FREE RESUME TEMPLATES:
279 resume samples in MS Word
According to a large survey by Gallup published in 2013, analyzing answers from 230,000 full-time and part-time workers in 142 countries, only about 30% of employees worldwide are satisfied with their jobs. What’s even worse, approximately 25% of people hate their jobs . That raises a very important question. Why do so many people stay in a job where they are not happy? While the answer to that question is multifaceted, we all know that the process of applying for new jobs can be both time consuming and daunting.
Table of Contents
- 1 Building your resume – where to start?
- 2 Presentation matters
- 3 Using Resume Samples: good, bad or evil?
- 4 Free Resume Samples: functional, unique, professional
- 5 Choosing the right template
- 6 How to use this page
- 7 Tips and Technical advice
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Building your resume
– where to start?
Your resume is a sheet of paper that represents you as a professional – and it is the first impression that you present to your future boss. Interestingly, resume writing is not a skill that is taught in school, so once you are ready to start looking for a job, you are left to fend for yourself. Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, this guide will show you exactly what you need to do to create a professional resume.
Step One: Content. Begin by putting together the content of your resume: work experience, summary of qualifications, achievements, education, keywords and any other important information that makes a powerful resume. “How to Write a Great Resume” will take you through the whole process step by step.
Step Two: Format. Chronological, functional, or combination? Make sure you present your career in the format that highlights your experience, education, and skills the best possible way. See “Choosing a Format” Guide by James Madison University to decide which format is the best for you.
Step Three: Appearance. Find the best template to ‘dress up’ your content. This page has over 270 samples to choose from – all free to download, customize, and print.
While the content of your resume is always the most important part, the presentation is a close second. Consider for a moment the restaurant industry. What are some of the main differences between an average restaurant and a 5-star restaurant? The quality of the food is (or should be!) the main difference, but presentation of the meal also matters. If the food doesn’t look enticing, we usually don’t expect it to taste good either.
Liken this to your resume. It won’t matter if you are the best person for a particular job if your application doesn’t reflect that fact. Your resume is your ticket to the next step in the hiring process. A recruiter or a hiring manager spends an average of just 6 seconds looking at a resume, and if yours doesn’t catch their attention, it is sent straight to the discard pile instead of getting a further look.
So how do you make sure that your resume catches the attention of a hiring manager who needs to look at 300 other applications? Keeping your application organized, easy to read, and with a little “wow factor”, can help. Clear headings and concise information are essential, as well as the order of the content. A resume should make you stand out and be remembered, but without going overboard and ending up in the “noticed – but not in a good way” pile.
If you stand out because your resume is disorganized, cluttered, or just over-the-top colorful, you may not get a second chance with that company. And people talk. You may not get a second chance with three other companies that they are collaborating with either.
Using Resume Samples:
good, bad or evil?
A good template can really help you streamline your resume and keep it organized and professional without taking up a lot of your time, allowing you to focus on the actual content, as well as searching for your next job. It helps you add a touch of personality, stay structured and consistent, and present your experience in a chronological, easy-to-read manner.
There are some professionals out there who advise against using templates because they believe it makes your resume look generic and won’t help you stand out from other job applicants. This is certainly true when you use the very same generic sample that everybody else is using, without making any changes. Recruiters and hiring managers see hundreds of resumes every day , and they can spot resume templates a mile away. Don’t use our samples as a ready-made cookie-cutter solution. Use them as an inspiration, as a foundation of your unique, one-of-a-kind, creation.
Free Resume Samples:
functional, unique, professional
Resume samples are not difficult to find. If you Google “free resume templates“, you will get thousands of results, however most of those pages won’t actually offer free samples, or they may only have one or two to choose from. In addition, the few appropriate examples you do find are often very generic or are geared towards one specific type of job. So, what was intended to save you time now leaves you wasting hours looking through a mixture of not very useful information at hundreds of different websites. This can leave you frustrated, confused, and likely still without a suitable template.
Here is where hloom.com comes to the rescue. This page offers 279 unique professional resume samples that are free to download for personal use. Most samples are built in a way that you can use them as either chronological, functional, or combination format as is, or you can adapt them to another format with little customization.
Choosing the right template
So how do you pick the ideal template when you have 279 to choose from?
