30+ of the best CV templates
Tailoring every aspect of your curriculum vitae (CV) to the job you want is the best way to boost your odds of getting hired. This not only means customizing the way it’s written, but the way it looks too.
That’s why LiveCareer offers fully customizable CV templates for job seekers in any industry, role or experience level. Choose from our Modern, Creative or Traditional template styles to show recruiters you’re the best fit for the job.
Modern CV templates:
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Who should use a CV?
In the American job market, most applicants should stick with traditional resumes since that’s what most recruiters expect. However, there are select fields and positions that may call for CVs. In those cases, it’s best not to risk using a resume.
This commonly applies to those in roles like these, where the specifics of a lengthy education become more relevant to hiring managers:
- Professors and other academics
- Scientists and researchers
- Medical professionals
- Applicants for some executive positions
- Certain jobs in industries like architecture, arts and entertainment, and more
Abroad, the word “CV” is often used interchangeably with “resume,” so Americans applying internationally should stick with a typical resume unless instructed otherwise. If none of the above CV-related situations apply to you, LiveCareer can help when it comes to resume writing, too.
Which CV template style is right for you?
A key part of customizing your CV is matching its design to the culture of your potential employer. For example, you likely wouldn’t submit a CV with an abstract visual style when applying to a law firm.
See how our three template categories — Modern, Creative and Traditional — suit your own CV design needs:
These more contemporary styles may be best for applicants to executive advertising roles or less traditional work environments. They offer recruiters a visual change of pace while remaining easy to scan at a glance.
While less common, CVs are indeed occasionally called for in creative industries. For example, those applying for a professorship at an arts college may want to include this type of CV alongside their portfolio. Their dashes of color and more dynamic layouts can help to match your CV’s tone to more artistic workplaces.
Our Traditional CV templates do away with most design quirks to present your information as simply as possible. They smartly prioritize a no-nonsense readability perfect for those applying to old-school law firms or university research positions.
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The Do’s and Don’ts of creating a CV
- Do create a new and fully customized CV each time you apply to a job.
- Do use keywords and important phrases found in each job description on every CV.
- Do include all of the information employers would expect to see on a traditional resume, as well as the additional qualifications found in any CV-specific sections.
- Do proofread your CV to make sure it’s free of errors and downloads properly.
- Don’t include images in your CV — screening software won’t be able to read them.
- Don’t be impatient and pick the first template you see. Pick one that fits the role.
- Don’t use inconsistent fonts and formatting.
- Don’t add extra sections to your CV template if they’re irrelevant to the job.
What’s the difference between a CV and a resume?
The main difference between a CV and a resume is how thorough job seekers need to be with the information put on the page. In Latin, curriculum vitae means “course of life,” which correctly implies a CV should include every element of your work and academic history, other relevant background information (if there’s room), and in some other countries, even your picture. However, keep in mind that in many parts of the world, “CV” and “resume” are interchangeable.
How long should a CV be?
Much like a traditional resume, most CVs should be only one-page long. That being said, if you have over a decade of work experience that leaves you with more relevant employment information than you can fit on a single page, you may include a second one.
What should not be included in a CV?
Again, your CV-writing process should be similar to that of writing a resume, if different at all. Begin by focusing on what you know you need to include like immediately relevant job history and education. While CVs do often have room for you to list hobbies, interests and other personal data, make sure you have space on the page first. Finally, don’t include things like headshots unless you’re absolutely certain an employer wants it.
How can I create my CV with no experience?
Like with a resume, you can absolutely create a CV with little-to-no traditional work experience. Any volunteering, internships or industry-relevant freelance work can fill out a work history section just as easily. Additionally, CVs emphasize the finer details of one’s education anyway, so feel free to delve into the specifics of your academic background if you have one.