Free Resume templates: 277 professional samples in Word
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. 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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Table of Contents
- 1 Building your resume – where to start?
- 2 Presentation matters
- 3 Using Resume Samples: good, bad or evil?
- 4 Free Resume Samples: functional, unique, professional
- 5 Choosing the right template
- 6 How to use this page
- 7 Technical advice and FAQs
Building your resume – where to start?
Your resume represents you as a professional on a piece of paper – 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.
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 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.
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.
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, 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 hloom.com comes to rescue. This page offers 277 unique professional resume samples that are free to download 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.
Choosing the right template
So how do you pick the ideal template when you have 277 to choose from?
- First, consider your industry. The resume template that you choose should be appropriate and professional for the job that you are applying for.
- 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.
- 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.
How to use this page
To make it easier to find the best template, we divided all resumes in 8 categories, one page per category. If you feel a bit overwhelmed sifting through 277 different templates, just see this page. They are “Crème de la crème” of all the resume templates by hloom.com because they have been downloaded most often.
- Simple and Clean
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).
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.
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.
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.
The Newsletter 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.