FREE RESUME TEMPLATES

412 Professional Resume Templates in Microsoft Word – Best Examples for All Job Seekers

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Your resume is a sheet of paper that represents you as a professional – and it is the first impression that you present to a recruiter, hiring manager or prospective employer. The better the resume, the greater are the chances of getting a job interview. But resume writing is not a skill that is taught in school, and once you are ready to start looking for a dream 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. 412 unique and professional #resume #templates Tweet this! tweet, a resume writing guide, and a free resume builder – all free for your personal use.

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Building your resume
– step by step

Step One: Content. Begin by putting together the content of your resume. Focus on work experience, summary of qualifications, achievements, education, keywords and any other important information that makes an effective 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.

Resume Format Tips

RESUME FORMATTING
– make your resume easy to read and skim

While the content of your resume is most important, the format is what helps the content get noticed. Studies show that recruiters and hiring managers spend an average of just 6 seconds looking at a resume. Good resume format ensures it will be easy for recruiters to find all the information they need.

So, how do you make sure that your resume catches the attention of someone glancing at 300 other applications? Optimize your content for skimming. Job titles, companies you have worked at, start/end dates, and education are what recruiters look for as they skim your resume.

Make this information prominent and easy to find. For instance, consider:

  • using bold or italic for company names and job titles, or your degree or university—whichever you feel are more important
  • aligning the start and end dates of each position

With a resume, there is such thing as going overboard with design. Formatting should be subtle enough so that your application does not end up in the “noticed – but not in a good way” pile. If your resume is disorganized, cluttered, or just over the top colorful, you may not get a second chance with that company.

Step Three: Appearance. Find the best resume template to ‘dress up’ your content. We offer over 400 word resume templates to choose from – all free to download, customize, and print.

Not Sure Which Resume Template to Choose?

Choosing the right resume template

So how do you pick the perfect resume template when you have 412 to choose from?

  1. First, consider your industry. The template that you choose should be appropriate and professional for the job that you are applying for.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 template 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.
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CV vs Resume
– what is the difference?

Generally, your resume would of course include your name and contact information; however, your education and work experience should be tailored specifically to the job you are applying for. For example, if early in your career life you taught in a high school classroom for two years and are now applying for a job as a chemical engineer, you might exclude listing that job in your resume, even if you won the Best New Teacher award in your district. The goal of a resume is to convince the employer that you’re the one they want and that you have the skills they need. You’re creating the greatest impact possible in the least amount of space, and listing any experience that doesn’t directly relate to the job is considered futile.

An academic CV, on the other hand is a more detailed list of your accomplishments, and does not exclude any professional experience you have. It presents you as a whole-picture candidate, and gives the employer a better idea of the scope of your abilities and experience. If you are a graduate student looking for your first job in academia, listing all of your accomplishments might take a few pages. However, if you have been in the field for some time and are looking for a higher paying position, it might take ten or even more pages to describe everything noteworthy that you have accomplished throughout your career. Don’t worry though: your potential employer knows that more experience means a longer CV! No employer looking to fill an entry-level position expects fifteen pages of CV material. A CV in science research or an industry might be shorter or more targeted than an academic CV, but it is still longer than the typical resume.

How to Write a CV
A Complete Guide to Your Curriculum Vitae with 18 Professional CV Templates and Examples

See CV Guide

Free Printable Resumes Templates

To make it easier to find the best sample resume template, all resumes on this page are divided into 8 categories, with one page per category. All resumes are editable in Microsoft Word format and available for instant (and free!) download. If you feel a bit overwhelmed sifting through hundreds of examples, just see these 10 Best Resume Templates – our hall of fame with ten effective resume examples sorted by the number of downloads.

Resume layouts on this page come with “lorem ipsum” content since they are designed to help you with appearance of your resume.

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Basic and Simple

If you are applying for a job in a traditional or non-creative field, it’s a good idea to keep your resume format 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 traditional resume templates can successfully be used by candidates in most industries, other categories will offer additional options for individuals in more creative professions. See the ATS-Optimized category for more basic designs that are also optimized for Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). View 28 Basic Resume Templates.

