Free CV template with slick headers and two columns

A stylish CV template featuring a bold border and slick black headers. The CV uses Open Sans font which is free and can be downloaded from Google. The template has been built using tables so it's super-easy to customise and adding more space for work experience is no hassle. On the second page, there's a three-column split with room for your choice of content - you could replace the Past Projects column with a quote from one of your references, some key achievements or key points that a prospective employer would be interested in.

CV template details:

  • CV ref: #156
  • File size: 20kb
  • File format: Microsoft Word (.docx)
  • File name: Slick-Headers-Template.docx
  • Fonts required: Open Sans (free)
  • Price:
  • Free CV template with slick headers and two columns Overall rating: 5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews.

About this CV template:

This lovely CV template has been filled out with example information for a graphic designer but could be used for a whole range of roles. The template has been created using tables which means anyone can edit it and adding in further pages is a doddle. The bold heading at the top, soft grey headers and triple column for extra information (currently on the second page) make this CV unique, and the bold black border adds an eye catching touch.

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Super high quality CV template - so pleased, brilliant that it's free.

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Really lovely template, thank you.

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Fantastic! Great work!

Template details:

To download the Open Sans font, go here:

Click ‘Select this font’. A window will appear at the bottom of the screen. Roll over the window and you’ll see the Download icon, top right.

Q: What sections does my CV need?

The standard sections for your CV are:

  • Personal details
    • Name
    • Address
    • Phone number(s)
    • Email address
    • Optionally, Twitter and/or LinkedIn handle where these show that you’re up-to-date and sharing industry knowledge
    • Optionally, personal website address where this shows you’re sharing industry knowledge, demonstrates some other key skill or provides a more comprehensive online CV in an attractive format
  • Introduction (called ‘Objective’ or ‘Personal Statement’)
  • Work experience (most recent first), giving for each:
    • Job title
    • Company name
    • From and to date (month & year)
  • Education (most recent first), giving for each:
    • Qualification
    • Institution where it was studied
    • Year awarded
  • Skills (relevant to the job)
  • Hobbies & interests
  • References (this can say ‘available on request’)

Optionally, you might also include (where relevant):

  • Professional memberships
  • Awards
  • Publications
  • Key achievements – if these are relevant to a particular role or qualification, they should be included under that role/qualification but if they are not, they could be included in a separate section
  • Projects – again, if you’ve worked on relevant projects whilst employed in a position or whilst at college/university, these should be included alongside the relevant position or qualification – but if they don’t relate, you could include them in a separate section

Completing your CV template

Particular attention should be given to the job advert, so any particular skills that you have which the employer is looking for specifically should be highlighted.

A focus should be made towards relevant experience and relevant qualifications. Employers spend just a few seconds looking through applications and have very little time to filter through pages to find what they are looking for. If you don’t have a lot of experience relevant to the position, focus on aspects of the job that were relevant or that helped you to develop skills transferable to the position you are applying for.

You may also like to consider volunteering whilst you’re hunting for a job – this is a valuable way to increase your experience and avoid gaps on your CV. It can also make you more attractive to some employers – according to MCCS Forward, a 2011 survey conducted by LinkedIn revealed that one out of every five hiring managers in the U.S. has hired a candidate because of their volunteer work experience.  Here’s a helpful video on making the most of volunteering:

In the UK typically a CV is two pages long at most. In the US it is more common to use a résumé format – this is very similar to the CV but typically the work experience and qualifications sections are switched (so qualifications come first) and usually everything is included on one page.

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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