Stylish CV template using the classic Garamond font

Although not strictly necessary, the split of your personal information and other details on this smart, simple CV template creates a really eye catching design that will help your job application stand out from the pile. Your personal details are aligned to the left at the top of the template, and your experience, qualifications and other sections are aligned to the right, starting at the very top. This means your employer can dive straight into your CV, with the most important info right in front of them from the moment they pick it up. The left section expands as you add further information so there are no design limits on what you can include. The template uses the classic Garamond font which is a traditional, very smart font perfect for presenting your information in an easy-to-read format.

CV template details:

  • CV ref: #12
  • File size: 42 kB
  • File format: .doc (Microsoft Word
  • File name: cv-template-stylish-garamond.doc
  • Fonts required: Garamond
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About this CV template:

A very smart, clean CV template that uses a classic font, Garamond, to present your details. We've included quite a number of different sections here to inspire you, but there's no need to keep everything - you can edit or delete any of the add-on sections (such as languages and hobbies) to suit yourself.

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How to choose the right references for your CV

The most common way to choose references is to simply state down a couple of previous managers. But there is a far smarter way of making your choice, and will likely increase your chances of success.

If the deciding factor for the employer comes down to your references, it’s vital you choose very wisely. Read on for more information on how to choose the best references for your CV…

Choose a relevant reference

Before you choose a reference you need to ensure they are relevant to the industry. For the most part, a job seeker will have followed a focused career path which means their previous managers will be in a similar industry. However, you still need to ensure your reference can give a relevant review of your performance.

A great way to decide who to choose is to first of all list everyone on a piece of paper. Compare this shortlist with the list of important requirements needed for the new role, and this will now allow you to make a better choice.

If you were applying for a customer service job, it would be better to choose your previous call centre manager over anyone else. As obvious as this may sound, you’d be surprised at how many job seekers fail to recognise the impact this can have.

Choose someone you worked with closely

Stay clear if you can of choosing a manager who didn’t actually interact with you very often, especially if you were a part of a very large team. Your direct line manager or supervisor is the best choice as they will be able to provide a very detailed accurate reference.

If your reference sounds a little vague and less detailed than expected, the new employer might be put off and make the assumption that your reference doesn’t really care too much.

Don’t fall into the trap, as so many others do, of choosing someone really high up in the company to represent you. The CEO of a company may look very impressive on your CV or résumé, but if you hardly came into contact with them it will not do you any favours.

Contact your reference

We would always advise contacting your reference before you put them on your CV. First of all, you should ask for their blessing. Although you don’t need to, it will go a long way to ensuring they are more open to giving a great reference.

Also, by speaking with your reference you can give them a heads up on whom to expect will contact them. You can discuss the role in a little more detail so they are aware of what will be important to the new employer.

Collect their information

Finally, don’t forget to collect the right details for your references. Ensure they are still working at the same place and you have the most recent contact details. If the new employer were to try and attempt to contact your reference only to find they don’t work there, you can see how this wouldn’t look very good!

For each reference you should provide – full name, current job title, direct contact number, email and company address.

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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