279 resume samples in Word

Chronological, functional, and combination formats. 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.

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Building your resume
– where to start?

Your resume represents you as a professional on a piece of paper Tweet this! – it is your first impression with your future boss. Interestingly, resume writing is not a skill that is generally taught in school so once you are ready to start looking for a job, you are left to fend for yourself. In this age of technology, most people search the internet. There is an overabundance of information available online, yet very little of it is helpful and if you decide to take matters into your own hands, it is difficult to figure out where to start.

Start by putting together the content: work experience, summary of qualifications, achievements, education, keywords and any other important information that makes a powerful resume. (Not sure what and how to write? Get this Resume Writing Guide ebook). Then, chose a format: chronological, functional, or combination. Once you have your content ready, and only then, find the best template to ‘dress up’ your content.

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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 minute 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 matters. Our first experience of food is usually how it looks, and if something doesn’t look good, it is less likely that we will want to eat it.

Liken this to your resume. It doesn’t always matter if you are the best person for a particular job Tweet this! if your application doesn’t reflect it. 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 his or her attention in that time, it is sent straight to the discard pile instead of getting a second look.


So how do you make sure that you catch the attention of a hiring manager who has 300 other applicants for the same position? Well, just keep your application organized, easy to read and add a little “wow factor”. Clear headings and concise information is essential as well as the order of the content. The thing about a resume is, you want to stand out and be remembered without going overboard and ending up in the “noticed – but not in a good way” pile in the hiring manager’s office.

When it comes to job search, “any press” is NOT “good press”. 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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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 get thousands of results but most of those pages don’t actually offer free samples or may only have one or two samples to choose from. In addition, the few appropriate examples you do find are often very generic or geared towards one specific type of job. So what was intended to save you time, now leaves you spending hours looking through a mixture of useless information and resume examples at hundreds of different websites, leaving you frustrated, confused and likely still without a suitable template.

Here is where comes to 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, and adapt to another format with little customization.

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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. What are the most important skills they are looking for: innovation, creativity, organization, or analytical skills? If your resume portrays the particular attributes a hiring manager is looking for, he or she will inadvertently be drawn to your profile and take a closer look at your content.
  3. Lastly, once you have narrowed down the template based on 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 you want to pick 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 are divided in 8 categories, one page per category. If you feel a bit overwhelmed sifting through 279 different templates, just see this page. This is where you will find “Crème de la crème” of all the resume templates by because they 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 doesn’t necessarily mean boring – it is streamlined, organized and 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
  • Performance
  • Ivy League
  • Ready for More
  • Time-Honored
  • Proficient
  • Font Appeal
  • 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

It is a reality that many companies now use an ATS. 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, 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
  • Business Minded
  • Highly Proficient
  • Splash of Blue
  • Fundamental
  • Format Mix
  • High-Tech Special
  • Corporate Candidate
  • Vocational
  • 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
  • Fresh Take
  • Discreetly Modern
  • Indent Line
  • Top Level
  • Checkmark Timeline
  • Stately
  • Firm
  • No Point Left Out
  • Important message
  • Self Assessment
  • Raise the Bar
  • Commencing
  • Creative Conventions
  • Bold Red Shading
  • Accomplished
  • Packed Classic
  • Space It Out
  • Award Winner
  • Aristocratic
  • Shades of Gray
  • Present Yourself
  • Executive Elegant
  • Beaming
  • Classic Elegance
  • Overture
  • Classy
  • My Name is
  • Section Lines
  • Bold Simplicity
  • Tidy
  • Hard Worker
  • Exemplar
  • Next Level
  • Offset
  • Industry Lifer
  • Elegant Traditional
  • New Agenda
  • Striking
  • Functional Showcase
  • Professional Block
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Pretty in Pink
  • No-Nonsense
  • Simple Underline
  • Skilled
  • Functional Space
  • Plus It
  • Simple Red
  • Check It Off
  • Academia
  • Mono Shading
  • Caption It
  • Airy Traditional
  • Bold Red
  • Non-traditional Traditional
  • Simple Central
  • Breezy
  • Inverse
  • Bright Contrast
  • Career Starter
  • Burgeoning
  • Solid Segments


Modern resumes use the classic, 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 but also 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
  • Streamlined
  • Blue Side
  • Creative Formal
  • Career Pitch
  • Personal Brand
  • Show and Tell
  • Black and Orange
  • Skilful
  • Rosy Outlook
  • Designer's Touch
  • Presentation Slide
  • One Two Three
  • Springing
  • Formative Traditional
  • Bright Dots
  • Professional Orange
  • Marketed
  • Sequences
  • Fades of Green
  • Hire Me
  • VIP
  • Corporate lines
  • Cavalier
  • Spirited Professional
  • No Fuss - Duo
  • Grindstone
  • Call Out
  • Advertise
  • Lively Step
  • Schema
  • Foundation
  • Prelude
  • Bold Contrast
  • 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
  • Block Colour
  • Fast Food Sections
  • Casual Blue
  • List It


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- or three-column formats and read like an actual newsletter 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
  • Full Page
  • Icons and Bullets
  • Marquee
  • Splash Page
  • Two-Tone Colour
  • Net Profile
  • Leaflet
  • Transatlantic – America – New York
  • Deep Blue Technology
  • 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 can help you showcase a few samples of your best work up front, 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

  • High Impact Multi Colour
  • Sequences
  • Film Strip
  • Circles
  • Creative Multi Colour Blocks
  • Creative Picture Column
  • Picture Timeline
  • Picture Feature
  • Personal Endorsements
  • 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, non-traditional layouts that are best suited for a one-page resume. Many samples in this category are very fancy and bursting with creativity – make sure this will be seen as 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
  • Blue Pop
  • Social Media
  • Icon Fun
  • Refined
  • Timeline
  • Banner Day
  • Wrap Around
  • Sky's the Limit
  • Tablet
  • Out Front
  • Shades of Blue
  • Starry
  • Concrete
  • Graphic
  • Skills Highlight
  • Orange Chevron
  • Grid
  • Expressive
  • Orange Blossom
  • Personal Touch
  • Bubbly
  • Profile Picture
  • Great Blue Divide
  • Front Page
  • Background Shadow
  • Black Tie
  • Bright Blue
  • Hi! I am
  • Shadows
  • Ribbon
  • Circle Timeline
  • Promote Yourself
  • Confident
  • Sales Report
  • Headlines
  • Portrait
  • Tabbed
  • Bold Chevrons
  • Headshot
  • Step Meters
  • Award Winning
  • Pasture
  • Great Experience
  • About Me
  • Fun Mum

Technical advice and FAQs

  • 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. See video below for some quick tips.
  • 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 at setting the page color to “none”. If design requires borderless printing, a local print shop can help you if that feature is unavailable on your home printer.


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