Software Developer CV template : Free ‘Connect Lite’ design in Microsoft Word

The 'lite' version of our Connect CV template, this layout has a lovely soft grey header background and a square photo, with the same great design features from the original version of Connect.

CV template details:

  • CV ref: #194
  • File size: 36kb
  • File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • File name: Connect-CV-template-BW-photo.docx
  • Fonts required: Jenna Sue, Open Sans (see below for links)
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About this CV template:

Like our original 'Connect' CV template, this is a two-page software developer CV template with a bold header and a large focus on skills / achievements. However, the header is quite different and works better if you don't have access to an amazing printer. If you'd rather remove the photo, it's easy to do and you can simply centralise the header - or check out our other version of Connect which has a box for a quote or achievement to the top right.

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Hello! I’m Danny Jenkinson  – SOFTWARE DEVELOPER



I am a PHP Developer (PHP, Laravel, MySQL) with experience of working on a variety of web development projects. I work on all aspects of the development life cycle, applying my knowledge of OO PHP and MVC principles. My past work includes building user-focused, dynamic, innovative and functional websites using responsive / adaptive / mobile-first design and development. I have good HTML/CSS/Javascript knowledge.


  • I developed a Complaint Management System which converted emails to complaints and assigned them automatically. This then tracked the complaints to closure, with a high level of automation, saving the employer having to hire two new people.
  • I developed a bespoke ticket reservation system for a client, which automated reservation of tickets and handled enquiries as to availability / other routine enquiries automatically. This saved the client having to hire five more people to handle the volume of queries.


  • PHP, Laravel, MySQL
  • OOP and MVC principles
  • Proficient in Javascript
  • Intermediate HTML and CSS
  • CMS – Magento, Drupal, WordPress, Joomla
  • Version Control – Git
  • Bootstrap / jQuery
  • Experience of building and integrating with API (REST and SOAP)
  • Ability to develop and maintain front and back-end code to a high standard and to agreed timescales
  • Ability to review other developers’ solutions and code
  • Ability to provide clear regular progress updates to managers and stakeholders
  • Ability to produce comprehensive documentation
  • Able to act as first-line technical support for issues and bugs



Modules covered included Artificial Intelligence, Data Structures and Algorithms, Logic and Computation, Object Oriented Programming, Full Stack Application Development, Human-Computer Interaction, Intelligent Robotics, Machine Learning and Intelligent Data Analysis, Security of Real-World Systems and Theoretical Foundations for Security.



My role at this company was to assist with supporting software systems, develop new features / projects, and provide occasional hardware support. Part of an in-house team, my responsibilities also included:

  • Diagnosing and fixing bugs
  • Scoping out and developing new features in line with a specification and to a deadline
  • Providing occasional hardware support
  • Making improvements to Interfaces and adding new features

I was made redundant from this role.


Working for this digital agency, I was responsible for scoping, estimating and testing websites and web-based software for clients. Working as part of a team, I created, developed and finalised projects, many of which were used on a day-to-day by millions of people. I worked closely with the different teams including design, project management and sales to ensure the end result was perfect for the client. This role was 4 days a week and I left for a full time position.


The company is a financial organisation with sites in 5 European countries. My responsibilities included:

  • Involvement with a range of projects large and small
  • Liaising directly with clients, taking briefs and developing user stories
  • Assisting with the maintenance and availability of applications, ensuring best code practice

I left this position due to relocating to London.


  • Going to the gym
  • Road cycling
  • Bouldering
  • Bungee jumping


Alex Cartwright, Diamond Consulting
123 High Place, London N1 234 / 01949 123456

Jeff Bridges, Exceptional Software
456 High Place, London N1 235 / 01949 123457

Let’s connect!

Template details:

Here’s page one of this software developer CV template:

Software developer CV

And here’s page two:

Software developer CV - page 2

Required fonts

These are the two required fonts (free) for this software developer CV template – you should install these first, before opening up and editing the template.

