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Are you revamping your CV? Make sure you use a high quality CV template to give your CV a professional look.On this page, you'll find 91 of our most popular CV templates in Word format for you to download and use without charge, for your own personal use. Although these are created in Word, you can use any Microsoft Word compatible software package to open them up and edit them. You'll also find plenty of guidance on how to write your CV.

1. Free Microsoft Word CV templates

1.1 Simple Microsoft Word CV templates

Simple CV template

File size: 38 kB
File format: .doc (Microsoft Word)
File name: cv-template-simple.doc
Fonts: Times New Roman
Price: Free
About: Clean simple design with a line dividing your personal information from the rest of the page.
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Alternative simple CV template

File size: 35 kB
File format: .doc (Microsoft Word)
File name: cv-template-simple-2.doc
Fonts: Arial
Price: Free
About: A neat and tidy CV template with sections divided up by lines, and a simple choice of font.
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Simple CV template, version 3

File size: 38 kB
File format: .doc (Microsoft Word)
File name: cv-template-simple-3.doc
Fonts: Arial
Price: Free
About: Another neat clean layout which uses indents and grey bars to the left of each section for emphasis.
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Simple Garamond CV template

File size: 39 kB
File format: .doc (Microsoft Word
File name: cv-template-simple-garamond.docx
Fonts: Garamond
Price: Free
About: A twist on our version 3 template which uses the classic, professional looking Garamond font for a great impression.
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Georgia simple CV template

File size: 40 kB
File format: .doc (Microsoft Word
File name: cv-template-simple-georgia.doc
Fonts: Georgia
Price: Free
About: A well planned, tidy CV template with adequate sections, using the stylish Georgia font for a professional finish.
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Tahoma simple CV template

File size: 33 kB
File format: .doc (Microsoft Word
File name: cv-template-tahoma.doc
Fonts: Tahoma
Price: Free
About: Centralised alignment and different heading sizes give this very simple CV template a distinctive edge.
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CV template with a grey border & 2 columns

File size: 28 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: grey-border-two-columns.docx
Fonts: Calibri, Arial Black
Price: Free
About: Black and grey shades, a thick soft grey border with matching dividers and a double line dividing up the CV into two columns.
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Neat and simple

Neat and simple CV template

File size: 36 kB
File format: .doc (Microsoft Word
File name: cv-template-neat-and-simple.doc
Fonts: Times New Roman
Price: Free
About: A tidy CV template with your personal info centrally aligned at the top and the rest of your details aligned in sections to the left.
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CV template with grey headers, Garamond font

File size: 33 kB
File format: .doc (Microsoft Word
File name: cv-grey-headers-garamond.doc
Price: Free
About: Each section is divided up by smart grey bands and the professional looking Garamond font is used throughout.
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CV template with a classic border & Garamond font

File size: 30 kB
File format: .doc (Microsoft Word
File name: cv-template-classic-border-garamond.doc
Fonts: Garamond
Price: Free About:A very professional looking CV with a classic thin border, stylish headings and the Garamond font used throughout.
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Clinical CV template

File size: 39 kB
File format: .doc (Microsoft Word
File name: cv-template-clinical.doc
Fonts: Times New Roman
Price: Free
About: Our simple CV layout with additional sections such as 'Publications', suitable for clinical role applications.
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Stylish Garamond CV template

File size: 42 kB
File format: .doc (Microsoft Word
File name: cv-template-stylish-garamond.doc
Fonts: Garamond
Price: Free
About: A stylish two column CV template using the Garamond font, with your personal info on one side and the rest of your details on the other.
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Two column CV template

File size: 45 kB
File format: .doc (Microsoft Word)
File name: cv-two-column.doc
Fonts: Cambria
Price: Free
About: A blue heading, black text and sections divided up with half lines makes for the perfect tidy CV template.
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Smart boxes CV template

File size: 38 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: smart-boxes-cv-template.docx
Fonts: Calibri, Arial Black
Price: Free
About: Dark grey smart boxes serve as section headers and help to divide up your core information into sections.
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1.2 Graphical Microsoft Word CV templates

This collection of CV templates in Microsoft Word format each has a little more style, a little more flair and perhaps a little more colour - making them ideally suited to roles where there is a creative element involved. Whether you are applying for a graphic designer position or a marketing job, these templates are perfect for standing out in the recruitment process where creativity, imagination and style are part of the job requirements.

