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CV and cover letter templates

Use these downloadable templates to create your own CV or cover letter. You can also look at examples of completed CVs and cover letters to help you personalise your own documents.

Each template is in rich text format, so you can save it to your computer and update it at a later time in WordPad, Microsoft Word or TextEdit. Please note you cannot save these templates to your Careers New Zealand account – you must download them to your computer and work on them there.

If you want to create your CV online, use our online CV generator, CV Builder.

Which CV style to choose

What style of CV you choose will largely come down to your personal circumstances. Whether you place emphasis on your skills or work history, by placing either of these sections at the front of your CV, is the major difference between the two CV styles advocated on this website:

  • Work-focused CV
  • Skills-focused CV.

Skills-focused CV

The skills-focused CV places emphasis on your skills by having them at the front of your CV. If you decide on a skills-focused CV, you may decide to keep the work history information you include in your CV to a minimum, or leave it out altogether if you are applying for your first job.

Use a skills-focused CV if:

  • you want to place emphasis on your skills over your work history
  • you are applying for your first job or only have limited employment history
  • you are re-entering the job market after a long absence.

Work-focused CV

A work-focused CV puts emphasis on your work history by having it at the front of your CV. If you choose a work-focused CV, you may decide to keep the information you include in the skills section to a minimum.

Use a work-focused CV if:

  • you want to emphasise your work history over your skills
  • you want to emphasise your career progression.

Don't use one if:

  • you are entering the job market for the first time
  • you are entering the job market after a long absence.

Cover letters

You should always include a cover letter as part of a job application.

A cover letter should be job specific, so tailor your cover letter for each job you apply for.

The cover letter example and template provided here are in a basic format that will meet the requirements of most jobs. However, some professional or specialist roles will require more detail.