Basic Resume Templates

Classic resume samples for traditional or non-creative fields

Basic doesn’t have to mean boring, as you will see in the wide array of free basic resume templates we offer. Our team spends hours designing and testing these samples so that you can create the perfect resume to land the job of your dreams. On this page, you will find 30 basic resume templates. We also have an additional 26 basic templates that are specifically designed to beat applicant tracking systems (ATS).

Benefits of Basic Resume Templates

Universal Appeal

Basic resumes typically have a very classic and traditional tone. While they may have touches of color to add emphasis, in general they are designed to have universal appeal. This is of great benefit when applying for multiple jobs with different types of organizations, as any of the templates on this page are timeless.

Easy to Read

Another benefit of a basic resume is that it clearly communicates your job history, work experience, accomplishments, and education – in the order you desire. We have free resume templates in the top three resume formats – chronological, functional, and combination, to allow you to focus the reader’s attention where you desire.

Easy to Make

An easy resume layout means you won’t be spending hours trying to figure out intermediate and advanced features of Microsoft Word. Basic layouts are very easy to edit, even if you have never made a resume before.

Printer-Friendly

While creative resumes and portfolio resumes have their place and purpose, they are not the most printer-friendly of resumes. However, the clean layout and simple design of our basic resumes makes printing them a breeze; if you are applying for jobs online, or submitting your resume via email, a printer-friendly document may be the right choice for you.

Basic Resume Format

While there isn’t a road map that dictates the format of a basic resume, there are some unwritten design rules that most templates in this category will follow.

  • Sections
    Vertical lines, different fonts, and pops of color are commonly used to highlight sections.
  • White Space
    Columns, tabs, and plenty of white space to make it easy to read.
  • No Graphics or Photos
    Void of photos and graphics but some include simple Skill Meters.

Chronological, Functional, or Combination?

As you begin your search for the best resume template for your needs, determine if a chronological, functional, or combination resume format is the best choice for you.

Our basic resume templates are available in all three formats; just take the time to find the one that best conveys your skills, talents, work experience, education, and accomplishments in a manner that lands you the interview.

Resumes are generally categorized by the manner in which the information is presented. When a resume presents an applicant’s job history as the primary focus, they are considered Chronological resumes. These are by far the most commonly submitted resumes. When candidates want to highlight achievements and abilities over their work history, a Functional resume can be a better choice, and for those that want to give their achievements and work history equal billing, combination resumes are a great solution.

Basic Resume Examples

What stands out for hiring managers and recruiters?

Really really bad resumes. Resumes that are poorly worded, filled with grammar and spelling errors, contain humor, have too many colors, or that look like they were drawn by a cartoonist – all these are features that will not help you get an interview, let alone a job. While these tactics may get your resume some attention, it could be just a head shake and a delete.


The way to get the positive attention necessary to land the job you desire is to provide hiring managers and recruiters an easy-to-read and well organized resume. The resume needs to highlight your best qualities, skills, experience, and education in a layout that is easy on the eyes, with plenty of white space. This is exactly why our team has designed the following 54 basic resumes – they provide a professional backdrop to get you noticed.

Traditional

Clean styling and plenty of white space are the two identifying design features of a traditional basic resume. This category features all three formats – chronological, functional, and combination resume templates. This simple resume format is perfect for mid-career professionals and senior level professionals, as they provide a format that allows you to highlight your extensive experience and expertise.

If you cannot manage to fit all your work history, awards, education, and expertise on a single page, don’t worry. While we do have two-page traditional templates in this category, it is important to recognize that any of our simple resume templates can be easily modified to a two-page, or more, resume. Designed in a format that is easy to navigate, you have plenty of room in our two-page resume templates to expound on the key aspects of your background that make you an ideal candidate for the job.

With the simplistic styling, these resumes work well for those applying for positions with more traditional or conservative companies. Industries such as financial services and banking, law firms, healthcare organizations, non-governmental agencies and governments, as well as engineering and real estate companies, are all a perfect fit for this type of resume format. Unlike some of the more creative and colorful resume formats that feature photos and intensive graphics, these samples print beautifully and are easy to read.

