Fonts for this CV template:
More on editing this curriculum vitae template:
This is a lovely fresh CV template with a soft grey header that puts your name in the Harlow Solid Italic font. You could of course switch this out for another font – perhaps Open Sans – to match the rest of the template.
The header has little other detail – just the soft grey background and room for your profession, if you want to include it. We’ve used open sans in lower case for this, adding in letter spacing to make it more interesting and to match the rest of the template headers. The grey background is optional and easy to remove (perhaps if you have an older printer that doesn’t print blocks so well). Just click anywhere in the grey area away from the text and hit return.
Moving down, all of the template headers are outlined by a simple thin line and use open sans with letter spacing again. Each of the headers is a table cell so you’ll find them quite a bit easier to edit if you enable the ‘show text boundaries’ option in Word. In Word 2010 you can find this by going to HOME > OPTIONS > ADVANCED and scroll down to ‘Show Document Content’ then just tick the ‘Show text boundaries’ checkbox. Now you’ll be able to see a faint outline of where everything is on the page, which won’t show when you print it or save as a PDF.
For the text on this template, we’ve used Open Sans again – it’s such a great, easy to read font! All the text has been aligned to the centre in two columns which are easy to customise
according to your needs. In keeping with what most people look for, we’ve made the work experience section the largest, but if you need more space you could put the skills section on the next page, shuffle the education section down and use the right hand column for more experience. Because we made this template for you in tables which simply continue onto the next page, it’s very easy to chop and change, especially once the text boundaries are shown.
Of course, it’s important to keep your CV concise and to the point, so don’t be tempted to include more detail than necessary. In the UK, typically, a curriculum vitae spans no more than 2 pages unless you’re going for a very advanced position where a full breakdown of previous awards and publications is expected. It is usual to put your work experience first and experience is a big focus. By contrast, US companies typically expect just one page (usually referred to as a résumé) and academic qualifications/credentials are a huge focus. You can get a lot on to one page with a bit of editing – reduce the size of the header, drop the font size down to 10pt and you create more than enough space to incorporate everything your prospective employer needs to know.
For more information on the difference between a CV and resume, click here and scroll down under the CV template on that page.
We’ve made a simple guide to customising bits of your CV template here which you might find helpful.