Google “resume templates” and you’ll find a lot of websites which provide blank resume examples. Many will list the resume or CV headings and give you some general information about what to include under each heading and no more.
But when you’re struggling to find the right words to sell your experience, personal qualities and skills, blank resume templates just don’t hit the mark.
What you really want is some completed resume templates so you can see how others have sold themselves effectively on paper and do the same.
We are 4 interviewers who have teamed up with our colleagues and customers to bring you a selection of completed CVs and resume templates. You can use these, together with our sample resumes guide to write yourself an interview-winning CV or resume. You can find our resume templates here.
I am a CV editor who have teamed up with our colleagues and customers to bring you a selection of completed CVs and resume templates. You can use these, together with our sample resumes guide to write yourself an interview-winning CV or resume.
There are several resume template styles to choose from. Here are 3 of the most common:
Reverse Chronological CVs And Resumes
We see this style most often as it’s the one people commonly associate with CVs and resumes. You begin with your most recent work experience (or qualification if you’re studying) and work backwards.
Functional CVs And Resumes
We see this style most often at entry level because it’s a style which emphasizes your abilities and skills above your qualifications and experience. Dates become less relevant than in the reverse chronological style. Use a functional CV or resume if you have little or no work experience and/or many qualifications.
Combination CVs And Resumes
This style combines the above two. It allows you to tailor your CV or resume to according to the requirements of the potential employer and/or job. Many of our resume templates are in this style.
5 Top Tips For A Great Resume Or CV
- Make sure your CV or resume is relevant to the company and/or job you’re applying for or to. Tailor your CV or resume so it’s clear you want to join them particularly. As interviewers, we don’t like to think that ours is one of many jobs you’re applying for and a standard CV or resume will tell us just this.
- Keep it to two pages only. Put less relevant information in an appendix.
- Get a friend or colleague to read the job advert and then your CV for only 20 seconds. Get them to tell you why you’re a good match for the job. If they can’t, start over. You need to make an impression very quickly so your CV or resume must be to the point and clearly laid out.
- Grammar and spelling are key. Get these right at all costs.
- Have an Objective or Personal Summary at the top – a short paragraph which says what job you would like, why you would like and be good at it and what benefit you will bring to the Company.
Check out our advice and our real-life completed resume templates and see for yourself how easy it is to make the right first impression.