My old post A CV Template That Doesn’t Suck is still one of the most popular ones. And it totally makes sense given how many crappy CVs I’ve had the misfortune of receiving over the past few years.

People invariably know, deep down, two things:

  1. A sucky CV doesn’t get you interviews
  2. Your CV probably sucks

The problem however is that many people are not designers of professional copywriters. As a recruiter I know this and I do my best to provide leeway. But not all recruiters do that and, more importantly, even with the best will in the world subconscious bias is what it is.

So I’ve put together an updated CV template for you to use in 2019. It is a publicly available Google Doc that you are free to copy for your personal use. No credit needed — just let me know if it gets you the job :-)

Here’s what it looks like and instructions follow:


Instructions for Use

  • Do not try to edit the document directly. It won’t work. Copy and paste it to a new Google Doc or make a copy directly from the File menu to your own Google Drive.
  • Your CV is not the place to expound at length on your accomplishments and how well you managed such and such a team in so and so place. A CV is meant to be a brief and accurate snapshot of factual material pertaining to your professional history. So, do your absolute best to keep it super short and super clear. 
  • At first it might seem counter-intuitive but, the bigger your accomplishments the quicker you should be able to explain them. To take an extreme example, Tim Berners-Lee’s CV only requires one line: “Invented world wide web.” Now it’s unlikely that you’re on my site if you’re that impressive but the counter-principle applies: the longer you waffle on the more I get the impression that you’re blagging.
  • The place for explaining in detail your accomplishments is your cover letter (or email, or portfolio, or GitHub profile, or whatever). This does not mean that you should put the waffling there. You should still put the effort in to keep it concise.

Best of luck.

Published by Richard


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