CV template in sage green

File size: 1,852 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: CV1.docx
Fonts: Masterplan (449kb) | Font info | Preview
Price: Free
About: Beautifully designed CV template with sage green sections, icons, lots of detail and an eye catching font.
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CV template in blue

File size: 33 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: CV2.docx
Font: Impact (153kb)
Price: Free
About: An eye-catching template in grey, blue and white that uses a reflection effect on the main heading for impact.
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CV template in apple green

File size: 61 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: CV3.docx
Font: Impact (153kb)
Price: Free
About: Smart apple green boxes and headings with icons give this fresh CV template a very neat yet distinctive look.
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CV template in red

File size: 113 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: CV4.docx
Fonts: Arial
Price: Free
About: Despite its well designed appearance, this eye-catching easy-to-read template uses a simple Arial font throughout.
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Dark purple CV template

CV template in dark purple

File size: 70 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: CV5.docx
Fonts:
Headline One UC (27kb) | Headline One LC (29kb)
Price: Free
About: Bold purple areas, a background 'person' image and a great font combo make this CV really stand out from the crowd.
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CV template in orange

File size: 1,730 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: CV6.docx
Fonts: Bebas Neue (62kb) | Font licence
Price: Free
About: Neat orange boxes with rounded corners create sections for you to load your core information, in this colourful template.
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CV template in light blue

File size: 84 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: CV7.docx
Fonts: Calibri, Arial
Price: Free
About: Attractive blue bands at the top and bottom, and neat sections divided up by blue lines. Optional photo at top.
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CV template in light purple

File size: 184 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: CV8.docx
Fonts: Arial
Price: Free
About: A large background image, purple left-hand margin and purple heading accents helps this CV stand out.
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CV template in burgundy

File size: 40 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: CV9.docx
Font:Arial, Aparajita (218kb)
Price: Free
About: A strong burgundy header, attractive headings and light grey box adds interest to this stylish CV template.
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Blue and orange CV template

File size: 145 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: CV10.docx
Font: Aparajita (218kb)
Price: Free
About: A refreshingly colourful blue and orange CV template with header icons and a neat choice of fonts.
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1.3 Styled Microsoft Word CV templates

Two column, black and white CV template

File size: 22 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: cv-template-two-col-black-white.docx
Fonts: Arial
Price: Free
About: A simple smart black and white CV template with two columns, one for your contact info and one for the rest of your details.
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Two column Arial Narrow template

File size: 45 kB
File format: .doc (Microsoft Word
File name: cv-two-column-arial-narrow.doc
Fonts: Arial Narrow
Price: Free
About: A two-column layout in black and white which uses the Arial Narrow font, allowing you plenty of space for your details.
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CV template, grey headers

CV template with grey headers

File size: 32 kB
File format: .doc (Microsoft Word)
File name: cv-grey-headers.doc
Fonts: Courier New, Calibri
Price: Free
About: Smart grey box headers use the Courier New font for a 'typed up' feel, with the balance of your info in the neat Calibri font.
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CV template with bold headings

File size: 21 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: cv-template-bold-headings.doc
Fonts: Cooper Std Black, Calibri, Arial Narrow
Price: Free
About: Gorgeous curvy Cooper headings combined with Calibri text make for a bold yet tidy CV template.
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Centred modern CV template

File size: 20 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: cv-template-centred-modern.doc
Fonts: Calibri, Impact (153kb)
Price: Free
About: Headings in a bold font, centred alignment and sections split up with neat grey lines, creating a tidy modern layout.
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Classic border CV template

File size: 27 kB
File format: .doc (Microsoft Word
File name: cv-template-classic-border.doc
Fonts: Times New Roman
Price: Free
About: A clean simple layout, a traditional font, a smart border and a splash of green make for a really professional choice of CV template.
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Modern Arial CV template

