Skills based CV template in Word – ‘Connect Quotes’ design

A spin on our hugely successful Connect CV template, this layout replaces the photo with a quote box which can be used for a snippet from one of your references or a key achievement. It's a great way to bring your biggest selling point to the attention of a prospective employer.
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CV template details:

  • CV ref: #195
  • File size: 27kb
  • File format:
  • File name: Connect-CV-template-with-quote.docx
  • Fonts required: Jenna Sue, Open Sans (see below for links)
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  • Skills based CV template in Word - 'Connect Quotes' design Overall rating: 4.6 out of 5 based on 11 reviews.
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About this CV template:

We're keen to give you the very best CV template formats and layouts - and to this end, we've created an alternative version of Connect which doesn't have a photo. Not everyone wants to include a photo on their CV - indeed, in the UK, it's less common to do so. With our Connect Quotes template, the photo is replaced with alternative content that helps you to catch the attention of a prospective employer with a large pile of CVs to sift through.

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Hello! I’m Danny Jenkinson

MARKETING CONSULTANT || WWW.DANNYJENKS.COM
36, CRANBERRY PLACE, THE MEADOWS NG1 234
07984 182124 || DANNYJENKINSON@AOL.COM
LINKEDIN: @DANJENK99 || TWITTER: @DANJENK99

OBJECTIVE ||

I am a Marketing Consultant with 5 years’ experience at two mid-sized marketing agencies, both in London. I hold a Diploma in Professional Marketing from the CIM at Level 6 (Intermediate) which is equivalent level to an undergraduate degree. I am looking for the opportunity to advance to a Management position where I can use my skills in developing strategies and leading a team.

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS ||

My ‘Sweet like Chocolate’ leaflet campaign which was ran over 2 weeks at a client’s flagship store in Soho saw an increase of 64% foot traffic for its two week duration. My ‘Bend it like Peckham’ leaflet campaign for a well-known London football team saw ticket sales increase by 30% over its three month duration, generating an additional £1.3m in revenue.

KEY SKILLS ||

  • Great interpersonal communication
  • Excellent writing ability – examples available on request
  • Analytical knowledge
  • Proven ability to design successful email campaigns
  • Research skills
  • Understanding of UX and UI
  • Highly creative
  • Proven ability to lead a team
  • CMS experience
  • Content marketing – ability to conceptualise and execute effective campaigns
  • Understanding of responsive design
  • Basic coding knowledge (HTML/CSS)
  • SEO tool knowledge

QUALIFICATIONS ||

DIPLOMA IN PROFESSIONAL MARKETING (LEVEL 6) CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF MARKETING, 2011-2014

This course which is equivalent to an undergraduate degree covered the strategic marketing planning process, including how to evaluate and implement it through effective management of resources. It provided an understanding of key marketing metrics and measurement techniques enabling me to identify and interpret insights to support informed strategic decisions. My digital Strategy (elective) enabled me to better understand how organisations can implement a digital marketing strategy and how to build these capabilities into the overall strategic plan.

WORK EXPERIENCE ||

MARKETING CONSULTANT XYZ BRAND AGENCY, LONDON : 2014 – DATE

Initially joining the company as a trainee, I have progressed to team leader. My role requires that I create, develop and execute marketing strategies for the Company’s clients, including online and offline campaigns. I am also required to ensure that all marketing support materials are up to date and in line with each client’s agreed brand guidelines, which include website materials, social media accounts, online brochures, presentations and proposal templates.

MARKETING CONSULTANT 123 BRAND AGENCY, LONDON : 2012 – 2014

Initially joining the company as a trainee, I have progressed to team leader. My role requires that I create, develop and execute marketing strategies for the Company’s clients, including online and offline campaigns. I am also required to ensure that all marketing support materials are up to date and in line with each client’s agreed brand guidelines, which include website materials, social media accounts, online brochures, presentations and proposal templates.

HOBBIES AND INTERESTS ||

  • Going to the gym
  • Cycling
  • Rock climbing
  • Scrambling

REFERENCES ||

Jim Jones
XYZ Brand Agency
123 High Place
London N1 234
jimjones@xyz.com
01949 123456

Jim Smith
123 Brand Agency
456 High Place
London N1 235
jimsmith@123.com
01949 123457

Let’s connect!

Template details:

This is a super-smart two-page CV template with a focus on skills and achievements. A slightly informal introduction gives this template a friendly feel, whilst the endorsement at the top has the potential to immediately catch the eye of prospective employers.

Full preview of this skills based CV template:

Connect Quotes CV template - preview of page one
Connect quotes CV template - preview of page two

Required fonts

These are the two required fonts (free) for this 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)

Writing your skills based CV template: does an employer care about your hobbies?

When it comes to writing a CV one of the least important sections is the hobbies and interests – but does that mean to say that you should ignore it altogether and leave it out?

A good rule of thumb when it comes to writing a CV is to ensure that every word, sentence, paragraph and section adds value and remains completely relevant to the employer. You’ve probably heard before that it’s a good idea to tailor your CV to the role and the industry, and the reason why this is a good idea is because it better ensures that you stay focused on the role and provide the employer with what they want to see.

So how do we add value to our hobbies and make them relevant to the role I’m applying for?

Why are hobbies important to some employers?

Not every employer will care about or read the hobbies section, especially if you put down a few regular ones like – going to the cinema and walking the dog. These types of hobbies will certainly not add value to your CV, so if you want to leave this section off altogether, then it won’t harm to do so.

For some employers the hobbies and interests section can provide more of an insight into the personality of the candidate, and whether or not they are outgoing, sporty, creative, or maybe even have a hobby that aligns with the role or industry.

Take a step back and have a look at your hobbies – what do they say about you?

The standard format of a CV doesn’t allow much room for an applicant’s personality to shine through, and sometimes the hobbies section can create a better overall picture of the type of person the employer is likely to meet in an interview, and maybe even if they feel like the right fit for the company’s culture.

How do you use hobbies to add value to a skills based CV template? 

As stated above, if your hobbies are quite run-of-the-mill – reading books and socialising on weekends – then it’s up to you whether or not you want to still have this section on your CV. Bear in mind that they are very unlikely to add any value to your CV, but if you still feel you want to add this, then go ahead.

The types of hobbies which can add value to a CV are these kinds:

  • Sports related – training, working hard to achieve goals, team work
  • Creative – artistic, drawing, painting, building, music, playing in a band
  • Communication – captain of a sports team, local amateur dramatics

Depending on the role you’re applying for, you may be able to focus some attention onto your hobbies so the employer can see a further demonstration of your skills. If having great communication skills is important for the role, then you should certainly let the employer know that you are the captain of a sports team.

Team sports, yoga and blogging all demonstrate traits managers will be looking for in potential new recruits, according to Mark Wilkinson, one of the founders of Coburg Banks.

Conclusion

Mundane hobbies don’t add value to your CV and may in some cases actually add a negative aspect to your overall application. In most cases you may be better leaving them off. However, if you have a hobby that clearly demonstrates your skills further, then you should definitely use this to your advantage.

An employer will always need convincing when it comes to the claims you’ve made on your CV, so why not add more evidence of your abilities by showcasing your hobbies and by placing more importance on this section.

There’s more insight into the hobbies and interests section of your CV here.

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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