These creative templates will help you show your unique personality alongside your professional accomplishments, especially if you're looking for a job in a creative industry such as design, fashion or advertising.
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Here, you’ll find creative resume templates that range from relatively simple to very artistic. When choosing which to download, remember to consider your desired job and choose the template that best fits. For example, a template with personalized illustrations and graphs that demonstrate your skill strength may be better suited for designers and illustrators rather than copywriters or warehouse workers.
We organized our resume template library by both design elements or what field they’re best suited for, but these are flexible categories. Most of these template designs work well for a variety of creative industries. We also recently launched a Resume Builder that features professionally-designed and customizable templates, plus resume texts written by our certified resume writers that you can easily personalize to suit your skills.
Use one of these creative resume templates to show that you know great visual design. Like all of our downloadable templates, they can also be edited and customized to further show off your design skills.
Mix of object photos, including pencil, cellphone and doodles, make a creative sample. Olive-green section divider lines and arrow bullet points for descriptions. Perfect for social media expert, writer, communicator or technical sales resumes.
Blue Pop Bold
Color icons and shadowed stars make your key strengths stand out with light-blue backgrounds and bold, white fonts completing the creative look. Suited for marketing, public relations or publishing.
Black and blue backgrounds and header shadings with graphic icons make this resume template pop. Skills section includes a meter to rank your expertise. Great resume for communication, creative and design professionals.
Dark and light-orange backgrounds with orange bubbles inset with grid lines. Bordered profile picture and lowercase section titles complete this artsy resume template. Helps make a statement for creative, graphic or hospitality jobs.
Hi! I Am
Conversational and whimsical style. Tones of purple with a little brown and black. Alternating paragraph shading for sections. Great designer resume template for creative professionals.
These resume templates highlight your sales and marketing abilities using creative ways like colorful borders, ranked graphs for skills and complementary color palettes to display professional achievements.
The optimal utilization of space and clearly highlighted sections allows this resume template to portray all the relevant information needed. Perfect for recent graduates and entry-level job seekers.
Eye-catching skyscraper icon for the engineer, planner or contractor. Soft-gray header backgrounds and light-blue fonts and arrows add to the sophisticated, city-feel of this print-ready resume template.
Bright orange and blues make this sample attention-grabbing as do the chevron-style banners. Open circles used for bullet lists. Great style for teachers, service industry professionals and technicians.
An impressive resume template for job seekers with impressive skills. Use the square callout sections with dashed bar graphs to showcase your abilities. Full-page gray background makes the white sections pop. Great for IT managers, programmers and specialists.
Large awards section with ribbon-type graphics for all your sales, teaching or service honors. Blue shading and white fonts add appeal with a section for a profile picture.
We advise caution while choosing these templates –– adding a photo to your resume can be smart if you’re applying for a job that requires face-to-face interactions like acting, modeling or sales. But adding your photo is also considered outdated outside of these kinds of jobs, so be extra careful while using these templates.
Highlighted column with a blue background, round profile photo and bold white fonts. Spotlight key titles and descriptions with the blue font color. Creative and expressive example for designers and social media experts.
Large profile picture set in sweeping blue background. Perfect resume template for a realtor, branding specialist, interior designer or entertainment professional.
Orange colors brighten up this template. Bold, white section titles make each area stand out along with the red and white arrow graphs ranking your skills. Healthcare, public relations and event planners stand out with this example.
Single-color header with your image prominently displayed. The slight angle of your picture adds a touch of informality to give this resume a friendlier feel.
Full-length profile photo with orange headings and light-gray titles. Functional-style resume for key competencies and qualifications. Perfect resume template for sales, marketing, healthcare or fine arts.
Large, full-color profile picture to feature yourself, and light-blue meters to showcase your strengths. The three-column format offers plenty of room for detailed accomplishments. Icon images complete this exceptional resume template.
Ideal for interior designers, sales representatives and realtors. Large headshot with a pink bannered job title. Oversized skills area with bar meters separates the conventional information.
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. 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.
If you’re applying to entry-level positions or changing careers, it’s best to limit your resume to one page. Creative layouts in this category are designed to be presented on a single page.
Shades of Blue
Great Blue Divide
As you write your resume, it’s important to ask yourself, “How can I make my resume stand out?” With a creative resume, the sky’s the limit on what design elements you can play with. There are several tried-and-true ideas to get you started. Here are a few of the possibilities to consider.
You can use color in more whimsical ways on a creative resume than on traditional or modern ones. It’s OK to use bold, bright and multiple colors. Just make sure your document is still easy to read.
If the company you’re applying to has a corporate color scheme (check their logo, website or offices for ideas), you might want to reflect that in your design. This is a good way to subtly signal that you will fit into their work environment well.
A creative resume might contain symbols or graphics that are related to your industry. You can use a different icon for each section, or have a single graphic related to your field featured prominently on your resume.
No matter what graphic you choose, make sure that it’s high-quality and fits with the content of your resume. Several of our creative resume templates below have excellent built-in graphics.