  • Jenna Sue – this provides the gorgeous title and prompt to connect at the bottom.
  • Open Sans – everything else is in Open Sans (regular)

NB: This template was first publish on 21st February 2019 and has now been completely updated.

4 big mistakes to avoid on your software developer CV template

Getting to the interview stage is all about passing the CV test. Did you include all the sections? Have you used a CV template? Did you proofread it before you sent the email?

There are lots of things you have to check before you send out your CV, and just the one mistake could end your chances of reaching the next stage. To help you write the best possible CV, here are the 4 biggest mistakes you’re making on your CV…

Lengthy sentences

You only have 2 pages to impress an employer – so make them count!

Everything you write on your CV should add value and be relevant to the role and the industry. Always tailor your CV to the requirements as specified in the job advert, and take note of exactly what the employer is looking for.

Having read back through your CV after a first draft, you will often find irrelevant information and lengthy sentences that don’t have to be there. Always get straight to the point and focus upon your skills and achievements that align with the role.

Use bullet points where possible to help steer clear of lengthy passive phrases. A good example of this is when you are listing your tasks for a previous role – there is no need to write a lengthy sentence detailing your daily routines, when a few bullet points could some things up very quickly.

If you’ve got a lot to cram in a small space, check out our full range of CV templates and choose one that achieves a great balance between including lots of information and applying proper spacing.

Exaggerated accomplishments

You should never embellish or exaggerate anything on your CV. An experienced hiring manager who has read through lots of CVs could spot a lie on your CV and end your chances of an interview right there and then.

Be accurate and honest about your skills and qualifications, but remain positive about what you can do rather than what you can’t. If you feel you are lacking in certain skills or qualifications, then why not consider gaining these attributes rather than pretending you already have them.

Most candidates don’t tick all the boxes that an employer advertises for in a job posting, so focus upon what you can do and remain positive and relevant within your CV. There are various stages throughout the hiring process where you will be caught out for your embellishments, so if you do make it to the interview or even get hired, there’s still a big chance that your manager or a colleague will recognise that you are not quite up to the task!

Too much technical jargon

It’s always a good idea to try and impress the employer will technical jargon and industry know-how, but you don’t want to take this too far. Your CV should be used to highlight your skills and attributes that will benefit the employer if they hire you – it should not be an instruction manual!

You don’t want to come over as a ‘smarty pants’, and although the hiring manager will always appreciate your understanding and knowledge of the role and the industry, they are not looking for someone who is out to prove a point. The worst thing you can do on your CV is portray arrogance or over confidence, so don’t overdo it.

Irrelevant hobbies and interests

If you like to socialise on the weekends, read magazines or go to the cinema – then fine, what’s wrong with that? The problem however is that if your hobbies do not further demonstrate your hard or soft skills within your CV, then you are not gaining anything by putting these hobbies down.

If this sounds like you, then why not consider removing this section altogether as it won’t do you any favours and will be of no interest to the hiring manager. However, this doesn’t mean to say there aren’t any extracurricular activities that won’t impress and provide further proof of your skills.

Remember, you CV is all about showcasing what you have to offer – but the hiring manager also has to believe what you are saying holds weight. A great way to strengthen your claims is to share your hobbies that align with some of the skills on your CV.

Think about a hobby where you interact with other people, organise events, give presentations, work as a team player, be creative, help to build a project etc. These types of hobbies are fantastic to have on your CV, and will indirectly provide evidence of your skills and attributes. Find out more about the hobbies and interests section on your CV here.

TIP: Not sure what the employer is really looking for? Sometimes job ads can be a little sparse on detail. Job profiles are a great way to get inspired when filling out your software developer CV template – for example:

14 thoughts on “Software Developer CV template : Free ‘Connect Lite’ design in Microsoft Word”

  1. Very attractive template but could not find download option. If possible, enable the download option for it. Thank you for all the text notes provided.

  2. This cv It looks very very nice and professional , I like it and i gonna copy and paste it , it teaches me alot and nice format. thank soo much.


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