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Since its launch in 2011 (originally as example-cv.com), How to write a CV has helped millions of jobseekers better their chances in the employment market. With free Microsoft Word CV templates, résumé templates, guides and articles, we're here to help you succeed.

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Whether you’re putting together your CV for the first time or revamping your existing CV, grab a free CV template from our extensive collection. Our CV templates are all professionally formatted without any unnecessary graphics or elements that distract from the information that your prospective employer is looking for.

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We have one of the best collections of free CV Word templates on the web, with basic well-layed out designs as well as fancier templates ideal for creative jobs. Click here to view them.

Advice for graduates

If you think your new degree makes you employable, think again. This article explains how employers view you, and what you can do about it. Click here to read more.

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If your CV isn't landing you as many interviews as you'd like, check it meets our winning criteria. Click here to read more.

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Essential advice to ensure your CV doesn't end up in the bin before it even gets read. Click here to read more.

Quick CV dos and don’ts


Don’t include any unnecessary information – by this we mean photos of yourself, your marital status, the number of kids you have or your age. Including this just gives prospective employers the chance to exercise prejudice against you before you’ve had the chance to impress them.

Don’t jazz up your CV with graphics and colours (unless you’re going for a role for which graphic design or something similar is a huge element). These just detract from your important information and make you look unprofessional.

Don’t include an unprofessional email address (e.g. footiefan1977@hotmail.com). Set up a new gmail account if this is you.

Don’t include your hobbies that may not be desirable from an employer’s point of view, such as ‘drinking’ ‘socialising’ ‘pubs’ .. etc.

Don’t list soft skills such as communication and team work unless you can give examples of where you’ve demonstrated these.


Do include hobbies that are desirable, such as taking part in sports and an interest in fitness.

Do give one professional and one suitable personal reference. Your personal reference is usually a course tutor or someone similar, and not your mum or dad.

Do briefly explain on your CV any gaps in your employment history – don’t leave prospective employers to reach their own incorrect conclusions.

Do explain why you’ve moved roles a lot, if that’s the case.

Do spell check your CV carefully as sloppy mistakes show lack of care and may lose you an interview.

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Our free CV templates come in Microsoft Word format and are available for instant download without registration.

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Our guides are written by experts and packed with tips and advice that has been proven to work.


Our articles are written by recruitment experts in the job market and are designed to help give you the edge.

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