Traditional Elegance

Traditional Elegance Resume Template

Classic elegant layout with page and title borders to add a touch of originality. Terrific mutli-purpose traditional sample that will work well for any industry

  • Size: 20 KB
  • Downloads: 586720
  • Filename: 58-Traditional-Elegance.docx
  • Uploaded: 2014-05-14 20:00:00 / 6550
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Traditional

Traditional Resume Template

Very traditional black and white. Diamond bullet points give this sample a legal feel.

  • Size: 35 KB
  • Downloads: 21004
  • Filename: 46-Traditional.docx
  • Uploaded: 2014-05-06 18:19:00 / 5671
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Proficient

Proficient Resume Template

Traditional template with bold headings, square bullets for each point, and full-page one column format. Lots of area in this sample for detailed descriptions and all of your experience.

  • Size: 30 KB
  • Downloads: 18233
  • Filename: 190-Proficient.docx
  • Uploaded: 2014-05-08 18:18:00 / 6159
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Keep It Simple

Keep It Simple Resume Template

Traditional resume template. Bold headings and bulleted lists with lots of space for many sections to fill up the page.

  • Size: 17 KB
  • Downloads: 12954
  • Filename: 71-Keep-It-Simple.docx
  • Uploaded: 2014-05-06 20:11:00 / 5742
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Classic Plain

Classic Plain Resume Template

Bold and italic fonts for section headings and titles. Paragraph descriptions and key word clouds to promote yourself. Classic resume template.

  • Size: 28 KB
  • Downloads: 19251
  • Filename: 100-Classic-Plain.docx
  • Uploaded: 2014-05-07 21:12:00 / 5845
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Chronological

Chronological resumes remain one of the most popular formats for recruitment agencies and applicants. In chronological resumes, your work history takes the spotlight. This is perfect for individuals with extensive experience, those who show a growth in their career, and those who have worked with well-known organizations, as the job title and organization name can figure prominently in these samples.

However, a chronological format may not be the ideal resume for those with gaps in their work history, or if you’ve changed jobs frequently, as the dates of employment are displayed prominently along with job title and organization name. When crafting the text for your resume, don’t focus just on your previous job descriptions. It is important for hiring managers to understand what your duties were, but your accomplishments are what many are primarily looking for.

Chronological resumes are the perfect place to highlight your accomplishments. For example, if you managed a retail store, include strong accomplishment focused bullet points like:

  • Increased sales 35% in first 9 months as manager
  • Lead the retail team to #1 in sales and profits, 7 quarters in a row
  • Decreased theft loss by 45% in first 9 months as manager
  • Coached our national peer group to achieve highest sales profits in history

Use the chronological format to make hiring managers and recruiters take your background and expertise seriously; when done well, this format can help you land a new job.

Exemplar

Exemplar Resume Template

Blue section headers and divider lines with plus-sign bullets give this template a very polished look. Great for senior directors, bank managers, financial planners, top-level individuals.

  • Size: 29 KB
  • Downloads: 6667
  • Filename: 189-Exemplar.docx
  • Uploaded: 2014-05-08 18:15:00 / 6156
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Star Showing

Star Showing Resume Template

Star bullet points list your accomplishments and experiences. Thin margins allow for detailed descriptions. Perfect sample for lab technicians, nurses, sales and retail professionals.

  • Size: 20 KB
  • Downloads: 7957
  • Filename: 173-Star-Showing.docx
  • Uploaded: 2014-05-08 17:08:00 / 6107
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Big and Bold

Big and Bold Resume Template

Plain black and white format but the big, bold lettering gives it impact and has a very modern look.

  • Size: 20 KB
  • Downloads: 8668
  • Filename: 48-Big-and-Bold.docx
  • Uploaded: 2014-05-06 18:24:00 / 5677
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Hard Worker

Hard Worker Resume Template

Conventional resume style with bold headings and dotted border lines on two pages. Bulleted lists for experiences and key word cloud for strengths. Great sample for clerical, retail, or service industry job seeker.

