Centred focus free CV template in MS Word

This is a smart two column CV template where the content is aligned to the centre. We've built the template in tables to make it super easy to edit, and there's a second page if you want to add more information such as an extended work history. As usual all the fonts are free - and the heading font (Harlow Solid Italic) is optional so you can instead replace this with Open Sans for a more formal look.

CV template details:

  • CV ref: #157
  • File size: 22kb
  • File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • File name: Centre-Focused-CV-template.docx
  • Fonts required: Harlow Solid Italic, Open Sans Light, Open Sans
  • Price: Free download
  • Centred focus free CV template in MS Word Overall rating: 4.8 out of 5 based on 7 reviews.

About this CV template:

Make sure you have Open Sans and Open Sans light as a minimum before starting work on this template - and if you want to keep your name in the fancy font, we recommend installing Harlow Solid Italic as well.

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Latest reviews:

5 5 1
Fantastic, super simple CV template, really clean easy layout. Easy to use and edit.

4 5 1
Great template, thank you.

5 5 1
Brilliant template, great to use.

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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.

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 Chartered Legal Executive, and was admitted as a Fellow in February 2006.

Jen's qualifications include:
LL.B (Hons) (1st)
Chartered Legal Executive (FCILEx)
PG Cert Bus Admin
PgDip Law (LPC)
LL.M (Master of Laws) (Distinction)

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