Free Microsoft Curriculum Vitae (CV) Templates
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. Not sure how to format a CV? Microsoft curriculum vitae templates are available as a free download for Microsoft Word users to use to create a CV or resume.
Microsoft stores these CV templates in the Templates section of Microsoft Word.
You can access them online or from your computer, and how to use them to make your own, personalized, CV.
How to Use CV Templates
A template helps you decide the layout of your CV or resume, such as how many sections to include. 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 include in each section of your CV, and the kind of language to use.
A template is very useful as a starting point for your own CV. However, you should always personalize and customize your CV. When you use a template, type over the text included to replace it with your own information. For example, be sure to type over the sample name with your own name and contact information.
While the template might give you some ideas for the language you will use, you want to make sure your CV focuses on your skills and experiences, and the type of job you are applying for.
You can also make some format changes to the template, as you see fit. For example, you might want to change the font size or style. (Just don’t get too creative; you want your resume to be readable by both applicant tracking systems and human beings. That means avoiding crazy fonts and too-small font sizes.)
Microsoft Curriculum Vitae (CV) Templates for Word
To access these curriculum vitae templates from your computer:
Open Microsoft Word, then click on:
Then, select your template by either:
- Clicking on your desired template from the list of Online Templates
- Searching for “Curriculum Vitae” in the search bar
Finally, select the template you want to use.
To access the templates online:
Visit Microsoft Resume and Cover Letter Templates for a variety of templates, including the Classic Curriculum Vitae Format. Browse the different templates, and then click on the title of the template to preview it. Click the “download” button to download the template and edit and save it on your computer, or “edit in browser” to revise it online. If you revise the CV online, you can save it to the OneDrive (Microsoft’s online drive), or download a copy to your computer.
Microsoft Template Limits
Note that not all templates may work with all versions of Word, so check before you download. There will be a message next to the download button advising if there are restrictions.
Create a Customized CV
Once you have downloaded or opened a curriculum vitae template file, type over the text in the file to create your own personalized CV.
Tips for Writing a CV
CVs are similar to resumes in that they contain your work experience, education, skills – and, of course, contact information. They differ in that they also include any teaching experience, research, grants, fellowships, publications, presentations and the like. If it’s relevant to the job for which you’re applying, it’s potentially a fit for your CV.
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. Again, 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.
Finally, don’t forget to write a personalized cover letter to round out your application.
Microsoft Word offers cover letter templates to help you get started, or you can use these examples to inspire you.
More About CVs:How to Write a CV for a Job | The Difference Between a Resume and a CV
Free Cover Letter Templates for Microsoft Word
A good cover letter can mean the difference between catching the hiring manager’s attention and languishing in job search limbo. But many job seekers find it hard to stare down that blank page. How do you summarize your most important qualifications in way that makes it clear that you’re the best candidate for the job?
Cover letter templates can help. A template will give you a "fill in the blank" format you can use to create your own letter to send with your resume when you apply for a job.
It will save you a few steps and help you structure your letter in a professional way.
Free Microsoft cover letter templates are available online from Microsoft Office Online, as a download for Microsoft Word users, or are available within your Word program, to use to create cover letters for jobs. Note that not all templates may work with all versions of Word, so check before you download. There will be a message next to the download button advising if there are restrictions.
Not a Microsoft user? Google Docs also has free template samples available for letters and resumes. Using any of these templates can help you to feel confident that you are properly writing and formatting your cover letter.
Free Microsoft Word Cover Letter Templates
There are a variety of templates available for Microsoft Word. Template options include general cover letters and both job- and career-specific cover letter samples.
For example, there are cover letter templates for professionals, temporary workers, and candidates who are sending in their resumes unsolicited.
Microsoft Word also offers a variety of different cover letter template designs, with resume templates to match. Note that if you choose one of these fancier template designs, you’ll want to choose a resume template to match.
It’s important to be consistent in your application materials, whether it’s matching your cover letter to your resume or choosing a font or format. Ideally, your experience should stand out to the hiring manager, not your stylistic choices.
To Access Cover Letters From Your Computer:
Open Microsoft Word, then click on:
Then, search for online templates by typing your keywords (e.g., “cover letter”) in the field provided.
How to Access the Microsoft Cover Letter Templates
If you don’t own a copy of Microsoft Office or a subscription to Microsoft 365, you can still access cover letter templates via Microsoft Office Online. These templates are free and editable online.
Visit the Microsoft Cover Letter Templates website, browse the cover letter templates, then click on the title to preview the sample. You'll need to sign up for a free account to edit the document.
Once you find a template you like, click Edit In Browser, then follow the instructions to customize and save your cover letter.
There are also sets, which include matching resumes and cover letters, available to use.
Use the Template to Create a Customized Cover Letter
Once you have downloaded or opened a cover letter template file, type over the text in the file to create your own, personalized cover letter.
The template will include all the relevant information that you need to include in your document. Simply change the generic version to include your personal and professional information.
It's a good idea to include additional details about your qualifications and experience. Take the time to match your qualifications to the job description. Include keywords related to your skills and achievements.
To customize your cover letter further, look for a contact person at the company, ideally the hiring manager or HR contact, and address the letter to this person. If you have an employee contact at the company who is willing to refer you, be sure to mention them as soon as possible in the cover letter. Employee referrals carry a lot of weight with hiring managers.
Double-check to make sure there is none of the template information left in your final saved version.
Carefully proofread for grammar and typographical errors before saving and sending your cover letter.
To avoid sending a blank template or the wrong version of your cover letter, choose a file name that’s easy to remember. It should always include your name, and may also contain the name of the position to which you’re applying. Avoid version numbers and cutesy nicknames.
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