Free CV Templates You can Edit and Download as PDF and Word DOC
Choose a template below that suits both your skills and experience.
All our CV templates are ATS compliant and expertly designed to ensure that you stand a great chance of getting an interview, and most importantly, your dream job.
Proven simple CV template build to help you no matter which industry you work in.
The traditional reverse chronological CV template, which still is a go to favourite by many.
A good looking CV template with a modern feel, where you effortlessly stand out with an eye-catching yet simple design.
A minimalistic and elegant CV template build to focus on your summary right away.
Learn about CVs
What is a CV (curriculum vitae)?
CV is short for curriculum vitae, meaning course of life. It is a personal document that outlines your professional career and educational level.
Its purpose is to give the reader an understanding of your overall professional profile when you’re applying for a job.
We often get the question: what's the difference between a CV and a resume?
The short answer is: Almost none. Here's why:
In Australia, the US, and Canada, a CV is a document you use for academic purposes. The academic CV outlines every detail of your scholarly career. In the rest of the world, a CV is equivalent to the US resume, which you use when you apply for jobs.
What do I put on a CV?
There are some basic sections of a CV you must include, and in an order that cleanly formats your CV as you make it:
- CV header with your contact information and personal details
- Profile text, also known as CV summary or CV objective
- Work experience
- Additional sections, such as awards or certifications
How do I format my CV?
Choose clear, legible fonts with a readable font size such as 11-12 pt.
Don’t overload your CV with modernistic graphics. Simple is good.
Our CV templates are already formatted with these standards, so you only have to focus on submitting your data.
How long should my CV be?
Preferably 1-2 pages, depending on your experience level, and what type of job you apply for. It's better to be concise instead of cramming in forgettable adjectives. Be brief and only add information that is relevant.
It is not recommended to go beyond 3 pages, as the most relevant information about you is on page 1-2 anyway. You have to tailor your CV around each job listing, therefore you stand with a different task each time. There's no obvious do this or do that for each of your CVs.
Do I include a photo on my CV?
To avoid any bias it is mostly recommended not to, unless the job listing specifically express the need to include a photo of you.
If including a photo is mandatory, be sure to use a professionally looking picture, not something from your social media accounts or anything as stringent as your driving license.