Applying for jobs just got a lot easier.
We’ve created a free CV template for you to download, plus some top tips to help you fill it out and make it your own.
If you’re not sure what to write, start by noting down all your skills, interests and experiences so far.
Then, have a very close look over the job description for the role you’re applying for and make sure you only include, and speak positively about, your skills and experiences that prove you’d be great for the role.
Once you're ready, download our CV template and follow the Dos and Don'ts below to create a successful CV.
What your CV should do:
DO: Make your CV bespoke: tailor it for each individual job you apply for. When highlighting your experiences, skills and achievements, make sure you select them with the job description in mind.
DO: Adapt the template to suit you. If you’re applying for jobs in the Creative or Arts sector, you might want to spend more time choosing a font, typography and layout to make it your own.
DO: Use an easy-to-read font and clear headings, so it's easy for the employer to follow.
DO: Include dates for experience and education clearly – the employer wants to get a picture of what you’ve been doing up until now.
DO: Start with your most recent employment first and then track back chronologically highlighting your most relevant experiences.
DO: Talk about yourself in the first person when writing your opening statement and detailing your experience.
DO: Include your degree grade.
DO: Include links to your up-to-date LinkedIn account and professional website (if you have one and it’s relevant). Spend some time building a LinkedIn profile and network and then you can use that space as a way to expand upon your CV – with endorsements from previous employers and links to projects you’ve worked on.
DO: PDF your CV before sending it off to the employer.
What your CV shouldn’t do:
DON’T: List all the work experience you’ve ever had. Try to keep your CV to one, concise, brilliant page if possible – two pages maximum.
DON’T: Use an unprofessional email address. Make a new one for job applications if you need to.
DON’T: Waffle. Keep your CV to well thought-out bullet points wherever possible. Think carefully about your choice of words to use the short space you have as best possible – you can elaborate on your cover letter.
DON’T: Share too much information. There’s no need to disclose salary, marital status, or race, for example.
DON’T: Include references at the end. The employer will ask for them if they need them.
DON’T: Be afraid to include unpaid work experience, volunteering, sports clubs or information about the society your chaired at university. If it’s directly related to the job at hand and demonstrates commitment or high achievement, it’s worth mentioning.