Verdana CV template

If you've been looking around for a very simple understated but well laid out CV template, then this template which uses Verdana throughout could be perfect for you. Verdana is really easy to read and a great choice for a CV, helping you to present your information clearly and with style. The template has sections which are divided up with lines to keep your information well organised, with headers on the left and content on the right making it easy for prospective employers to glance through and find the most important details. Your personal information sits right at the top of the page in grey, with the remaining text in black.

CV template details:

  • CV ref: #36
  • File size: 21 kB
  • File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
  • File name: cv-template-verdana.docx
  • Fonts required: Verdana
  • Price:
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About this CV template:

This CV template is all about simplicity - a single font, simple dividing lines, a very clean layout and no fuss or graphics. If you're looking for something modern but don't want anything fussy or cluttered, our Verdana CV template is likely to be the best choice for you. The later sections are easy to copy and paste if you're like to expand out your CV with more information, such as Professional Memberships.

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How to improve your CV

Writing a CV is easy! Let’s be completely honest, it is. Anyone can write a CV – list all their skills, qualifications, complete work history, and so on. However, writing a professional CV to a high standard is a far different story.

This article is aimed at anyone looking to improve their CV – even if they don’t think it needs it. No matter how great your CV currently is there still may be room for improvement. Especially if you don’t have the exact experience that your prospective employer is looking for.

Fortunately, there is plenty of help out there to get you on track. Follow these easy tips to ensure your CV is as polished as it could be, and make some important improvements today…

Choose the right CV template

Did you know that you can download and choose from hundreds of free CV templates? Well if you didn’t, you do now!

Gone are the days when you had to sit for hours in front of your computer trying to create your own template. You can now simply select one you like, and let us take some of the burden away from you. Focus upon the quality and content of your writing, and have a more stress free job hunting experience.

However, not all templates are equal! Your CV template should be neatly laid out and professional, allowing recruiters to quickly spot what they’re looking for. A brief three line personal statement at the top is a great place to summarise how you meet the job specification.

Don’t rely on your spell checker

Spell checkers often confused on the rules of language. If you use the wrong word but spell it correctly, you may find it isn’t flagged. Get two or three academic or professional people to look over your CV for errors. Don’t just rely on your own eyes and the spell checker!

Tailor your CV to every job

It takes a lot longer but it will increase your chances of success dramatically. Highlight the skills, experience and qualifications that the employer wants, particularly when writing your personal statement.

Choosing to simply list all of your skills will only succeed in frustrating the hiring manager. Instead, just select the most relevant ones if you can. The same goes for your qualifications and career history. Try to keep the irrelevant information down to a minimum, and make sure you expand upon what’s important.

How to tailor your CV

Tailor the cover letter

If you don’t meet the exact job specification, you can still explain to the employer why you can do the job. Use a cover letter to address this in more detail, and show how passionate you are.

For example, the employer wants 2 years of management experience. You’ve never been a manager before, but in your current role you’ve been leading and supervising a team of 5 people for the past 2 years. Although your exact title was not that of a ‘manager’, you are clearly already demonstrating your leadership qualities.

Another example: The employer wants 2 years of management experience. You’re not a manager in your current role, but on weekends you lead a team of 10 at a voluntary project for your local charity.

Add a ‘core skills’ section

The employer doesn’t have a lot of time to read through your every CV, and will want to quickly check you can do the job. You might have 5 years’ experience as a secretary, but the recruiter wants to know:

  • How fast you can type
  • Whether you can do shorthand
  • Whether you’ve typed to dictation
  • Which software packages you’re used to

It’s easier to skim through a bullet pointed list of skills than to pour over a lengthy job description – so make key information visible in an instant with a ‘core skills’ section.

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 Solicitor and Chartered Legal Executive, having been admitted as a Fellow in February 2006.

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