Example of a good CV (with free CV template in Word)

Example of a good CV

A neat and tidy CV or résumé that uses the attractive Letter Gothic Std font and subtle lilac details for emphasis. A subtle dotted border, attractive headings and a very simple layout make this a great choice for any role.

Retail assistant CV template in Word (free download)

Our Retail Assistant CV template with a “Blue Stripes” design in Microsoft Word has some very subtle styling details that make for a beautiful design. Clean, simple and ATS-friendly, it’s a great choice for a host of roles.

What is ATS and how will it affect my CV?

Many large employers now use an ATS which stands for Applicant Tracking System. The reason why they use this system is so they can quickly filter through large quantities of CVs or résumés and reject those which do not meet the job specification.

Keep in mind that not every organisation uses such software – typically it is utilised at substantial organisations where the quantity of CVs received is likely to be very high.

What percentage of employers use ATS?

Almost 40% of employers use technology to pre-screens and/or pre-select candidates (Source: CareerArc, ‘The State of the Candidate Experience, 2016)

What percentage of Fortune 500 companies use ATS?

At least 491 Fortune 500 companies use an ATS (Source: JobScan.co)

Is ATS software reliable?

No – 62% of employers who use an ATS admit that some qualified candidates are likely being filtered out by mistake (Source: CareerArc, ‘The State of the Candidate Experience, 2016).

Why choose one of our ATS friendly CV templates?

There are lots of different reasons why a CV will not pass through an ATS. One of the main reasons is because it doesn’t match the job description and offer what the company is looking for. But other reasons can come down to simple things that you can easily avoid when writing a CV.

Certain graphics and tables can confuse the system, which can cause an instant rejection with the software. For example, using an image box will mean that the text inside is often completely unreadable.

With this in mind we wanted to create some free CV templates to specifically solve this problem. Our ATS CV templates have been designed to pass through Applicant Tracking Systems without any issues. They follow ATS-friendly design principles such as minimal or no use of:

  • Graphics
  • Tables
  • Columns
  • Background images

The content of your CV is important for ATS

In addition to using an ATS-friendly template, you’ll also need to ensure what you write matches the role. The hiring manager will have entered certain parameters into the ATS so it knows what to look for in an ideal candidate. Here’s what you need to consider when writing your ATS friendly CV:

  • Write the CV around the specific job advert, using appropriate and matching keywords
  • Provide the CV to the prospective employer in a machine-readable format (doc/docx)

The file format of your CV is incredibly important if you want it to filter through ATS. So take note of any specific requests for a file format so you don’t fall at the first hurdle. If there isn’t such a request you should look to provide the most common format which would be doc or docx.

Read our guides on ATS

Writing an ATS friendly CV is not an easy task. That’s why we’ve decided to not only create ATS friendly CV templates, but also write some article, guides and tips.

You may find our guides helpful when writing your CV or resume with ATS software in mind:

Disclaimer: There are many ATS packages available to prospective employers. Like every CV template designer, we cannot guarantee that our templates will pass through every one without issue. However, be assured that we have designed these templates in accordance with ATS-friendly design principles.

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