CV Library is a popular UK job board that connects job hunters with employers across various industries. We’ll show you how to use the platform, and provide an objective review of its key features and shortcomings.

From creating an account to searching for jobs and managing applications, we’ll cover everything you need to know to make the most of CV Library and land your dream job.

3 ways you can use CV Library

CV Library provides a range of resources if you’re looking for a job.

Having so many resources makes the site a bit overwhelming at first glance. We’re here to simplify things by guiding you through three tasks you can achieve via CV Library:

  1. Looking for a job
  2. Creating a CV
  3. Applying for a job

To access CV Library’s services, we recommend registering an account. Click through these images to see the sign-up process:

 

1. Look for a job

Looking for a job on CV Library is simple. From the homepage, simply insert a job title, your postcode, and a distance and click “Find Jobs” to get a list of job openings in your area:

CV Library's job search interface, including spaces you can enter a job title, a postcode, and a distance range.
Fill in these three fields to find a job on CV Library.

This input will take you to a list of available jobs:

A list of jobs on CV Library after the user has searcher for 'Administrator'.
Click a job title to see more details about a job on CV Library.

At the top of the page, you have more options for refining your search. For instance, you can search for remote jobs, add a salary range, switch between full- and part-time jobs, and search for newly posted jobs:

Additional search options offered on CV Library.
Refine your search by adding a salary range, job type, and industry.

These options are handy for customising your job search. In particular, being able to see recently posted jobs can help you:

  1. be the first to apply for a role — a job advert might close if the employer gets enough decent applications, so it’s worth trying to be among these applications
  2. quickly see new adverts if you’re searching for the same kinds of jobs frequently (for example, if the government makes you complete a daily jobseeker’s diary if you’re on Jobseeker’s Allowance)

When you click on a job, you’ll see more details about the role, including its:

  • wage or salary
  • hours
  • description
  • start date
  • how many applications have already been received
An example job advert from CV Library.
Read the full description of a job advert to see if it appeals to you.

If you decide you like the sound of the job, you can apply for it. But first, you’ll need to create a CV to send with your application.

2. Create a basic CV

CV Library offers a free CV builder to make it quicker for you to apply for the jobs you’re interested in. It’s not the best UK CV builder, but it can help you make a basic CV.

Here’s how to create your CV on CV Library:

First, hit ‘Build My CV’:

Hit the big green button to enter the CV Library builder.
Click ‘Build My CV’ to enter the CV Library builder.

You’ll then be in CV Library’s builder. The interface will appear on the left, with your new CV on the right-hand side:

The interface of the CV Library maker, with a preview of your CV on the right and the area where you enter your details on the left.
You can’t edit the CV on the right directly; instead, enter your details on the left.

When you update your details in the left-hand side, your CV will automatically update. Here’s how to fill in each section of the builder:

Personal details — Hide your full postal address for privacy reasons because employers will ring or email you:

The personal details section of the CV Library builder.
Specify if you have a driving licence so employers know you can commute easily.

Professional summary — Many of CV Library’s templated professional summaries are too long: some even take up half of your CV’s first page.

Stick to 3–4 lines, and remember to add the company’s name somewhere. For example, ‘Motivated to become a successful Customer Service Representative at Lloyds Bank’ shows you’ve written your CV especially for this company.

Here’s what the builder’s professional summary section looks like:

An area for entering your professional summary on your CV Library–created CV
Simply click ‘Add’ to paste a templated professional summary into your CV.

Work history: Type a common job title into the CV builder to see pre-written responsibilities you can add to your CV. Work history bullet points are one area CV Library’s maker falls short because:

  • some jobs don’t have any pre-written bullet points
  • you can’t edit the pre-written bullet points, which means you can’t add numbers or customise them to your own situation
  • their bullet points are generic

For example, ‘Finalising the content of a newspaper or magazine’. Employers will want to know which one you actually finalised content for. Generic bullet points like this will make it clear to employers you’re using a low-quality CV builder.

Here’s an example of adding work history to your CV:

Entering a work experience in CV Library.
Only 15 job bullet points are available for a common job like ‘Editor’.

Education or qualifications section: If you have any extra details to add, such as relevant classes, list them in the description box. Here’s what you’ll need to fill out:

Filling in the education section of a CV using CV Library's builder
Add your university, qualification level, course, and grades.

