22 free CV templates in Word

By: Jen Wiss

Are you revamping your CV? Make sure you use a high quality CV template to give your CV a professional look.

Here are our selection of CV templates in Word format for you to download and use without charge.  Although these are created in Word, you can use any Microsoft Word compatible software package to open them up and edit them. Click here for a social/LinkedIn CV template on Tomorrow Studio.

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Free CV template word 1Free CV template Word - this is a really popular free CV template in Microsoft Word format – it’s clean and simply laid out with a standard font and no graphic elements Click here to download this CV template.  Choose a CV template like this over graphical or cluttered CVs for most professional jobs.
CV template word 2Simple CV template Word (alternative version) – another clean and well laid out CV template, with a standard font and some simple lines that break up the sections (download this CV template in Word format).  This is another perfectly acceptable template for a professional job application and universally applicable for most roles.
CV template word 3Simple CV template (alternative) – another CV template in Word that is clean and well presented making for an attractive professional CV – this template uses a standard font but utilises a different header to the other CV templates above, and makes use of some simple lines on the left margin to add a little style without being cluttered and unprofessional Download this CV template in Word format.
CV template word 4Stylish CV – no fancy fonts or garish colours – just a stylish CV layout that makes use of tables to present your personal information to the left of the page and your careers and other information to the right (download this CV template in Word format).
CV template word clinicalCV template in Word, for clinical jobs – a tailored clean and well laid out CV, using a standard font, with space for additional sections required when you’re applying for a clinical post (download this CV template in Word format).  Slightly different information to the CV templates offered above, just because of the type of post applied for.

More CV templates

These CV templates in DOCX format provide you with some alternative choices on design. Some of these are really popular with school leavers and graduates.

Plain Word CV templateSimple professional - this simple, professional CV template has some horizontal lines breaking up the sections and uses a plain font. The focus is on your information rather than distracting designs. Download this template.
Alternative plain CV template layoutAlternative simple professional - this alternative simple template presents your information in a slightly different way, but still offers the same clean layout with a focus on information over design. Download this template.
College graduate CV templateCollege graduate - this very basic CV template is more suited to a college graduate than someone with a lot of work experience. Download this template.
College graduate CV template with blue accentsCollege graduate - blue - this basic CV template for college graduates includes some blue accents, for those who like to include just a little colour in their CV to make it stand out. Download this template.
Grey functional CV templateFunctional - this is a functional CV template with just a few graphical elements in grey to make the CV stand out a little more. Download this template.
High school graduate templateSchool leavers - this simple template is perfect for school leavers who have minimal work experience to include on their CV - although don't forget to check out our pages on work experience and volunteering which can help boost your CV in these sections! Download this template.
Keyword focused CV templateKeyword CV - this keyword focused CV includes a highlighted section at the top where you can include your targetted keywords within your summary (find out more about including keywords in your CV here). Download this template.

Free graphical CV templates

This collection of DOCX Word CV templates is more suited for applicants who are seeking creative positions. For other non-creative positions, we recommend the simpler layouts provided above.

cv1Word CV template (free download) in sage green - click here.
cv2Word CV template in blue (free download) - click here.
cv3Word CV template in apple green (free download) - click here.
cv4MS Word CV template in red (free download) - click here.
cv5CV template in dark purple (MS Word, free download) - click here.
cv6CV template in orange (free download, MS Word) - click here.
cv7CV template in light blue (free download, Microsoft Word) - click here.
cv8CV template designer purple (free download, Microsoft Word) - click here.
cv9Professional Word CV template designer burghandy (free download) - click here.
cv10Word CV template orange and blue (free download) - click here.

Examples

Sometimes it can be helpful to see how others completed their CVs. If you'd like to have a look at some CVs for some common job roles, check out our CV examples page.

CV template 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 don't have any branding in them.

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’ (or ‘How to write a CV for clinical jobs‘) and view example CVs.

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.

More help:

These websites are extremely useful for jobseekers, providing help and tips to give you the best possible chance of securing your dream job:

  • National Careers Service - this site is great for those who aren't entirely sure how they want their career to develop. It's got a huge selection of job profiles (over 700) to give you inspiration, together with CV advice and help for those dealing with redundancy, an increasingly common issue in today's employment marketplace.
  • Prospects - Prospects is another great site for school leavers who aren't entirely sure which direction they want to go in. As well as CV advice, you'll find interview tips and a heads up on the best places to discover vacancies.