Curriculum Vitae (CV) Templates (Free Download)

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated August 11, 2021 | Published March 30, 2020

Updated August 11, 2021

Published March 30, 2020

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During the job search process, employers may ask for a resume or a curriculum vitae (CV) as part of your application. While many people are familiar with the basic format and content of a resume, a CV is more extensive and complex. Using a CV template while creating your application materials ensures that your CV meets an employer's expectations and highlights the most relevant information.

In this article, we explain what you should include in a CV and share several CV templates that you can modify to suit your needs.

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Why is a CV template important?

A CV is a multipage document that encompasses several different topics, so using a comprehensive CV template can help to organize your content and submit a document that contains all the relevant information for a position. CVs can range from just a few pages to over 20 pages for an experienced professional.

To effectively present your entire professional history, you need a CV template that is easy to use and has a clear, logical structure for a hiring manager to follow. CV templates can also be a convenient place to store and update your professional history as your career progresses.

You can find CV templates with different themes in popular programs like Microsoft Office or by searching for open-source tools to create a visual CV on the web. We also share a few free downloadable CV templates plus an example CV below that can be modified to suit your professional needs.

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When to use a CV

While resumes are the traditional way to share your work history with employers in the United States, international positions and academic opportunities often expect a CV as a part of the job application. People with a career in academia, regardless of their geographical location, usually create a CV to highlight their education, publications, fellowships and achievements that are more relevant in their line of work.

Medical, scientific and research-based professions might also require a CV when creating applications for nursing programs, physician roles and other highly specialized jobs. If you're unsure whether a prospective employer expects a CV or a resume, you can check the job posting or reach out to the hiring manager to ask.

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What to include in a CV

A CV should include all of the information that is relevant to your career path. Some professions may have additional sections and others may include more basic information. Here’s a template of the sections your CV should include:

Contact information

At the top of your CV, include the contact information requested in the job description. If you have multiple phone numbers or email addresses, be sure to list your best methods of contact so the hiring manager can reach you directly. This section should include:

  • Your full name

  • Address

  • Phone number

  • Email

  • Online portfolio (only if requested or relevant to the role)

  • Social media (only if requested or if relevant to the role)

Information for an international CV

For international jobs, including some basic personal information is the norm on CVs. If you're applying for a job outside of the United States, research that country's expectations for the sections on your CV. Information you should include in this section, depending on the country where the job is located, includes:

Personal information:

  • Date of birth

  • Place of birth

  • Citizenship

  • Visa status

  • Gender

Optional personal information:

  • Marital status

  • Partner’s name

  • Child/children’s name(s)

Personal profile

Also known as a summary or CV statement, a CV profile is a brief overview of your most notable achievements, experience and skills that make you a unique candidate for the role you are applying for. In three to five concise sentences, your profile should grab the hiring manager’s attention. Avoid using clichés or overly wordy details.

Professional experience

Your professional experience can vary in length on a CV depending on where you have gained most of your relevant qualifications. For example, a technical CV for an engineering position may have more professional experience, while an academic CV may devote more attention to publications and coursework.

CVs generally include all relevant job details over the course of the past 10 years, but you may also include lifetime achievements outside of this time frame if they apply. Working in reverse-chronological order starting with your most recent position, list the title of your job, internship or fellowship followed by your start and end date at each organization.

Some people include a brief description of their duties, while others simply list the job title to provide a more general overview of their career trajectory. Consider whether these details would add to your application before deciding on a format. People with ample experience may prefer to only list each job title to make room for their other accomplishments, while a recent graduate might prefer to include details about each job to make their application stronger.

Education

In the education section of a CV, list each institution you attended, the time frame of attendance, your majors and minors and other educational programs. If you're applying for a position in academia, this section should be more extensive and include details on your capstone or dissertation presentation. Education can include post-doctoral training, graduate programs and college. Only include your high school credentials if you are a recent high school graduate or did not attend college.

Publications and presentations

In this section, list your publications, presentations and research. If you have significant accomplishments in any one area, you can split this section into multiple headings for books, articles, research and presentations. With only a few publications or presentations, you can group them under one heading, such as Publications and presentations, to emphasize your versatility without making this section of your CV look sparse or unfinished.