Training and certifications — CV Library hasn’t autopopulated this option with pre-written options, so you’ll need to type out any licences or certifications you have:

The training section of CV Library's curriculum vitae builder.
You can use this section for work-based training.

CV skills section: you’ll have to manually add some of your own skills. Common skills like ‘editing’ are missing from CV Library’s skills database. Add skills to your CV by clicking on ‘Add’:

Adding skills to a CV Library–crafted CV.
You can also type in skills that aren’t on CV Library’s short list of skills.

Hobbies & interests: again, manually add hobbies and interests to your CV because common ones like ‘bouldering’ aren’t included:

The hobbies selector for CV Library
Choose from common hobbies & interests.

References: we advise against filling in this section, because references take up valuable space on your CV. Instead, create a separate sheet of references, and only send it to employers when they ask for it.

Once you click ‘Complete CV’ underneath, you’ll be redirected to your profile. Here, you’ll have the option to edit, view, or download (as a PDF) your CV:

You have the options to download, view, or edit your CV, but not to delete it.
Your finished CV!

If you download your CV to your computer, change the filename so that it’s easier to understand. Remove the numbers CV autogenerates and use a clear CV file name like Fred-Bloggs-CV-Customer-Service-Representative.pdf.

3. Apply for a job

You can apply for a job either directly from the search screen or by opening a job advert and clicking the button.

Applying for jobs from the search screen is as simple as clicking a button:

Different types of 'Apply' options on CV Library.
You can click ‘Apply Now’ or ‘1-click Apply’ to apply for jobs.

Clicking ‘Apply Now’ brings you to a screen that shows you which CV you’re using and lets you write a cover letter:

After clicking 'Apply Now', users are presented with a screen where they can pick a CV and write a cover letter.
To use a spell-checker, write your cover letter in a program like Word and paste it in.

CV Library only lets you have one version of your CV on the site, so if you want to use a different version of your CV, you’ll need to upload it from your computer.

Additionally, CV Library doesn’t include a cover letter builder (and you can’t upload a cover letter from your computer; you have to write it directly on CV Library’s platform).

The only option to easily make a cover letter on CV Library is to copy and paste (or type) a cover letter into their interface, which means you can’t use a colourful cover letter template that complements your CV or helps your application stand out.

You can also click ‘1-click Apply’ from the job search screen to apply for a job, but this option doesn’t allow you to modify your cover letter. Because you should also target your cover letter to the job advert in addition to your CV, we recommend not using this option.

CV Genius vs CV Library: CV makers

FeaturesCV LibraryCV Genius
CV Templates190
Cover Letter BuilderNoYes, with templates matching CV templates
FormattingNo settingsAbility to change colour and fonts
Pre-written ContentFew available for common jobs; none for less common jobsDozens of pre-written bullet points and content options
CV Download FormatsPDFPDF, .docx, .txt
Optional CV SectionsNoneLanguages, Volunteer Experience, Community Service, Awards, Publications, Additional Info

CV Library: statistics & comparison with UK job sites

Now we’ve looked into the CV Library builder, let’s weigh up CV Library’s job offering.

Number of jobs listed on CV Library today

CV Library currently has 220,000+ jobs up, which is a typical number for the site. However, this number is lower than its competitors: Indeed offers 607,241, Reed has 232,417, and LinkedIn boasts 671,367. Of the main competitors in the UK, only Totaljobs has fewer job adverts up (119,599).

This situation is replicated at the industry level. As you can see, in most industries, CV Library offers fewer jobs than most of its competitors except Totaljobs:

Number of jobs advertised on UK job sites

IndustryIndeed 1Totaljobs 2CV LibraryReed 3LinkedIn 4
All jobs607,241119,599119,425232,417671,367
Education33,7705,16423,00829,08364,281
Healthcare69,61520,96316,0067,79051,012
IT8,70256,86811,23518,845136,400

However, if you’re looking for a wider variety of job adverts, we recommend trying one of CV Library’s competitors.

Maybe CV Library has fewer jobs but higher salaries on offer? Unfortunately, the data shows that the average salary offered by employers on CV Library is lower than salaries for similar jobs on other job sites.

