The candidate hub is a helpful resource library for jobseekers. Here you will find articles and information on subjects such as CV writing, interview & presentation tips, useful qualifications and much more.
Additionally there are some very basic sales & business development CV examples which you are free to use should it help you start putting together a new CV, or adapting the style of your current document.
If you’d like a more in-depth conversation about anything related to your job hunt please do get in contact with us, we’re more than happy to do whatever we can to help, even if you are not actively working with you on a position. We very much believe in supporting the market with advice as opposed to only supporting jobseekers we are representing.
Our experienced sales and business development recruitment team can offer guidance with anything related to your job search, and if we are unable to help you with your search, we can usually recommend an agency that can.
Here’s a collection of different styles of CV templates that you can download in word format. Each CV gives a clear example of the layout along with helpful prompts and guidance on the information you should include.
These are not perfect examples of what will work best for each individual, as everybody’s background is unique, however we hope they can give a good starting point or some inspiration for a CV refresh.
Here’s a brief description of each option to give you a rough idea of whether it’s the right one for you to use:
Career Change – Most suitable if you are looking to move your career in a different direction.
Executive Level – Generally aimed at candidates working at board level, who struggle to fit everything in.
Graduate First – A CV for fresh graduates with little or no working history.
Skills Based – Another option for those looking to change career, returning to work, or if your job titles do not best represent what you did in your role. A strong option for applications where skills are more important than the job itself.
Standard Chronological + Skills – A hybrid style, gives some of the benefits of a skills based CV without the lack of focus on jobs themselves.
Standard Chronological – The most common and widely used format, continually well received by employers as very clear and concise, though focused on each individual job as opposed to skills. A good option for graduates with some solid working history.
Technical – Similar to skills based, this is the CV for candidates that want to talk more about their technical ability. Better suited for those seeking careers where specific software and hardware capability is a key driver in hiring decisions.
Academic – A great option for those of you wishing to showcase your academic achievements.
Career Gap – A useful option if you have a gap in your history to explain. This style will help you make your experience take pride of place, as opposed to the period you were not working.
Temping – This style will help you compress multiple temping roles. Giving you a format that appears less choppy.
If you have any concerns/queries around putting together a suitable CV that are not covered within this section, please do not hesitate to get in contact with one of our consultants. We are more than happy to talk to you individually about how you can change and adapt your CV, and give you a better chance of securing an interview that perfect role.
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