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CV Examples

Need to write a CV? Our CV examples can help. Use these CV samples with ResumeHelp’s CV Builder to create an even more effective curriculum vitae.

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Academic CV Examples

These CV examples show you how you can create a CV that highlights job seekers’ relevant educational history, as well as key soft skills.

Caretaker CV Examples

It’s crucial to review important caretaker CV samples before writing your own. Our CVs are created by experts and are a great source of inspiration.

Education CV Examples

These CV examples showcase subject expertise and how the job applicant can make an active difference in students’ lives — elements that should make it into your teacher curriculum vitae.

Legal CV Examples

Whether you want to become an attorney or are applying for law school, you should take the time to look at our legal CV examples to see the best ways to highlight your credentials.

Office Support CV Examples

Administrative assistants and the team that keeps an office running are key to a company's success. Ensure you hit all the right marks in your curriculum vitae by following our office support CV samples.

Public Safety CV Examples

If you work in law enforcement or are an emergency response professional, you’ll need a curriculum vitae that adequately represents your skills and qualifications. Review our sample CVs specific to your job to get an idea of the best layouts and format to use.

Sales CV Examples

Showcase your excellent communication skills, negotiation skills and interpersonal skills with the help of our professional sales CV examples. Our samples will show you how to highlight important sales skills, such as sales management, B2B sales and persuasion.

Create your curriculum vitae in minutes

It’s important to create and format a CV that will pass applicant tracking systems (ATS) and make a good impression on hiring managers. Just use our CV examples and CV Builder, along with the tips below.

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Follow these simple steps to build your CV:

  • Click one of the “Build my CV” buttons. On the new page that appears, select “Let’s get started” to begin the process.
  • Follow the steps on the page and fill in the blanks.
  • First, choose one of our 17 CV templates, then select if you want to create a new CV or upload an existing document.
  • The builder will automatically guide you through creating the summary and adding your work history, skills and education.
  • After writing your summary, you’ll be able to add extra sections and begin customizing your document. Click the box on the top right to use the add sections feature and select ‘other’ from the drop-down menu so you can title and fill in your own custom skills or certifications.
  • When you reach the end of the builder, you’ll see your CV to move your new section or any of the preselected builder sections. Hover over the left side of the column you are trying to adjust and select the arrow icon.
  • If you need to edit the standard or your custom sections, select the three dots on the right and the editing drop-down will appear. This way, you can organize the layout of your CV accordingly.
  • If you would like to change the headers of any of your CV sections, simply hover over where it says “Summary,” “Education,” etc., until the “Rename” button appears. Then put your new title in the space provided and click enter.
  • You can change the formatting of your document on the menu at the bottom of the page. After clicking the arrow next to “Normal,” press the “Custom” button. A new menu will appear, where you can adjust the margins, font size, font style and spacing. If you want to change the color, a menu with different options will appear when you click the “Color” tab.
  • Be sure to click “Spell Check” at the top left to ensure no grammatical errors are included.
  • Once you’re satisfied with your CV, you can click “Download” and save the document on your computer in MS Word, text or PDF formats. If you don’t want to download it just yet, press “Save and Next” so your work isn’t lost.

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A CV example and CV template for every job

The CV examples on this page are just a few of the many you’ll find on our site, covering every major job title. Use these CV samples to create the perfect CV for any job application.

If you’re looking to improve your CV’s “design,” check out our CV templates. These layouts will ensure a standout CV that gets you your dream job, even if you’re a recent graduate.

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Key tips for using our CV examples

1. Get organized

Reading through our CV examples is your chance to review your work history and professional achievements, comparing them to what hiring managers are looking for. Take the time to figure out your goals, what you want the next step of your career to look like, and how that fits with what a potential employer is looking for.

