Latest CV templates:
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.
Our nursery nurse CV template or résumé is fun and laid back, perfect for less formal roles such as entertainment or working with children – it uses a gorgeous bright cheerful theme.
A professional recruitment consultant CV template. Neat grey dividing lines and an easy-to-read font with example information to ensure you include the right sections in the right order.
This smart grey and black receptionist CV template in MS Word features a soft thick grey border around the edge of the page and eye catching headings in smart Arial which are split into grey and black.
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 neat health care assistant CV template using Arial with burgundy headers & a double border. Shading adds interesting detail to this professional template which is free to download for personal use.
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 smart fresh project manager CV template with apple green accents that makes use of the classic Lucida Bright font. The well-designed ATS-friendly layout is perfect for a whole host of industries and roles.
An attractive CV template in Word with a timeline allowing you to showcase the highlights of your career and education. Lots of extras to customise.
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.
Another clean, professional looking CV template in Microsoft Word, free for you to download and customise – this stylish template has a little extra flair, but not too much! One page / two column simple layout.
A smart but not overly graphical free CV template in Word, in a light blue colour theme – free to download and customise. Optional space for a photo and attractive icons used for contact info in the footer.
A blue version of our very simple yet popular college graduate CV template, ideal for school leavers who need the right sections to make a good impression. A basic layout that prompts you to enter the right information.
A neat résumé template with a thick grey border, subtle grey headings aligned to the right & lines dividing up the sections. Attractive but simple in design, it helps ensure you include your information in the right order.
With large headings, a soft green border and bolder green titles, this is a classic résumé or CV template with enough colour to catch your recruiter’s attention. A single column is used throughout except in the header.
A stylish CV/résumé template with a eye catching purple broken border which uses a smart free font, Malgun Gothic, to help your application stand out. An otherwise very simple design that is easy to edit and customise.
A distinctive CV or résumé template that uses large headings in the smart Garamond font and a thick grey border to make a strong impact. The centred section headers help to neatly divide up your information.
Keyword CVs have become increasingly important with the growth of online job hunting. This CV template includes a blue banded section at the top for you to insert keywords that you think an employer might use.
A different version of our most basic CV template, this clean template uses alternative alignment to help make your CV stand out. A very simple format, this template prompts you to fill out the important core sections.
Our simplest free Word basic CV template with a very clean neat layout and sections that are easy to customise with your info. All the core sections, presented in the correct order in an easy-to-edit format.
A very simple but well laid out CV template that uses the Verdana font throughout. Sections are divided up with lines, with headers on the left and content on the right. The spacious font makes your info easy-to-read.
A simple centre-aligned CV template with an arty feel, thanks to its use of the Courier New font for the heading and sub headings. This prompts you to enter information for each of the core sections, in the correct order.
A smart CV template with a two-column layout that makes use of the impact font. Four sections are used that are easily expandable to meet your needs. A splash of blue catches the eye and helps grab attention.
This classic, well laid out CV template features a simple border around the edge which continues onto the next page, and sections for your information. Bold headings and a splash of green add interest to your application.
Clear and simple, this centralised CV template is ideal for those with lots of information to convey. The headings are bold and use a great choice of font, while section dividers split up your key information.
A professionally designed CV template with a photo background that can be themed to your industry or role, or removed altogether if you prefer. A bold heading catches the eye, while icons are used to depict interests.
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. The spacing makes your information neat and easier to read.
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. A great prompt for including key information in the right order.
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.
A smart one-page CV template with an orange colour theme in Microsoft Word format – free for you to download and use for your job applications. Boxes divide up your core information, with a bold title.
A very attractive free CV template in Microsoft Word for you to download and use, in a dark purple colour theme. The barcode header and person background motif add originality and creativity to this layout.
The 8 hobbies to include on a CV
"Your interests reveal a little more of your personality and values. They can show how passionate, open-minded, playful, voluntary, patient, persistent, entrepreneurial, driven, risk-taker, or community-focussed you are. These traits can each be relevant for specific roles, and all of them definitely can demonstrate you’re a balanced and well-rounded person, whose interests extend beyond work and studies. This section of your CV could also be the ideal place to showcase further skills and achievements relevant to the job you apply to."
