This template has a soft grey hollow border effect and an easy-to-read font choice. An alternative to our ever popular Typeface CV or résumé template, it is a basic design with the core sections that’s easy to customise.
A free Microsoft Word school leavers CV template ideal for recent graduates with headings to suit. This basic layout provides you with the core sections you need for your first CV. Download and customise with your info.
The choice of Segoe UI font, simple double sage green border and attractive light green headings add subtle detail to this attractive résumé or CV. A simple layout with all the core sections to set you on the right track.
A fabulous typewriter key heading and a ‘typeface’ font gives this brilliant CV or résumé template a quirky feel, perfect for secretarial or administrative job applications. Space for an optional photo is also included.
Smart sage green headings, lines and a simple border add interest to this clean and simple CV or résumé template that is ideal for a multitude of roles. A neat two-column design that presents your information effectively.
A simple CV template with sample content for a Construction Site Manager. The basic layout lends itself to any career or job role.
An eye catching individually designed free one-page CV template in Microsoft Word for you to download, customise and use, in an attractive orange and blue colour theme. Bold graphics mark the start of each section.
An eye catching free CV template in Microsoft Word for you to download, customise and use, in an attractive burgundy colour theme. A striking header and footer is combined with a two-column simple layout.
An original and creative free CV template in Microsoft Word for you to download and use in your job applications – completely free for personal use. The striking ‘person’ motif helps your application to stand out.
Three reasons your CV is being rejected
Most people who apply for a job are capable of performing well. They have the skills and experience required to succeed in the role, but they fail at the first hurdle. The problem is that most job seekers don’t know how to write a winning CV, and fail to get that message across.
To avoid rejection, you need to consider some very important points. Here are three reasons your CV is being rejected and what you can do about it.
1. It’s too generic
One of the main reasons why an employer has to reject so many CVs is because the job seeker fails to prove why they should be hired. It is the job of the CV writer to present the right information, and not the job of the hiring manager to have to find it.
Far too many CVs offer everything the job seeker has done and can do, but that isn’t what the employer is looking for. When the hiring manager picks up a CV they want to see how that person fits into the role and the company. Do they have the right skills? Do they have the right qualifications? Have they got any direct work experience? Are there any transferable skills?
Top tip: the employer doesn’t want your entire career history!
So rather than write what is called a ‘generic CV’ you should instead take a more ‘tailored’ approach. Writing only one CV might seem like the normal thing to do, but we can confirm that it isn’t – unless you are only applying for one job of course! You need to write a new CV each and every time you apply – even if the role is the same.
Why should I write a new CV for each employer?
Every employer is different, and it’s your job as the CV writer to recognise their unique differences and write a CV accordingly. Start with the job advert and the skills, experience and qualifications requested. Your aim is to try and match the requirements as closely as possible, and leave everything else out (if possible). This doesn’t mean that you remove everything that isn’t relevant, and instead focus and expand upon what’s important.
By tailoring your CV to the job specification you are more likely to get through to the interview stage. The employer will be impressed that you have taken the time and initiative to read the job advert and recognise their needs. Not only that, but you’ve proven that you are the right person for the job.
2. It contains a mistake
Did you know that the most popular reason why a CV is rejected is because of a spelling mistake? It’s true, and whilst it would be easy to assume that your word processing software will catch any spelling or grammatical errors, you’d be wrong!
You cannot rely on your laptop to correct mistakes, and your own diligence will be far more successful. This doesn’t mean to say you shouldn’t press the ‘spell checker’ button, but in addition you should check it yourself.
Why do employers reject CVs from one little mistake?
Even though you may think it’s harsh to reject a candidate because of one small spelling mistake, it is actually quite understandable. The employer is looking for someone who is diligent, accurate, and professional. A spelling mistake demonstrates that the job seeker is none of the above, otherwise the mistake wouldn’t be there!
Get someone else to check your CV before you apply, as that will further guarantee an error free application. Don’t forget that a ‘CV error’ also comes down to your layout, spacing, font style and size, and anything else related to presentation. Everything needs to be perfect!
3. There are no performance indicators
Let’s face it, anyone can write a CV that lists the skills required – but that doesn’t mean to say they are still good at their job. The employer is looking for two main things when they read a CV:
- Have they got the skills and qualifications required?
- Can or will they perform well in the role?
Don’t fall into the trap of simply listing all your skills. The employer wants to know that you have a proven track record, and that you can ‘walk the walk’. Providing an indication of your past performances is just as important as listing your credentials.
How can I prove I can do what I say to a high level?
Proving to the employer that you are a great catch requires you to be bold in your CV. Don’t be shy about your achievements, and let them know how great you are with actual facts. What you write on your CV will greatly depend on your chosen career. Here are a few examples of what you could use:
- Targets met
- Patients cared for
- Customer service examples
- Accolades – rewards, awards and internal competitions
- Stats, figures, charts, graphs
- Portfolio of your work – physical or online
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