3 Custom-Designed Contemporary Templates

19 Two-Column Contemporary Templates

A two-column format provides greater differentiation of the sections, allowing you to craft a professional resume that leads the reader to your greatest assets. Browse through our two-column contemporary resume samples, and select the format and layout that best suits your needs.

    • Artistic Flyer

      Designed like an advertisement or flyer with a spot for a photo, this contemporary resume example features bright orange headings, a gray shaded sidebar, and a soothing blue header. One of our most popular, this combination resume allows you to highlight your skills, accomplishments, education and objective, while still providing the details of your work history. This two-column resume has ample space, and is perfect for sales and marketing professionals.

    • Artistic Flyer

    • Bulletin

      Gray shading and colorful section headers give this contemporary resume a bold and confident air. Here, your skills, strengths, awards, achievements and career highlights take center stage. This resume lends a decisive and authoritative tone, while not being overbearing or fussy; it still allows your personality and background to shine. This is a perfect template for individuals seeking to change careers or industries, ex-military looking to enter the civilian workforce, and others who want to emphasise their talents and strengths, and not their previous job titles or employers.

    • Bulletin

    • Sidebar

      This professional resume template features a dynamic skills meter set in the sidebar for added emphasis. Here you can indicate your areas of expertise, unique skills and qualifications, and anything else you want your potential employer to consider. The central portion of the resume continues the color theme with blue and beige designed to add a bit of visual interest. Uncluttered and clean, this resume is an excellent choice for graphic designers, writers, architects, IT professionals and recent graduates.

    • Sidebar

    • Cavalier

      This two-page, two-column sleek resume is the perfect choice for mid-career and senior level professionals with significant work history, career achievements and skills that need to be highlighted. The dark red section headings and the use of steel gray titles lend authority and distinction. This template is the perfect choice for accountants, engineers and IT professionals.

    • Cavalier

    • Icons and Bullets

      Soft blue tones provide a soothing backdrop to this resume. Here, specific icons are used to add a graphic punch that reinforces each particular section. This combination resume is perfect for recent graduates with related work experience or internships, for individuals transitioning to a new career or industry, and those reentering the workforce after a significant absence. Use this resume to land a job with companies in tech, advertising/PR agencies or nonprofit organizations.

    • Icons and Bullets

    • Marquee

      Bold fonts, colors and graphics come together beautifully in this jazzy resume sample. The light blue column is the perfect place to highlight your skills and education. This is ideal for mid-career professionals in IT, communications, engineering, advertising and public relations. The main body of the resume provides plenty of space to expand on your job history. In addition to a basic description, be sure to use the bulleted lists below to further explain your core competencies and achievements.

    • Marquee

    • Nascent

      Bold and distinguished, this two-column resume features striking headlines and colors that draw the eye to your name and section headings. Designed specifically for students, recent graduates and individuals reentering the workforce, this polished resume allows you to highlight your education, skills, accomplishments, awards and personal skills that together provide the complete picture of who you are.

    • Nascent

    • Refined

      Designed for professionals seeking to highlight their key strengths, this free resume template has a refined and professional format, with just a touch of light blue, gray shading and dotted lines that add a contemporary vibe. This two-column classy design provides plenty of room for mid-career professionals to highlight their skills, work history, education and objectives.

    • Refined

    • Net Profile

      This layout was designed to make your personality, skills, education and experience shine. Beige and green tones give this resume a sophisticated edge making it the perfect choice for financial professionals, data managers, systems analysts, real estate professionals and sales managers. The two-column layout positions your experience and skills for easy review, while your contact information and objective at the top of the page introduces you in a professional manner to potential employers.

    • Net Profile

    • Splash Page

      Sophisticated and trendy, this combination resume layout allows you to display your achievements and accomplishments at the top of the page, while your work history and experience lay below. The column on the right is intended as a quick reference point for hiring managers to quickly scan your education, references and skills. The bold banner at the top, and the soft shading gives it universal appeal, while the layout provides plenty of room for all your information.

    • Splash Page

    • Majestic

      This refined resume has a bit of a twist — the large letter crest gives this resume a touch of old-world charm. Gray tones are used for shading and to add emphasis to the sections and skills meter. This functional resume is ideal for professionals who want to highlight awards, accomplishments, skills and education — while limiting the emphasis placed on the work history. Perfect for graphic designers, sales and marketing professionals, IT professionals, web designers and others applying for positions within creative organizations.

    • Majestic

    • Transatlantic - America - New York

      This modern resume template has a decidedly American theme. Featuring the Statue of Liberty set against the iconic New York City skyline, this template is suited for professionals seeking extra attention for their location. While New York City is highlighted here, you can change the skyline to create a different resume theme. In this three-column format, you can highlight your work experience, skills and accomplishments.

    • Transatlantic - America - New York

    • Big Bold Header

      Make a statement and grab the attention of hiring managers with this bold resume. While this functional resume provides plenty of space for your experience, the two-column format also allows you to expand on your credentials, skills and education. If using a photo in the header, choose one that makes you appear professional and approachable.