File size: 20 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: cv-template-centred-modern-arial.docx
Fonts: Arial
Price: Free
About: A black and grey template with central alignment that uses the Arial font for a neat, clean finish.
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Stylish

Stylish CV template

File size: 40 kB
File format: .doc (Microsoft Word)
File name: cv-template-stylish.doc
Fonts: Arial, Arial Black
Price: Free
About: Split into two columns, using neat Arial Black headers and Arial font for your core information. Smart and simple.
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Two column blue CV template

File size: 22 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: cv-template-two-col-blue.doc
Fonts: Times New Roman, Calibri, Impact (153kb)
Price: Free
About: Split into two columns with an eyecatching header and a splash of blue, using a three font combination for impact.
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Icon CV template

File size: 41 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: icon-cv-template.docx
Fonts: Arial Black, Calibri
Price: Free
About: A really effective CV layout that uses icons to emphasise each section, with purple accents to finish.
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'Typewriter' CV template

File size: 33 kB
File format: .doc (Microsoft Word)
File name: cv-template-typewriter.doc
Fonts: Calibri, Courier New
Price: Free
About: A simple but surprisingly effective CV template with central alignment and a basic font combination that just works really well.
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CV template Verdana

File size: 21 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: cv-template-verdana.docx
Fonts: Verdana
Price: Free
About: An effective CV template that uses Verdana throughout - sections are split up by lines and headers are aligned to the left.
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Two column narrow CV template

File size: 46 kB
File format: .doc (Microsoft Word
File name: cv-two-column-narrow.doc
Fonts: Arial Narrow
Price: Free
About: A smart professional template that uses Arial Narrow, with burgandy headings and a matching double border.
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2. Customising your CV template

2.1 Quick customisation tips

Remove branding

If you’re using a Word template that you’ve downloaded from the Internet and it’s not one of ours, make sure you remove any unnecessary branding that the website have added in.  To edit headers and footers (where branding is usually put in), you can usually just double click them in Word. Our templates have a simple link at the end that you'll need to remove.

Include only necessary information

Make sure you’re putting the right things into your Word CV template and don’t overload your CV with unnecessary information and waffle - it’ll make it harder for HR to find what they really want to see.  Use the headings provided to guide you and as a rule of thumb, keep your CV under 2 pages. To get it right, check out our free guide on ‘How to write a CV below.

Customise

Make sure you customise each CV that you send out to the role you’re applying for, highlighting where you have the required skills and education mentioned in the job ad, and reiterating this in your covering letter.  This makes you look like you are more suited to the role than candidates who submit a generic CV.

Limit personal information

Be cautious about the personal information you offer.  For example, does your prospective employer really need to know that you’re married with 3 kids, or you’re 50?  This type of information might say to your employer that you have a lot of out-of-work commitments that might get in the way of the job, or that you might not  be as in touch with the latest developments in your area of expertise as somebody younger.  It’d be lovely to think that people don’t exercise any of their prejudices and view all CVs without any discrimination but the fact is, we’re only human.  The aim of the game is to get your foot in the door and secure an interview, giving you the chance to impress them in person.  So don’t give them any reason to reject you at CV stage.

Keep it simple

Avoid distracting design elements, fancy colours and fonts for the majority of jobs – the above Word CV templates towards the top of the page all have a simple, clean layout without any of these unprofessional elements. For creative jobs, these are more appropriate as they show your creative flair and catch attention.

Double check the criteria

Check the requirements of applying for the job carefully – messing up on small details like applying to the right person, getting their name right, and including the information they’ve asked for in your application, can be the difference between getting the interview and seeing your CV end up in their bin.

Show the right experience

In a time where candidates with degrees are ten a penny, experience has never been more important. Show that you have the right experience for the particular vacancy you're applying for. Short of work experience for your CV? Read our article on work experience and skills.

Provide adequate contact info

Ensure your CV includes adequate ways for prospective employers to contact you. If you have a current job, consider that they may call you while you are at work so it is a good idea to provide an email address and to state "(preferred)" next to it. If you do offer your mobile phone number, make sure your voicemail is activated in case they call when you cannot answer.

