Customising this CV template:
Fonts required for this template:
Open Sans Light, Open Sans – https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Open+Sans
Jenna Sue – https://www.dafont.com/jenna-sue.font
Editing the photo:
The image in this CV template is used under licence and must not be reproduced, except in connection with the use of this CV template for your own personal use (plus, it would be very odd if you used somebody else’s photo on your CV)!
To change the picture in the template (for example, to insert your own head shot) simply right click and choose ‘Change Picture’.
If you need to know how to make your own circle photo for your CV, see ‘8 easy ways to customise your CV template in Word 2010‘ (scroll down to tip 8 – Insert a rounded CV photo)
Saving and printing:
To ensure that the pictures in this template look great when you save/print, we recommend:
- Go to FILE > OPTIONS > ADVANCED and underneath ‘IMAGE SIZE AND QUALITY’ select ‘DO NOT COMPRESS IMAGES IN FILE’.
- Save the template from Adobe Acrobat as a PDF, or whilst in Word, choose PRINT and then choose ‘PDF’ as the printer.
CV advice: should I use colour on my CV?
Gone are the days when the black and white CV template used to reign supreme, and in the past few years job seekers have started to add a little colour to their CV to try and stand out from the crowd. If you are considering adding some colour to your CV, you’re probably wondering…
Will using colour on my CV increase or decrease my chances of getting an interview?
If you’re thinking of adding some colour to your CV but are a little hesitant as to how the employer will react, here are a few hints and tips as to what you could expect to happen…
What will the employer think if I use colour on my CV?
Trying to figure out if an employer will be pleased to see colour on your CV is pretty impossible. Unless you contact the hiring manager and ask them their thoughts, you are just not going to know what the outcome will be. You can’t predict the future, but you can however be smart!
Consider the role and the company you are applying to, and whether or not using colour on your CV would seem appropriate. If you were applying for a creative role – graphic design or video editing – then using colour on your CV could be expected, and without it, could put you at a disadvantage.
Your creativity may need to shine through on your CV, and what better way than to create a CV that showcases your talents for presentation. Using colour on your CV could make the difference between getting an interview or a rejection email.
In some cases however you may find that using colour could put you at a disadvantage and come across as unprofessional. Again, consider who you are applying to and make a cautious approach.
How much colour should I use on my CV?
If you are confident that the employer would love to see lots of colour on your CV, again, if it was for a creative role as above, then don’t hesitate – go for it! Use a few bold colours if you want, but be careful not to detract from your information. You want the hiring manager to take note of your CV, but not for the wrong reasons.
Try to keep your CV template closely related to the role you’re applying for, so not only are you adding colour to your CV and showing off your creativity, you are also making your presentation relevant to the role/industry.
If you want to be more subtle and only apply a little colour to your CV, then consider using grey or light blues and yellows. This is a much safer approach and a lot less likely to offend the employer and come across as unprofessional. In most cases a little colour will highlight certain sections of your CV and make it easier for the eye to navigate.