A very clean, simple, one-page CV or resume template using the classic Times New Roman font, with centred alignment and simple ATS-friendly style elements.
Disclaimer: With so many different ATS packages, we cannot guarantee that our ATS-friendly CV and resume templates will pass through every system without issue. This applies to all websites offering CV and resume templates! However, we have designed these templates with best ATS design principles in mind.
Features to look out for when designing your CV or resume for ATS:
With the growth in employers using ATS software, it’s worth keeping these design principles in mind when putting together your CV or resume:
- Check for ATS: Typically, larger organisations (FTSE 200, Fortune 500 etc) use ATS software. Unless you’re content to submit an ATS-friendly choice, check with the HR department to see if such a system is in use. Otherwise you’ll be limited to ATS-friendly designs.
- Submit your CV in an ATS-friendly format: .doc or .docx are the best choices.
- Avoid fancy fonts: As you’re submitting in Word format, these will only display properly if the recipient has the font installed. Remember that a human will look at your CV if it passes the machine test.
- Avoid elements that may confuse the software: If you’ve ever converted a PDF to Word before, you’ll know this problem all too well. Such documents are often designed initially with text boxes, columns, tables, graphics etc to create a highly attractive, professional document. However, when you convert back to Word, the formatting is often a complete mess. The software often doesn’t know where text in a text box should be and consequently this gets inserted randomly onto the page or ignored altogether. Text in headers and footers is often injected mid-sentence and pictures can randomly break up blocks of text. When a machine reads your CV (whether you submit in Word or PDF), the same problems arise. It cannot ‘know’ where to put these elements. It may even ignore them altogether. The best tactic is to use an ATS-friendly CV that presents your information without these elements.
- Analyse the job advert: Take care to include all the most significant keywords that the job advert mentions (assuming they apply to you). These might be specific experience, particular degrees, skills or qualifications that the recruiter considers to be essential. Use the exact keywords – adjusting your past job and degree titles to match those specified (assuming they basically mean the same thing).
Our guides provide more information on creating an ATS-friendly CV: