CV layout examples

Writing a CV is tough, but finding the right layout can be even harder…

No matter how impressive the content is, presenting your CV in a way that positively emphasises your skills and experience isn’t always easy.

The good news is, how you choose to present your CV is entirely up to you. So whether you want to demonstrate your design skills, or concentrate on the numbers – adapting your layout accordingly (and creatively) could be the best way to stand out.

We’ve already put together a traditional CV template, but if you’re looking for something a little more unique, here are 13 creative CV layout examples:


1. The CEO CV


2. The design-based CV


3. The skills-based CV


4. The well-rounded CV


5. The hand-drawn CV


6. The experience-based CV



7. The photo CV


8. The minimalist CV


9. The geometric CV


10. The stats-based CV



11. The colour coordinated CV



12. The employment focused CV

Image courtesy of The Career Improvement Club. Download it here.


13. The infographic CV


Final thoughts

Although there are many ways you can structure a CV, that doesn’t mean every layout will suit you – or your prospective employer.

To ensure you’re painting yourself in the best light, always aim to draw attention to the skills and experience that are most relevant to the job you’re applying for.

For example, if you don’t have much work experience yet, choosing a layout that places an emphasis on your skills and education is a great way to make the best of what you’ve got – and those in industries that require certain expertise (e.g. Photoshop or MS proficiencies) will benefit most from making your skill levels in your CV.

And remember: although they work particularly well for marketing and graphic design jobs, non-traditional CV layouts aren’t always a good idea. So only use them if you’re confident it’s the right thing to do for the role.

If in doubt, keep it as clean, concise and simple as possible – just in case.

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7 comments on “CV layout examples

  1. Bob Simms - November 14, 2016 at 14:10

    I’d be more impressed if they avoided non sequiturs like ‘a little more unique’.

  2. Matt Bowyer - November 25, 2016 at 01:52

    I’d be a little more impressed with the ‘genious’ if he could spell.

  3. Brendan Donegan - December 15, 2016 at 14:39

    I like the infographic CV. Are there websites that can help me produce a version of the employment infographic?

  4. DawnM Created - June 26, 2017 at 13:03

    A very interesting article, thank you. I will be using this as inspiration for redoing my CV prior to application for some creative roles, and for my wife’s CV, prior to application for some retail roles. Wish us luck!
    Could you please fix the image links for examples 5 (hand-drawn) and 7 (photo)?

    1. Michael Cheary - June 26, 2017 at 14:21

      The images should be working now. Thanks for flagging, and best of luck!


      1. disneycjd - October 24, 2017 at 10:13

        I would love to have one like this. WHere can I get this/pay and how much please?

  5. Namrata Bansal - July 13, 2020 at 16:03


    This is a great article. Can we get these CV templates to adapt our CVs please?