But why should you choose a CV template instead of creating a layout yourself?

There are lots of reasons to choose a CV template rather than create your own. Even if you do decide to give it a go you can get all the inspiration you need from checking out the amazing CV templates we have to offer – and all of them are free!

Here’s why using a CV template is the smartest way to go…

It will save you a lot of time

Creating a CV template from scratch is not only a daunting task but a very time consuming one. That time could be better spent writing your CV rather than having to fiddle around with the margins and layout.

Using a CV template means this has already been done for you. It alleviates some of the stress that usually accompanies writing a CV. You want it to be perfect which will of course take some time – proofreading, spell checking, re-writes, editing, tailoring to the role etc.

Use them for inspiration

If you decide not to use a template you can still use them as inspiration to create your own. If you haven’t ever looked at other CV templates then it would be very hard to know how the very best layouts look. So doing your research is the best way to go to ensure your own template looks fantastic.

Take one of our free templates and make it your own – edit it, change it, delete it – whatever you want to do!

They look great

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so you could easily compare CV template shopping to clothes shopping. So although it is very subjective, we are confident that you’ll find one that looks great and suits your needs.

All the sections are there

One of the hardest parts when writing a CV is remembering which sections to include. Again, by using a ready made CV template you have already taken that problem out of the equation.

Sure, you could go online and Google which sections to include, but it would be much quicker just to use a CV template. Once you’ve selected your favourite, you can now focus upon filling out each section.

Employers expectations are high

Job hunting brings with it such fierce competition. With so many applicants to choose from, an employer has a difficult task ahead. No longer do they have to ‘settle’ for the best candidate, and now they can choose from the cream of the crop.

With so much online information and help on offer, everybody has a fair chance of writing a professional CV. Go back a few years and this was not the case. It would mainly come down to the job seekers own abilities to create and write a CV. But now things have changed dramatically.

Although it is still possible to write a bad CV and make a few mistakes, the standard has risen greatly. Everybody now has access to a free CV template along with lots of helpful writing guides. Which means that almost all of the applications an employer receives look professional.

If you decide to go it alone and create your own CV template, you are putting your chances at risk. Unless you have extensive experience in writing and creating CVs and/or have a background in graphic design, you should always seriously consider using a free CV template.

Carl Thomas

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