What to Look for in a CV Template

CV templates are a great way to improve your chances for a job interview. With free templates from ResumeHelp, you can create a more effective CV.

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Table of Contents

  1. CV Templates
  2. What is a CV template?
  3. Why should I use a CV template?
  4. Top templates for CVs
  5. Academic CV vs. European CV
  6. Use these templates for a better chance at your dream job
CV Templates
CV Templates
CV Templates

CV Templates

When writing your CV or resume, you might be looking for the perfect style for your document. Whether that’s an extremely professional CV template, a more creative CV template or something that balances between the two, utilizing a template can help you do more with your CV or resume. Here’s what you need to know about CV templates, including some of the best CV templates available right now.

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What is a CV template?

A CV template is a guideline that provides the basic style for your document. It automatically loads in fonts, colors, format, header and footer sizes, allowing you to creatively present your work history even if you don’t have graphic design experience. Using a strong resume template that gives you options to add information from the job description and job title helps your resume get past applicant tracking systems (ATS) that look primarily for keywords.


Why should I use a CV template?

A CV or resume template allows you to start your job search without having to invest a lot of energy into building your resume style. You can just browse through the currently available CV templates and pick one that has the right feel to create your perfect CV. With our ResumeHelp Resume Builder, you can customize these templates with your own professional experience, skills and contact information to create the right style.

Top templates for CVs

If you’re looking for a CV template that fits your needs, here are a few templates that span multiple styles. All of the templates at ResumeHelp are ATS-friendly, allowing an automated system to read through your resume for keywords effectively.

Kingfish

The Kingfish style is the most popular template at ResumeHelp. It’s generally a very minimalist template but it also includes some eye-catching pops of color that help you separate different sections on your resume.

Angora

Another popular template, this style defaults to an all-black aesthetic but you can choose to change the headers into a colorful array of options. It separates each section with a full line, so you don’t have to worry about a hiring manager being able to scan your resume effectively.

Empire

Empire is another fairly minimalistic template with a bit of color. It also color-codes your name, with the first and last names showing up as different colors. The information is also a bit more spaced out, which means it can be great for people with less experience.

Providence

This highly minimalistic template comes in standard black and white, with only bold headers to separate each section. You can also choose from one of several colors if you want to break from the traditional CV look.

Cinematic

This predominantly centered template gives you slightly more separation between each section, giving you a more easily scannable resume overall. The lines between each section are also slightly lighter, adding to a cinematic style.

Flapjack

Even in its default black setting, the rainbow lines at the top and bottom of the resume provide a creative slant to this resume. That addition makes this a great option for people planning to work in a creative industry.


Academic CV vs. European CV

In the United States, “CV” can be used in one of two ways. The more common way is an academic CV. Short for curriculum vitae which is Latin for “course of life,” an academic CV is a very long document, often two pages or more, that goes over every element of your work history, certifications and knowledge. However, this option is almost exclusively used for positions in academia, such as applying to become a professor.

On the other hand, in many other countries, including the UK and most of Europe and a lot of parts of the world, a “CV” is nearly the same document as an American resume. It is a one- to two-page document that goes over your experience and skills. This 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.

A CV is also different from a cover letter. A CV lists your work experience and skills, while a cover letter talks directly to the recruiter and makes a case for why you’re the right person for this job. You can find cover letter templates using the ResumeHelp Cover Letter Builder.

Use these templates for a better chance at your dream job

These templates work well for both CVs and resumes, including academic and European CVs. If you’re looking to build a professional resume or a great-looking CV, use our Resume Builder, which also functions well as a CV builder. This is an important step to building that perfect resume you need to score your next job interview.


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