UK National Career Advice

Pros and Cons of CV Writing Templates

CV Writing Templates

Whether or not a CV writing template is of any value in helping you to write the best CV will depend entirely upon the quality of the template.  That may sound obvious, but most of the free (and many of the paid for) templates I have seen are really worse than useless.

They are frequently based upon a table format with section headings on the left.  This has the effect of pushing all of the information onto the right hand side of the page, which makes it look unbalanced.  This type of template offers no help at all with creation of suitable content and gives an unattractive presentation. 

Another alternative which you may be offered, is access to a huge number of editable CV templates.  The idea is that you should be able to find one that’s suitable and then adapt it with your own information.  This sounds like it might work, yet your CV is very personal to you, and I would be very surprised if you could adapt somebody else’s CV to suit you.

With CV templates, as with most things in life, you will get what you pay for.  CV template packages at their best can be a really useful tool, and can offer an extremely cost effective alternative to having a professional CV.  But you do have to be careful what you choose.

It’s unlikely that you will get anything suitable or really helpful unless you are paying for it.  Even if you are paying, it can seem to be extremely difficult to know how to choose, since you are not going to be able to inspect the product in advance.

However, I don’t think that a CV template alone is enough to help you create a good CV.  What you need is guidance notes to use alongside the template.  This will then give you information as to how each section should be completed and can, indeed, provide a really cost effective solution.