Our Centred Headings CV template or Résumé template is very clean and neat in design, making it the ideal choice for a very wide range of job positions. It’s also extremely easy to customise – just copy and paste extra sections, and tailor the information to your individual needs and circumstances.
Here are some more tips for getting the most out of this CV template:
- Be careful not to include irrelevant information on your CV template – for example, your marital status, ethnicity/background, sexual orientation, date of birth, disabilities or number of children. Essentially, don’t include anything that might allow an employer to discriminate against you. You should also be cautious about revealing this type of information at your job interview. You can read more about discrimination in job interviews here.
- If you give contact information, make sure it’s up-to-date, accurate and you can actually be reached on it – you don’t want to miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime because you typed your phone number in wrong!
- Make sure any email address looks professional – if yours is firstname.lastname@example.org, it’s time to set up a new address for those job applications. If you use gmail, you can set up forwarding to another address – just make sure you reply from the employer-friendly one!
- Think carefully before including any interests. ‘Gym fanatic’ ‘Avid walker’ ‘Bookworm’ or ‘Climbing enthusiast’ are all hobbies your future boss should regard positively – they indicate you’re interested in your health and physical or mental well being. However, ‘Party animal’ ‘Drinking enthusiast’ ‘Wine lover’ and ‘Social butterfly’ all suggest you’ll be likely to turn up to work every Monday morning with a hangover.
- There’s a lot of confusion amongst job seekers about what references you should put on your CV template. You don’t actually have to list references, unless you want to. As a rule of thumb, if you’re currently working and your employer doesn’t know you’re job hunting, just write ‘references available on request’. The reason is that often your new employer will want a reference off your current employer, so there’s no point listing two irrelevant people and leaving off the person they will really want to speak to. If you’ve already left your job, go ahead and list your previous employer if you want to, unless there was some dispute. Remember, you can discuss references with your new employer if you are offered the position so there’s no rush to provide names and addresses up front.