Here are three blank CV templates for different career stages that you can download and use to write your CV.

Blank CV template for students and entry-level applicants

This template is perfect for newcomers to the job market. Its simple, easy-to-edit design looks great as a one-page CV.

The education section is positioned high on the first page to draw attention to your school or university qualifications. If you already have some relevant experience, you can move this section beneath your work history.

Check job-specific CV examples to find out what employers in different industries want to see on your CV.

A simple blank CV template with the education section first and a blue title.
Download this CV template for Microsoft Word.

Blank CV Template For First-Job Applicants (Text Version)

 

YOUR NAME
Current/Desired Job Title

PERSONAL STATEMENT

First, mention what you studied and explain how your educational background ties in with the job you’re applying for. Then, mention any important skills you have that you saw mentioned in the job advertisement. In your final sentence, state that you’re looking forward to applying these skills and your degree or qualification to the [Job Title] at [Company Name].

07123 456 789 | LinkedIn.com/in/your.name | email@email.com | Street, City, AA1 1AA

EDUCATION

University Name (20xx–20xx)
BA/BSc (Hons) Degree Title, First, upper second, lower second, third-class honours

Relevant Units: Relevant Unit 1, Relevant Unit 2, Relevant Unit 3, Relevant Unit 4, Relevant Unit 5, etc.
Dissertation Topic: [Title of Dissertation]

 

 

Secondary School/Sixth Form Name (20xx–20xx)
A-Levels: Subject 1 (Grade), Subject 2 (Grade), Subject 3 (Grade)
GCSEs: 10 Grades 9–4/A*–C, including Maths, English, and ICT

EXPERIENCE

Organisation name, Town/City
Job Title, Month 20xx–present

  • Bullet point 1, starting with an action verb in the present tense and including a hard number
  • Bullet point 2, starting with an action verb in the present tense and including a hard number
  • Bullet point 3, starting with an action verb in the present tense and including a hard number
  • Bullet point 4, starting with an action verb in the present tense and including a hard number
  • Bullet point 5, starting with an action verb in the present tense and including a hard number

Organisation name, Town/City
Job Title, Month 20xx–Month 20xx

  • Bullet point 1, starting with an action verb in the past tense and including a hard number
  • Bullet point 2, starting with an action verb in the past tense and including a hard number
  • Bullet point 3, starting with an action verb in the past tense and including a hard number
  • Bullet point 4, starting with an action verb in the past tense and including a hard number
  • Bullet point 5, starting with an action verb in the past tense and including a hard number

Organisation name, Town/City
Job Title, Month 20xx–Month 20xx

  • Bullet point 1, starting with an action verb in the past tense and including a hard number
  • Bullet point 2, starting with an action verb in the past tense and including a hard number
  • Bullet point 3, starting with an action verb in the past tense and including a hard number
  • Bullet point 4, starting with an action verb in the past tense and including a hard number
  • Bullet point 5, starting with an action verb in the past tense and including a hard number

KEY SKILLS

  • List a hard skill (e.g., software/hardware)
  • List a hard skill (e.g., language skills)
  • List a hard skill (e.g., a driving licence with category)
  • List a soft skill (e.g., interpersonal skills)
  • List a soft skill (e.g., attention to detail)
  • List a soft skill (e.g., time management)
  • List a soft skill (e.g., organisational skills)

HOBBIES & INTERESTS

  • Hobby that highlights a work-relevant skill (e.g., cycling for a PT CV)
  • Second work-relevant hobby (e.g., computer games for programming)
  • Third work-relevant hobby (e.g., drawing for graphic design)

 

Blank CV template for experienced professionals

This CV stands out because of its prominent work experience section, which is perfect for emphasising your on-the-job achievements.

A free blank CV template with work experience whose header is framed in blue.
Download this CV template for Microsoft Word.

Blank CV Template For Experienced Applicants (Text Version)

 

Current/Desired Job Title
Your Name

07123 456-789 | Linked.com/in/your-name | email@email.com | Street, Town/City, AA1 1AA

PERSONAL STATEMENT

In the first sentence, highlight your current job title and your years of experience. In the next sentence, showcase one or two of your biggest achievements from your current or previous jobs. Finally, highlight some key skills and state you’re looking to apply these skills in the position of [Job Title] at [Company Name].

WORK EXPERIENCE

Job Title
Company/Organisation
Month 20xx–present, Town/City

  • Write your first bullet point, making sure it uses the present tense, starts with an action verb, and contains hard numbers
  • Write your second bullet point, making sure it uses the present tense, starts with an action verb, and contains hard numbers
  • Write your third bullet point, making sure it uses the present tense, starts with an action verb, and contains hard numbers
  • Write your fourth bullet point, making sure it uses the present tense, starts with an action verb, and contains hard numbers

Job Title
Company/Organisation
Month 20xx–Month 20xx, Town/City

  • Write your first bullet point, making sure it uses the past tense, starts with an action verb, and contains hard numbers
  • Write your second bullet point, making sure it uses the past tense, starts with an action verb, and contains hard numbers
  • Write your third bullet point, making sure it uses the past tense, starts with an action verb, and contains hard numbers
  • Write your fourth bullet point, making sure it uses the past tense, starts with an action verb, and contains hard numbers

Job Title
Company/Organisation
Month 20xx–Month 20xx, Town/City

  • Write your first bullet point, making sure it uses the past tense, starts with an action verb, and contains hard numbers
  • Write your second bullet point, making sure it uses the past tense, starts with an action verb, and contains hard numbers
  • Write your third bullet point, making sure it uses the past tense, starts with an action verb, and contains hard numbers
  • Write your fourth bullet point, making sure it uses the past tense, starts with an action verb, and contains hard numbers

EDUCATION

BA/BSc (Hons), Degree Title
Name of University
Degree Classification (1st/2:1/2:2/3rd class honours)
20xx–20xx, Town/City

KEY SKILLS

  • Hard Skill 1 (e.g., software)
  • Hard Skill 2 (e.g., driving licence)
  • Hard Skill 3 (e.g., foreign language)
  • Hard Skill 4 (e.g., hardware)
  • Hard Skill 5
  • Hard Skill 6
  • Hard Skill 7
  • Hard Skill 8

HOBBIES & INTERESTS

  • Hobby that shows a work-relevant skill
  • Another work-relevant hobby
  • Work-relevant hobby (e.g., drawing for a design job)
  • Work-relevant hobby
  • Interest related to the job

 

Blank CV template for academic roles

Here’s a template you can personalise once you’re clued up on how to write an academic CV.

If you have the technical skills and want to create a CV with unique formatting, you can also consider using a LaTex CV template.

A blank CV template for academic roles featuring a large blue title where one's name should be added.
Download this CV template for Microsoft Word.

Blank CV Template For Academic Roles (Text Version)

 

YOUR NAME
Current/Desired Academic Job Title

PERSONAL STATEMENT

Describe your current role (e.g., lecturer) and how much research and teaching experience you have in your field. Next, provide specifics about the level you teach at (undergrad, postgrad etc.). Mention your relationship with research (e.g., overseeing, conducting). Mention how many papers you’ve had published. Finally, mention how many conferences you’ve contributed to and in what way (e.g.,  presenting research).

