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On this page you'll find free word resume templates you can download and use to help write your own great resume or CV.

Add the following resume and CV writing tips from actual recruiters and you're sure to land a job interview!

Resume and CV General Guidelines

  • Limit your resume or CV to a maximum of two sides of A4. These days employers have hundreds of CVs and resumes to review and they'll thank you for not writing more
  • Type your CV or resume using a 10 or 12 font type face
  • Print your resume or CV on good quality white/cream/ivory paper and use matching envelopes
  • Above all, make sure your CV or resume is free from grammar and spelling mistakes. Don't rely on yourself to check – you will miss things. Ask a friend or family member to read your resume or CV from an employer's point of view and be honest with you

What needs to go in your resume or CV

  • Start your CV or resume with a Personal Summary or Objective, as shown in our free Word resume templates. This should tell the reader why you're writing, why you're right for the job and what benefits you can bring to them. Limit this Personal Summary or Objective to 3-5 sentences. If you're looking for inspiration, check out our resume objective examples.
  • List your skills accurately, in order of importance in relation to the job you're applying for. Use strong 'action' words such as organize, supervise, manage, lead, develop, build
  • When describing your work experience, don’t forget to include volunteer and temporary jobs as well as paid work and permanent positions. Write most about the experience which is directly relevant to the job you're applying for
  • For each job you include, give the job title, the dates you were employed and the name of your employer as shown in the free Word resume templates below
  • Leave some room to showcase your achievements. This means describing your successes, focusing on those which the potential employer would want you to repeat with them, such as increasing productivity, reducing costs or improving customer service. Remember that your potential new boss will be more interested in what you've actually done, rather than in what you say you can do so making room for achievements is worthwhile.
  • Don't include reference details unless asked. Save the room for something better. You can always prepare a separate sheet with referee details and take with you to your job interview

Different types of resume or CV

There are several ways to organize your CV or resume.

Functional resumes and CVs emphasize your skills. Use this format if you want to change careers or have a lot of training but not much actual work experience. This format also works if you are returning to the jobs market after a break, or if you've had a lot of different jobs in your career.

Chronological resumes and CVs are best if you want to show growth or promotion in a given industry or field. It lists your work experience in date order, starting with your most recent job. They are also the most common style of resume or CV and work in the majority of cases, so if you're in doubt, use this format. Both our free Word resume templates are in this style.

Free Word Resume Templates

Click here to download the first of our free Word resume templates.

Remember you can download our CV and resume guide. As well as 3 resume templates and examples and a FREE BONUS, there's 21 extra pages of CV and resume advice.

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