  • Size: 23 KB
  • Downloads: 8648
  • Filename: 216-Hard-Worker.docx
  • Uploaded: 2014-05-09 20:24:00 / 6333
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Time-Honored

Time-Honored Resume Template

Block sections with thin divider lines and bold headers. Universal layout great for corporate, creative, or labor industry professionals.

  • Size: 23 KB
  • Downloads: 14255
  • Filename: 187-Time-Honored.docx
  • Uploaded: 2014-05-08 18:08:00 / 6150
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Performance

Performance Resume Template

An elegant design that has a touch of a night at the theatre, with you as the opening act.

  • Size: 21 KB
  • Downloads: 48669
  • Filename: 54-Performance.docx
  • Uploaded: 2014-05-06 19:08:00 / 5695
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Out of the Box

Out of the Box Resume Template

Traditional resume format with key titles in salmon and sky blue section lines add design touch. Thin margins allow much room for all of your information. Corporate creative-thinker sample.

  • Size: 20 KB
  • Downloads: 62671
  • Filename: 249-Out-of-the-Box.docx
  • Uploaded: 2014-05-09 23:04:00 / 6433
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Functional

Growing in popularity over the last decade, functional resumes showcase your professional accomplishments, victories, and skills. Job titles, companies worked for, and length of time at each position are all minimized here – it is your true essence that shines through in this resume format.

Functional resumes are perfect for professionals who are re-entering the job market after an absence, individuals who are transitioning from one industry or job title to another, and those who are leaving the military and seeking employment in the civilian workforce. In our samples, you can easily highlight the universal skills and expertise that you’ve gained throughout your career.

The format and design of our basic functional resume samples are suitable for a wide range career levels and industries. The simplicity of the design, and the layout, give a completed resume evergreen staying power. However, it is still recommended that you tailor each resume to the specific job you are applying for, as hiring managers will be evaluating your resume against the expectations they have for a new employee.

Clean Columns

Clean Columns Resume Template

This example shows what can be achieved just by using columns to structure content. You can squeeze a lot of information in on a single line while keeping the layout simple and clean.

  • Size: 17 KB
  • Downloads: 5537
  • Filename: 30-Clean-Columns.docx
  • Uploaded: 2014-05-06 11:49:00 / 4989
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Centred Traditional

Centred Traditional Resume Template

Smaller margins and bulleted points give you plenty of room to detail your qualifications and experiences. The dual arrows and dashed lines add a design touch without being flashy.

  • Size: 19 KB
  • Downloads: 7249
  • Filename: 77-Centred-Traditional.docx
  • Uploaded: 2014-05-06 20:31:00 / 5761
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Essence

Essence Resume Template

Completely centered format for this template engage the reader's attention. Bold headings and titles spotlight key strengths.

  • Size: 23 KB
  • Downloads: 8098
  • Filename: 192-Essence.docx
  • Uploaded: 2014-05-08 18:23:00 / 6165
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Spotlight on Achievements

Spotlight on Achievements Resume Template

Excellent skills resume sample for the career changer or those with much experience in one industry. Showcase your career achievements with checkbox bullet points and descriptions along with a three-column format for skill sets.

  • Size: 21 KB
  • Downloads: 8796
  • Filename: 217-Spotlight-on-Achievements.docx
  • Uploaded: 2014-05-09 20:26:00 / 6336
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Legal

Legal Resume Template

Serif font type and conventional layout in this sample good for paralegal, librarian, nurses, and office staff. Bold type faces, thin section line dividers, and open bullets give formal feel.

  • Size: 23 KB
  • Downloads: 15104
  • Filename: 113-Legal.docx
  • Uploaded: 2014-05-08 12:04:00 / 5914
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Ready for More

Ready for More Resume Template

Two-page layout with offset profile picture and dashed lines to separate sections. Gray stars used for bullet points. Take the step from junior to senior level with this sample.

  • Size: 29 KB
  • Downloads: 27375
  • Filename: 211-Ready-for-More.docx
  • Uploaded: 2014-05-09 19:45:00 / 6318
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Combination

Clean, elegant, and professional, combination resumes blend your skills, accomplishments, and work history together beautifully. This is a format that is still likely to please hiring managers who prefer a straight chronological format as the information they are looking for is still easy to identify.

