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CV Templates

Writing a CV can be harder than it looks – so to help you with basic CV format and structure, we have developed a number of CV templates to suit different needs.

Reverse chronological CV template

The reverse chronological CV is the most common and traditional type of CV. With this CV format, you list your relevant work experience in reverse chronological order, beginning with your most recent position and proceeding backwards.

For each job, you provide dates, location and the name of your employer, and succinctly outline your key responsibilities and achievements. The advantage of using the reverse chronological format is that it helps to highlight your upward career progression and continuous work history.

Functional CV template

Alternatively, those who have had gaps in their employment, who are changing careers or who have a long work history may wish to consider using a functional CV format to better outline their skills and experience.

A functional CV emphasises your skills and abilities, or ‘functional areas’, rather than chronological employment history and is especially useful when you are changing your career focus, when you are returning to work after a break, or when you want to highlight your skills and achievements from older jobs or from volunteer or extracurricular experience. The functional CV is all about relevance, enabling you to focus on what is most important for a particular position, so it should be tailored for each job application.

One-page career summary template

Another option is to prepare a one-page career summary – a shorter, more targeted version of your CV that can be a very effective way of immediately grabbing a hiring manager’s attention. Providing a snapshot of your key achievements, strengths, competencies, experience and qualifications, it is particularly relevant for senior executives with many accomplishments and years of professional experience.

A one-page career summary can act as a useful marketing tool that can stand alone or can accompany a full CV providing more detailed information.

To get started, choose your reverse chronological CV template, functional CV template or one-page career summary template.

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