Proofread carefully

Above all, don’t forget to spell check your CV, read it out loud and get someone to read over your CV for you. Trivial mistakes could cost you that life-changing interview.

2.2 How to...

Once you've chosen your favourite CV template and downloaded it, you might want to customise it and paste in information from your existing CV or other documents. Here are some quick tips to help:

Paste special

Paste special MS Word 2010

When you're copying and pasting text into your CV from some other document, always use 'Paste special'. You'll find this at the top left corner of the 'Home' tab in Microsoft Word 2010. Choose the 'unformatted text' option - this ensures that what you're pasting ends up in the same font as your chosen CV template

Page borders

Page borders Word 2010

To add a page border to your CV in Microsoft Word 2010, go to the 'Page layout' tab and click the 'Page borders' button. You can then choose the style of your border from the list (tip: keep it simple!) and click on the four sides to apply it to the four sides of your document. Another option is to add a thicker coloured band down one side which adds a little interest to your CV. To do this, change the line-width to e.g. 6pt, change the colour to your chosen colour and click the left hand side of the diagram, to apply to the left side of the document:

MS Word single blue border

If you'd like to see how to do this on video, check out our résumé templates page.

3. More CV and résumé templates

3.1 Microsoft Word résumé template

Basic résumé template

File size: 30 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: basic-resume-template.docx
Fonts: Cambria
Price: Free
About: A clean and simple résumé template with a basic font and all the sections you need to organise your information.
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Alternative basic résumé template

File size: 31 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: basic-resume-alt.docx
Fonts: Garamond
Price: Free
About: An alternative version of our basic résumé template with bolder dividing lines and the attractive Garamond font.
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Keyword résumé template

File size: 27 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: keyword-resume.docx
Fonts: Calibri
Price: Free
About: An attractive template with a feature area for adding keywords that help to focus your recruiter on your core strengths.
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Apple accents résumé template

File size: 21 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: Resume-Template-Apple-Accents.docx
Fonts: Lucida Bright
Price: Free
About: A fresh template with an apple green border and headings, which uses the smart Lucida Bright font for a tidy finish.
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Beige Press résumé template

File size: 21 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: Resume-Template-Beige-Press.docx
Fonts: Lucida Console
Price: Free
About: A neat résumé template with a beige double border and beige accents that makes use of the Lucida Console font for a typewritten finish.
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Beige retro résumé template

File size: 20 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: résumé-Template-Beige-Retro.docx
Fonts: Cooper Std Black, Arial
Price: Free
About: Cooper Std Black headings give this quirky résumé template with its beige accents a retro feel. The rest of the template uses easy-to-read Arial.
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Bold black résumé template

File size: 26 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: Resume-Template-Bold-Black.docx
Fonts: Garamond
Price: Free
About: Good sized headings, a grey and black colourway and the professional Garamond font make this the perfect elegant résumé template.
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Bright crayons résumé template

File size: 18 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: Resume-Template-Bright-Crayons.docx
Fonts: DK Crayon Crumble | Font Licence
Price: Free
About: A fun-looking résumé template that uses a 'crayoned' style font for a friendly laid-back feel, and a matching hand-drawn green border.
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Broken border résumé template

File size: 20 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: Resume-Template-Broken-Border.docx
Fonts: Malgun Gothic
Price: Free
About: A smart font choice, a quirky broken border and matching purple headings make for a smart but eye-catching template.
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Burgundy shadows résumé template

File size: 20 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: Resume-Template-Burgundy-Shadows.docx
Fonts: Garamond
Price: Free
About: A professional font and shadow effect gives this burgandy template a really classic feel. Simple border and neat section headers.
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Classic green résumé template

File size: 26 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: Resume-Template-Classic-Green.docx
Fonts: Cambria
Price: Free
About: A soft green border and bolder green headings combined with a simple font create a really attractive classic choice of template.
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Grey black split résumé template