020 123 4567 | Linkedin.com/in/your.profile | your.email@email.ac.uk | Street, Town/City, AA1 1AA

EDUCATION

University/Institution Name (20xx–20xx)
Ph.D

Funded research on [Topic Name], funded by [Organisation Name] and [Organisation Name]

 

 

Thesis Title: [Thesis Title]Supervisor: [Name of Supervisor]

 

 

University/Institution Name (20xx–20xx)
MSc/MA [Degree Title]

 

 

Relevant Modules: Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3, Unit 4
Thesis: [Thesis Title]

 

 

University/Institution Name, 20xx–20xx
BSc/BA (Hons) [Degree Title] — 1st/2:1/2:2/3rd class honours

Relevant modules: Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3, Unit 4
Thesis: [Name of Thesis]

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

  • Author 1, Author 2, Author 3 (20xx). Article Name. Name of Publishing Journal, 01(1) 01-02.
  • Author 1, Author 2, Author 3 (20xx). Article Name. Name of Publishing Journal, 01(1) 01-02.
  • Author 1, Author 2, Author 3 (20xx). Article Name. Name of Publishing Journal, 01(1) 01-02.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Job Title (20xx–present)
Institution Name

  • Bullet point starting with an action verb in the present tense and including a number
  • Bullet point starting with an action verb in the present tense and including a number
  • Bullet point starting with an action verb in the present tense and including a number

Job Title (20xx–20xx)
Institution Name

  • Bullet point starting with an action verb in the past tense and including a number
  • Bullet point starting with an action verb in the past tense and including a number
  • Bullet point starting with an action verb in the past tense and including a number

AWARDS & FUNDING

  • Organisation Name: Name of Grant (20xx)
  • Organisation Name: Name of Grant (20xx)

CONFERENCES & PRESENTATIONS

  • Name of Conference, 20xx, Presentation on [Topic Name]
  • Name of Conference, 20xx, Poster session on [Topic Name]
  • Name of Conference, 20xx, Paper on [Topic Name]

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Organisation Name (20xx–present)
  • Organisation Name (20xx–present)

RESEARCH & TECHNICAL SKILLS

  • Hard skill 1 (e.g., microscopy, fluorescence microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy)
  • Hard skill 2 (e.g., DNA purification, running protein and DNA gels, and molecular cloning)
  • Hard skill 3 (e.g., restriction analysis and gel documentation)
  • Hard skill 4 (e.g., using Microsoft Excel for data entry and analysis

REFERENCES

  • Name of Reference — Organisation Name: Job Title, 020 123 4567, email@organisation.ac.uk
  • Name of Reference — Organisation Name: Job Title, 020 123 4567, email@organisation.ac.uk
  • Name of Reference — Organisation Name: Job Title, 020 123 4567, email@organisation.nhs.uk

 

Frequently asked questions about blank CV templates

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about blank CV templates:

1. Is it worth buying a CV template?

No, it is not worth buying a CV template. There are plenty of high-quality free CV templates available online.

2. How do I write a CV in PDF format?

Here’s how you write a CV in PDF format:

  1. Write your CV in Microsoft Word
  2. Go to ‘File’, ‘Save As…’
  3. Select the ‘File Format’ drop down and pick ‘PDF’
  4. Use a good CV name (e.g., forename-surname-job-title-CV.pdf)
  5. Click ‘Save’

If you used another word processor to write your CV, the steps to converting your CV into a PDF will be slightly different. Turn a Pages doc into a PDF by selecting ‘File’>’Export’>’PDF’.

If you made your CV online by filling in a Google Docs CV template, select ‘File’>’Download’>’PDF Document’.

3. Is there a faster way to create a CV?

Yes, there is a faster way to create a CV. You can create a CV in minutes by using a high-quality online CV maker.

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Seb Morgan is a Career Counsellor for CV Genius, where he helps job seekers and professionals get more out of their careers. With over 7 years of experience in business and lifestyle journalism, he's written for a stack of careers-focused publications, including Oxbridge Home Learning, Study International, theHRDirector, and Employee Benefit News, and his expertise includes skill development, interview preparation, and CV and cover letter writing. West Midlands born and raised, Seb has since lived, worked, and studied in 4 countries across 2 continents. He speaks 4 languages and has survived job interviews in 3 of them. He currently also freelances as a travel and culture writer. Reach him at [sebastian] @ [cvgenius.com] or via LinkedIn.