We’ve pulled our top-performing free stock templates and builder-exclusive custom templates for you to create your own attention-grabbing resume. Our resume experts built each professional template to suit most career stages and experience levels. Our hall of fame — Top 10 Best Templates— includes our most popular resume designs for you to download for free.
Basic doesn’t mean boring. Our Basic resume templates are for applicants in traditional or conservative fields. These layouts are streamlined, organized and may include a touch of color to help your application stand out. They’re appropriate for most industries and career phases (entry-level, managerial or executive). Find an additional 30 downloads in our Basic Resume Templates library.
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Tested for clarity and readability, our Clean and Simple templates will add just the right amount of style to your professional profile. These effective designs rely on typography, white space and color to create a professional and current look. If you think this resume style is for you, download one of our three stock templates, personalize an online custom template or choose from 70 options.
Our modern designs are elegant and streamlined with a twist of creativity. While these layouts would be appropriate for a variety of industries, they’re ideal for 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 stock and custom examples above, or follow the link to view more templates in our Modern Resume Design Library.
This simple layout features a traditional font and the clever use of section borders to help each section of your resume stand out.
This distinctive two-column resume template identifies your name and professional experience in a bold color and clean presentation.
A clever design that breaks each of your professional accomplishments into distinct sections while following a format that will pass applicant tracking systems.
The elegant initials, simple header and strategic use of bullet points in this template help keep your professional accomplishments well-organized.
The bold use of a colorblocked heading paired with an elegant resume layout helps your name and contact information stand out.
This structured design combines a two-column approach with bullet points to highlight your key accomplishments and professional history.
A traditional template uses a crisp combination of dark text and thin borders to radiate professionalism. Your name sits prominently above your professional history.
This template’s design features plenty of whitespace neatly divided by gray bars to make the information on your resume easy to read for employers.
This two-column resume conveys a very clear breakdown of its sections that allows a hiring manager to quickly scan your resume.
The subtle color accents in this template add visual pizzazz in a classy way, a great option for most traditional industries.
This resume’s modern design and bold use of color make it pop. Its uniqueness is well-suited to those seeking jobs in creative industries.
Everything about this template is assertive from the boxy layout to its all-caps heading text that gives the impression that you’re all about business.
The understated contact information at the top puts attention front and center on your professional summary, skills, work experience and education sections.
The subtle use of red alongside black gives this template a bold feel while still featuring plenty of white space to make it easy to read.
Our contemporary resumes can help you create an up-to-date and dynamic resume. These designs use headlines and teasers to read like newsletters. They’re set up in two- or three-column layouts. You can download any of our 24 eye-catching templates from the Contemporary Resume Collection.
These artistic designs are a great choice for any industry that values creativity, like marketing, graphic design or tech start-ups. As bursting with imagination as they are, consider who will read them. You may love them, but not every employer will find them appropriate. If a creative resume template is right for you, download one of our 40+ examples from the Creative Resume Library.
Struggling to decide what to trim from your two-page resume? Our One-Page Resume Guide teaches you all the tricks professional resume writers use to create a single-page resume. For 18 sample resumes that showcase different techniques to fit resume content on a single page, visit our guide above.
Many companies now use applicant tracking systems, known as ATS, in their recruitment process. Some of these systems cannot read graphics, tables, symbols or charts. If you want to ensure that an ATS doesn’t skip information from your resume, then a plain text or PDF format is the safest choice. This modern resume style features a clean layout, readable sans-serif fonts and prominent titles. Check out all of our ATS-Ready Resume Templates.
DO: Make this template your own.
DON’T: Forget to update the content.
DO: Look at examples from your fellow job seekers.
DON’T: Copy a resume
There are many reasons not to copy another person’s resume. Your resume is a unique summary of what you are capable of and what you’ve accomplished — another applicant’s resume isn’t going to reflect that.
Plus, it is very easy for recruiters and employers to research your background and discover if your employment history and skills don’t line up with your experience. Even if you manage to get a job interview or position, this falsehood could catch up to and negatively affect your future references and job opportunities. Be honest on your resume — it’s better for you in the long run.
As previously mentioned, there are no one-size-fits-all resumes. Each job posting is unique, as is your personal work history and skill set. That being said, we have divided our resumes into design libraries that can help you find the right resume to suit your needs.
These minimal designs place the focus on your qualifications, making it easier for hiring managers to quickly learn about your employable skills.
However, if you're looking for an open job position in a creative field like marketing, design and advertising or a lifestyle brand like a magazine or video production, use a Creative or Contemporary resume from our libraries.
If you’re an entry-level or young job seeker with less than 10 years of experience, use a one-page resume. Certified resume writers recommend adding a page for every additional year, so this is a good length for you.
There are three common resume formats you can choose from: chronological, combination and functional. According to career experts at The Muse, most employers prefer the chronological resume format because it is easy to quickly understand your career history. However, you can easily choose either the chronological and combination formats. They both feature the same sections in slightly rearranged structures. You can learn more about that in our dedicated format guide.
There aren’t firm rules for how far back your resume should go, but we recommend it should go back no more than 10-15 years. Any further than that and you risk weighing your resume down with information that doesn’t relate to the open job position.
There are a few exceptions to this rule. You can go back further than 15 years if your previous work includes additional qualifications that relate to the job, if you took a temporary leave in between jobs, or if you have relevant education or certificates for the job.
A one-page resume may be the standard format accepted by employers, but they’re willing to look at longer resumes in our current digital age, according to The Muse. Your resume can be longer if you have more than 10 years of experience if each of your previous job roles included unique responsibilities that directly relate to the open job post.
As we mentioned before, the length of your resume varies depending on your work history. We recommend that you dedicate one page for every 10 years of experience that you have, maxing out at two pages. A two-page resume is a good choice to preserve a balance of white space with one-inch page margins, legible font size, and relevant work and skills summaries.