File size: 20 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: Resume-Template-Grey-Black-Split.docx
Font: Insaniburger file a | file b | font info
Price: Free
About: The two tone headers and insaniburger font make this résumé template really stand out in a smart, professional way.
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Grey box résumé template

File size: 21 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: Resume-Template-Grey-Box.docx
Fonts: Leelawadee
Price: Free
About: A thick grey box frames your résumé which has matching grey headers aligned to the right and dividing lines to keep everything tidy.
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Handwritten résumé template

File size: 17 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: Resume-Template-Handwritten.docx
Fonts: Chocolate Covered Raindrops | Font info
Price: Free
About: The combination of a great handwriting font and Arial Narrow keep this 'handwritten' résumé easy to read with a quirky edge.
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Headliner résumé template

File size: 20 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: Resume-Template-Headliner.docx
Font: Britannic Bold
Price: Free
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Lilac bullets résumé template

File size: 19 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: Resume-Template-Lilac-Bullets.docx
Fonts: Century Gothic
Price: Free
About: Centrally aligned, with a tidy font, styled bullets and soft lilac accents to help accentuate your information.
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Purple Flair résumé template - alternative

File size: 26 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: Purple-Flair-Resume-Template-Alternative.docx
Fonts: Times New Roman
Price: Free
About: A soft purple border, stronger purple headers and a classic font make for an attractive highly flexible template.
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Classic green résumé template (alternative)

File size: 26 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: Resume-Template-Classic-Green-alternative.docx
Fonts: Times New Roman
Price: Free
About: A soft sage green border, stronger green headings and a traditional font give this classic template a professional look.
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Make an impact résumé template

File size: 21 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: Resume-Template-Make-An-Impact.docx
Fonts: Impact Font
Price: Free
About: The 'Impact' font makes a great impression in this template, creating bold noticeable headings - combined with Garamond for an easy-to-read résumé.
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Plain résumé template

File size: 40 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: resume-template.docx
Fonts: Times New Roman
Price: Free
About: A plain, simple résumé that gives you all the sections you need with prompts for the correct information to fill in.
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Narrow lilac résumé template

File size: 18 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: Resume-Template-Narrow-Lilac.docx
Fonts: Letter Gothic Standard
Price: Free
About: A light, neat résumé template using a laid back font and lilac accents, coupled with a dotty border for an overall great design.
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Neatly written résumé template

File size: 18 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: Resume-Template-Neatly-Written.docx
Fonts: KG Ten Thousand Reasons | Alt | Font info
Price: Free
About: A fantastic choice of handwriting font really makes this template - with a smart broken border in grey to complete the effect.
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Neat orange résumé template

File size: 22 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: Resume-Template-Neat-Orange.docx
Fonts: Bookman Old Style
Price: Free
About: A tidy template that uses the Bookman Old Style font, coupled with large headings, neat dividing lines and a simple orange border.
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'Pieced together' résumé template

File size: 27 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: Resume-Template-Pieced-Together.docx
Fonts:
Price: Free
About: A quirky CV template that would be fantastic for media roles - an unusual font, a black 'drawn' border and an optional placeholder for a photo.
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Purple flair résumé template

File size: 25 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: Resume-Template-Purple-Flair.docx
Fonts: Lucida Console
Price: Free
About: A soft purple border, dark purple headings and the Lucida Console font create an eye-catching template suitable for a variety of roles.
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Retro orange résumé template

File size: 20 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: Resume-Template-Retro-Orange.docx
Fonts: Bauhaus 93 46kb
Price: Free
About: The fantastic Bauhaus 93 font and dark orange colourway gives this template a real retro feel without detracting from your core strengths.
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Sage green résumé template with left titles

File size: 20 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: Resume-Template-Sage-Green-Left-Titles.docx
Fonts: Century Gothic
Price: Free
About: A green border and headings create interest for this smart, well aligned template where the titles sit to the left of your core information.
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Secretary resume template

Secretary résumé template

File size: 87 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: Resume-Template-Secretary.docx
Fonts: Courier New
Price: Free
About: A very eye-catching template with a custom header graphic and the Courier New font to help your application stand out from the pile.
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Simple sage résumé template