2. Focus on work AND education highlights

A CV features both your work and educational history, so make sure to feature relevant qualifications for both. Don’t just restrict these details to your work history and education sections, either. Your summary and core skills sections will benefit if you can display important professional and academic achievements. Break down your most important projects and accomplishments, and find ways to sum up what you’ve accomplished. Do some self-analysis and group together your best hard and soft skills to find the industry that’s right for you.

3. Keywords are key

Look through the job advertisement to pick out keywords that define what the specific job needs, and incorporate them in your own CV. For example, if the job description lists technical skills such as “project management,” you should list any skills you have with project management tools, or feature a work achievement that demonstrates your abilities. For more on how to get the most out of keywords in your CV or resume, check out our keyword tips.

4. Get “extra” with your CV

A CV also has room to feature sections for educational qualifications such as awards and significant research highlights, not to mention publications and presentations. Take advantage of sections like these to present a comprehensive picture of your abilities.

5. Show off your skills outside the workplace

Your CV is the perfect place to show how connected you are to your industry and skills development outside and inside the workplace. Your personal projects and volunteer work can provide needed insights and show off significant technical skills and soft skills in ways a standard resume doesn’t.

6. Emphasize results, not just responsibilities

Impressive details always read better than just plain information. Instead of listing everyday tasks, focus on major professional achievements. If you’re a professor, don’t just say you taught a class; explain how you’ve made a difference. For example: “Developed and taught a new Asian studies curriculum to 200 students each semester.”

7. Nail the presentation

Because CVs are longer chronicles of your career history you need to pay close attention to how you order your sections. Structure your document with this “top-down” approach: Feature your professional summary and goals at the top, followed by a Summary of Qualifications and core skills, and then list your work experience, academic projects and research in reverse-chronological order by significance on the following pages. For more tips on your CV format and how to lay out your CV, visit our CV formats page.

8. Utilize your clients and network

To just write a CV isn’t the whole story — you should also show you’re involved and committed to your field and desired job, it’s important to have a bank of references to choose from. Your affiliations, conferences, professorships and academic assistance can foster credibility and industry expertise. For more on how to create the right network to elevate your career, see our networking tips.

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Benefits of crafting your CV with ResumeHelp

When you need to create a good CV, start with a solid CV format and CV samples that have successfully worked to get others a dream job. You can find both of these elements at ResumeHelp. Check out our CV Builder to find resume samples, tips and other relevant information to create your own resume or CV. We’ll make sure you have the right words and job-specific qualifications that hiring managers want.

Our CV examples appeal to recruiters

When we say our samples are "CV-ready," we're serious. Our experts have assembled information on a wide range of job titles and industries, and our examples are packed with qualifications and work history that exemplify a top-notch candidate for the position. Whether you're looking for construction CV examples that demonstrate the important hard skills needed for the position, or nurse CV templates that put the spotlight on abilities key for caring for patients, we've got you covered.

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CV examples you can customize

When it comes to CVs, what matters most is in the eye of the beholder – that is, the employers reading your resume, or CV. They’ll be looking for keywords that match job requirements, a well-ordered skill list, and a CV that’s eye-catching yet easy to read. Our samples can be adapted however you like to best fit what’s needed for the specific job.

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Have questions? We’re here to help.

What is a CV?

CV stands for curriculum vitae, which is Latin for “course of life.” It’s an in-depth document that goes over all your work history, prominently including your teaching experience, fellowships, memberships, research experience, affiliations, educational background and other academic achievements, including mentoring and conference work. It is a document that’s usually created if you’re applying for an academic job in the United States or Canada.

What is a CV outside of Canada and the USA?

In many other countries, including most of Europe, Canada, Australia and Africa, a “CV” is more similar to an American resume and is requested for every position in a job application. It is commonly a two-page document that goes over your experience and skills and, depending on the region, could require more supplementary information.

For example, CVs in other countries may require more detail; for instance, the UK CV includes the date and place of birth, gender, marital status, ID number, driving license information and even your health. A credible references section may also be requested so that your potential employer can check how you performed in your previous position.