- First, consider your industry. The resume template that you choose should be appropriate and professional for the job that you are applying for.
- Next, think about what type of job you are applying for. Which skills are the most important for your position: innovation, creativity, organization, or analytical skills? If your resume portrays the particular attributes a hiring manager is looking for, they will unconsciously be drawn to your profile and will want to take a closer look at your content.
- Lastly, once you’ve narrowed down the templates that complement your industry and specific skills, make the final decision based on what you like. Pick a sample that shows a little bit of your personality. Ultimately, it’s best if you choose a layout that displays your skills and experience in the best light, but also adds a personal touch.
How to use this page
To make it easier to find the best template, all resumes are divided into 8 categories, with one page per category. If you feel a bit overwhelmed sifting through 279 different templates, come back to this page. This is where you will find the “Creme de la creme” of all the resume templates by hloom.com, because these have been downloaded most often.
Basic and Simple
If you are applying for a job in a very traditional or non-creative field, it is a good idea to keep your resume on the conservative side. A conservative resume does not necessarily mean boring – it is streamlined and organized, and it may add a touch of color to help you stand out. While these resume templates can successfully be used by people in most industries, other categories will offer additional options for individuals in more creative professions. See ATS-Optimized category for more basic designs that are also optimized for Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS).
Here are 3 most popular “Basic and Simple” samples. Don’t like any of these? See this page for our entire Basic Resume Template collection.
Many companies now use an ATS (Applicant Tracking System). An ATS doesn’t allow for graphics, tables, or symbols, and many of them have trouble converting cluttered text or non-traditional fonts. The ATS Optimized category offers candidates clean and organized layouts with traditional fonts and prominent titles to ensure that no information is lost or repositioned in the resume when it is submitted through an ATS. This in itself will allow you to stand out among other candidates whose applications are not customized for ATS.
Looking for inspiration and samples? Check out this resume page fully dedicated to ATS Optimized Resume.
This category is very similar to the Basic but adds a little extra color and creativity and allows you to incorporate a little more personality. Resume samples in this category rely on typography, white space and color to create professional yet creative designs.
Use our clean templates as a starting point for your unique one-of-a-kind resume: see all Clean Simple Resume Template designs and samples.
Modern resumes use the classic and streamlined backbone of the Basic and Simple category but with an added modern twist. While these layouts would be appropriate for a variety of industries, they are ideal for IT, web development and other high-tech professions, where candidates want to portray discipline and knowledge, as well as show that they are creative, progressive, and current on the latest technology.
Sounds like a good fit for your resume? See our Modern Template Resume page.
Are you a photographer or a designer? If so, you may want to choose a Portfolio template to highlight your creativity and accomplishments in a more visual way. This category lets you incorporate actual images of your work into your resume. As an artist, that feature can help you showcase a few samples of your best work up front, thus giving you an edge over the competition.
See our Resume Portfolio Template page for inspiration.
This category is unique because it organizes all the content into tables or has a table-like appearance. That allows for a very organized layout, where columns are lined up nicely to create a very structured look. Tabular resume designs should not be submitted through applicant tracking systems (ATS) as spacing may be inserted or removed as the document is “parsed” into the system.
See this page for Tabular Resume Template samples and ideas.
If you are in an industry that values creativity, this category is for you. It offers visually stunning and non-traditional layouts that are best suited for a one-page resume. Many samples in this category are very fancy and bursting with creativity. When selecting from this category, make sure your choice will be considered appropriate in your industry.
Unleash your creativity with our Creative Resume Template samples.
Tips and Technical advice
- All the available files are compatible with Microsoft Word and many of them will work in other applications such as Mac Pages and OpenOffice.
- All files are created in Microsoft Office 2010 and use the Microsoft Office 2010 default fonts. If you open our resume template and it does not look like its image preview, it could be a compatibility issue or it could be because you don’t have that particular font installed on your computer.
- Our documents are created using text styles, so familiarity with those tools will ease the process if you wish to modify our samples.
- Most documents are US Letter size, some are A4, but you can simply change the page size to make it compatible with the size used in your country.
- If the design has a colored background, you will get the best results by printing on high-quality colored paper and setting the page color to “none”. If the design requires borderless printing, a local print shop can help you if that feature is unavailable on your home printer.
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