Example of a good CV (with free CV template in Word)

When the impression you want to give is that you're professional, careful, thoughtful and well organised, there's no reason why your résumé shouldn't reflect these exact qualities. This résumé achieves exactly that, with its use of the subtle Letter Gothic Std font and a neat, subtle dotted lilac border to frame your pages. Headings are in lilac with simple squares used for bullets in the Education and Work Experience sections. Altogether the effect is very tidy, very simple and unstated in design, creating exactly the impression you'd like to leave with your prospective employer.
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CV template details:

  • CV ref: #59
  • File size: 18 kB
  • File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • File name: Resume-Template-Narrow-Lilac.docx
  • Fonts required: Letter Gothic Std
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While some résumé templates can over do it a bit on fonts and graphics, this very simple, subtle résumé template has an air of balance about it that is 'just right'. The simple dotted border is very understated but creates a lovely frame for your neatly organised, well laid-out résumé.

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Joe Bloggs – Childcare practitioner

Address: 1234 The Street London N1S / Telephone: 01234 567890

Email: joe@joebloggs.com / Web: www.joebloggs.com / Full enhanced DBS & clean driving licence

PERSONAL STATEMENT

I am an Early Years Practitioner, qualified to Level 3 (C&G). I have 6.5 years experience working with primary aged children, providing care, play opportunities and activities in a fun, safe and welcoming environment. In each of my roles I have supported the day-to-day running and organisation, suggesting and implementing improvements (particularly in relation to sustainability) and ensuring all resources are well managed and used effectively. At all times I have maintained the highest standards of safety, hygiene and food handling in my roles.

Interests: Outside of work I love spending time with my 2 children (ages 8 and 5). I am also passionate about protecting wildlife & wild spaces. I volunteer regularly at the weekends/holidays with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

WORK HISTORY

Derbyshire County Council, Derby

Assistant Play Leader : April 2018 – date

Working in a highly diverse area of Derby, my role requires that I:

  • Provide a safe, welcoming creche facility to enable parents to access the support group.
  • Develop and deliver play opportunities for older children.
  • Support the Play Leader in assessing, planning, delivering and evaluating the work of the Parenting Hub.
  • Record all work that has been undertaken to ensure that the Parenting Hub can evidence outcomes for families, best practice, and best value.
  • Ensure that both children and vulnerable adults are safeguarded.

Alders After School Care, Hope Valley

After School Assistant : February 2014 – March 2017

  • Looking after primary-aged children from 3pm to 6pm (typically 10 – 15 children)
  • Supervising to ensure all play and activity is fun and also safe
  • Participating in children’s group games
  • Supporting children’s art and craft work
  • Preparing a snack for the children
  • Speaking to parents when children are collected.

ABC Kindergarten, Lincoln

Lunchtime Assistant (12.5 hrs/wk) : March 2013 – January 2014

I was responsible for the supervision of nursery-aged children at lunchtime, taking all steps to ensure their health safety and happiness. I also ensured that the meal areas were kept clean, and assisting the teaching team in setting up the classrooms for the afternoon’s activities.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Introduced kid-sized recycling bins with printed pictures in previous role to get children in after-school club involved in the sorting. Reduced club’s waste by 40% while teaching children important lessons about recycling and the environment.
  • Switched all of our supply of stationary and arts/crafts materials to recycled and FSC, and identified a suitable recycling service for our batteries/ink cartridges.
  • Switched all food supplies in previous role to fair-trade and/or organic food, introduced composting bins which the children were involved with, and set up a veg/fruit garden to encourage children to ‘grow your own’.
  • Created a whole range of activities for the children around encouraging wildlife in the school garden. Consequently the school was featured in the local papers twice.
  • Switched all cleaning products in previous role to eco-friendly alternatives, making the school more sustainable and in fact saving 15% on the cost.

EDUCATION

New College, Derby

City & Guilds Diploma : February 2014 – March 2017

City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) 3605-03

New Comprehensive, Derby

GCSEs Completed June 2013

9 GCSEs including English (B), Maths (B) and English Literature (C).

SKILLS

  • Ability to effectively work in partnership with parents – developed through current & previous roles and through my Level 3 qualification
  • Ability to model, promote and support positive behaviour with children – developed in my current role and through my Level 3 qualification.
  • Good understanding of safeguarding policies and procedures in early years – through 6 years of experience and Level 3 qualification.
  • Excellent knowledge of promoting diversity, equality and inclusion in the early years sector – through working in a highly diverse area and through my Level 3 qualification.
  • Strong ability to plan and implement activities, play opportunities and educational programmes in an early years setting – developed in my current and previous role.
  • Very good knowledge and practical experience of promoting children’s health and welfare in an early years setting – through 6 years of experience and Level 3 qualification.
  • Understanding of promoting children’s speech, language and communication development – through my Level 3 qualification.
  • Good practical experience of supporting children experiencing transitions and significant events in the early years sector – developed in my current role and through L3 qualification.
  • Proven ability to accurately observe, assess and report in the early years sector – with samples of my work available on request.

Template details:

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.

Here’s a full preview of page one of this template:

Example of a good CV - page 1

And here’s page two:

Example of a good CV - page 2

This template includes the following sections:

  • Name/target job title
  • Contact information
  • Personal statement
  • Interests
  • Work history
  • Achievements
  • Education
  • Skills

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.

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.

However, one aspect a CV template can’t help you with is the amount of content you decide to input within your CV. One thing we can tell you though is…

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!

Bullet points are a great way 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. The hiring manager will thank you for them as it makes their job much easier when looking to pick out certain pieces of information that’s relevant and important to them and 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 your CV to each and every job you seek, taking note of the job advert and description. This will be another method to help ensure your CV is to the point and equally as important – relevant.

You can find out more about writing a great CV in our ‘how to write a CV‘ guide.

NB: This CV template was originally published on 11 September 2017 and has been completely updated for 2020.

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 Solicitor and Chartered Legal Executive, having been admitted as a Fellow in February 2006.

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