    • Big Bold Header

    • Little Spaces

      The bold colors in the skills graph draws the attention of hiring managers to the key points you want them to know. The right-hand column provides plenty of room to expand on your expertise through your employment history. This template is easy to read and navigate while offering a punch of color and creativity. This resume is appropriate for IT professionals, marketing and advertising professionals, sales managers and healthcare professionals.

    • Little Spaces

    • Power Elite

      This original design is both sophisticated and creative. It is ideal for mid-career professionals with significant skills and accomplishments. Combination resumes are perfect for job seekers looking to change jobs or industries, and for those reentering the workforce. Use the top section to define your objectives, the bulleted lists to highlight key achievements and skills, and the lower left area for your work history.

    • Power Elite

    • Newsletter

      Refined and sophisticated, this combination resume features plenty of space to lay out your work history and relevant experience, while still displaying the qualifications and skills that make you uniquely qualified for the position. Spend considerable time crafting the large headline at the top; make sure it reflects your core strengths and your desire to work in the field. This resume template is recommended for a variety of positions including advertising, marketing, sales, IT and graphic design.

    • Newsletter

    • Blogging

      Bold colors, graph bars and icons give this resume its contemporary style. In this layout, there is plenty of room for you to expand on your work experience, while still highlighting your specialized skills. In the about section, you have the opportunity to introduce yourself in a manner that supports the information about your work history, education and skills that follow. A personal touch here would not be inappropriate, and it could actually work in your favor, as long as your well-written cover letter echoes the same sentiment.

    • Blogging

    • Texture

      When you want potential employers and recruiters to value your professional skills above your work history, this combination resume is the solution. While your work experience does appear in the top section, the professional skills graphic and the awards and qualifications below are designed to have more weight. This layout is well-suited for customer service professionals, sales managers and creative job seekers such as interior designers.

    • Texture

    • Fine points

      This striking contemporary resume features a two-page layout, allowing you to provide employers with all the relevant details they need to make an informed decision. Varying shades of blue are the perfect accent for this multi-section combination resume. The benefit here is that the two columns lend equal weight to work experience, skills and awards. This is perfect for mid-career professionals seeking a position in IT, graphic design, marketing, sales, public relations, journalism or real estate.

    • Fine points

5 Three-Column Contemporary Templates

The three-column contemporary resume samples on this page have more of a newsletter feel than the two-column samples above. In general, our three-column templates use more color and graphics, creating a distinct style well-suited for professionals in creative industries.

With section headers that are easy to identify, the reader can quickly move through the introduction and contact information and get to the meat of your experience. This format is a great choice for mid-career professionals and those in upper management with an impressive work history, special certifications or education, professional affiliations and awards, all of which a potential employer will find extraordinary.

Other more linear type three-column layouts may be better suited when applying to organizations with a more conservative personality or culture. Here, well-crafted short bullet points give potential employers insight into your history that can be further expounded upon in your cover letter. The Skills Meter is perfect for highlighting your expertise and advanced skills.

Browse through our three-column contemporary resume samples, and select the one that best reflects your personality while highlighting your skills and competencies.

    • Slated For The Job

      Creative and distinctive, this stylish resume template is easy to read and is designed to draw the eye towards key competencies, skills and social media accounts. While it doesn’t hide your work history, positioning your experience in the center column allows the two side columns to garner the most immediate interest. The green tones are soothing and sophisticated, and this design translates well into a wide range of industries and corporate personalities. It is an excellent choice for communications professionals, graphic designers, web designers and mid-level sales managers.

    • Slated For The Job

    • Leaflet

      A chic design with a touch of attitude, this creative resume features a striking dark blue vertical sidebar and complementary gray and white shading in the columns. Red is used to bring attention to your skills, while blue is used to highlight the most important aspects of your work experience and education. This resume is well-suited for marketing professionals, sales managers, PR professionals and others with impressive relevant skills to the position at hand.

    • Leaflet

    • Full House

      If you have lots of skills, awards, achievements, education and experience to share with potential employers, this modern resume may be perfect for you. The small margins and multiple sections allow you to highlight the information that you feel is most relevant. The skills graphs at the top of the page are a perfect way to display your expertise. Light tans, creams and greens give this resume a professional and creative charm. This resume is well-suited for those in the entertainment industry, advertising, branding and IT.

    • Full House

    • Full Page

      You can pack a ton of information into this contemporary styled resume format. The dark blue and lime green colors create a dramatic and professional backdrop where you can highlight your education, experience and skills. Cleverly designed with three columns, this resume is perfect for recent graduates with multiple degrees, or for professionals with various designations. In addition, the skills-ranking list allows you to highlight your core competencies that are most relevant for the position.

