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This example of a good CV (in a lovely customisable template) has lots of character – with a neat font, a touch of colour and a subtle border.
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This template includes the following sections:
- Name/target job title
- Contact information / personal data
- Personal statement
- Work history (in reverse chronological order)
It is very easy to edit or add further sections – simply copy and paste a previous section.
Note however that this template does not include a reference section. It is not strictly necessary to give your references on your CV as an employer will ask for them anyway, if they plan to offer you the job.
Who is this template for?
Although this example of a good CV contains sample information for a childcare practitioner, this template would suit a range of roles. For example, it would be ideal for an office-based role such as Office Manager, Office Administrator, Office Assistant or HR Officer. The design is universal and would work for lots of different positions.
Here are some other examples you may find helpful:
Why is this an example of a good CV?
There are a few key points to note from this example – including:
- It is ATS-friendly – i.e. it should cause no problems for Applicant Tracking Systems that are frequently in use by larger employers and agencies.
- It doesn’t simply list responsibilities for each job – it also includes achievements.
- It doesn’t simply list off skills – it explains how those skills were acquired and used.
- It includes a strong personal statement which addresses the most important requirements from the job advert that it was written in response to.
Tips for customising this example of a good CV:
- Make sure you have the Arial Narrow font installed before you open up the template to start editing. This is usually included with MS Word
- Feel free to make the template your own. For example, some people prefer to have their personal information right under their name. If you’re in the UK, you might want to switch the education and work experience sections around as it is more customary to put work experience first. It’s easy to switch the sections around by simply copying and pasting!
How to write a good CV
There are lots of factors to consider when writing a CV, and each one of them extremely important if you want to make a great first impression. Whether it’s font, size, amount of pages, presentation, layout, spacing – these can be a little difficult to get right without the aid of template.
That’s why using a CV template is one of the best ways to get a head start when it comes to writing a CV. All of this has already been done for you, and all you need to do is choose the right one for you.
Limit the personal data you include
For the majority of roles, you only need to include your name, address, phone number, email and (where relevant) social profiles / website address.
You don’t need to include personal details or characteristics such as whether you are married or your nationality. These can invite discrimination.
There are a few exceptions to this rule – for example, an acting CV will include a great deal of additional personal information. Some roles can also legitimately require that the candidates have certain protected characteristics (such as advertising for a women to work in a women’s refuge). For the latter, it’s fine to include the relevant requested characteristic (e.g. gender).
Keep your CV to the point
There are still to this day too many CV’s being written with a ridiculous amount of waffle and nonsensical descriptions about tasks and achievements. The problem with this is that the hiring manager’s time is very limited, and busy people will always read things very quickly.
The average time a hiring manager spends reading a CV is around 20 – 30 seconds before they decide to either stick it on the ‘no’ pile, or move it over to the ‘maybe’ section for a second look a little later. In fact, some studies suggest this is even less!
Use bullet points to keep things concise
You’ll see that this example of a good CV makes great use of bullet points. Using bullet points are often a great way to ensure you keep certain aspects of your CV short and to the point.
In addition, using bullet points helps the hiring manager pick out certain key skills relevant and important to the role.
Keep your CV relevant
Always remember to keep your CV relevant to the role and industry you are applying for. It’s especially important to tailor the skills and experience that you include on your CV in your job applications to each and every role you apply for, taking note of the job advert and person specification.
For example, if you’re seeking a customer service role, include relevant examples of how you’ve used customer service skills in the past. Emphasise the customer service aspects of your current job and each past employment you have had. If you’ve not had the exact role in the past, focus on transferable skills that you’ve acquired and used in your previous roles which are relevant to the target position.
Look carefully at the words used in the job description and try to mirror these as far as possible on your CV. Ensure your job titles match those of your target role – for example, if you’re applying for a ‘Graphic Designer’ role and your past employer named you a ‘Design Expert’, it’s best to use ‘Graphic Designer’ as your job title on your CV.
Writing a concise opening statement (usually called a ‘personal statement’) is one way you can ensure your CV appears relevant. A strong personal statement will help your CV stand out as it quickly tells the hiring manager why you’re a good fit for the role.
You can find out more about writing a great CV in our ‘how to write a CV‘ guide.
Remember also that your cover letter should be tailored to every position too – here’s how to write a winning cover letter (with examples).
Originally published 11 September 2017.