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4 Examples of the Best CV Formats and Layouts

author Sobhan Mohmand, Career Expert         date 3 May 2021

A typical CV format consists of the following eight sections:

  1. Personal information (name, contact details and address)
  2. Personal profile
  3. Career Summary
  4. Education
  5. Work experience
  6. Skills and Achievements
  7. Hobbies and interests
  8. References

It is very important to get this CV structure correct.

All CVs differ from each other slightly in the ordering of the sections, however, the thing that does stay the same is roughly the inclusion of the information listed above.

It is not possible to have a CV which hasn’t got a personal information section at the top.

In the same way, it is not possible to be in your late 40s and not have a work experience section on your CV!

In what circumstances can I change the format of my CV?’

That is an excellent question!

The following are the circumstances in which your CV format might change:

  • The type of job (and in which sector) you are applying for

It is not uncommon to see the education section and work experience section of a CV being swapped around depending on the type of job applied for…

Some job vacancies put a lot of emphasis on formal education and therefore the format of your CV should accommodate this and place the education section before your work experience.

In other cases; you might have excellent work experience but a poor education, in which case your work experience section will come before your education section.

  • Where you are in your career so far

Your age, background and current circumstances might affect the format of your CV.

For example, if you’re still in school and are looking for your first job, you may want to skip the work experience section from your CV and put a lot of focus on your skills and education.

To summarise, although there is such a thing as a ‘typical CV format’ this does not mean that all CVs will have exactly the same formatting. The CV format will change depending on the job you are applying for and where you are in your career so far.

Examples of different CV structures and layouts:

Typical CV  Layouts


  • Some applicants don’t tend to have a Career Summary
  • Some applicants combine the Skills and Achievements section into one
  • Some applicants swap their Education and Employment sections around

CV Layout: how to correctly outline your CV Content

The layout and presentation of your CV is a critical part of writing a perfect CV which will result in getting into interviews. You may have the best education, work experience and skills but if your CV layout and presentation is not professional and well-presented, then your CV is most likely going into the bin.

With this in mind, let’s look at CV layouts…

The layout of any CV falls under two different categories:

  1. 1.  The CV content layout

The content layout refers to the different sections and information a typical CV consists of, which are shown and listed above.

As discussed, the layout of the CV’s content can be slightly different depending on the applicant, but in the majority of cases, even the layout of the sections are identical.

  1. 2.  The CV visual layout

The visual layout, on the other hand, concentrates more on the appearance and presentation of the CV’s content and information. The following are some of the areas that can have a major impact on a CVs visual presentation:


Even though no two CVs are exactly the same; there is a standard CV format which all the job seekers are advised to follow. Any major deviations from this typical CV layout can alienate potential employers and as a result, render the job application unsuccessful.

Written by Sobhan Mohmand
Sobhan is a qualified Careers Advisor and Professional CV Writer with over 10 years of experience in helping job seekers get a job. He is a Member of the Careers Development Institute (CDI) and is listed on the official UK Register of Career Development Professionals. He holds a Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development (QCF).