How to customise our Free centred headings CV template
Our Centred Headings CV template or Résumé template is very clean and neat in design. This makes it the ideal choice for a very wide range of job positions. It’s also extremely easy to customise! Simply copy and paste extra sections, and tailor the information to your individual needs and circumstances.
Here are some more tips for getting the most out of this CV template…
Take out irrelevant information
The employer is mainly interested if you are already capable of doing the job. Being able to hire someone that requires little training is a very attractive proposition. Your goal is to write a CV that demonstrates how you are the right person for the job.
Certain tasks and responsibilities from your old jobs that have no bearing on the new one should be removed. This would be a classic example of irrelevant information, and something we still see all the time. Stay focused and write a CV that meets the criteria of the job description.
Don’t open yourself to discrimination
Be careful not to include irrelevant personal information on your CV template. For example, your marital status, ethnicity/background, sexual orientation, date of birth, disabilities or number of children. Essentially, don’t include anything that might allow an employer to discriminate against you. You should also be cautious about revealing this type of information at your job interview. You can read more about discrimination in job interviews here.
Double check your contact info
If you give contact information, make sure it’s up-to-date, accurate and you can actually be reached on it. You don’t want to miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime because you typed your phone number in wrong!
Make sure your email address looks professional. If yours is firstname.lastname@example.org, it’s time to set up a new address for those job applications. If you use gmail, you can set up forwarding to another address – just make sure you reply from the employer-friendly one!
Utilise your hobbies
Think carefully before including any interests. ‘Gym fanatic,’ ‘Avid walker’, ‘Bookworm’ or ‘Climbing enthusiast’ are all hobbies your future boss will regard positively. They indicate you’re interested in your health and physical or mental well being. However, ‘Party animal’, ‘Drinking enthusiast’, ‘Wine lover’ and ‘Social butterfly’ all suggest you’ll be likely to turn up to work every Monday morning with a hangover.
Choose references wisely
There’s a lot of confusion amongst job seekers about what references you should put on your CV template. You don’t actually have to list references, unless you want to. As a rule of thumb, if you’re currently working and your employer doesn’t know you’re job hunting, just write ‘references available on request’.
The reason is that often your new employer will want a reference off your current employer, so there’s no point listing two irrelevant people and leaving off the person they will really want to speak to. If you’ve already left your job, go ahead and list your previous employer if you want to, unless there was some dispute. Remember, you can discuss references with your new employer if you are offered the position so there’s no rush to provide names and addresses up front.