FREE DOWNLOADABLE RESUME TEMPLATES

412 Professional Designs in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, and Google Docs

If you search the Internet for “free resume template” you will get thousands of pages of results. Unfortunately, many will only provide you with a PDF version, one or two resumes to choose from, or nothing that matches your needs.

Enter HLOOM.

We offer, free for your personal use, 412 original and professionally designed resume templates in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, and Google Docs, plus resume writing help and a resume builder. Everything you need to create a perfect resume.

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HOW TO CREATE A RESUME

1. Decide which type of resume you need

Chronological, functional, or a combination? Choose a format that presents your experience, education, professional profile, and skills in the best possible light. See “Choosing a Format” by James Madison University for some excellent guidance.

2. Organize your resume content

Write down your work experience, summary of qualifications, achievements, education, awards, skills, and any other relevant information you can think of. Look at the job posting for clues on what kind of candidate the employer is looking for. Decide what skills and experience match that ideal candidate profile, and highlight those selling points in your resume. “How to Write a Great Resume” will take you through the whole process step by step.

3. Download a great resume design

Find a resume layout that presents your career path in the best light. A good template is a great tool for assistance with resume preparation. It takes care of all the little, easily overlooked details such as the fonts, margins, bullets, and formatting. This allows you to focus on more important things such as the job search itself, and highlighting your experience and achievements within your resume.

FREE RESUME TEMPLATE LIBRARY (400+)

To make it easier to find a suitable template, all designs in our template library are divided into 11 categories. Each template is free to download in Microsoft Word. The most popular creations are also available in OpenOffice and Google Docs. If you are applying for a job in academia, please see Curriculum Vitae page.

Some documents from our template library use “lorem ipsum” text. This is designed to assist you with appearance. Other documents come with resume outline, bullet points, professional profile, experience, summary statement, objective, and other sample text. These are created to help with resume writing.

If resume formatting is not your thing, you can build your resume with an online resume builder. Resume builders usually come with a resume-wizard feature and a number of fill-in, customizable templates so you don’t have to worry about the layout. Some other neat features to make your job application easier include sample experience text, cover letter builder, resume submission, and job application tracking.

Proven and Popular

For people on the go, we wanted to offer three “Editors’ Choice” template designs, found below. They have been prepared by resume experts, and you could use any one of them to land interviews. Elegant and traditional, these formats are suitable for most career stages and experience levels.

Or, if you’d prefer to view some of the most popular layouts we’ve created, please browse our hall of fame – Top 10 Best Templates, sorted by the number of downloads.

Chronological
Functional
Combination

Basic and Simple

This selection was designed by our experts for applicants in traditional or conservative fields. Basic does not need to be boring. Layouts in this gallery are streamlined and organized, and may add a touch of color to help your resume stand out. They can be successfully used by candidates in most industries and career phases (entry-level, manager, or executive). Three of our favorite samples are below, or you can view all of our Basic and Simple designs here.

Economic B&W
Performance B&W
Goldfish Bowl B&W

ATS-Optimized

Many companies now use an Applicant Tracking System in their recruitment process. Some of these systems cannot read graphics, tables, symbols, or charts. In these cases, plain text format is the safest choice to ensure that no information is lost or repositioned when your resume is submitted through software. In the three samples we’ve provided, you can see this style’s preference for clean layout, traditional fonts and prominent titles. Follow this link to build your own resume with one of our examples: ATS-Ready Template Resume Library.

Talented
Technical Special
All the Information

Clean

Tested for clarity and readability, Clean designs will add just the right amount of style to your professional profile. This effective layout relies on typography, white space and color to create a professional and current look. Three samples are provided below. If you think a Clean Resume Template is for you, then choose from among the seventy options we offer here.

Subtle Creativity Orange Gray
Upfront Orange
Neat Dark Red

Modern

Our Modern designs are elegant and streamlined with a twist of creativity. 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 experience, discipline, and knowledge, as well as show that they are progressive and current with the latest technology. See three examples below, or follow the link to view all in our Modern Resume Design Template Library.

