Who is this CV template for?
This CV is a perfect match for entry level roles and those early in their career with only 2 – 3 previous roles. Someone who has recently left education would certainly need to consider the use of this CV template to help them gain full time employment. The typical length of a CV for most careers is 2 pages, but if you have more information to add then we recommend you use a template such as:
Or you may wish to visit our OS Word CV template collection which makes use of the full width of the page.
How do I customise the boxes on this CV template?
The curvy containers that hold your information are just text boxes, and you can fully customise just about everything. For additional help, please view our YouTube video on adding a text box to your CV which also shows you how to format the box.
- You can move the boxes if you want to.
- You can change the colour of the border.
- You can choose whether you want the border to be solid, dotted or dashed.
- You can change the background colour of the box if you want to.
- You can change the font and font size.
- You can make your text bold, italic, etc.
Text boxes are a really great way to add stylish detail to your CV template. You’ll see from the video that there are plenty of stylish designs to choose from, in addition to the one we’ve used to create this CV template.
How to gain work experience for a bare CV
Without work experience it’s not just your ‘Employment History’ section that suffers. Your skills section also takes a nose dive, and your entire CV will end up looking very bare. If you’ve recently left education then you will know exactly what we are talking about.
Here’s how to create work experience and skills for your CV…
Take on voluntary work
Although you won’t be paid for your efforts, voluntary work is a great way to build up that valuable work experience for your CV. In addition, you will acquire new skills and achievements which will also help to create a more comprehensive application.
Part time work
Another great way to add experience to your CV is through part time work. This can often be easier to find, and whether it’s working for your local Post Office or chip shop, anything you take on will add value to your CV.
Although voluntary work is typically easier to find, part time work will pay you for your efforts. However, this doesn’t mean that it is a better option as an employer may favour voluntary work more. Giving up your free time for no pay is admirable, in addition to helping others in need. Worthy causes like the British Heart Foundation are always welcoming help, no matter where it comes from. An employer will certainly respect your decision to help a great cause like this.
An apprenticeship is a fantastic route to a full time position as it offers training and study at the same time. You also earn money whilst you train and work – which means you are rewarded for your efforts.
There is a wide range of professions available through apprenticeship schemes, and with the added benefit of being free of charge. The scheme is funded by both the government and the employer, so no student fees are required. More more information visit UCAS – Apprenticeships UK.