Combination resumes are the perfect choice for mid-level professionals, as the sections and headers provide ample areas to highlight relevant skills, accomplishments, special certifications, and work history. When crafting the content for a combination resume, use the work history area to highlight relevant points from your job description, and the skills area to underscore advanced or unusual skills.

In addition, this resume format lends itself to showcasing accomplishments you’ve achieved and accolades you’ve received. If you’ve been highlighted in a newspaper or trade magazine, won an award either in the company or in your community, or if you’ve written an article and have been published, be sure to include the details in your resume.

Plain Linear

Plain Linear Resume Template

Very plain, minimalist style. Clear headings covering everything that the reader needs to know. Good for black and white printing.

  • Size: 29 KB
  • Downloads: 28571
  • Filename: 13-Plain-Linear.docx
  • Uploaded: 2014-05-06 11:29:00 / 4937
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Seasoned

Seasoned Resume Template

Gray shading and blue lines add subtle design touch in this traditional sample. Two-column key competence list, paragraph descriptions, and two-page layout offer lots of space for all of your information.

  • Size: 26 KB
  • Downloads: 29882
  • Filename: 183-Seasoned.docx
  • Uploaded: 2014-05-08 17:51:00 / 6138
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Economic

Economic Resume Template

Traditional template style with bulleted lists for job descriptions and three-column key skills section with bold titles. Investment banker, financial planner, lawyer, or university professor shine in this sample.

  • Size: 23 KB
  • Downloads: 57669
  • Filename: 238-Economic.docx
  • Uploaded: 2014-05-09 22:33:00 / 6400
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Goldfish Bowl

Goldfish Bowl Resume Template

Simple, clear, transparent resume design for a one-page basic resume.

  • Size: 19 KB
  • Downloads: 113752
  • Filename: 279-Goldfish-Bowl.docx
  • Uploaded: 2014-09-19 17:48:00 / 7455
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Button-Down

Button-Down Resume Template

Traditional, two-page layout with profile picture and standard bullet points. All business here for executives, directors, professors, or managers.

  • Size: 64 KB
  • Downloads: 327097
  • Filename: 176-Button-Down.docx
  • Uploaded: 2014-05-08 17:16:00 / 6116
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One-Page

Many professionals believe they simply cannot fit all their pertinent work history, experience, expertise, skills, and education on a one-page resume. And for some, this may be the case. However, with our well-designed basic one-page resume templates, you will be surprised at the level of detail you can provide. Remember also that you have the cover letter to explain why you are the right candidate.

A well-written one-page resume can have more impact on a hiring manager than a two-page resume; brevity can be your friend. To make a one-page resume work for you, it is essential that you prioritize key bits of your work history that are relevant to the position you are applying for. As a hiring manager reads through your resume, and if your background and skills match the job description, your chances to move forward in the recruitment process improves.

The one-page resume is a great choice for students, recent graduates, and other individuals with limited work history. This format also works beautifully for professionals who have remained with the same company for a long period of time, and for those who are entering the workforce after an extended absence, such as a parent. If, during the absence, you’ve volunteered, worked on committees, or wrote for a local newspaper, be sure to include the skills you’ve gained from those experiences.

Plain Divider

Plain Divider Resume Template

Great for black and white printing. No fuss – does the job. Very simple minimalistic design with a vertical divider to separate headings and main content.

  • Size: 17 KB
  • Downloads: 27930
  • Filename: 31-Plain-Divider.docx
  • Uploaded: 2014-05-06 17:12:00 / 5623
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Entry Level

It can be challenging to find the right resume template when you are just entering the workforce. So many professionally designed resume templates are crafted with mid-level or upper-level professionals in mind. But, rest assured, we have plenty of samples that are perfect for students, recent graduates, interns, and others with limited professional experience.

Our basic entry level resumes will give you a professional format and design. For the content, speak with your teachers and professors, any mentors or coaches that you have, and those whom you’ve volunteered with, for insight into what skills and attributes you have acquired that will impress hiring managers and recruiters. Take this information and select the basic entry level resume that best suits your personality, and start your job hunt.

