Our 'Triple Bar' CV template features a subtle but stylish design and sample information for a General Manager CV. Each section of the template - which uses the Garamond font - has a large grey heading (with your name in a slightly larger font size than the rest of the headings). We've then included three triple bars to the left of the sections to help emphasise each of the sections. The template is primarily aligned left, except for dates which are tabbed to the right. This CV template has three pages but as for all of our templates, you can delete sections you don't need, add in new ones and expand the sections that are there already, with very little effort.
We've designed this CV template to be subtle yet sophisticated - with a little styling detail that doesn't detract from your key information. The grey and black colour scheme are perfect for those who don't have access to a colour printer or who want to keep the graphical elements of their CV to an absolute minimum. The Garamond font used is one of our favourite - it has a classic, 'old book', look to it, without being stuffy and old fashioned - and documents printed in Garamond always have an air of sophistication and professionalism.
Here’s a full preview of page one of this General Manager CV template:
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Here’s a close-up of the triple bar styling:
We’ve designed this CV template with professional positions in mind. However, it will easily adapt to just about any job role. It’s also super easy to expand, delete and modify to meet your exact requirements, like most of our templates.
Here are some tips for getting the best out of your free General Manager CV template download:
1. Keep it to the point
Employers spend an average of around 10-20 seconds filtering through applications. So you need to make sure they can easily skim yours for the key information they’re looking for. Lengthy and wordy CVs will fail this test and find their way into the bin – 5 ways to ensure your CV doesn’t end up in the bin.
Keep everything to the point, and try to keep as much information as relevant as possible. The employer is mainly interested in seeing what skills and experience you have to offer them. If you decide to give them your entire career history, the good parts will sink into the background.
2. Personalise it to the management role
People used to send out the same CV in bulk to every job opening going. Perhaps in the past that might have worked, but not any more. Unfortunately there are so many candidates for each position now, employers have gotten really picky. They know exactly what they’re looking for and you need to make sure your CV clearly shows you have the experience, qualifications and skills they’ve asked for specifically.
If the job advert is a little brief, try reviewing some job descriptions to get a good idea of the skills and experience that recruiters are looking for. See the National Careers Service managerial section for a range of different manager profiles.
3. Write a personal statement
Your personal statement or objective is a great chance to catch recruiters’ attention in those 10-20 precious seconds. Sadly, most people waste it with cliché words or statements such as ‘team player’ or ‘hard worker’. Trust us when we say this is NOT what a recruiter wants to read. Instead, keep your summary factual, relevant to the job advert and to the point.
You’d be surprised how many people leave off their current job role or send out CVs with old contact information on. Make sure everything on your CV is completely up to date before it goes out. The same goes for the contact information of your references. Get in touch to check their current job title and company address – email and contact number also.
One of the best ways to ensure your manager CV remains up to date is to make a note when something significant happens. It’s easy to forget how important your CV is when you are in full time employment. But if and when the time comes to move on to new pastures, you may have a few skills to add.
When anything important happens at work you should make a note of it. This could be anything ranging from promotion to moving department. Learning a new skill or gaining a qualification again should be noted. If you are able to keep track of everything it will be much easier to add to your CV at a later date.
5. Show a passion for your industry
If you’re a member of a professional body that represents and supports managers (such as the CMI), include this on your CV. This indicates to employers that you are interested both in your professional development and in management standards in general.
If your LinkedIn and/or Twitter profile show that you’re following industry trends and contributing to the community, add your handles to your CV. Your LinkedIn profile is also a great way to offer prospective employers further detail and showcase your recommendations, in support of your CV. Find out how to build a killer LinkedIn profile here.
NB : This CV template was originally published 15th October 2016 and it has been completely updated for 2021.
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.