Neat and simple CV template with centred headings and dividing lines

Our neat and simple CV template has centralised personal information and the rest of your details aligned to the left, using classic Times New Roman font and simple dividing lines. A very clean looking template without any graphical elements, perfect for keeping prospective employers focused on your details without distraction. The use of simple dividing lines helps to keep your information organised and allows your employer to scan through your CV and easily find what they are looking for. Unlike most of our other CV templates, we have included quite a few additional sections in this template, such as skills, languages and hobbies - these can be deleted or amended to meet your own needs.

CV template details:

  • CV ref: #8
  • File size: 37kb
  • File format: .doc (Microsoft Word)
  • File name: cv-template-neat-and-simple.doc
  • Fonts required: Times New Roman
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About this CV template:

This CV template is very neat, simple and highly customisable to your exact information. We've put in quite a few headings for you to consider but you can add your own and delete what is there, based on your own circumstances. It's easy to change the font too - just choose "Select > Select All" in Microsoft Word and pick your new font from the drop down list in the Font panel. Overall this is a great CV template if you're looking for something basic, or something that is very easy to customise with no fuss at all.

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Neat and simple CV template - what more can I say? A good basic design which is all I wanted to have.

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Where do I get keywords from for my CV?

The right approach to creating a CV is to consider what the employer would want to see. You want to be on the ‘same page’ as the hiring manager, so you are able to connect on a professional level. But how do you do that?

‘Keywords’ is something you may have come across whilst searching for online CV help. But what are keywords and how can they help write a CV?

What is a keyword?

A keyword comes in many different forms. It could be an action word, or it could help describe a certain hard or soft skill. A keyword is essentially a very important word or phrase which aligns with the role and the company.

Matching the same words the employer uses for certain hard (specific) and soft skills is very important. You should never use your own descriptions if they mean the same.

A specific skill relates to something which you will have had training in or gained a qualification for. An example could be computer programming or operating machinery. A soft skill relates to a more generic skill, and is often missing from the CV. However, a soft skill is just as important to an employer as a specific one. Here are the 6 skills an employer wants to see on your CV.

‘Industry jargon’ or ‘technical jargon’ could contain many different keywords, but some are more relevant than others. Your aim as a job seeker and CV writer is to try and match certain keywords that the employer uses or will use. If you get this part right, you could easily put yourself head and shoulders above the rest of your competition.

Where do I find the relevant keywords?

One of the best places to find all the keywords you’ll ever need is the job advert itself. Here you will find exactly what the employer is looking for, and the types of words and phrases they like to use.

Whoever wrote the job advert is going to be in the interview and will read and vet the applications. By extracting keywords from the advert and using them in your CV, you are connecting immediately with the hiring manager.

Keywords can also help you in your quest to find the perfect role for you. For more information on this go to – Why keywords are so important in your job search.

What types of keywords am I looking for?

Here are some examples of the words and phrases often used in job adverts, which you can use within your own CV:

  • Dynamic individual
  • Great public speaker
  • Fantastic communication skills
  • Experience at leading a team
  • Managerial experience required
  • ACCA accounting qualifications required
  • Full UK driving licence a must

You will see from the above list that the important keywords have been highlighted. Every job advert will of course be very different and will provide various keywords. Try to extract the important parts of the job advert and see how you can then insert this into your CV to show that you have these covered.

Are some keywords more important than others?

Yes, some keywords are far more important than others and you do have to be careful not to select the generic words too often. Words like ‘dynamic’ are a lot less important than ‘managerial experience’.

Try to stay clear of the generic words if you can, and only use them once at the most. Read between the lines as much as you can and jot down what you feel the employer is really looking for. What is important to them? What type of candidate are they looking for?

Using similar jargon, keywords and phrases as the job advert, you are already demonstrating that you recognise what the employer wants. The hiring manager will thank you for that and their decision to move you to the interview stage will be a lot easier.

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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