Remember, everyone must start their careers somewhere, and someone will give you a chance, if you present your expertise, goals, objectives, and history in a manner that is professional. In your job search, you will undoubtedly find job descriptions that call for more experience than you have, and that’s okay, as this scenario will happen at every level of your career. The important thing is to pull relevant snippets from your background that show you have interest and experience.

Bare Bones Minimalistic

Bare Bones Minimalistic Resume Template

A traditional looking resume with lots of white space, making it a very easy read.

  • Size: 23 KB
  • Downloads: 8953
  • Filename: 49-Bare-Bones-Minimalistic.docx
  • Uploaded: 2014-05-06 18:27:00 / 5680
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Font Appeal

Font Appeal Resume Template

Creative mix of serif section titles and sans serif descriptions with italicized objective/profile area. Great template for entry and mid-level professionals as well as new graduates.

  • Size: 20 KB
  • Downloads: 23388
  • Filename: 240-Font-Appeal.docx
  • Uploaded: 2014-05-09 22:39:00 / 6406
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Sprouting

Sprouting Resume Template

Great template for recent graduates, those returning to work force or have a few years of experience. Two-page allows for many sections. Thin section lines and open circles with middle dots for bullet points add creative touch.

  • Size: 25 KB
  • Downloads: 33532
  • Filename: 205-Sprouting.docx
  • Uploaded: 2014-05-09 19:25:00 / 6290
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For Performers, Writers, and Artists

Writers, performers, and artists need resumes too, and while portfolio resumes may be appropriate for some applications, having a basic resume that highlights your skills, accolades, education, and experience is a must. Whether you are applying for a job, a grant, or using your resume to build your own client base, a professional and well-organized resume is recommended.

A basic resume may be the right format and tool for you when you are looking to transition into a job from freelancing or self-employment. For example, if you are an art photographer wanting to move into a position with a magazine or advertising agency, a basic resume that emphasizes previous work and in a chronological format will most likely be appreciated.

Headliner's List

Headliner's List Resume Template

Perfect template for actors, artists, writers, or directors. Sectioned lists for film or writing credits, appearances, honors, and education/training.

  • Size: 25 KB
  • Downloads: 3054
  • Filename: 184-Headliners-List.docx
  • Uploaded: 2014-05-08 17:56:00 / 6141
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Credited

Credited Resume Template

Excellent resume style to include all of your performances, exhibitions, and credits. Motivational and public speakers, advertising sales manager, and fine arts professors benefit with this one.

  • Size: 25 KB
  • Downloads: 3606
  • Filename: 188-Credited.docx
  • Uploaded: 2014-05-08 18:11:00 / 6153
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Ivy League

Ivy League Resume Template

Perfect template for doctoral and master's candidates, professors, and engineering or scientific professionals. Two-page format with brow headers and multiple sections for honors, publications, research, and more.

  • Size: 22 KB
  • Downloads: 34728
  • Filename: 203-Ivy-League.docx
  • Uploaded: 2014-05-09 19:18:00 / 6283
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For ATS

More and more organizations and recruiting agencies are using applicant tracking systems, also known as ATS programs, to help manage the recruitment and hiring process. ATS was designed out of the need of major corporations that receive hundreds or thousands of applications for each open position. The ATS saves HR departments thousands of hours, as they can tell the program what specifically they are looking for in candidates.

These systems scan resumes, looking for keywords and phrases that are included in the job description, as well as minimum experience, education levels, special certifications, and job titles. While ATS are technologically advanced, they can and will stumble over advanced formatting like columns, text boxes, and headers. To ensure your resume is ATS-friendly, use one of our specially designed basic resume formats. You can browse through the templates our team has designed on this page.

Basic Cover Letters

After you’ve written your resume and incorporated it into one of our professionally designed templates, remember that cover letters are an essential piece to the application puzzle. Fortunately, we have over 200 professionally designed cover letter templates you can use. Our goal is to take the guesswork out of designing resumes and cover letters to allow you the time and energy to focus on creating captivating content that will get you hired.