Smart free CV template (MS Word format)

A lovely two-page smart CV template using a two column clean layout with soft grey accents, dividers & Open Sans (free front). This template uses tables so it's super easy to customise - you can also reduce it down to one page if you prefer, or expand it further if needed. The tables are split (one per page) so you won't have any difficulty at all in organising your content. If you save in PDF format, make sure you select High Print quality.

CV template details:

  • CV ref: #154
  • File size: 25kb
  • File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • File name: Smart-Free-CV-template.docx
  • Fonts required: Open Sans (free)
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  • Smart free CV template (MS Word format) Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 based on 12 reviews.

About this CV template:

Be sure to download and install Open Sans if you don't have it already, before you open up and edit this lovely free CV template. It's a free font, so you'll easily find it on the web. Once you've got your font sorted, have fun customising this fantastic template which has everything you need, regardless of the role you're going for. If you're not sure what to write in the various sections, check out our careers blog and guides for plenty of tips and advice.

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“The resume focuses on you and the past. The cover letter focuses on the employer and the future. Tell the hiring professional what you can do to benefit the organization in the future.”

― Joyce Lain Kennedy, Cover Letters for Dummies

Not everyone writes a cover letter to attach to their CV application, but does this mean they are missing out?

Will writing a covering letter add value to my CV or will it put off an employer?

The covering letter debate has raged on for many years, and in a lot of cases it could come down to opinion rather than fact – so how do you finally put the matter to bed and decide upon what you should do?

If you’re unsure as to whether you should write a cover letter for you CV, here are a few tips to let you decide on the best course of action:

What’s the purpose of a cover letter? 

A cover letter aims to directly address the hiring manager with a more personal correspondence. It will aim to explain how you came across the role, why you want the job, and why you are the right person for the employer. A cover letter should also go into more detail as to the skills, qualifications and experience you have that will be of benefit to them, pointing out how this is relevant to the role.

A cover letter can be a great way to give your application a more personal touch, and will allow you to expand upon the information on your CV. You shouldn’t however copy directly what you’ve stated in your CV, and instead you should look to either present new information or to expand upon your CV.

Will my employer expect to see a cover letter? 

Not all employers expect or require a cover letter, and if it’s something that they deem to be of importance they will typically state this on the job advert. There are some employers that don’t care whether or not you attach one and in some cases may not even read it if they are having to shortlist so many applicants, but this doesn’t mean to say you shouldn’t write one. Some employers will expect a cover letter to be attached even if they don’t have the time to read through them all!

If you are unsure as to whether or not you should write a cover letter (and if the job advert doesn’t give you any guidance), why not consider contacting the employer to find out? Speaking directly with the manager is not only a great way to find out how they feel about a cover letter, but it is also a great way to introduce yourself and leave a positive memorable impact on your chances of gaining an interview.

What kind of an impact can a cover letter have on my chances? 

It’s hard to say exactly how effective attaching a cover letter to your CV will be, but our opinion is that as long as you write one that’s professional and deals with all the points from the job ad, then it will likely boost your chances rather than hinder. Unless an employer specifically states on the job advert that they do not want to see one (which is very rare), then there is certainly no harm in attaching a cover letter.

What you will never know before sending your application is how effective your cover letter will be. Some employers will not read it, some will just glance through it, and some will read it intently and see it as a huge positive. In most cases, because cover letters are so tailored, you will find that a cover letter will boost your chances of an interview when comparing it to other applicants that have not written one and hypothetically speaking are on the same footing as you – same skills, same experience, etc.

What would be very surprising to see is your CV rejected based on the fact that you decided to attach a cover letter. Imagine if you were the manager looking to hire for a position within your team and you received lots of CVs – some with cover letters, and some without. Would you really frown upon the CVs that had the letter attached? What would an employer’s motive be for seeing a covering letter as a negative?

Ultimately, if you write a bad covering letter than you are obviously going to decrease your chances immediately of gaining an interview as the letter is the first thing the hiring manager will read. If you do choose to write one then you better make sure it’s perfect, otherwise it would have been better not writing one at all!

Check out our guide to writing a winning cover letter here.

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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