Free Microsoft Curriculum Vitae (CV) Templates

Curriculum Vitae
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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. 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.

There are versions you can access online, and on your computer (if you are a Microsoft Word user).

Read below for information on how to access these CV templates, 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.

Microsoft Curriculum Vitae (CV) Templates for Word

To access these curriculum vitae templates from your computer:

Open Microsoft Word, then click on:
New from Template

Then, click on either:
Templates or
Online Templates (this will show you a larger collection than what you have on your computer)
Finally, select the template you want to use.

Once you click on “New from Template,” you can also find CVs by searching “vitae” in the search bar in the right-hand corner.

To access the templates online:

Visit Microsoft Resume and CV Templates for a variety of templates. You can find CV templates under the “Resumes and Cover Letters” category. 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.

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.

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.

Before You Get Started

Before you start writing your CV, review these examples to get ideas for what a well written curriculum vitae should look like. You can also use these examples as templates, if you don’t have Microsoft Word.

How to Write a CV

Tips for writing a curriculum vitae, plus CV tips for online job applications, CV formatting and styles, academic and international CVs, and tips for writing a curriculum vitae that will secure an interview.

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