This differentiation of terms means that some hiring managers in the United States, especially ones that are used to working for international companies, may ask you for a “CV” when they mean a resume. If you’re ever unsure if a company is asking for a CV or a resume, ask for clarification.

What is a CV example?

A CV example is a completed CV that gives you a guide for what to include in your own CV. CV examples for specific positions provide insight on the types of skills and experiences hiring managers are looking for, as well as a “frame” you can follow when filling out a CV with your own content, using a CV Builder. The best CV examples are those written by career professionals who understand the specifics of the occupation the examples are being created for.

How do I write a good CV?

How to write a CV is similar to how to write a good resume:

  • Look for keywords in the job description that spell out important skills and requirements for the job, and make sure you cover those areas in your CV.
  • Be detailed about your academic accomplishments. CVs are meant to be packed with information about your academic background, so don’t just list your degree. Include your academic projects, awards and specific fields of study.
  • Create separate sections for other activities and skills. Internships, volunteer work and extracurricular activities can all add weight to your CV.
  • Tailor your CV to the job. Create a different CV for every job you apply for, emphasizing skills and experiences that match the job opportunity.
  • Keep your CV to two-to-three pages. A CV can be longer than a resume, but you also don’t want to overwhelm the reader. Use concise phrases and bullet points for describing skills and job experiences, and focus on information about your qualifications and background that relate to the job you’re applying for.

What is the best CV format?

When creating a CV, your format, or how your CV is organized, is key. A chronological CV focuses on your work history, while a skills-based CV (also known as a functional CV) emphasizes your skills and training. The chronological CV works best when you can showcase extensive experience, while a skills-based CV is better for jobs where having the right skills is paramount, or if you’re a job seeker who lacks professional experience. For more on CV formats, as well as tips on how to get the most out of your CV layout, visit our CV formats page.

What are the 5 main things your CV should include?

A CV should provide a comprehensive overview of your academic and employment history, using these five key sections:

  • A summary that provides an introduction to your background, your top skills, and experiences.
  • A skills section that highlights qualifications and abilities that fit the job you’re applying for.
  • A work experience section where you detail your top achievements at your current and previous jobs.
  • An education section where you list your academic credentials, including specifics on projects, honors and specialized fields you’ve studied in.
  • An awards, certifications and memberships section where you can list professional and academic affiliations, recognitions you’ve received for your work, and certifications you have for crucial skills.

You’ll see that our CV examples are organized using these sections. This format also helps you pass applicant tracking systems (ATS) that employers often use to scan curriculum vitae.

What is a CV objective?

The objective section of your CV, sometimes called your personal statement, profile or professional summary, is a two to three-sentence paragraph that showcases the skills you have that can help the company that you are applying to, while also explaining why this particular position would be a good fit for your career path. Check out ResumeHelp’s guide for examples of great objective statements and advice on how to craft your own.

What’s a CV versus a cover letter?

While a CV is a summary of your work experience and skills, a cover letter is an introductory communication to a potential employer, giving more details about your background and making a case for why you’re the right person for the job. We have plenty of cover letter examples for different jobs, and you can use our Cover Letter Builder to create a professional letter.

What is the difference between a CV and a resume?

The purpose of a resume is to showcase your most relevant strengths and get you a new job, while the purpose of a CV is to provide a comprehensive overview of your academic and employment history. While both documents can help you show an employer that you’re qualified for a role, the CV is designed to give hiring managers the whole picture of your career trajectory rather than just the information that pertains most directly to the job application.

How do I modify a ResumeHelp CV example for my job needs?

You can use ResumeHelp’s CV examples to help with your specific CV needs by:

  • Taking a look at a sample that best fits your industry.
  • Crafting key sections like your contact information, work history and education to fit your specific needs. Double check the job requirements so you can properly address the skills the employer is seeking.
  • Use our intuitive formatting to include additional sections and adjust your design, font, color and margin size as needed.

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