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Simple CV template in Word

Sometimes it's best to keep your CV clean and simple. This allows your potential employer to find the information that they are looking for, without being distracted by fancy fonts, graphics or colours. Our most popular CV template allows you to do just that, with a clean, simple layout and all the sections you need to make the right impression.

CV template details:

  • CV ref: #1
  • File size: 38kb
  • File format: .doc (Microsoft Word)
  • File name: cv-template-simple.doc
  • Fonts: Times New Roman
  • Price: Free download
Simple CV template in Word Overall rating: ★★★★☆ 4.3 based on 3 reviews
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About this CV template:

This is a really popular free CV template in Microsoft Word format – it's clean and simply laid out with a standard font and no graphic elements. Choose a CV template like this over graphical or cluttered CVs for most professional jobs.

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Straightforward, thanks for the template.

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Great. Does the job.

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Just a simple CV template, what I needed. thank you

3 ways to make your CV shine 

The job market is more competitive than ever, and with anywhere from fifty to a hundred applicants applying for each job you have to make a great first impression with your CV.

Here’s a few fantastic tips to ensure your CV stands head and shoulders above your competition, and provides you with the very best opportunity to make your CV shine…

Use quality paper 

Using the right quality paper for your CV will make more of a difference than you realise. It’s easy to think that white A4 paper is all the same, however paper does come in different densities. You should be able to see a number followed by gsm (gramme per square inch).

But what density number is right for my CV?

A popular density for photocopy paper is around 80gsm, which won’t be suitable for your CV. Obviously a company may use a lot of paper for its photocopier, so quality isn’t necessarily important but rather the quantity and the price.

The correct density for your CV will be over 100gsm, as this will give it more weight and add a quality touch and feel to your CV making a great first impression the second it’s picked up. You don’t however want to go much higher than 100gsm as this is getting into card territory!

Finally, make sure you also use a good quality envelope ensuring that every step of the process from opening your letter, to handling the CV, and to finally reading it makes a great impression.

Use a good quality printer 

Rather than bore you with the details of the types of printer models which are acceptable for your CV, our advice would be to just ensure the printer is clearly of good if not great quality. If you don’t have a printer at home then you may need to either ask a friend or visit a nearby library or post office that will print it for you.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a lazer or inkjet printer as the quality is comparable, just as long as it’s not very old and looking like it’s on its last legs. Have a good look at your print once it’s finished to see if there are any smudges and to ensure that the black text is crisp and clear.

Always print of a few more copies than you actually need and store them in a file or folder in case you spill coffee on your original. If you happened to lose your electronic copy, you don’t want to be in the position of having sent out all your originals without holding onto any spares.

Focus on your achievements rather than responsibilities 

Your CV is basically a way to showcase all of your talents and knowledge to a prospective employer so they can see from your CV that you are the right person for the job. However, simply stating how good you are is not going to be enough and you have to prove that you are capable.

If you put down on your CV that you have fantastic communication skills and are able to work well as part of a team, how is the employer actually going to know that is true? Obviously an employer who has never met you can’t take this as gospel, so the bests way to help them is to provide achievements and results in the ‘work history’ section.

Simply listing all of your tasks and responsibilities is only going to show the employer what you have done in the past, however it doesn’t show them how well you did in those roles. For example, if you implemented a new process which greatly improved the customers experience, then state this. If you sold more units than any other sales rep for the first quarter of 2015, then use this fantastic information to show how well you performed in the role.

Remember to keep this information short and to the point, as you don’t want to waffle on about how well you did in the role. Simple facts, figures, results and achievements will be more than enough, as well as using brief descriptions of your performance.

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