Steely Dark Blue
Glimmer Blue Header
Blue Side

Contemporary

Our Contemporary resume library has plenty of ideas for a resume that looks very new, up-to-date, and dynamic. These modern templates read like actual newsletters with headlines and teasers. They are set up as two-column or three-column layouts. If you think this resume format is the right one for you, you can download one of our twenty-two eye catching resume designs from the Contemporary Collection.

Artistic Flyer Blue and Orange
Fine Points Blue Sidebar
Bulletin Gray

Portfolio

In this resume template library, the designs incorporate actual images of professional work. If you are an artist, photographer, graphic designer, web designer, or other creative professional, you may want to choose one of our Portfolio designs to present your creativity and accomplishments in a visual way. See all of our original Portfolio Resume Designs here.

Circles Bright Orange
High Impact Multi Colour
Green Film Strip

Tabular

As you can see from the examples we provide below, Tabular designs use columns and rows to build an organized and structured look. These layouts use tables and should not be submitted through Applicant Tracking Systems because spacing may be inserted or removed as the document is “parsed” into the system. You can view our our Tabular Resume Template Library here.

Organized Brown and Blue
Streamlined Shades of Blue
Lists of Expertises Green Blue

Creative

A great design choice for any industry that values creativity. As you can see from the samples we provide below, these are visually stunning, artistic layouts that are best suited for a one-page resume. As fancy and bursting with creativity as they are, be sure to consider who will be reading them. You may love them, but not every employer will find them appropriate. If you feel these are right for you, then use one of our 40+ examples from the Creative Resume Library.

What a Doll Pink
Ardent Brown
Career Diagram Blue

Infographic

Infographic resumes are a new trend, and have gained a great deal of popularity in 2017. As shown in our samples below, this format uses images, charts, and graphs to tell the story of your professional life, making it look more engaging. Visual layouts are particularly useful for designers and marketers, although they are not yet well accepted by all hiring managers. We created 12 new designs featuring various graphics for you to download – see our Infographic Templates here.

Boast Blue Geometry
Presentation Slide Colourful
Sequences Yellow Orange

Career & Life Situations

This new resume template library is tailored to various careers and career stages. Whether you are a teenager applying for their first job, a seasoned executive with years of professional experience, or someone looking for a career change, our industry-specific resume samples will help you write your new resume.

Entry Level

Industry-Specific

Country-Specific

  • Biodata Resume – Six blank examples for job seekers from southern Asian countries.

USING A RESUME TEMPLATE:
good, bad or ugly?

Should you use a resume template? Some recruiting professionals advise against using templates and resume makers because they believe it makes your resume look generic and won’t help you stand out from other candidates. This is certainly true if you use a template without making any changes. Recruiters and hiring managers see hundreds of resumes every day, and they can spot another run-of-the-mill work a mile away.

What can be done to avoid the perceived negatives attached to using a template? Don’t use templates as ready-made, cookie-cutter solutions. Instead, use them as inspiration for ideas to create your own unique and original resumes.

good or bad resume templates

FORMATTING TIPS

Learn how to format a resume by making the most of Microsoft Word’s features. Our short video tutorials will teach you how to remove copyright notice and blank pages; modify header, footer, margins, and page size; change themes, customize tabs, text boxes and tables; and add and remove sections. Our tutorials also explain how to fit resume text on one page, spell check, and save as PDF.

  • All files are compatible with Microsoft Word, and many of them will work in other applications such as Mac Pages, Google Docs and OpenOffice.
  • All files are created in Microsoft Office 2010 with Microsoft Word default fonts. If you open a 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 some fonts installed on your computer.
  • Our templates are created using text styles, so familiarity with those tools will ease the process of modifying a template.
  • Most resumes areĀ US Letter size, some are A4. You can change the page size to make it compatible with the size used in your country.
  • If the design has a colored background, consider 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.