Salary ranges that appear on CV Library

Let’s compare social worker job listings and respective salaries on CV Library vs other job sites. The average yearly salary offered by adverts on CV Library was £28,195, whereas Indeed and Totaljobs adverts offered £44,860 and £42,500 on average.

Meanwhile, the Office of National Statistics states that the average salary for a social worker UK-wide is £39,053, indicating employers using CV Library are offering a lower salary on average than elsewhere.

The statistics tell the same story for other occupations:

Average Annual Salary for Jobs on UK Job Sites & ONS

OccupationOffice of National Statistics 1Indeed 2Totaljobs 3CV Library 4
Paramedic49,909£37,102£37,500£27,312£
AccountantNo data35,239£42,500£32,607£
Social worker39,053£44,860£42,500£28,195£
Civil engineers44,341£37,786£42,500£34,152£
Data analyst31,193£34,851£42,500£28,735£
Occupational therapist34,249£35,668£No data30,486£
Web developerNo data37,074£47,500£27,355£

There may be a good reason why salaries on CV Library seem lower than other sites. For example, maybe more entry-level jobs are advertised on CV Library. Whatever the reason, if you’re not impressed with the salaries you’re seeing on CV Library, try looking for jobs on Indeed, Totaljobs, and other job sites too.

FAQs about CV Library

Here are four frequently asked questions users have about CV Library:

  1. Is CV Library legitimate?
  2. How do you remove your CV from CV Library?
  3. How do you unsubscribe from CV Library?
  4. Is CV Library free?

Is CV Library legitimate?

Yes, CV is a legitimate job search site. You can easily search and apply for jobs from CV Library, and many job hunters find quality jobs through CV Library.

We’d still advise you to protect your privacy on CV Library. For example, if you only want companies you apply to to be able to see your CV, you should hide your CV from public view by going to ‘My Settings’ under your name in the menu bar, then clicking ‘Hide My CV’:

How do you remove your CV from CV Library?

You remove your CV from CV Library by deleting your CV Library account. Unfortunately, there’s no other way to remove your CV (although you can hide your CV from recruiting managers if you’re concerned about your privacy).

To delete your CV Library account, click ‘My Settings’ under your name in the menu bar, then click ‘Delete My Account’:

How do you unsubscribe from CV Library?

To unsubscribe from CV Library emails, click ‘My Settings’ under your name in the menu bar, then scroll down to ‘Manage Email Preferences’. You can click the button to pause emails for six months or opt out of job alerts or site updates:

We recommend unsubscribing from emails from CV Library once you’ve found a job, otherwise your inbox will slowly fill up with unwanted emails.

Alternatively, create a new email with a name like myname.cvlibrary@gmail.com and set this as your email on CV Library. By creating a specific email for CV Library, you can log in to your new email account next time you want to find a job without filling up your personal email inbox with job alerts.

Is CV Library free?

Yes, CV Library is free for most functions, like finding a job, applying for work, and adding a CV to your account.

CV Library also has an optional paid version. If you pay for this, your CV will appear at the top of search results when employers search for CVs. Also, when you apply for a job, your CV will be highlighted to employers.

However, at £9.99 a month, this version is pricey — whether you’re already working or not. Because all CV Library templates look the same, we recommend instead downloading a modern colourful CV template for free, and then filling that in and uploading it to CV Library to make your application stand out.

More questions about creating a CV

Samuel Johns
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Samuel Johns

Samuel Johns is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), recruiting manager, and lead career counsellor on the CV Genius team, with almost 5 years of experience in the career space. He has helped countless job hunters craft high-quality CVs and cover letters, exceed expectations at interviews, and obtain their dream jobs. Born and raised in County Durham in the beautiful North East of England, he graduated with a BA (Hons) in French Language and Literature from the University of Bristol in 2013 and has worked in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, London, Paris, and Taipei as a French–English translator. He’s determined to use his native English and fluent French skills to help UK and French candidates get the jobs they deserve. In addition to the British and French versions of CV Genius, Samuel’s job-hunt advice has been published on numerous websites, including Careers.org, the University of Warwick, the Enterprisers Project, and HR.com. If you’d like to collaborate, please reach out to Samuel through LinkedIn. Please note, we don’t accept guest posts and won’t reply to such requests.