File size: 19 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: Resume-Template-Simple-Sage.docx
Fonts: Segoe UI
Price: Free
About: This résumé template features a fine double line border in sage green, with matching green headings and a neat font.
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Soft green résumé template

File size: 26 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: Resume-Template-Smart-Soft-Green.docx
Fonts: News of the World | Bookman Old Style
Price: Free
About: Two great fonts and a fantastic shade of soft green make for a very smart résumé template, suited to almost any job application.
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Soft blue résumé template

File size: 24 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: Resume-Template-Soft-Blue.docx
Fonts: News of the World 92kb
Price: Free
About: Two fantastic fonts and a cheerful shade of soft blue help to create a really professional but eye-catching template that is universally suitable.
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Typeface résumé template

File size: 22 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: Resume-Template-Typeface.docx
Fonts: KaiTi 210kb
Price: Free
About: A very simple layout where the main feature is the use of the excellent KaiTi font. Soft lilac headings and dividing lines keep everything organised.
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'Well drawn' résumé template

File size: 18 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: Resume-Template-Well-Drawn.docx
Fonts: Chaparral Pro Light
Price: Free
About: The gorgeous Chaparral Pro Light font combined with a broken hollow border give this neat résumé template a 'drawn' appearance.
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Written headers résumé template

File size: 17 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: Resume-Template-Written-Headers.docx
Fonts: Bradley Hand ITC, Arial Narrow
Price: Free
About: A handwritten font and a 'drawn' soft grey border give this template a quirky twist, but the Arial Narrow text keeps everything easy-to-read.
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Functional grey CV template

File size: 35 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: functional-resume-grey.docx
Fonts: Times New Roman
Price: Free
About: This neat traditional template uses grey boxes to divide up the information and a traditional font to present your core strengths.
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Bold black résumé alternative

File size: 26 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: Bold-Black-Resume-Template-Alternative.docx
Fonts: Arial Black, Arial Narrow
Price: Free
About: Bold black headings and Arial Narrow text with a medium grey border for a professional, eye-catching finish that works for most roles.
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College gradate résumé

File size: 30 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: college-graduate-résumé.docx
Fonts: Cambria
Price: Free
About: A neat and tidy template that includes room for a personal profile and activities, perfect for school leavers and graduates.
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High school graduate template

File size: 31 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
File name: high-school-graduate-resume.docx
Fonts: AvantGarde
Price: Free
About: A well laid out résumé template that uses the AvantGarde font, a stylish choice that gives this simple layout a little extra style.
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High school grad alternative template

File size: 32 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: high-school-graduate-alt.docx
Fonts: Times New Roman
Price: Free
About: A basic résumé template perfect for school leavers, with thick dividing lines and the traditional Times New Roman choice of font.
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Typeface résumé template (version 2)

File size: 26 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: Resume-Template-Typeface-alternative.docx
Fonts:
Price: Free
About: A tidy résumé template with a 'drawn' style border that uses Arial to ensure your important details are easy to read.
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Typeface résumé template (version 3)

File size: 26 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: Resume-Template-Typeface-alternative.docx
Fonts: Courier New
Price: Free
About: Another version of our popular 'Typeface' résumé template, making use of the Courier New font for a true 'typed up' effect.
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Blue college graduate résumé template

File size: 30 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: college-graduate-resume-blue.docx
Fonts: Verdana
Price: Free
About: A neat template with blue headings, blue dividers and organised sections to detail all of your information.
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3.2 Microsoft Word CV examples

Food services manager résumé

File size: 26 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: food-services-manager-resume.docx
Fonts: Verdana, Bookman Old Style
Price: Free
About: A comprehensive example of a résumé for someone seeking a management position in food services, with a focus on skills.
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Construction assistant résumé

File size: 27 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: construction-assistant-resume.docx
Fonts: Franklin Gothic
Price: Free
About: A full width highly informative résumé example for a construction assistant with a skills section to bolster its appeal.
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Admin assistant résumé

