Whether you're looking for a free CV template to get yourself started, or some CV help to guide you into a whole new career, we've put together a selection of CV examples to help you with everything from deciding on the most suitable format, to CV layout and what to include.
Our free templates, below, are easy to view and designed to provide an example CV for every occasion.
Formally known as the 'curriculum vitae', your CV should accurately represent your experience to date and show off your skills in the best light.
There is no right or wrong when it comes to formatting a CV, however we have compiled a number of CV samples for different situations - so you can view not only a basic CV template, but examples for recent graduates, school leavers and career changers, to name a few.
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Personal Statement / Profile
Include a brief summary (3-4 sentences) about yourself and relate it to the current job role you're applying for. Summarise your experience to date, putting a positive spin on the skills you have and relating them to the new company. Consider what value you would bring to the organisation and how you could be right for their role based on existing experience. Explain - in a positive way - why you're looking to move on to a new company. Don't be negative about your current place of work.
List your places of previous employment with your most recent first. Include the position you held, the name of the company and the dates you worked there.
Under each listing include 2-3 sentences, or bullet points if you prefer, about the duties you held during this role, the responsibilities you had, the skills you developed during your time there and any measurable achievements.
Select duties and responsibilities which are most relevant to your new company and put the most emphasis on these points.
This is a great opportunity to mention any work-related achievements you may have had, such as a promotion or overcoming a challenge at work, to really make yourself stand out from the crowd.
If you have spent time on worthwhile, personal projects - include details at the end of this section.
List your educational achievements, along with the institution and year obtained. If you're including a degree; you could include a few sentences about the modules you studied or the tasks you completed during your education e.g. presentations, team work etc. Include the grades you achieved, unless poor! Remember, any additional training - from e-learning courses, to First Aid - is all relevant, so include as much as possible.
Areas of expertise/Professional Skills
Do some research into your chosen company to ascertain what types of skills are of greatest interest to them. Draw attention to examples from your own experience where you have shown these skills.
List your main areas of expertise with bullet points; including key points from the industry/role you're applying to, for example 'budget management', 'data entry' etc.
Do you have good knowledge or skill in specific computer programmes or are you trained in a particular business methodology?
Think about your soft skills, the skills which make you a capable, useful person. Which skills do you have which could be transferable to your new workplace?
List your key skills here. Examples could include:
If you are not sure how you're perceived, why not ask a trusted friend or family member?
Interests and Achievements
This section isn't completely necessary so if you don't have the space, you can exclude this section. Otherwise this is a great opportunity to make yourself noticeable by including any unique hobbies or out-of-work achievements you have.
If you have collected some glowing references, you could include them here - however, it is best to omit the contact details of your referrer. Your potential employer can follow up on these at a later stage of the interview process!
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