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Latest CV templates:

Free Basic CV template 2020 – Word format

A super-clean basic CV template that uses one of the most popular CV fonts and a really simple layout. Suitable for all types of job application, roles and industries. Get the job you deserve with a new fresh CV!

Web designer CV template : free Word download

This clean, fresh 2-page web designer CV template with a focus on work experience is great for a wide variety of roles. Print on high quality paper with a good printer for the perfect CV to grab the employer’s attention.

Free download: lush foliage Word CV template

Our Lush Foliage CV template is made up of striking fonts and vivid greens, ensuring that your CV isn’t missed on the pile! Deep rich colours and jaw-dropping fonts make this stunning one-page template stand out.

Free fresh one-page Word CV template

This is a fresh, one-page CV template that is easy to customise with optional space for a photo, an optional background image and easily customised sections. Icons are used for hobbies and contact details.

Free Take a Leaf Microsoft Word CV template

This delightful CV template features a subtle leaf background (which can be removed if desired). The skills circles which indicate skill proficiency can be adjusted by dragging the yellow pointers to the desired position.

Journey free CV template in Word format

There is plenty to customise with this lovely free one page CV template including the colour scheme, background, picture, icons and adjustable sliding skills bars. Let your creativity run wild and make it your own.

Free Minimalist CV template download in Word

Sometimes simple is best & that can be said for this black & white no nonsense CV template. It is an eye-catching clean 1-page design that’s sure to make an impression. There’s space on the right for a photo if required.

Entry level CV template in Microsoft Word

A curvy stylish entry level CV template that is great for first-time job hunters and those early in their career (with 2-3 previous roles). Curvaceous brackets divide up your details and help to draw attention to your CV.

Free arrows CV template in MS Word

A gorgeous and colourful CV template that is perfect for creative / designer type roles. The fresh, bright layout makes use of two great fonts and some attractive graphics, to help show off your creativity and flair.

Free contact icons Word CV template

Our second gorgeous ‘Contact Icons’ CV template gives you the ability to add more than the usual contact information to your curriculum vitae. A one-page, two-column layout with blue accents and neat headers.

Free timeline CV template in Microsoft Word

Our ‘Timeline’ CV template in Microsoft Word makes clever use of tables to create a timeline for both your employment history and your qualifications. Two columns with an attractive intro and lots of detail.

Free Example CV template in Microsoft Word

This example CV template is the perfect inspiration for creating your own effective CV. It has lots of nice details including dropped capitals, featured boxes and neat headings. Free to download for personal use.

CV length

The length of a CV depends on what role you are applying for.

The industry standard is two pages, which is what you should certainly be aiming for if you want to attract the attention of an employer. Any more than two pages tends to lose the attention of the reader.

Keep in mind most hiring managers like to be able to quickly scan through a CV to ascertain whether or not the candidate is right for the role. With literally hundreds of applications to read, the hiring manager has to make a quick judgement call on which CV to add to the 'shortlist' pile for a potential interview. Having three or more pages CV could mean that yours is overlooked!

If you're struggling for room, edit your content for relevancy. Don't decrease the font size to cram in more info - you want the CV to be easy to read.

For further information on the correct length of a CV, read our article 'How long should a CV be?'

How can I make my CV stand out?

With so much competition for every job, it's harder now than ever before to get your CV noticed. Everyone has a degree - everyone has work experience - so how will you make your CV stand out from the crowd? The answer is in highlighting achievements, whether these were part of a paid work position or gained in some other capacity. Achievements that prove you have skills transferable to the role you're applying for will make the best impression. Whether you've beaten your sales targets, set up a community project, coached your local football team or raised money for charity, achievements are a great way to prove you have the key soft skills that your prospective employer values the most. An easy way to showcase your achievements is to add a fancy text box into your CV layout - in this video, we show you how.

Top tip: tailor each and every CV

"You should focus on the reader’s core requirements and adjust or adapt your CV to their (and therefore) for each specific application." ~ University of Oxford

Too many people simply write a generic CV for every role they apply to. Failing to tailor your CV to each and every job role is a huge mistake that can cost you a lot of interviews. Even if you're applying to lots of positions with the same job title, you need to study the job advert carefully and adjust how you present your skills and experience. This is because each UK employer has a different set of values and requirements that they prioritise.

Let's take the position of store assistant as an example. From Aldi's recruitment pages we can see that the store values a 'muck in and do what needs to be done' attitude. They're looking for people who are 'naturally friendly, respectful and thoughtful' with a positive attitude. Great! We can give examples of how in previous roles or projects, we've demonstrated those traits.

But wait. What if we also want to apply to Sainsbury's. Can't we use the same CV? Well, from the Sainsbury's store pages, we can see that Sainsbury's values people who are united in doing the right thing for their customers. They want people who can deliver happy, positive and helpful service, and who take pride in going above and beyond what’s expected. Brilliant! So now we can create a second copy of our CV and tweak it to include examples of where we've demonstated those traits that are relevant to the role. For example, we could say in past roles we've always gone 'above and beyond', then give brief examples of when we actually did this.

It's not that Aldi doesn't want people to go above-and-beyond; or that Sainsbury's doesn't want people to muck and do what's needed. No doubt, both of those qualities are universally desirable to store assistant roles! However, focusing in on the person specification in the job advert and providing relevant examples of how you meet that specification is a powerful way to land more interviews.

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