File size: 30 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: admin-assistant-resume.docx
Fonts: Arial, Arial Black
Price: Free
About: For administration roles, this résumé template will help you put together your own information to best effect.
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Air-sealing technician résumé

File size: 30 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: green-economic-recovery.docx
Fonts: Verdana
Price: Free
About: If you're targetting your résumé at an air-sealing technician post, or a similar green-technology focused role, this template will help.
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Health information technician résumé

File size: 28 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: health-information-technician.docx
Fonts: Arial, Arial Black
Price: Free
About: For those seeking a position as a Health Information Technician or a similar career, this résumé template will be an excellent guide.
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Manufacturing sales résumé

File size: 31 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: manufacturing-sales-resume.docx
Fonts: Arial, Arial Black
Price: Free
About: A well laid out résumé template with inspiration for those looking for a position in manufacturing sales.
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Marketing résumé

File size: 33 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: marketing-resume.docx
Fonts: Garamond
Price: Free
About: A well laid out template with example information for those seeking a management position in marketing.
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Medical technologist résumé

File size: 26 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: medical-technologist-resume.docx
Fonts: Arial, Arial Black
Price: Free
About: A neat résumé template giving all the info you need to create your own medical technologist résumé.
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Pharmicist résumé

File size: 27 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: pharmacist-resume.docx
Fonts: Arial, Arial Black
Price: Free
About: The perfect example template for pharmacists looking to create their own résumé, with a smart layout too.
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Physiotherapist résumé example

File size: 27 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: physiotherapist-resume.docx
Fonts: Arial, Arial Black
Price: Free
About: A tidy résumé completed for a physiotherapist, for you to use as an example when completing your own.
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Retail sales résumé example

File size: 28 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: retail-sales-resume.docx
Fonts: Arial, Arial Black
Price: Free
About: A neatly styled résumé template using Arial and Arial Black fonts, filled out for a retail sales position as an example.
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Social worker résumé example

File size: 28 kB
File format: .docx (Microsoft Word
File name: social-worker-resume.docx
Fonts: Arial Black, Arial
Price: Free
About: A smart CV filled out for a social worker, providing you with a great example of how to complete your own template.
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4. CV writing advice

4.1 How to write your CV

Your curriculum vitae, or CV, provides potential employers with an overview of your experience and qualifications, as well as giving them some clues as to the type of person you are and as to whether you'd fit into their organisation. Your CV is the first impression a potential employer has of you so it's important to make it neat and accurate, as well as to sell yourself in the best way possible. Every time you send out a CV, prune it so that it meets the requirements of the job you're applying for as closely as possible, and ensure your covering letter sets out exactly HOW you meet those requirements, even if it's evident from the CV itself.

Combined, your CV and covering letter need to demonstrate that you have:

Hiring new staff is costly in terms of advertising, time spent and training, so employers also gravitate towards candidates who look like good long-term prospects.

Layout

Unless you're applying for a creative role (and so can justify a little artistic license), your prospective employer will be looking for a neatly presented, accurate CV that follows a traditional format so that they can find the information that they're looking for quickly; and not something that looks like a GCSE art project. Don't use too many colours and ensure fonts are easy to read - simple and clean is the best approach.

What goes on my CV?

There's no hard and fast rule as to what a CV should contain but you should consider including the following sections:

Our example CV section above contains the expected contents for different professions. We'll look at the previously mentioned CV sections in turn.

Name and personal contact information

This should include:

Some people include their date of birth here. Age really isn't relevant at all to whether you're suitable for a job, unless there is some specific requirement to the role you're applying for, so there is no reason to include it. Similarly, there's no need to include your marital status.

Title/summary and objective

Since your prospective employer likely has many hundreds of CVs to review, use a title to catch their eye and tell them that you're exactly what they're looking for, by reference to the elements of the job description that you meet.

Example of a title/summary - one line:

Example of an objective - expand on who you are and include what you want:

Work experience

Hired CV graphicUsually this goes before your education. However, if you've only just graduated, unless you've clocked up a few years of relevant experience along the way, switch these sections around so that education comes first and work experience second.

