Functional grey CV template

The simple grey boxes on this CV template help to catch the eye, without obscuring your important information. The template includes sections for your career objective and skills, education and experience. Extra sections can be easily added by copying and pasting. A smart, simple CV template that makes use of classic Times New Roman font and creates a good impression.

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  • CV ref: #73
  • File size: 35 kB
  • File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
  • File name: functional-resume-grey.docx
  • Fonts required: Times New Roman
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  • Functional grey CV template Overall rating: 3 out of 5 based on 1 reviews.
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With this CV template, your information is laid out in the most logical order, starting with your personal information in an eye-catching dark grey box and followed by your career objective, personal profile, skills, professional experience and education.

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The best way to choose references for your CV

Most job seekers make a very simple and quick choice for their references. They jot down a couple of managers from the past and then move onto the more important sections. No thought, no real preparation, but just a quick choice.

Unfortunately there is a lot more too it than that if you want to get ahead of the competition. You could be up against 50, 60 or even 100 other applicants when you send your CV to the hiring manager.

To help you make a better choice of references, here are a few tips…

Choose someone who you worked closely with

Choosing a manager who you barely spoke to as you reference is a bad idea. You may have been a part of a large team that had a manager who overlooked everything. However, that probably also meant they didn’t spend too much one to one time with each employer as it was probably impossible.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of trying to get the highest job title on your CV. But it won’t mean anything if that CEO or Accounts Manager barely had any interaction with you.

Always choose a manager who you had regular contact with, and who worked with you on a day to day basis. They will know you really well and can provide an accurate and comprehensive reference. A generic reference will arouse suspicion and could hinder your chances.

Ask for their permission

This is very important and is something that is often missed. Asking for their permission to be a reference on your CV is extremely important as you don’t want them to be surprised when they get a call.

The process can go one of two ways. Firstly, you could annoy them resulting in a bad reference. Secondly, you could get lucky and get a positive reference but most likely lacking in passion or enthusiasm.

I personally wouldn’t want to go with either of those two options, and that’s why it’s really important to get their permission first. Get them onboard and passionate about providing a glowing reference, and you’re already one step closer.

Prep them before you send your CV

Once you’ve gotten their permission it’s now time to prep them on the role you’re applying for and what’s expected of a candidate. If your reference knows what the new employer is looking for then they can focus their recommendation on those aspects.

Again, you are looking for a non-generic reference and one which shows you have the right tools for a specific job. If great communication skills are important to the new role, then don’t be afraid to emphasise this to your reference. They can then think ahead before they get contacted and already have some great things to say planned out in advance.

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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