Free Curriculum Vitae (CV) Templates for Microsoft Word

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A curriculum vitae (CV) is an alternative form of a resume. Certain industries (including academia, education, some sciences, and international companies) often prefer CVs to resumes. When a CV is called for, the hiring manager will typically say so in the job listing.

CVs are typically longer than resumes – at least two or three pages – and differ from resumes in other respects as well. CVs offer more information on your academic background and achievements, including research, awards, grants, publications, and teaching experience.

Not sure how to format a curriculum vitae? Looking to revise your current CV? Microsoft curriculum vitae templates are free for Microsoft Word users. Use a template to get a sense of what information to include, and how to format your CV.

Why Use a CV Template?

Whether you are writing your first curriculum vitae or revising a current CV, a template can be very useful. For example, a template can show you how to lay out your CV. It can show you what sections to include, and how to organize those sections.

Templates can also help you with the style of your CV, including what font and font size to use, and how much space to put between each section. Templates also show you what information you need to include in your CV, such as what information to put in each section, and what kind of language to use.

A template can save you a lot of time. The template will help you quickly organize and format your document, leaving you more time to polish your CV.

Microsoft Curriculum Vitae (CV) Templates for Word

Free Microsoft CV templates are available to download for Microsoft Word. Download the CV template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or read below for more information on how to access templates on your computer or online.

To access these CV templates from your computer:

  • Open Microsoft Word, then click on “New.”
  • Then, type “CV” into the search bar to search thousands of templates. (Or select “Resumes and Cover Letters” from suggested searches to access resume and CV templates.)
  • Finally, select the template you want to use, which will open up a Word document with that template.

To access the Microsoft CV templates online:

  • Click on the “Resumes and Cover Letters” section to browse all of the templates (this section includes CVs as well)
  • Click on the title of the document you’re interested in to preview the template
  • Click the “Download” button, then follow the instructions to download the CV template to your computer, or
  • Click “Edit in Browser” to edit the template using Word Online. If you have a Microsoft account, you can use Word Online to create, edit, and share Word documents.

Not all templates work with all versions of Word, so check before you download. There will be a message next to the download button letting you know if there are restrictions.

Tips for Using a CV Template

Once you have downloaded or opened a curriculum vitae template file, type over the text in the file to create your own personalized CV. To create a personalized, polished CV:

Check out CV templates and examples. Before you start writing your CV, it’s a good idea to review some examples and templates to get ideas for what a well-written curriculum vitae should look like.

Make the CV unique to you and the job. CVs include a number of sections that resumes typically do not, including teaching experience, research, grants, fellowships, publications, presentations and the like. Decide which sections you need to include in your CV (based on the job you’re applying for), and which ones you can remove.

Remember to customize your CV for your experience and for each job application. Use keywords from the job posting to match your qualifications to the listing. That will ensure that your application will get the hiring manager’s attention.

Keep it short and to the point. While CVs can be longer than the typical resume, they should also be as succinct as possible. It may be tempting to use the longer format to feature more of your qualifications, skills, and experience, but beware: hiring managers still have limited time to review your application. Keep your CV laser-focused on the job you’re applying for and leave out anything that’s unrelated unless it strengthens your candidacy in some way.

Tell the truth. Whether you’re writing a resume or a CV, it’s important to be honest about your experience and skills when you apply for a job. Otherwise, you run the risk of being found out during the background check and dropped from contention for the role. (Plus, even if you get away with fibbing in the short-term, you’re less likely to be successful in a role for which you’re not truly qualified.)

Give it a unique file name. Save your CV with your first and last name as the file name. This way, employers will know whom it belongs to. For example, save it as firstname.lastname.doc or lastnameCV.doc.

Proofread. Read through your CV before sending it to an employer. Make sure you have replaced all the information from the template with your own, personalized information. Also take the time to carefully proofread your CV, looking for any spelling errors or inconsistencies in the format. Ask a friend, family member, or career counselor to read through your CV as well. A polished CV will impress an employer, while a careless error might work against you.