For each item in this section, detail:

Offer more detail for your latest and/or most significant role and try to tailor what you include to the job you're applying for. Keep what you write factual and ensure your achievements are accurate, verifiable and specific. If you were responsible for supervising and/or training other people, detail this, and to what degree.

Sometimes it's helpful to say why you want to leave your current role, or why you did leave, but only if it's a neutral reason such as relocating or redundancy. Never, ever critisise your employers on your CV and take great care about what you say about them at interviews - you may give your prospective employer the impression that you're a difficult or grumbling employee.

If you've not stayed in any role for long, you may want to explain to your prospective employer why, if there's a good reason - such as that the roles were all temporary/contract positions.

"I don't have much / any experience!"

If you're short of work experience, make sure you've included:

The above can be great ways of demonstrating to employers that you're ready for the role so get involved while you're job hunting. Read our guide to work experience and also consider volunteering. You can find excellent volunteering opportunities on the 'Do it' website: https://do-it.org/.

Education

For each entry, include:

Start with the most relevant first (such as those requested in the job advert) or if none are especially relevant, the most recent first.

If applicable, you may also wish to include any training you have completed in your current or previous positions under a new heading of 'training'. This might include, for example, short courses in popular software like MS Word and Excel.

Professional memberships / accreditation / honours / awards

CV candidate interviewingThis is fairly self explanatory - the place to put any relevant professional memberships or awards, such as 'Microsoft Certified Engineer' or 'Certified Scrum Master'.

Skills

Under skills, detail any particular skills that are relevant to the job followed by any skills that may be of interest to your employer. After each skill, state your skill level. Here are some examples:

Hard skills

Need more ideas? Try our list of hard skills.

Soft skills

Ensure anything on this list is specific and highly relevant to the job. Avoid fluffy statements. A good way of listing soft skills is to state how you acquired them with reference to specific projects or experience. For example, "My work as a volunteer for Oxfam, organising convoys to remote parts of the World, has developed my skills in establishing cooperation between diverse groups". Focus particularly on any skills mentioned in the job advert. Here are some soft skills you may be able to find evidence for:

Languages

Include any languages you speak and to what level of fluency. If you have any specific qualifications or experience in relation to these, it may be worth mentioning here.

Interests and hobbies

This should be a brief summary of your favourite out-of-work activities. This section helps your employer guage how well you'll fit in to an existing team but be very cautious about what you write here - leave off 'going to the pub' 'socialising' 'seeing friends' and anything else that makes you sound like a party animal, but equally, leave off your model train, stamp and coin collection for now. Mention any sports or fitness acivities you take part in as this will help your employer see that you take an interest in your wellbeing - healthy employees are better than unhealthy ones! Need more guidance on what to include in the 'interests' section? Try this article from The Guardian: Interests and hobbies.

References and availability

Offer two references, giving their name, job title and contact info.

It's usual to list your current employer as one of your references but it's perfectly acceptable to write 'references available on request' if you haven't yet discussed your plans to move on with your current employer. The other reference should be someone professional such as a former tutor or business contact who has worked with you on a project.

4.2 What doesn't go in my CV?

There are things you should NEVER include in your CV. Here are some of them:

4.3 Final checks

Run a spell check on your finished CV and get a couple of people to look over it for you. It's easy to miss little errors when you've been working on something for a long time but they suggest to your prospective employer a lack of attention to detail.

5. Useful links

These websites offer more help with your CV or your dream job:

London School of Economics and Political Science - a great list of CV and cover letter related resources that will be extremely useful when compiling your CV.

Loughborough University - another fantastic list of CV related resources including some less known sites that you will find interesting.

Duke University - well laid out CV resources, CV examples and careers related information from Duke University.

About the author

Jen Wiss-CarlineJen Wiss-Carline has been a Chartered Legal Executive for over 10 years. She is also a Digital Marketing Consultant with considerable experience across a wide range of industries. Previously, Jen has worked for two Nottingham recruitment agencies and has consulted extensively on recruitment, careers, staff management and training at Senior Management level.