Basic CV template UK layout (free, MS Word)

We've taken our original Basic CV template and given it a refresh for 2016. We've changed the font from Times New Roman to Garamond and increased the font size to make the text more legible. The double section lines have been replaced by more subtle single dotted lines. We've also updated the sections so they more closely reflect what recruiters expect to see on a CV nowadays.
basic cv template uk

CV template details:

  • CV ref: #115
  • File size: 31kb
  • File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • File name: Basic-CV-template-2016.docx
  • Fonts required: Garamond
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About this CV template:

Our basic CV template has always been a great choice for a clean, fresh and simple job application with no fuss or clutter - but the template was starting to look a little outdated. The new version for 2016 has some subtle changes that have helped to bring it in line with modern day recruiters' expectations. A more up to date font (although still traditional), neater and subtler lines, and a better choice of sections, makes for the perfect CV template where simplicity is key.

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This is a clean, straightforward basic CV template UK that will work for most job roles. It’s easy to customise and make your own by adding and deleting sections to suit.

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Cartoon - recruiter examining a CV, candidate hoping he won't notice something

Why your current CV needs a makeover

Do you have a long and extensive work history? If the answer is yes, then it’s probably time for a makeover!

A decade or so ago you could get away with simply adding an old job to your work history section. But that isn’t good enough in today’s competitive job market. A CV created many years ago is going to look tired and outdated. Especially when comparing to the more streamlined and focused CV’s that are being written today.

If you are still not convinced, here are a few more tips on why your current CV needs a makeover:

You want to make a fresh start

If you want to truly make a difference to your old CV it’s always recommended to just start again from scratch. Although this sounds like a lot of unnecessary work, it’s going to ensure you get a fresh new look to your CV.

Ask yourself – if you can’t be bothered to start again from scratch, are you really taking job hunting seriously?

Every time you find yourself looking for a new job you should always create a new CV. This will help you to keep your credentials looking modern, fresh and up to date. With each passing year job seekers get more and more creative and inventive with their CV writing techniques. You can’t afford to get left behind with your old and outdated look and information.

Make a fresh start every time you apply, and keep on top of the game! This basic CV template is a great starting point.

You’re using your own CV “template”

If you designed and created your current CV, you may be struggling to keep up with the competition. The many hundreds of CV template designs to choose from online help to keep everyone on their toes. Are you missing out on a big opportunity?

Choosing a ready made CV template can sometimes feel like a very daunting task. However, if you do your research and find one that suits your needs, a lot of the hard work is done for you.

The stress of having to write a CV is bad enough without also having to worry about how it looks. By using a modern CV template you can bypass all that stress and focus upon the contents and the quality. The hours you will save can now be better spent researching the role and the company to write your CV.

If you haven’t already used a CV template, then now is the time for a makeover. Create a brand new look and design for your application and impress any employer today.

You can’t get an interview

If you’re struggling to get through to the interview stage, then this would be a good time for a CV makeover. With all the right skills, experience and qualifications, something must be holding you back – and it could be how you present your credentials.

When the hiring manager reads your CV they are not just looking for what you have to offer. They are also looking to see how well you present your skills and how accurate you’ve been. Writing a professional CV requires a lot of research, and doesn’t just come down to filling in the right sections.

With so many other applicants equally or even more qualified than yourself, the employer will now look to the presentation as the deciding factor. If you’re failing to get to the interview stage, there is something clearly wrong with your CV. To help ensure you get to the next level of the process, consider a makeover and start from scratch. What have you got to lose?

Your CV design is far from basic!

Go back 10 years and people had just caught on to fancy graphic-rich CV layouts. It was all the craze to include fancy fonts, colours, pictures and more. Whilst such a submission would be still acceptable in some countries and cultures, it is most definitely not the way in the UK. A basic CV template without too many distracting colours, graphics or unusual fonts is best for UK job applications. The only exception is applicants who need to show off their design skills and/or creativity.

“Q: If a resume is coming from someone who’s not a designer, how receptive are you to color, icons, fancy fonts, background designs and infographics?

A: “Not at all”, says Debbie Millman, President, Design at Sterling Brands. “Graphics–especially not from a designer–smack of gimmickry and narcissism.” ~ Allison Cheston in Forbes

In addition, some businesses run your CV through ATS software and fancy formatting can make it difficult or impossible for your CV to be read. That’s not to say you can’t show a little flair in presentation and layout – see our ATS CV templates for some examples which look great but don’t include elements that can cause a problem. Once you’ve chose a good template, make sure you get the basics right such as laying your info out in the proper order and carefully checking spelling.

“Some good typography can go a long way. But nothing can make up for poor spelling and grammar, or a poorly ordered CV. So focus on those key aspects first before adding bells and whistles. Whatever you do, make sure that your CV reads clearly when all the formatting is stripped out.” ~ Rebecca Burn-Callander, The Telegraph

NB: This template was originally published 11 November 2016 and has been updated for 2020.

About Jen Wiss-Carline

Jen Wiss-Carline has been a Senior Manager and Consultant for several sizeable companies which included dealing with all aspects of staff management and recruitment. She is also a Solicitor and Chartered Legal Executive, having been admitted as a Fellow in February 2006.

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