6 Job-Winning Custom Templates

Proven and Popular Templates

Free

Custom

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

Free

Custom

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.

Benefits of Using Our Builders

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    Custom Templates and Examples

    We offer resume and cover letter solutions for every budget. Choose from over 20 template designs or take a look at what our resume and cover letter experts have written.

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    Industry-Approved Writing Tips

    60% of HR managers notice if an applicant’s resume has been tailored to their open position. We work with recruiters and professional resume writers to ensure that our builder’s suggested text is relevant to each industry.

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    47% of your competition (i.e., other job seekers) are writing cover letters. Our premium cover letter features help with guided job title phrases to save you time and move onto the next job application.

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    With our simple dashboard, manage your documents at a glance, and at any time you don’t like how it looks, adjust the color and font styles, on the fly! When you’re ready, download your file in any format and send away.

Clean and Simple

Free

Custom Templates

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.

Modern

Free

Custom

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.

Contemporary

Free

Custom

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.

Creative

Free

Custom

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.

One-Page Resume Templates

Free

Custom

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.

ATS-Optimized Resume Templates

Free

Custom

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.

How to Use Our Resume Templates

Why Use a Resume Template?

  • Recruiters and hiring managers see hundreds of resumes every day. A poorly formatted resume stands out and can be quickly discarded. Our well-designed free templates can easily prevent visual disorganization from being a hiring issue by formatting your resume sections for you.
  • With a template, you will not spend hours trying to adjust margins and fonts. Each template is designed with optimal margins and font sizes in mind.
  • Every job seeker’s experience is unique, and a template needs to be customized to match and promote each individual candidate.
  • Templates are meant to reduce the time you spend designing so that you can focus on your professional or academic experience. By customizing either a free template on your own or using our resume builder for its custom templates, you can avoid a one-size-fits-all solution and choose a template designed for your circumstances.

    How Resume Templates Make Formatting Easy

    • Finalized Formats: Our resume templates take formatting out of the resume-writing equation by establishing the proper margins, fonts and font sizes for you. Please keep in mind that all our downloadable templates are compatible with Microsoft Word, although we do offer Google Docs- and OpenOffice-compatible templates.
    • Universal Font Choices: We create our templates in Microsoft Office 2010 and use Microsoft Word free default fonts, so you don’t have to worry about premium fonts that won’t download correctly on your computer. We also design our resumes in the standard U.S. letter size, 8" x 11", but you can change the page size under the print menu to make your resume or CV compatible with your country’s standard printing size.
    • Printer-Friendly Options: For creative designs with colored backgrounds, consider setting the page color to “none” and print on high-quality colored paper to avoid a “white frame” border near the edge of your paper printout. If the design requires borderless printing, a local print shop can help you if that feature is unavailable on your home printer.

      Create a Resume Using a Template in 3 Simple Steps

      • Download a Professional Resume Template: A good resume template can streamline the process of creating a professional resume. It takes care of all the easily overlooked details, such as the fonts, margins, bullets and alignment. This allows you to focus on writing your resume, and the job search itself.
      • Organize Your Resume Content: Write down your jobs, achievements, education, awards, skills and any other relevant professional information. Scan the job description for clues on what kind of candidate the employer is seeking, like critical tasks that are frequently repeated or rephrased in the advertisement. Match the skills and responsibilities in which you have previous experience with the job description. Highlight those selling points in your resume. Our Resume Writing Guide takes you through the whole process step by step.
      • Select your Optimal Resume Format: Chronological, functional or combination? One format benefits employees with long and consistent work histories while another showcases a fresh graduate’s skills over their scant work history. Choosing the right format presents your work history and skills in the best possible light. See our Resume Format Guide for excellent advice and format-exclusive templates.

        Do’s and Don’ts of Using our Templates

        DO: Make this template your own.

        • We designed a variety of resume layouts in a variety of colors, but we understand if you want to shimmy and shift some things around to make these designs your own. To help you accomplish that, we created this frustration-free guide to help you format your resume in Word without breaking the overall design.

        DON’T: Forget to update the content.

        • We focused on creating amazing designs for our resume templates, but we also understand that every job seeker is unique. To give you a general idea of how our finished resumes look, we used a filler text known as “Lorem Ipsum.” Before you submit your resume, don’t forget to update all of our fake resume content with your real contact information, professional summary, work history and skill set. Any trace of the fake content gives recruiters and employers the impression that you didn’t pay close attention to detail to your application and makes you look like a poor candidate.

        DO: Look at examples from your fellow job seekers.

        • Every industry and job has its own language and shorthand. It can be easier for you to apply to a position in a new industry by looking at what your fellow applicants say. Our resume builder offers prewritten samples from other applicants based on job titles, so you can get a clear idea of how to phrase your skills and abilities for the job you want.

        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.

        • Resume Template Frequently Asked Questions

          Which resume template is best?

          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.

          Our Best, Simple and Clean and Modern resume template libraries are perfect for jobs in traditional or straightforward fields like banking, finance, legal departments, retail or construction.

          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.

          Which format do most employers prefer for resumes?

          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.

          How far back should a resume go?

          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.

          Do employers prefer one-page resumes?

          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.

          Should a resume ever be two pages?

          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.

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