Free CV template for a science based role to download

Following the lead of our other 'professions' CV templates, this template is suited to a science-type role. It features a microscope icon at the top and an attractive 'molecules' design in the background which does not interfere with the text. There's room for key achievements or quotes from references on the left; with an objective, generous skills section and easily expandable work experience section on the right. On the second page, there's space for qualifications, interests and referees, and it's easy to expand if you need more space or want additional sections.

CV template details:

  • CV ref: #170
  • File size: 349kb
  • File format: .docx (MS Word)
  • File name: Science-CV-template.docx
  • Fonts required: Open Sans, Acme (both free)
  • Price: Free download
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About this CV template:

This lovely two column CV template has been created for you using tables, so it's so easy to customise and make your own. It has been designed with a science-based role in mind and the example content will inspire you when writing your own CV for a science-based position. Neatly laid out with a large focus on skills and plenty of space for key achievements, this very attractive CV template is sure to make the right first impression.

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The 3 biggest mistakes you can make on your CV:

You only have one chance to make a great first impression, so if your CV is making just one of these mistakes you are going to struggle to find an employer that wants to interview you.

Your CV is typically the only way an employer can judge whether you are the right person for the job or not before the interview stage, and with just a two page document you have to get it right the first time otherwise you’ll never know why you’re not getting through to the next stage.

If you’re having problems getting an interview or you would like to ensure your CV is of the highest quality, here are the 3 biggest mistakes you can make on a CV:

1. Using cliché statements 

What is a cliché statement and why would this affect my CV?

Here’s an example of a cliché statement often seen on a CV:

‘I have fantastic communication skills and am able to work well as part of a team’.

We’ve all used them at some point, and a few years ago you’d probably get away with stating something like that. These days however you have to actually backup any claims with actual examples and results, as employers are now a lot wiser to the fact that anyone can write this but it doesn’t mean to say it’s true.

Due to the sheer amount of information and advice that’s available now online, the quality of the CV has risen dramatically over the past few years. With the help of CV templates and additional guides to help write the perfect CV, the employer is now also looking for something very special to stand out from the already high standard of applications they receive on a daily basis.

Cliché statements are just not going to cut it any more, and rather than using a generic statement you should look to prove your worth by providing some great examples of your past performances. An employer is not stupid, and they don’t need you to point out the obvious if you can clearly demonstrate you have what it takes within your CV.

2. Simply listing the tasks and responsibilities 

So you’re probably thinking – what’s wrong with that? Sure, you are meant to list your tasks and responsibilities underneath your previous job titles, but there is a lot more to completing your employment history section than simply stating the obvious.

When the hiring manager reads your work experience section they are looking to see how you performed, and the daily tasks are only a part of the process of getting to know your work habits. Instead, you should look to offer more of an insight into what you’ve been up to the past few years.

Don’t fall into the trap of simply listing every single task for all of your previous roles, as this will just be a waste of valuable space. Only focus upon your most recent and relevant roles, as this is of interest to the employer. Earlier roles that have little to no relevance to the new position should have as little detail as possible, allowing you to expand much more on the relevant jobs. But there is still much more to what an employer wants to see.

Alongside the tasks you should also highlight your performance by including problem solving situations, ideas you generated, revenue you increased, sales you made, targets you hit, goals you achieved, and anything else you feel could be classed as outstanding performance.

Most of the tasks you list for each job title could easily be guessed anyway, so try to go that extra mile and actually showcase your performance to the employer. That’s what they really want to know!

3. Writing a generic CV 

In the olden days you would get away with writing just the one CV and sending it out to many different employers, regardless of whether it was for a similar role or not. That was fine back then, but certainly not any more! It doesn’t matter if you are applying for the same job title – you should always tailor your CV to the role and the employer.

Every time the hiring manager picks up a CV they want to feel like the applicant is passionate and determined to get the role, and that they want to work for the company and understand what their goals are. You can only make them react like this if you tailor your CV each time you send it off.

Each job advert you come across will be different, even though the job titles are the same or similar. An employer will always have a different culture to another, and will want and expect different things from their employees. Sure, there will be similarities – similar skills required, qualifications and work experience; but that doesn’t mean to say that your CV should remain the same.

If you really want to stand out from the rest of the competition and secure yourself an interview, then don’t be afraid to put that extra bit of effort in to get yourself noticed. It’s always worth it, and any slight edge you can have over the other applicants is what’s important at the end of the day.

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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