Simple Purple CV/Résumé template (free download)

You'll love filling in this super easy CV/Résumé template with your details and viewing the end result. There's nothing fiddly about the template - where you need extra space or rows you can simply use copy and paste to create additional sections. The template is yours to customise as you like, provided that you use it for personal use only.

CV template details:

  • CV ref: #99
  • File size: 18kb
  • File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • File name: Simple-purple.docx
  • Fonts required: Garamond
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About this CV template:

A splash of colour without too much fuss is all that's needed to catch your prospective employers' eye. Our Simple Purple CV/Résumé template does exactly that - using a bold purple for your name and each of the main headings, combined with soft grey sub headings and black type for the remaining parts of the template. The look is classic yet understated - no gimmicks, no fuss - just a neat, smart layout which is easy to amend to fit your needs and perfectly displays your information.

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CV tips for your Simple Purple CV/Résumé template

Choose our simple purple CV template/Résumé template if you’d like a classic looking template. It’s ideal for a whole range of job titles.

This template is so easy to adapt, you can use it whether you’re applying to be a kindergarten teacher or a bank manager! Just alter the headings and paste in new sections as you need them.

Of course, the key to a good CV or Résumé is the content. So let’s look at a few tips to ensure your CV or Résumé makes it to the top of your employer’s pile:

Don’t be cliché

DON’T make fluffy sweeping statements, such as ‘I work well on my own’ or ‘I am a hard worker’. Give evidence in the CV or Résumé that demonstrates these skills.

Remember, anyone can make a claim on their CV. It could be that they have a certain skill, or that they have great communication skills. But how is the employer expected to believe this to be true?

As the job seeker it is down to you to prove to the employer that you are credible. By simply stating that you are is not enough. Instead, you need to provide actual evidence. This could be with sales or revenue figures, or an example of a successful project.

Provide indicators of your performance, but remember to keep them relevant. Applying for a sales job would require you to provide previous sales figures. Applying for a role in the hospitality industry would require you to write a CV that demonstrates your fantastic communication skills. Examples of customer complaint resolution would also be welcomed by the employer.

Action speaks louder than words

DO use action words. For example:

    • I achieved…
    • I was awarded…
    • I delivered…
    • I developed…
    • I enhanced…
    • I established…
    • I grew…
    • I increased…
    • I initiated…
    • I inspired…
    • I instigated…
    • I introduced…
    • I motivated…
    • I overhauled…
    • I rejuvenated…
    • I transformed…

Would you like to see 185 examples of action words for your CV or Résumé? Click here for a complete run down.

When you use an action word, make sure you provide a specific example. For instance, don’t say ‘I overhauled the Company’. Do say ‘I overhauled the Company’s delivery system, saving on average £20,000 per year’.

DO use words that your employer might search for online such as the names of specific skills, qualifications or examples of experience that someone doing the role they are advertising might need. For example:

Use of particular software or systems e.g. Microsoft Word

Particular qualifications e.g MBA

For developers, use of particular languages e.g. PHP

Sectors that you have worked in, e.g. B2B, B2C, Finance, Legal

Awards and memberships, e.g. CFILEx

Write a cover letter

Remember that in many cases you’ll also have the covering letter to support your application. This is a good opportunity to make your case and explain any discrepancies on your CV such as gaps in employment or the reason why you’ve moved around a lot.

Here are some ‘Top tips on how to write the perfect cover letter for your CV’.

Get an extra pair of eyes

Ask a few friends or relatives to review your finished CV or Résumé template before you send it off to prospective employers. A fresh pair of eyes can be helpful, not only for spotting mistakes, but for identifying any questions that arise from your CV which you might not have thought of.

We do hope you enjoy using our Simple Purple CV or Résumé template and as always, we’d love to hear your feedback.

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 Solicitor and Chartered Legal Executive, having been admitted as a Fellow in February 2006.

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