This lovely CV template uses background shading to highlight your name, headings, sub headings and keywords that you can use to showcase your key skills.
There’s space at the top to include an ‘objective’ which should spell out to prospective employers who you are, what you have to offer (with specific reference to the job advert) and what you are looking for.
Underneath, there’s a line of keywords with a line at the top and bottom to make them stand out. These are a great place to showcase specific skills or achievements that you’d like the employer to know about, without them getting lost in your CV
There’s space on the template for your work history which can easily be extended, with the content simply pushing down to the next page. There’s also plenty of space for qualifications and you can add more detail, per the example, or cut the section down to bring your template onto one page.
The skills and hobbies sections use a Wingdings character as a smart bullet point, and lay out your skills / hobbies over two columns. Your skills are a great opportunity to show the employer that you meet aspects of the job specification which may not be obvious from your work history or qualifications; while your hobbies and interests give prospective employers a glimpse of your personality. Hobbies and interests can also demonstrate to an employer that you take an interest in your health (for example, ‘going to the gym’) and therefore are likely to have less sick days.
Finally, there’s space for two references, although if you’d rather not list your current employer until you receive a job offer, it’s acceptable to simply write ‘References available on request’. Remember that your references can be an opportunity to show off good contacts and impress a prospective employer.
Do you need a new CV?
The Curriculum Vitae is an essential part of the recruitment process used by both employers and job seekers. To an employer, the CV is the first step to short listing potential candidates who may be the right person for the job. To a job seeker, it’s the traditional method used to showcase their skills, experience and qualifications to an employer with the aspiration of gaining an interview.
If you’re currently out of work and ready to send out your CV, or even if you have a job but want to find something else – it’s important to know if you need a brand new CV or not.
Here are the top three reasons why you need a new CV:
You’re not getting contacted for an interview
If it comes down to the simple fact that you’re not getting called in for an interview based on your CV, then now is the right time to consider creating a brand new one from scratch.
If you’re happy that you have the right talents as requested in the job advert, and that you’re also not aiming too high and are under-qualified – then you have nothing to lose. There is clearly something not quite right with your application, and starting again from scratch could give you the chance to correct any mistakes and put you back on the right path.
You haven’t changed your CV in years
Simply updating the same old CV that you’ve had for the past 15 years is enough of a reason to start again. Although your skills and experience may be enough to get you an interview, you are still taking a big risk and under presenting your talents to employers.
A job seeker will often update their CV with their most recent job title, tasks and responsibilities. This isn’t enough however, and with the recent increase in the use of CV templates and online guides, employers are now bombarded with high quality applications.
The overall standard of the CV has risen dramatically in recent years, and if you don’t keep tabs of what employers are now looking for and expecting, you are not going to get by with just your extensive work experience. Starting from scratch and using a free online CV template will help you to bring fresh new ideas to your application, and allow you to take a new approach to presenting your details.
You’ve written a generic CV
When applying for more than one job at the same time, you may find it much easier to send the same CV out to the employers. The problem with this however is that a hiring manager can spot a generic CV from a mile away, and your chances of getting an interview has probably now gone out the window.
Keeping the same CV is a good idea, because it will help you to keep track of your achievements. However, this should only be used as a way to track your progress, and not a quick way of re-applying when the time comes. A well tailored and relevant CV is going to stand a far greater chance of success, because it shows that you have read and understood the needs of the company.
Each time you apply for a new role you should write a brand new CV. This will ensure your details remain modern and well presented, whilst adjusting for the new employer and what they deem to be important to their company and the role.