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Two column blue accent CV template

This CV template makes use of a two column layout and small blue details to add interest. It also uses the Impact font to create a strong impression with your target employer. It's easy to add extra sections if you need to, or change the current choices (work experience, education, skills, references). There's no fancy graphics or images to detract from your core skills.

CV template details:

  • CV ref: #33
  • File size: 22 kB
  • File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • File name: cv-template-two-col-blue.doc
  • Fonts: Impact
  • Price: Free download
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About this CV template:

The smart heading on this CV uses the Impact font to catch the eye. The rest of the CV uses a simple logical layout which you can fully customise in Microsoft Word. The use of blue is subtle but adds a little interest to an otherwise clean and clear layout that does the job.

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How to make your CV stand out 

A CV which has been laid out in a professional manner, is easy to read and is well structured with a great font is more likely to be read than one that looks shabby and out of order.

One of the best ways to construct a CV is to write it first and then look over the structure and layout afterwards. In the initial stages it’s often best to put all your focus into the quality of the content, and leave the layout and presentation until the end.

Layout is key to presentation

The standard amount of pages for a CV is two, however it does depend on the profession. For instance, typically a medical role can often be three pages long because of the amount of experience and qualifications that are typically involved.

If you are unsure of how many pages is the correct amount for the role, you could always consider contacting the employer to ask them what they typically expect. This may seem quite bold, but contacting the company is always a great idea if you want to find out more information, and you may even be lucky enough to speak to the hiring manager directly to get some additional tips.

A one page CV is typically a bad idea, however it may be OK if it’s your first ever job straight from education and it’s for a part time fairly low level job. For example, working in a small coffee shop. Again, two pages however would always be preferable if possible.

Once faced with the task of making sure everything either fits or stretches to two pages, try to be careful with adjusting font sizes or creating extra spaces (or removing) just to make it fit. If you are short of content for two pages, it would be much better to think of adding more information to make it fit, rather than tampering with the layout and typeface.

A CV that is too long and spills over onto three pages needs an edit, and it should be easy enough to cut out irrelevant information typically from the tasks and responsibilities section of your employment history.

Choose the right structure 

There are lots of different types of structures to choose from, so choosing the right one for you could be a painfully long task. However, there is a simple structure that works for many different industry’s which could help you make that decision a little quicker.

Here’s a quick breakdown –

  • Contact details

Your name (no nicknames) and contact details shouldn’t take up too much room. Don’t forget to use a professional e-mail address (create one if you need to) and provide a contact number that you can reply to quickly. Set up a professional voicemail if you are likely to be away from your phone.

  • Profile

Around 4-6 lines which summaries yourself. For example, skills and work experience. Industry knowledge etc. Essentially this written as an introduction to your CV.

  • Core skills

Short bullet points highlighting your main skills (relevant to the role as much as possible)

  • Roles

This is basically the work history section or ‘career summary’. The list should include a few lines listing your tasks and responsibilities with more details for recent and/or relevant roles. If you want your CV to stand out make sure you also include a short description of any outstanding results and achievements – use facts and figures if possible.

  • Education & qualifications

A straightforward list including dates and governing bodies. Again, try to keep this relevant if possible.

  • Hobbies and interests

This is sometimes stated as optional, however creative hobbies are sometimes great to include.

This pretty much covers everything you need to create a great CV without making it overcomplicated and difficult to read.

Important tip – Leave out irrelevant information and tailor your CV to the role/industry you are applying for.

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