Quick tips for your free CV template
So you’ve chosen the perfect CV template and you’re ready to fill everything in – how can you ensure your CV maximises your chances of success?
- Download the correct fonts: Most CV templates use a special font, adding a little flair to their appearance. Our Grey Box CV template uses Leelawadee which is free – all you need to do is download the font file, double click on it and click Install. Do this before opening your template in MS Word to ensure it looks as it should.
- Use good paper and a good printer: The smartest template in the world simply won’t look as good as it should unless you print on good quality paper and using a good printer. If you don’t have one, visit the local library or print shop – it’s worth paying a few pence to get a good result. A well presented CV tells prospective employers that you care about the job application enough to make an effort.
- Write a winning covering letter: This is the first thing a prospective employer will read. Keep it to the point – they won’t have time to scan through pages of information for the detail they need. Your covering letter explains how you meet the job application requirements – here’s a great guide to making it count.
Why you should include a covering letter with your CV
Although the CV offers a huge amount of information about a candidate, it doesn’t always tell the employer everything they need to know. The hiring manager wants to know why you applied, what your future goals are and generally more about what you’d bring to the role.
Why you should write a covering letter
A cover letter should always be custom written with consideration to the employer’s requirements. The CV is all about marketing your skills, qualifications and experience, which leaves the covering letter to engage with the reader and provide a more personal touch to your application.
What to include in your covering letter – all the important points
- Target the job and the employer
- Don’t repeat what your CV already says
- What attracted you to the role?
- Why you want to work for the employer?
- What unique skills, qualifications and experience would you bring to the role?
- Do your research on the company and the role before you write a covering letter (and CV)