Writing a cv gets a lot easier using our CVmaker. With our professionally designed templates, it's simply a matter of filling out the right information in the wizard. However, as it is something you don't do every day, we can imagine you can use a little help to get started. Therefore, on this page, you'll find examples of good CVs that you can use for inspirational purposes. Feel free to download and use them to your benefit!
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CV example university graduate looking for HR role - Auckland template
In the cv example above, applicant Paul is a university graduate, looking for an HR role to start his career. During his study, he has already gained relevant working experience both professional and voluntary. This experience might give him an advantage over other candidates, therefore it is high up on his cv. To give the cv a bit of extra weight, Paul also mentions his extracurricular activity as a board member of the university business club. For more information on making a good cv as a (graduate) student also check out our blog post on "How to write a killer student cv". Paul chose to use the neutral, but professional cv template "Auckland". With our cv builder, it is easy to switch to a different template.
CV example - Customer Service
Looking at this customer service CV template, you can see how David highlights his experience with his years of experience in his summary and how he mentions that he leads a team. The reader immediately knows that he has supervisory skills and understands the short-term insurance industry very well. Both are indications that David is looking for a more senior role supported by his recent certifications and awards and his steady career progress. These are signs that he's looking for long-term prospects and is unlikely to move on quickly once appointed. David chose the slick and professional Edinburgh template.
Example CV - Staff Nurse
You can see from this CV template how Jo cleverly lets the reader know that she's looking for a career in acute and chronic medicine. She charts her career listing day-to-day responsibilities clearly and concisely. A quick scan of the well-laid-out CV immediately tells you she's an experienced staff nurse. Jo chose the Stanford template in pink, a colour of compassion, which allows her to make her skills stand out. In addition, this template gives you the option of including a professional headshot.
CV example mechanical engineer - Edinburgh template
After working for Kwik Fit, Mohammad is now looking for a new challenge at a car dealership. In his personal statement, he explains clearly, who he is and what he is looking for in his new job. As for the template, Mohammad chose to use the professional-looking Edinburgh template. This template can be used with or without a photo and will automatically adjust the layout.
CV example university graduate with photo - Cambridge template
Paul's cv is now used in the more modern template Cambridge with a photo. The template can also be used without a photo if desired. With CVmaker, you can easily duplicate your cv and adjust it to fit your application.
CV example hospitality - Harvard template
In the cv example above, applicant John is looking for the next step in his career. He has experience working in hospitality in a management role. John is currently working in nightlife but wants to make a switch to an employer in the high-end hospitality industry, as he explains in his cv profile.
CV example primary school teacher - Otago template
Lisa Jackson is a primary school teacher looking for a new challenge. In her personal statement, she explains her strengths, ethical values and the type of job she is looking for. By adding her key skills, interests and courses, she gives her new potential employer all the information required to have an image of her as a teacher. She used the Otago template which has a neutral layout and features a small picture in the top left corner that doesn't distract attention from the rest of the cv. However, this template can also be used without a picture, if desired.
What should I include in my curriculum vitae?
Your CV should only contain information relevant to your potential employer. So that means, what should be in your cv can differ per application. However, the bare minimum of details on your cv should at least include;
Of course, your new employers should be able to contact you for a job interview. Therefore, you always start by mentioning your full name and email address and (mobile) phone number. Also mention your place of residence and address, as an employer might prefer an employee living nearby. In case a driver's license is required for the role, also mention it. In case you have a representative LinkedIn profile or personal website, you can include a link to it in the personal details section.
In an a-chronological order, list your latest work experience. Start with your latest job and continue with the jobs you worked at before. Per job, give a short clear summary of your tasks, responsibilities and skills. Tip: try and list skills and responsibilities most relevant to the role you’re applying for!
Just like the previous overview of work experience, start off with your last study or highest level of education. Also name the school or institution where you studied, the starting date and the date of graduation.
The aforementioned parts should be present on any CV, at any application. However, if you really want to stand out from other applicants, it is strongly advisable to put in a little more effort. You want potential employers to see that you are the best fit for the job. Therefore, consider adding the following sections to your cv;
Personal statement or cv profile
Most modern CVs include a short introductory paragraph called a personal statement or profile. In this paragraph, which is read by most recruiters, you will get the chance to sell yourself in a few sentences; the kind of role you are looking for, your qualities and ambitions. Also, check out our blog on writing a personal profile for more help.
Competencies and skills
All jobs are different of course. However, during your career, you gain competencies and skills which are transferable. These strong personal traits are gained through experience and will help you execute any other job more efficiently. Read more about listing skills on your cv here.
Courses and work-related training
Some employers offer courses or training to improve certain skills of their employees. If you have followed any and they’ve improved skills or competencies that are relevant for your new job, make sure to include them. Make sure to mention whether you earned a diploma or certificate!
You can also gain certain skills and competencies in a non-professional setting. For instance by doing voluntary work as a coach, trainer or accountant for a club or organization. If you have done these activities during your study, they are referred to as extracurricular activities. Make sure to list them including the skills you gained.
Highly customizable CV templates
All of the templates offered by CVmaker are highly customizable. You can freely rearrange the layout of the cv, to present yourself in the best possible way to your potential employer. If you would like to have for instance your courses or skills higher up your cv, you can easily place them above your work experience. The templates can be used either with or without a photo, your cv will adjust accordingly. Each template can be used in different colours. During your membership, you'll be able to edit and download your cv as much as you like. To increase your chances of getting invited to a job interview, we strongly recommend tailoring and fine-tuning your cv per application.