Certifications and skills

This section is where you can share your skills and certifications. Include both technical skills and soft skills that are relevant to the position to show you are a good fit. Be sure to find the keywords in the job description and include the relevant ones to help your CV get noticed by a hiring manager or an employer’s applicant tracking system (ATS). Review the other sections of your CV and consider any special skills you have that can be showcased beyond the details in your professional or academic history.

Honors and awards

Including honors and awards shows that your professional community recognizes your skills. List the name of the award and the date you received it.

Community service

Because a CV takes a holistic view of your entire career, you can provide details about your volunteer experiences. Sharing your relevant community service shows your soft skills in a well-rounded way and indicates passion and motivation. This section can be more extensive if you have less professional and academic experience. Include extra administrative responsibilities such as being part of a committee or leading a team and share your primary accomplishments while serving in that role.

Memberships

If you are a member of any professional organizations, list them near the end of your CV to show your industry connections. Professional organizations indicate that you are involved in current issues related to your field and have relevant community connections.

Interests and hobbies

When applying for an international position, include a section providing an overview of your interests and hobbies. The interests you share should relate to your skills and experience while providing a well-rounded view of who you are as a person. When writing this section, consider how your various interests and hobbies could make you a more compelling job candidate. In the United States, CVs do not usually include this section and instead focus on your direct job experience and technical knowledge.

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CV templates

While most CVs share the same basic structure, the format and content of a CV depends on the type of position you are applying for. When organizing your CV, list the most relevant sections first to catch an employer's attention, whether that is your work history or an impressive list of publications. Here are two CV templates for different situations you might encounter:

International CV template

[Name]
[Address]
[Phone number]
[Email]

Personal Information

[Date of birth]
[Place of birth]
[Citizenship]
[Visa status]
[Gender]
[Marital status]
[Name of partner]
[Name(s) of child/children]

Professional History

[Title of most recent position]
[Start date–end date]
[Name of organization or employer]

  • Brief description of job duties

  • Use short phrases to be as succinct as possible

Education

[Type of degree]
[Major and minor]
[Name of school]
[Date of attendance]

Skills and Certifications

  • [Use bullets to list your skills]

  • [List the specific name of your certification, Name of the organization]

Awards

  • [List the specific title of the award, Name of the organization. Start date–end date]

Community Service

  • [List the volunteer title, Name of the organization. Start date–end date]

Memberships

  • [List the name of the organization. Start date–end date]

Interests

  • [Choose specific interests that differentiate you from other applicants]

Academic CV template

[Name]
[Address]
[Phone number]
[Email]

Education

[Type of degree]
[Major and minor]
[Name of school]
[Date of attendance]

Publications

  • [“Title,” Publication name, date: page numbers.]

  • [Use the same citation style for each publication to be consistent]

Presentations

  • [“Presentation Title,” Conference name, Month Year]

Professional History

[Name of most recent position]
[Start date–end date]
[Name of organization or employer]

  • [Brief description of job duties]

  • [Use short phrases to be as succinct as possible]

Skills and Certifications

  • [Use bullets to list your skills]

  • [List the specific name of your certifications, Name of the organization]

Awards

  • [List the specific title of the award, Name of the organization. Start date–end date]

Memberships

  • [List the name of the organization. Start date–end date]

Example CV

Here is an example of an academic CV that combines a chronological and functional format:

Debbie Thet
1802 Maple Street
Austin, TX 73301
555-555-1333
Debbie.Thet@e-mail.com

Education
Bachelor of Science
University of Texas
Major in Biology, Minor in Communications
August 2015–May 2020

Publications

  • "The History of Microbiology in Popular Culture," Undergraduate Science Journal, 2018: 114–130.

  • "Engaging Young Learners with Biology," Journal of Elementary Education, 2019: 7–12.

  • "Public Health Announcement Effectiveness and Community Infrastructure," Canadian Health Today, forthcoming.

Conference Presentations

  • “From Bio to Bronte: How Science Courses Benefit Liberal Arts Majors,” American Liberal Arts Conference, May 2019

Professional History

Research Assistant
June 2016–September 2017
University of Texas Biology Department

  • Planned lab experiments

  • Monitored safety measures

  • Compiled complex data into brief reports

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