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413 resume samples in MS Word

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

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Building your resume
– where to start?

Your resume is a sheet of paper that represents you as a professional Tweet this! tweet – and it is the first impression that you present to a recruiter, hiring manager or future employer. But resume writing is not a skill that is taught in school, and 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. Focus on 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 280 templates to choose from – all free to download, customize, and print.

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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 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.

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So how do you make sure that your resume catches the attention of a hiring manager who needs to look at 300 other applications? Make it easy for them to notice you. Recruiters scan resumes first and read them second. Keep your application organized, easy to scan and read (see “How to Format a Resume” for help on this), and highlight the most important successes and achievements. How to Get an Interview talks about the biggest mistakes people make applying for jobs, and how to avoid them.

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.

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Using Resume Template:
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 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 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 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.

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

Choosing the right template

So how do you pick the ideal resume template when you have 413 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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How to use this page

To make it easier to find the best template, all resumes on this page are divided into 8 categories, with one page per category. If you feel a bit overwhelmed sifting through all of our designs, come back to this page. This is where you will find the best of the best of all the resume templates by hloom.com; these are the most popular templates – they have been downloaded most often.

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 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 the ATS-Optimized category for more basic designs that are also optimized for Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS).

Traditional Elegance

Traditional Elegance

469,755 downloads
Button-Down

Button-Down

247,141 downloads
Performance

Performance

39,198 downloads
  • Traditional Elegance
  • Button-Down
  • Goldfish Bowl
  • Economic
  • Performance
  • Ivy League
  • Skills Highlight
  • Sprouting
  • Seasoned
  • Plain Linear
Continue to see 28 Basic Resume Templates.

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.

Technical Special

Technical Special

53,124 downloads
Talented

Talented

114,614 downloads
All the Information

All the Information

48,509 downloads
  • Talented
  • Technical Special
  • All the Information
  • Technical Specialist
  • Rising Career
  • Attention to Detail
  • Leading-Edge
  • Achiever
  • Senior Management
  • On Point
More inspiration and samples: 26 ATS Optimized Resumes.

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.

Upfront

Upfront

70,746 downloads
Neat

Neat

60,971 downloads
Substantial

Substantial

101,158 downloads
  • Substantial
  • Upfront
  • Neat
  • Out of the Box
  • Subtle Creativity
  • Broad Appeal
  • Bulletin
  • Europass CV Template
  • Discreetly Modern
  • Creative Bricks
28 Clean Simple Resume Templates for your professional and one-of-a-kind resume.

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.

Steely

Steely

178,664 downloads
Vibrant

Vibrant

60,130 downloads
Glimmer

Glimmer

112,063 downloads
  • Steely
  • Glimmer
  • Blue Side
  • Vibrant
  • Streamlined
  • Career Pitch
  • Show and Tell
  • Skilful
  • Creative Formal
  • Presentation Slide
Browse our collection of 57 Modern Resume Designs.

Newsletter

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. 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.

Bulletin

Bulletin

25,912 downloads
Artistic Flyer

Artistic Flyer

52,328 downloads
Boast

Boast

63,226 downloads
  • Boast
  • Artistic Flyer
  • Fine Points
  • Bulletin
  • Sidebar
  • Slated for the Job
  • On a Scale
  • Marquee
  • Icons and Bullets
  • Nascent
Download your favourite from 26 Contemporary Resumes.

Portfolio

Are you a photographer, 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.

High Impact Multi Colour

High Impact Multi Colour

12,570 downloads
Circles

Circles

12,593 downloads
Sequences

Sequences

16,097 downloads
  • Sequences
  • Circles
  • High Impact Multi Colour
  • Film Strip
  • Picture-perfect
  • Creative Multi Colour Blocks
  • Creative Picture Column
  • Personal Endorsements
  • Picture Timeline
  • Picture Feature
Get inspired by our 11 Resume Portfolio Templates.

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.

Streamlined

Streamlined

42,193 downloads
Organized

Organized

29,982 downloads
Lists of Expertises

Lists of Expertises

15,281 downloads
  • Streamlined
  • Organized
  • Lists of Expertises
  • Nascent
  • Polished
  • Blue Pop
  • Bar Chart
  • Colour Contrast
  • Traditional Table
  • Traditional Plus
See detailed information for 15 Tabular Resume Samples.

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.

What a Doll

What a Doll

70,749 downloads
Urban Development

Urban Development

29,775 downloads
Creative Bricks

Creative Bricks

24,371 downloads
  • What a Doll
  • Ardent
  • Career Diagram
  • Social Media
  • Info-pop
  • Urban Development
  • Refined
  • Creative Bricks
  • Blue Pop
  • Icon Fun
Unleash your creativity: 82 Creative Resume Templates.

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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