    • Full Page

    • Multitasking

      The three columns in this resume are packed with the information that hiring managers need in order to invite you for an interview. Here, your key strengths and skills are highlighted first, and your work history follows. For jobs that require you to juggle a variety of tasks, the eye-catching cartoon in the center speaks volumes. Office administrators, executive assistants, personal assistants and project managers have plenty of space to expand on their multitude of skills and strengths in this resume template.

    • Multitasking

Contemporary Resume Design Elements

While there is no single design or layout for contemporary resumes, there are characteristics that make this modern resume type easy to identify. Here are a few hallmarks of contemporary resume design and structure:

  • Creative use of colors and shading to define sections.
  • A two or three column layout that allows for clear division of sections
  • Bulleted lists and short sentences are more prominent.
  • The overall feel is like a newsletter or advertising flyer that highlights your skills, experience, education and objectives in a creative manner.
  • The inclusion of graphics, meters or charts.

Using color, graphics and columns judiciously creates resumes that are a pleasure to view and read.

Contemporary resumes aren’t suitable for everyone or for every position you apply to, but they can be a powerful and eye-catching tool in your arsenal to get the job you desire.

Don’t be intimidated; we’ve done the hard part. While our contemporary resume formats are designed with more advanced formatting tools, they are easy for you to customize.

How to Keep the Template Design Intact When Adding Your Personal Info

  • When copying and pasting from a previous document, be aware that the original formatting might unintentionally also be copied. You could instead retype the text in the new document to preserve the fonts, colors and spacing, or you can select “match destination formatting” when pasting. You can also apply document styles.
  • Highlight and delete text in the template to replace it with your own content. Keep an eye on the allowed spacing; if your content is longer (or shorter) than what the template was designed for, you can adjust the size of the font to try to make it fit. Start slowly, going up or down a single point size at a time. If you adjust one section heading or bulleted section, be sure to apply the same font size to all similar sections.
  • When working within a text box or columns, highlighting then deleting all of the text will also remove any special fonts, bullets and characters. When replacing text, it is best to highlight and delete small portions at a time, even just single lines, in order to maintain the original formatting.

Adding a Photo

Many of the contemporary designs include a place to add a photo. If you are considering adding a photo, it is important to remember that, while a photo is expected on a resume in many European countries, many corporations and government entities in the United States do not allow the inclusion of photos in resumes or cover letters. In fact, some organizations will delete an application and resume that contains a photo because it could be implied the photo caused a hiring bias.

Be sure to find out if a resume photo is appropriate in your country and industry, and to read the job description and resume submission guidelines carefully before including a photo.

If it seems appropriate to include, follow these guidelines:

  • Select a professional facial photo in the same dimensions and size as the one in the template.
  • To replace the photo, double-click the place-holding graphic, and then select “Change Picture” from the pop-up menu. This will open your file system; locate the photo you desire, click it, and hit “Insert.”

Working with a Skills Meter

Skills Meters are two-column sections that list skills and, to the right of them, have boxes or other graphics that allow you to select your skill level. They are a great way to show your proficiency in tasks required in your profession. The best way to update a meter on one of our templates is to select the skill title, and change it to reflect one of your top skills. Then, to change the skill levels, highlight the appropriate area to demonstrate your skill level and then select the appropriate text or background color.

Contemporary Resume Hints and Tricks

If you’re uncertain if a contemporary resume is appropriate for the job you’re applying to, we’ve got some hints to help you decide whether you should go modern or stick to traditional:

Careers Suitable for Contemporary Resume Formats

Some careers that a contemporary resume format could be appropriate for include:

  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Interior Design
  • Photography
  • Sales
  • Graphic Design
  • Journalism
  • Software Engineering
  • Architecture

However, a traditional resume would be more appropriate for careers with a conservative culture, such as: financial services, healthcare, accounting, and legal.

Matching Culture for Culture

Leading professional resume designers make the case that resume design should not only reflect your personality and your career; it should also show that your personality is compatible with that of the organization. For example, Google states on their career site that they actively seek “people who can bring new perspectives and life experiences to our teams.” They are widely recognized as having a progressive, creative, dynamic and energetic culture, and if you want to be a member of their team, your resume and cover letter should reflect that part of your personality.

In general, applying to IT, entertainment companies and other organizations with a more progressive atmosphere, the resumes you find on this page could be suitable. On the other hand, when applying to a financial institution or a government agency, a more conservative resume design is appropriate.

Selecting the Right Format

The next decision you’ll have to make after figuring out whether or not a contemporary resume is an appropriate choice for your job hunt is what kind of resume format yours should be. Our contemporary resume layouts are available in chronological, functional and combination formats. Selecting the right one for your career level and job type is vital.

  • Generally, the chronological format is best for mid-career professionals who want to highlight their work history, including length of time on jobs, titles held and company names.
  • The functional format is a great choice for recent graduates and for those without a stable job history to highlight, including those who have had significant gaps in employment.
  • For professionals seeking to change industries or job titles, a combination format may do the best job of highlighting relevant skills and experiences.

Choose the format that you believe would best represent where you’re at in your career. Keep this in mind when you’re selecting the best template for your needs.

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