Many job seekers struggle to write a CV that they feel confident with and comfortable in sending to job vacancies. There are various reasons for this, with the main ones being a lack of experience in CV writing coupled with a uncertainty of what to actually include in it.
This page aims to help these and other candidates who strive to write a professional resume that maximises their chances of being invited to job interviews. Here job seekers will find links to professionally written and designed resumes that they can use as a base to start from. Start by clicking on a link, downloading the CV, viewing it then deciding if the design suits your needs.
How to choose a professional template that fits your requirements.
The first thing to do is decide what exactly you want your CV to show a prospective employer and also how much information you need to put in it. For instance do you want to emphasis your:
- Transferable skills
- Academic qualifications
- Career history
This is a important point to clarify in your mind. As once you know exactly how much data you need to include, you then have a good idea of how much space you need.
Remember there is no ‘right’ CV format, except the one that wins you interviews.
Links to professional CV templates:
How to use the professional CV template examples on this page
The first rule is to not copy any of the CVs on this page word for word. Instead use the content in them as a guide to help you write your very own unique resume that demonstrates your value and focuses on your accomplishments. Otherwise there is a risk that you will apply for a job using a CV that is exactly the same as another candidate.
What a professional CV needs to be:
- It must be neat and presentable.
- Clearly laid out in easy to navigate sections.
- It should quickly demonstrate your professionalism.
What a professional CV should do:
- Grab the readers attention as quickly as possible.
- Highlight any relevant work experience, skill sets and abilities.
- Explain clearly how you can enhance the performance and growth of any prospective employer.
- Show major achievements in your career.
Tips when writing a professional CV
Refrain from using generic phrases or sentences like ‘dedicated worker’ or ‘friendly personality’. Instead concentrate on industry related keywords and statements that are relevant to the job role.
Before you start writing your CV sit down, place the job advert in front of you and start making a list of all your skills and abilities that match the requirements listed in the job description.
Tailor your curriculum vitae to the job you are applying for. Do this by writing every sentence and paragraph in your CV at the vacancy in question. This may sound like hard work as you will have to write a different one for each vacancy you apply for, however your chances of success are immeasurably increased.