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CV template with grey headers

The grey centralised headings of this clean CV template use courier font to give it a quirky modern feel. There are plenty of sections which are easy to edit and you can add further sections by copying and pasting. This template is in .doc rather than .docx format, making it editable in a wider range of word processing packages. There's just enough style elements in this template to keep it interesting, without drawing away attention from your core skills.

CV template details:

  • CV ref: #27
  • File size: 32 kB
  • File format: .doc (Microsoft Word)
  • File name: cv-grey-headers.doc
  • Fonts: Arial, Calibri
  • Price: Free download
CV template with grey headers Overall rating: ★★★★☆ 4.3 based on 3 reviews
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About this CV template:

A clean and simple template that is easy to edit and expand. The grey headers and courier font provide a little style that's not too overbearing. A clearly laid out CV template that works well if you have a lot of information to convey.

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Hard to see mistakes you are making on your CV 

So you’ve checked your CV for spelling errors and you’re happy with the CV template you’ve chosen. What could go wrong? Why am I not getting more interviews?

The answer could be that you’re missing small but very important details from your CV that an employer is looking for. Here’s what to look out for…

Listing responsibilities without achievements

It’s far too easy to state your previous tasks and responsibilities in your ‘work history’ section, but what the recruitment manager is actually looking for is someone who can backup those things with achievements and results. An employer is not looking for someone who just does things by the book, but is looking for someone who steps outside of their comfort zone and achieves more than what the role asks of them.

Did you change a system process and make improvements?

Did you cut down on costs saving the company a large sum of money?

What did you achieve in your role?

Where you promoted, and why?

Where you the top salesman for 3 months on the trot, and if so, what were your sales figures?

By answering all of these questions you should be able to get an idea of how you can backup everything with some great results. This will also give you some great points to discuss during the interview, as these achievements will surely be highlighted by the interviewer as they will want to know more.

A thoughtless hobbies and interests section

Far too many people assume this section is unimportant and doesn’t need much attention. But we would argue that it is equally important and provides you with a great opportunity to let your personality come through in your CV.

Recruit managers have to look through hundreds of CV’s, and the all too familiar ‘I like to socialise on weekends’ gets boring and predictable. An employer is looking for a dynamic, hard-working and passionate individual. So socialising on weekends is not going to cut it!

Do you rock climb, play in a band, have your own website that you can provide a link, write scripts for films, act in amateur dramatic plays from time to time, play for a rugby team, play the piano, make model aeroplanes, work for a charity etc.

Anything that you are passionate about needs to shine through your hobbies and interests section. Let them know you have some great interests and that you are happy to discuss them. It is such a great ice breaker when you walk into an interview and someone else either shares the same hobby, or wants to find out more about it.

This, however surprising it may seem, could also be the reason why you get an interview. There may be lots of other CV’s that tick all the right boxes, so the only way to get an interview could be stand out from the crowd. Be interesting, positive, passionate and different.

Failing to show how you meet the job spec 

If you hide the important relevant information within your CV and make it hard for the reader to find what they are looking for, then you are setup to fail already! Highlight all the relevant areas, skills and qualifications that you know are vital for the role, and make it easy for the reader to see that you are the right person for the job.

Top tip! Bring relevant past roles, tasks, responsibilities and achievements to the top, and don’t let them get buried at the end of your list.

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