Latest CV templates:
This supersmart legal CV template is designed with a practising UK solicitor or lawyer in mind but could be adapted for any other professional legal role. Neat icons, 2 columns & a splash of colour help it stand out.
This lovely graphic designer CV template in Microsoft Word format has a simple, eye-catching design and offers clear presentation of your information. Originally published Sept 2018 & updated for 2019.
Our alternative version of our ‘peach marble’ CV template design removes the intensive background, changes the fill colour of the orange box & its border, and adds space for a photo. Dots are used to indicate skill level.
In this alternative version of our free one-page LUSH foliage CV or resume template, we’ve inverted the font colours, taken away the background image and given it a generally fresher modern feel. MS Word download.
Because we love to give you alternative versions of our CV templates, here’s another take on our popular free Elite design with some subtle modifications, including a softer background and generally fresher feel.
A two-page layout with a bold border, an eye catching heading, a splash of colour and the lovely free Open Sans fonts. The two columns neatly split titles from core information, making this CV easy to skim through.
A really fresh, smart one-page CV template with two columns & an optional foliage-themed background. There’s space for a photo, some great fonts & lovely features such as the achievements section & neat little icons.
A lovely CV template with lots of nice features – eye catching headings, adjustable skills bars to indicate skill level, hobby icons and an optional foliage background that can be changed or removed to suit.
A fabulous feminine CV template with an optional manga graphic that’s easy to customise to suit your needs. The top left box can be left as-is or used for a photo, quote or artwork. A pretty background & great free fonts.
A truly stunning CV template featuring an optional manga image (top left) which can be replaced with a photo or example of your own work. The soft green background & replaceable photo creates an elegant theme.
A very fresh, clean CV template with two columns and subtle colours. Thebackground image in the header is very easily replaced and you can add in an image that says something about you if you prefer.
A lovely CV template with an original design in shades of grey and green with a real focus on skills and lots of nice features. There’s space at the top for a photo, optionally, together with an optional foliage background.
This Word CV template stands out thanks to its gold and marble backdrop – and an absolutely amazing font! A real eye-catching design that can easily be customised to suit – see our alternative version as an example.
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.
A one-page CV template with a peach marble swirl background that can be removed if desired. Dots are used to indicate skill level & icons highlight your contact details. Some attractive fonts make this a striking design.
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.
Our ‘Coasting’ CV template is a lovely, fresh and customisable one-page design. The eye-catching blue corner has a blue ‘legal documents’ feel, while the coastal background can be easily replaced to suit your own style.
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.
A bright and bold one-page CV template with lots of white space, simple fonts and eye catching icons. The icons at the bottom can be used for skills or interests, whilst those on the right mark your contact information.
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.
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.
Give yourself the very best chance of success with a professionally designed CV template, spread over two pages with all the sections you might need & full instructions. Uses the free Garamond font. Free download.
We explain what to include on your CV if you are applying for a part time job at 13, 14 or 15 & have little or no conventional work experience. We also provide a free CV template in Microsoft Word for you to edit.
This clean, fresh admin CV template with a focus on work experience is great for professional & admin assistant roles. Print on high quality paper with a good printer for the perfect administrator CV template.
A totally fresh, two-column CV template that uses the awesome Leelawadee font, neat blue headings and plenty of white space to make a fantastic impression with would-be employers. Neat, clean & stylish.
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!
A curvy stylish CV template that is great for entry-level job hunters and those early in their career (with two or three previous roles). Curvaceous brackets divide up your details and help to draw attention to your CV.
This is a great student CV template to catch an employer’s eye with some smart yet subtle design features, including dropped capitals, blue headers and featured boxes that ensure your achievements stand out.
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.
Our Smart Division CV template with its simple layout and neat titles has been designed to suit a wide variety of roles, from administration through to high-end management. The titles divided up your info neatly.
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.
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.
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.
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 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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