Three-column one-page Word CV template (free download)

This is a very tidy one page CV template that could just as easily be converted to include additional pages if needed. The template is built using tables which will break across the pages - in other words, if you need larger sections, just add in your content and it will push onto the next page. The CV uses two free fonts which we recommend you install before you start editing.

CV template details:

  • CV ref: #159
  • File size: 17kb
  • File format: .docx (MS Word)
  • File name: Three-column-CV-template.docx
  • Fonts required: Open Sans, Open Sans Light
  • Price: Free download
  • Three-column one-page Word CV template (free download) Overall rating: 5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews.

About this CV template:

One-page CV templates are very much on trend, and this free CV template is a great example of why. You can include so much info on one page, giving employers a complete overview of you as a prospective candidate in just a few seconds. This CV is unique in that it includes two spaces for achievements. You could fill these with stats that you achieved in a previous role, awards, accreditation or simply a quote from your referees. Whatever you choose, this professional CV template has been designed to grab a busy employer's attention and deliver a lot of information quickly in a very accessible and easy-to-read format.

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Really good one pager, hard to find one page cv template where you can get lots of detail in, this one does the trick

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What NOT to do on your CV template

Knowing what to include in your CV is important. But it’s just as important to know what NOT to include.

With so many applications being sent for just the one role you can’t afford to make any errors. You will certainly be up against some stiff competition! So it’s vital that you stay clear of these common CV mistakes…

Resist the urge to use too much colour

When writing onto your CV template you might get the urge to be a little creative and add a splash of colour. Whilst this may not be a bad idea, it really does depend on how subtle you decide to be.

If you are really dead set on using colour on your CV, then please take a cautious approach. Go for lighter colours like blues, greens and yellows, and be careful with more aggressive colours like red.

Blue can work well for your headings and the subheadings font. Yellow and green can work well as a background colour. Try not to overdo it and always be careful when adding colour to your CV.

A splash of light colours on your CV can make a huge difference. It will certainly make your CV more eye-catching, and could create a memorable application. Too much use of colour or even darker colours like red can decrease your chances of success. Red tends to be the colour to avoid on a CV as it comes across quite aggressive. You want to attract the hiring manager to your page and not put them off.

Don’t use long paragraphs

Although a two page CV seems like plenty of space, you’d be surprised at how little you may have. Especially if you have an extensive work history and a long list of skills. Keep each of your sentences and paragraphs brief and to the point. You don’t need to tell your life story, and the hiring manager will thank you for keeping things succinct.

Did you know that an employer will only spend around 20 seconds on average reading each CV? With so many applications to go through, the recruitment manager will typically want to make an initial short list. So although they may read your CV in more depth after the initial screening, yours won’t even get looked at if it’s too wordy.

Use bullet points as often as possible, especially for listing tasks and responsibilities in your employment history section. Bullet points, with the correct use of spacing between sections, are a great way to highlight relevant points.

This brings us on to our next tip…

Stick to the script

When we say you should avoid listing your life story, we actually mean your career history. Although you may want to show off your decades of experience, it will likely not all be of interest to the employer.

Stick to the script, and make everything as relevant as possible. This doesn’t mean that you should create gaps in your employment timeline, and instead you should keep irrelevant points short. For example, rather than listing the tasks for every single role, you could instead only do so for the relevant experience.

Working in a clothes shop when you were 21 years old will not be of interest to an employer now that you are 38 and applying for an accountancy position. So all you need to do here is state your job title, company name, and the dates too and from you worked. There should also be enough space for a very brief synopsis of what you did – but keep this down to a minimum.

This brings us on to our next tip…

Stick to the script

When we say you should avoid listing your life story, we actually mean your career history. Although you may want to show off your decades of experience, it will likely not all be of interest to the employer.

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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