CV and cover letter templates
Templates to create your own CV and cover letter, plus examples of CVs and cover letters.
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Create a CV and cover letter from our templates and save them
Use our templates to create your CV and cover letter. You'll need to save them to your computer.
- Save your CV as both a Word document and a PDF. An employer may need either one of these file formats.
- Label your CV files with your name, the application date, and the job you're applying for.
- If you update your Word document, remember to also create a new PDF.
Create a CV online with CV Builder and it saves automatically
Use our CV Builder to create your CV online and it will automatically save to your careers.govt.nz account.
Skills-focused CV for changing careers or gaps in work history
Use our skills-focused CV template if you:
- have gaps between jobs
- don't have much work history
- are returning to the workforce after a break
- are changing to a new career.
- Skills-focused CV example (Word - 27KB)
- Skills-focused CV example (PDF - 0.1MB)
- Skills-focused CV template (Word - 25KB)
- Skills-focused CV template (PDF - 0.4MB)
Get information on how to describe skills in your CV:
Skills-focused CV for school leavers
Use our skills-focused school leaver CV template if you:
- are about to leave school
- have recently left school
Work-focused CV for career progression
Use our work-focused CV template if you:
- want to highlight your work experience and career progression
- are changing to a similar job
- are progressing to a higher level role.
Some careers require a particular style of CV.
Check out the links below for information on how to create CVs for:
- academic careers
- creative careers
- engineering careers
- health careers
- legal careers
- teaching careers.
Cover letter template and example
Use our cover letter template to create your cover letter. You'll need to save this to your computer.
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Updated 4 Apr 2023