Traditional Elegance

Traditional Elegance

514,700 downloads
Button-Down Resume Template

Button-Down

276,759 downloads
Goldfish Bowl

Goldfish Bowl

88,786 downloads

ATS Optimized

Many companies now use an Applicant Tracking System (ATS). In the past, an ATS could not read graphics, tables, symbols or charts. Today Applicant Tracking technology has improved and some advanced ATS’ can read special characters. However, to be safe – and since every employer has different ATS software in place, consider eliminating any special characters, graphics, tables or charts, to ensure your resume is read by the ATS and gets through the system. 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. View 26 ATS Optimized Resume Templates.

Talented

Talented

125,947 downloads
Technical Special

Technical Special

59,977 downloads
All the Information

All the Information

55,076 downloads

Clean

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 templates in this category rely on typography, white space and color to create professional yet creative designs. View 73 Clean and Simple Resume Templates.

Substantial

Substantial

125,721 downloads
Upfront

Upfront

81,886 downloads
Neat Resume Template

Neat

70,943 downloads

Modern

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. View 52 Modern Resume Templates.

Steely

Steely

206,700 downloads
Glimmer

Glimmer

140,693 downloads
Blue Side

Blue Side

91,932 downloads

Contemporary

The Contemporary category will give your resume a very contemporary, modern, up-to-date, dynamic look. It is a creative way to show that you are innovative, productive and current on all the latest information in your industry. It portrays an ability to think outside the box while still staying true to the industry in a professional and suitable manner. Layouts in this category often have two-column or three-column formats, and they read like actual newsletters with headlines and possibly photographs. View 22 Contemporary Resume Templates.

Artistic Flyer

Artistic Flyer

65,911 downloads
Fine Points

Fine Points

46,599 downloads
Bulletin

Bulletin

28,375 downloads

Portfolio

Are you a photographer, graphic designer, web designer or other creative professional? If so, you may want to choose a Portfolio template to highlight your creativity and accomplishments in a 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. View 10 Portfolio Resume Templates.

Circles

Circles

15,204 downloads
High Impact Multi Colour

High Impact Multi Colour

14,948 downloads
Film Strip

Film Strip

10,894 downloads

Tabular

This category is unique because it organizes all the content into tables or has a table-like appearance. That allows for an organized layout, where columns are lined up nicely to create a 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. View 15 Tabular Resume Templates.

Organized

Organized

36,393 downloads
Streamlined

Streamlined

49,777 downloads
Lists of Expertises

Lists of Expertises

19,187 downloads

Creative

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 examples in this category are fancy and bursting with creativity. When selecting from this category, make sure your choice will be considered appropriate in your industry. View 49 Creative Resume Templates.

What a Doll

What a Doll

86,454 downloads
Ardent

Ardent

75,621 downloads
Career Diagram

Career Diagram

55,368 downloads

Infographic

Infographic resume templates are a new trend – allowing you to create a classy, well designed visual resume with a more graphic feel. These resumes use images to tell the story of your life, making your resume more engaging. They tend to stand out from normal text-based resumes, but need to be designed well – and a good template helps you get those key resume design elements while leaving you free to focus on the text. Infographic resumes are particularly useful for designers and marketers, although they are not accepted by all companies. Templates allow you to make a gorgeous infographic resume even if you are not a design professional. View 12 Infographic Resume Templates to get some good infographic ideas.

Boast

Boast

82,053 downloads
Presentation Slide

Presentation Slide

33,771 downloads
Sequences

Sequences

21,306 downloads

Using Resume Template:
good, bad or evil?

A good template (or an online resume builder) 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 resume content, as well as the job search. It helps you add a touch of personality, stay structured and consistent, and present your experience and achievements in a chronological, easy-to-read manner.

good or bad resume templates

There are some recruiting professionals out there who advise against using resume templates and online resume builders because they believe it makes your resume look generic and won’t help you stand out from other job candidates. This is certainly true when you use the very same generic template that everybody else is using, without making any changes. Recruiters and hiring managers see hundreds of resumes every day Tweet this! tweet, and they can spot resume template a mile away. Don’t use our templates as a ready-made cookie-cutter solution. Use them to guide your inspiration and as a foundation of your unique, one-of-a-kind, creation.

Resume 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 of modifying a template.
  • 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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