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Studies show that only one of five employers take the time to read a curriculum vitae in its entirety. The best way to prevent your CV from being rejected after a cursory scan is to use job- and industry-specific CV templates and examples to guide your writing. View our professional templates and examples, and use our writing guide to craft your own impressive document to win over potential employers.

What is a CV

A curriculum vitae is an in-depth exploration of your career path, going into detail about your achievements, publications and awards. It is a unique way for the employer to view how you used your experience and position to create positive outcomes for your company or university. It’s a standard document in academia and in science- or research-oriented industries, and is the standard for all job applications in most European countries.

Curriculum Vitae Templates and Examples

The templates and examples below will help you write a top-notch curriculum vitae. You will learn how to customize your document to your field of interest by making sure it contains the required job-related sections, includes properly written industry-specific content and demonstrates your understanding and ability to perform the job for which you are applying.

Best CV Tips

There is no standard CV format, so do the best you can.

Be on the lookout for requested formats from employers. If there is no guidance given on the CV structure in the request, keep in mind there are no set rules beyond the fact that your name and contact information ought to go first, and that you must include the core sections described above. The rest is all about what you want to emphasize in your CV. This is based on what you believe your potential employer most values.

Which sections should be placed at the beginning? If you are applying to a research-based university, it is your research and publications. If you are a graduate student applying to a doctoral program, it would be your education, as it is your most impressive recent accomplishment. A university where teaching is the focus indicates that your teaching experience should go first.

If you are going into industry, then highlighting your technical skills, administrative experience and maybe community service is important. Employers may focus their attention on the first half of the first page, so you should lead with the category that best presents your skills or is most suited to the position in question.

Find CV examples within your field, and learn from them

Look at our many examples to see how others have leveraged their skills and experience to their best advantage. Ask people in your discipline to show you their CV. It’s even better if you know someone has struggled to find a position and someone was accepted right away. If you know that these individuals have relatively similar skill sets, their CVs can serve as weak and strong examples, respectively. But the best solution is to use Hloom’s repository of CV templates and examples.

Employers value accomplishments

Qualities represent potential. Accomplishments represent reality. Guess which an employer values more? Focus on accomplishments or responsibilities in your CV rather than traits. For example, it’s more effective to state that you led your team to finish a research study in record time and under budget than to blandly state you have “leadership qualities,” which is an intangible.

CV Design and document formatting is important

White space and readability is of the utmost importance. You can use the Print Preview in MS Word to get a good feel for your layout. It will show you where fonts or margins are too big or too small, or where information looks cramped. In industry, white space is especially important: go for clarity and readability over impressiveness and length.

Don’t get fussy with your fonts. For stylistic purposes, consider using normal font with some bold or italics. Mixing too many font types together creates disharmony when what you want is clarity and organization. Not only does this help make your document more readable but it also makes you, the applicant, appear straightforward and organized. Use Hloom’s repository of CV templates and our easy-to-use CV builder to design a professionally designed document.

Build the Perfect CV

Building a professional CV is easy with the help of Hloom’s CV tools. Our repository of CV templates and easy-to-use CV builder can help you design a document to set you apart from other job applicants and help you get the job you want.