Sample CV

Use this sample CV as a guide when applying for new work opportunities.

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If you are applying for a job, you will likely be asked to submit a CV. This template can serve as a guide.

It is important to make sure that the skills, strengths and attributes included in your CV are true. You will need to be able to talk about them and demonstrate examples of using them in an interview. It is also important to ensure that they are relevant and targeted to the organisation and role you are applying for.

If you don’t know what to write on your CV, you might be interested in our article what to write on your CV if you don’t have much experience.

Sample CV

Your Name 

Address (optional)

Phone: +353 86 XXX XXX

Email: [email protected]


An ambitious and results-oriented business graduate with a BSc Hons in Business Management. Fluent in English, French and Spanish. Passionate about introducing creative and emotionally intelligent leadership styles in the workplace. I am seeking a position that allows me to use my communication, planning and leadership skills to make a positive contribution to a global organisation.


BSc Business & Management, ABC College       October 2017 – June 2021    

  • Achieved a First Class Honours degree
  • Awarded the ABC College Business prize for obtaining the highest final year grade in my year
  • Core modules included: Management, Marketing, Innovation, Professional Skills and Business Ethics
  • Dissertation title: How Innovation can Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Large Corporations Without Affecting their Profit?

Relevant Experience

Assistant Manager, Mulligan’s Newsagents, Galway        January 2019 – present

  • Identifying customer needs and providing information related to relevant products and services
  • Responsible for completing weekly stock orders and adjusting accordingly where necessary
  • Increased sales by 20% by informing customers of special offers available
  • Maintained a clean and well stocked store to ensure products are accessible to customers
  • Managing customer relations and handling any returns and exchanges
  • Managing shop floor and supporting employees in completion of their tasks
  • Assisting with onboarding of 12 new staff members
  • Led continuous professional development of the team

Shop Assistant, Mulligan’s Newsagents           November 2017 – December 2018

  • Provided an excellent standard of customer care and service to over 200 customers daily
  • Monitored and replenished stock, set up promotional displays to optimise sales
  • Processed cash and credit transactions, balanced till at close of business
  • Keyholder, entrusted to open and close shop

Intern, Compass Catering Solutions, Galway                January 2018 – June 2018

  • Responded to daily queries from stockists and helped them to fulfil their orders
  • Supported the team in showcasing and selling their products at trade shows
  • Assisted in stock takes

Part-time bar staff, Grey Goose pub, Galway         February 2017 – October 2017     

  • Greeted and served up to 200 customers a day
  • Served food and drinks to tables
  • Changed kegs
  • Cleaned bar and outdoor seating area

Volunteer Experience

  • Member of local Tidy Communities group
  • Coached under 12s local soccer team in Borris

Skills and achievements

  • Awarded the ABC College Business prize for obtaining the highest final year grade in my year
  • IT Skills: WordPress, Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Canva
  • Basic knowledge of HTML and web design


  • English, Native Speaker
  • Spanish, C1 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
  • French, C1 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

Hobbies/ interests

  • Active member of local Gaelic team
  • Volunteer supervisor for local youth club events
  • Keen interest in writing poetry and fiction

References available on request

How to create an ATS-friendly CV

Some employers will use ATS (Applicant Tracking System) software to help them to sort through CVs. ATS software scans through the details in each CV and passes only the most suitable ones to the hiring manager.

An ATS-friendly CV is one that has been created in such a way to improve the chances of it being seen by employers. By using specific keywords, layout and design, you are more likely to have your CV read.

To make an ATS-friendly CV, you can:

  • Include the important keywords used in the job description
  • Choose the correct file type. If this is not specified, save your CV as either a PDF or Word Document
  • Keep the formatting simple
  • Avoid using graphs, images, tables, headers, footers, logos, less common fonts and uncommon section headings

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