~ Edith Karinthi-Durnez, LSE
The most underrated section of a CV is the hobbies and interests. For most job seekers it feels like a waste of time filling out this section – there are no skills on display. But that isn’t entirely true.
There are certain hobbies which do add value to a CV, and here’s why. The employer is looking for examples of soft skills. This could be communication, leadership, creativity, hard work, and so on. A hobby can demonstrate some of these soft skills, but it really does depend on what it is.
Generic hobbies are not worth a great deal to your CV, and would not be missed. If you like going to the cinema or socialising with friends, this won’t add anything to your credentials.
Here are 8 hobbies you'll definitely want to mention if you have them, when writing your CV.
Sports-related hobbies can represent someone who works hard and is dedicated to achieving success. You may play sports purely for recreational purposes, which will still add value. However, if you compete in a team, then you add even more to your CV. It shows your competitive nature, and your desire to get the right result.
Playing as part of a team also involves interaction and team work. This level of communication and ability to work together to achieve a goal is welcomed by any employer. Another great example to add to your CV!
Taking part in a sporting activity also suggests that you like to stay fit and healthy, which is always good news to employers.
If you are the captain of a sports team, the chairman of a local society or club, the president of a chess club or anything else where you sit in a leadership position – you are further demonstrating leadership qualities.
You’ve clearly been chosen to represent and lead a team to success. Why? Because you have leadership qualities and traits – confidence, public speaking skills, management, can see the bigger picture, and so on.
If you’re applying for a management or supervisory position, this type of hobby would add a lot of merit to your credentials. Even if you are not, this will still help your chances of getting an interview. The employer would always want someone who shows they are capable of managing themselves and potentially a team. Taking on more responsibility wouldn’t be a problem for you.
If you have a hobby that involves writing, then include this on your CV and go into more detail. This is a great hobby to have as it provides evidence of your written communication skills. Website content, article and blog writing or working for a newspaper – these are all fantastic examples to use.
Consider attaching examples of your written work if this form of communication is important. You could include links to your online portfolio or even physical copies with your CV – dissertation, essay, assignments, newspaper clippings, publications, and so on.
Working part time for a charity shop or local country park is a great hobby to have. Not only are you giving up your free time to help worthy causes, you will also add a lot of value to your CV. The employer will see that you are a selfless person who enjoys helping others.
You are more likely to work overtime with little fuss and help others within your team. You are clearly an outgoing person who enjoys teamwork and your work ethic is clearly high. Lots of fantastic traits to bring into the company!
If you are involved with planning and organising events in your spare time, the employer will see how those skills can transfer over to their company. You may help out on the weekends at a local venue that cater for parties, weddings, or live music – anything like this would look great on your CV.
Don’t forget to provide a few details of your role in a past event. It would benefit your CV more if you provide some info on what the event was, when it took place, what your duties were, and the overall success.
Taking part in marathons, long distance walks or bike rides for charity should get a mention. Maybe you take part in the London marathon and have done for the past 5 years. How much money did you raise? What charity was it for?
Again, put down a few details and draw the hiring manager into your hobby and get them interested. Tell them who the charity was and how much money you raised. A couple of sentences are all that’s needed. Here is an example:
I have run the London marathon for the past 5 years and raised a total amount of £3,200. My chosen charity is Macmillan cancer support.
A creative hobby, like arts and crafts or music will look great on your CV. The employer wants to know that you are able to think outside the box and generate ideas. A creative mind may look for ways to improve things, rather than stick with the same old routine.
If you are applying for a creative position like graphic design, then your creative side should certainly come out in your hobbies section. Choosing to go with reading and walking the dog won’t represent your creative side very well.
If your hobby is directly related to your actual career, then let the employer know that you live and breathe your work through your hobbies. If you are a web developer and like to create your own websites outside of work, then attach links to those websites on your CV.
When your career aligns with your own hobbies, you should consider creating a portfolio of your work. This is the best way you can demonstrate your abilities, as you are providing actual evidence of your work. Whilst most CVs aim to convince the employer through meaningless cliché statements, you can instead showcase your talents with your previous work.
"Simply writing 'socialising, going to the cinema and reading' isn't going to catch the attention of the recruiter. However, when relevant to the job, your interests can provide a more rounded picture of who you are and give you something to talk about at interview."
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