279 resume samples in MS Word

In chronological, functional, and combination formats. A variety of traditional, modern, and creative designs.

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 Tweet this! . 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.

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Hier finden Sie Lebenslaufvorlagen auf Deutsch.
unhappy with work

Building your resume
– where to start?

Your resume is a sheet of paper that represents you as a professional Tweet this! – 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.

getting started with resume

Presentation matters

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 Tweet this! 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.

one of many candidates one of many candidates
Resume layouts on this page come with “lorem ipsum” content since they are designed to help you with appearance of your resume. Looking for examples with sample content? See these pages:

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.

good or bad resume templates

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 Tweet this! , 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 comes to the rescue. This page offers 279 unique professional resume samples that are free to download Tweet this! 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.

finding free resume

Choosing the right template

So how do you pick the ideal template when you have 279 to choose from?

  1. First, consider your industry. The resume 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 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.
streamline your job search

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, 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.

Traditional Elegance

Traditional Elegance





  • Goldfish Bowl
  • Skills Highlight
  • Classic Plain
  • Economic
  • Plain Linear
  • Sprouting
  • Seasoned
  • Traditional
  • Plain Divider
  • Ivy League
  • Performance
  • Ready for More
  • Time-Honored
  • Font Appeal
  • Proficient
  • Legal
  • Keep It Simple
  • Star Showing
  • Spotlight on Achievements
  • Big and Bold
  • Bare Bones Minimalistic
  • Centred Traditional
  • Essence
  • Clean Columns
  • Credited
  • Headliner's List

ATS Optimized

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.

Technical Special

Technical Special

Technical Specialist

Technical Specialist

All the Information

All the Information

  • Talented
  • All the Information
  • Rising Career
  • Attention to Detail
  • Senior Management
  • Achiever
  • Leading-Edge
  • On Point
  • Fundamental
  • Highly Proficient
  • Business Minded
  • Splash of Blue
  • Format Mix
  • Vocational
  • High-Tech Special
  • Corporate Candidate
  • IT Contractor
  • Strong Showing
  • In-Depth
  • Cascade
  • Network
  • Core Skills
  • Bold Career
  • Feature Presentation


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.







  • Substantial
  • Upfront
  • Neat
  • Out of the Box
  • Subtle Creativity
  • Bulletin
  • Creative Bricks
  • Broad Appeal
  • Discreetly Modern
  • Fresh Take
  • Indent Line
  • Top Level
  • Stately
  • Checkmark Timeline
  • Firm
  • No Point Left Out
  • Commencing
  • Important message
  • Raise the Bar
  • Self Assessment
  • Bold Red Shading
  • Creative Conventions
  • Accomplished
  • Packed Classic
  • Space It Out
  • Award Winner
  • Aristocratic
  • Present Yourself
  • Shades of Gray
  • Executive Elegant
  • Beaming
  • Classic Elegance
  • Classy
  • Overture
  • Hard Worker
  • Bold Red
  • Bold Simplicity
  • My Name is
  • Section Lines
  • Exemplar
  • Tidy
  • Next Level
  • Industry Lifer
  • New Agenda
  • Offset
  • Elegant Traditional
  • Striking
  • Functional Showcase
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Professional Block
  • Pretty in Pink
  • No-Nonsense
  • Functional Space
  • Simple Underline
  • Plus It
  • Skilled
  • Simple Red
  • Check It Off
  • Academia
  • Mono Shading
  • Airy Traditional
  • Caption It
  • Non-traditional Traditional
  • Breezy
  • Simple Central
  • Bright Contrast
  • Inverse
  • Career Starter
  • Burgeoning
  • Solid Segments


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.







  • Glimmer
  • Blue Side
  • Streamlined
  • Career Pitch
  • Creative Formal
  • Personal Brand
  • Show and Tell
  • Skilful
  • Black and Orange
  • Designer's Touch
  • Rosy Outlook
  • Presentation Slide
  • One Two Three
  • Springing
  • Marketed
  • Formative Traditional
  • Bright Dots
  • Sequences
  • Professional Orange
  • Fades of Green
  • Hire Me
  • Cavalier
  • VIP
  • Corporate lines
  • Grindstone
  • Spirited Professional
  • No Fuss - Duo
  • Advertise
  • Call Out
  • Lively Step
  • Schema
  • Foundation
  • Bold Contrast
  • Prelude
  • What the people say
  • Refined
  • Bold Typography
  • Positive Showing
  • Open Entry
  • All Business
  • Framed
  • Split Page
  • Front and Center
  • Check Box
  • Testimonials
  • Column Mix
  • Logos
  • Scale
  • Colour Bricks
  • Block Step
  • Page One
  • Fast Food Sections
  • Block Colour
  • List It
  • Casual Blue


The Newsletter category (aka “Contemporary”) 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, and it will help you stand out from the crowd. It portrays an ability to think outside the box while still staying true to the industry in a professional and suitable manner. The newsletter layouts usually have either two-column or three-column formats, and they read like actual newsletters with headlines and possibly photographs.

See this page with Contemporary Resumes if you’d like to see large previews of all templates in this category.



Artistic Flyer

Artistic Flyer



  • Boast
  • Fine Points
  • Sidebar
  • Slated for the Job
  • Nascent
  • On a Scale
  • Icons and Bullets
  • Full Page
  • Marquee
  • Splash Page
  • Net Profile
  • Two-Tone Colour
  • Leaflet
  • Deep Blue Technology
  • Transatlantic – America – New York
  • Majestic
  • Little Spaces
  • Big Bold Header
  • Full House
  • Power Elite
  • Newsletter
  • Multitasking
  • Texture
  • Blogging


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.

High Impact Multi Colour

High Impact Multi Colour



Film Strip

Film Strip

  • Sequences
  • High Impact Multi Colour
  • Film Strip
  • Circles
  • Creative Multi Colour Blocks
  • Creative Picture Column
  • Picture Timeline
  • Personal Endorsements
  • Picture Feature
  • Four Squares


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.





Lists of Expertises

Lists of Expertises

  • Streamlined
  • Organized
  • Lists of Expertises
  • Nascent
  • Polished
  • Blue Pop
  • Bar Chart
  • Colour Contrast
  • Traditional Table
  • Traditional Plus
  • Open
  • Salmon
  • Qualified
  • Blocks
  • Tied Together


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.

What a Doll

What a Doll

Urban Development

Urban Development

Creative Bricks

Creative Bricks

  • What a Doll
  • Urban Development
  • Creative Bricks
  • Ardent
  • Career Diagram
  • Social Media
  • Blue Pop
  • Icon Fun
  • Refined
  • Timeline
  • Banner Day
  • Sky's the Limit
  • Wrap Around
  • Tablet
  • Out Front
  • Shades of Blue
  • Concrete
  • Graphic
  • Starry
  • Orange Chevron
  • Expressive
  • Skills Highlight
  • Grid
  • Orange Blossom
  • Bubbly
  • Personal Touch
  • Profile Picture
  • Great Blue Divide
  • Black Tie
  • Front Page
  • Background Shadow
  • Hi! I am
  • Bright Blue
  • Ribbon
  • Shadows
  • Circle Timeline
  • Promote Yourself
  • Confident
  • Portrait
  • Sales Report
  • Headlines
  • Tabbed
  • Bold Chevrons
  • Headshot
  • Step Meters
  • Award Winning
  • Pasture
  • Great Experience
  • About Me
  • Fun Mum

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.


You made it to the end of this page! You are a Resume Ninja!
Want to learn about writing a killer resume? Check this Resume Writing Guide.

thumbs up leftthumbs up right