3. Professional Photo
Maybe you’re applying to work for a quirky local business where personality is a bonus. Or maybe your field is direct sales or marketing, where you’ll be interacting face-to-face and forming business relationships with new clients.
In any field where your personality or professional appearance is a key component of the job, a photo is a good way to show that. Including a professional photo of yourself can be a great addition to a creative resume.
Make sure your photo is professional. A silly, heavily edited or unconventional photo is a distraction. It doesn’t provide potential employers with helpful information about you and might hurt your chances of getting a job interview.
4. Unique Layout
Get creative with your own resume layout if it’s appropriate for the job to which you’re applying. What documents are relevant to your field, and how might you model your resume after them? For example, a resume that looks like a playbill might be a fun twist for a job at a theater. A resume that’s modeled after a popular social media site could work well for a social media marketing position.
Creative resumes can look like everything from movie posters to subway maps, especially if these playful designs relate to your desired job. You can use designs like these as inspiration, but remember not to copy them exactly. Borrow your favorite elements and use them to create your own resume template, or adapt one of our templates to make your own appealing resume.
Like all good things, creative resumes can have their pratfalls. We pulled together some of the reasons to use these designs, or not, in this pros and cons list.
Unfortunately, ATS screen resumes by looking for standard resume layouts. Creative resumes might not scan accurately, leading to a loss of your professional information and an automatic denial of your application. We can share some advice on how to properly prepare your resume for ATS.
There are additional, innovative ways to present yourself that could help you make a bold impression on a potential employer beyond the traditional text-based resumes you found above. We’re living and looking for jobs in an increasingly online world, and there are new online resume formats that can showcase your professional achievements.
Although we encourage you to experiment with these types of resume, you shouldn’t see them as replacements to a conventional one- or two-page resume. Since so many online job portals ask for resumes in text-based file formats like .DOCX or .PDF, you should view these alternate forms of creative resumes as supplemental materials that lend strength to your resume and showcase your coding, web design or creative skills.
With the popular rise of career-oriented social media platforms like LinkedIn, Glassdoor and Monster along with user-friendly hosting sites like Squarespace and Wix, it’s become increasingly easier to put your resume online. These sites are helpful and give you the freedom to delve into greater detail about the various tasks, responsibilities and accomplishments that you experienced during your entire professional life.
Unlike traditional resumes, which are limited to one or two pages, these websites allow you to expand on your professional accomplishments. Since you should see this online resume as a supplementary tool to a standard resume, you can also play with the format and talk about your achievements through alternative styles like photographs, illustrations, graphs or timelines. We love these online resume examples found by The Muse’s career experts.
As we just mentioned, some people may make a creative resume in an online format. Some job seekers have created resumes using the presentation software Prezi, PowerPoint or Google Slides. Others have made short videos that tell the story of their achievements and work experience. Several websites exist specifically to help you make an attractive visual resume.
These can be viewed online or saved as an image to send to potential employers. An online resume is a bit unconventional and best for creative fields. If you think an online or video resume will help you stand out from the competition, go for it — just make sure you have a paper version handy, too.
The infographic resume uses a visual format to provide information about you and your experience. It might include a graph, a pie chart or another visual way of presenting this information. Or, the entire resume might be modeled as an infographic.
Creating a good infographic resume from scratch can be difficult and time-consuming. There’s more to it than just making a simple table or chart. Instead of doing it all on your own, check out our infographic resume guide and templates to make the job easy for you.
Portfolio resumes are the trickiest creative format to pull off, but a successful attempt can help you demonstrate your work experience with practical examples of your work. These templates include spaces for you to put copies of your major projects such as art exhibits, photography, designed websites, advertising campaigns, or data analysis projects.
We have a library of free portfolio templates and additional writing tips, but we strongly advise that you exercise restraint when choosing which work samples to include on your resume. You don’t want to overwhelm your document with multiple samples –– this can easily break the flow of your resume and make it unappealing to hiring managers. Choose one or two samples to pique the manager’s interest and direct them to a dedicated portfolio download or website that shows your full range.
This depends on your needs. Downloading a resume template isn’t a mandatory step when you’re writing a resume. Your focus should be on crafting a resume that directly ties your work experience to the requirements of an open job. However, the ease of submitting your resume to an online job posting means that hiring managers can see as many as 200 resumes for a single job opening. Here’s where a resume template could matter — a unique design could help you stand out against a sea of simple or basic resumes.
Absolutely! A recent study of recruiters indicated that your resume has seven seconds to convince a hiring manager to either dismiss or keep reading your resume. A well-designed and well-formatted resume with bold use of creative elements is crucial in appealing to a hiring manager. We previously mentioned some steps you can take to make your resume look good, but we’ll briefly summarize them here.
Whether or not an employer likes your creative resume really does depend on the job. You should use a creative resume if you work in a creative industry like tech, advertising, marketing, customer service, childcare or education.
You can also use deductive reasoning when you research the job opening. Is there a use of humor on the job posting? Does the company website emphasize employee activities and company culture? Is their social media peppered with playful posts? If so, you can safely assume these employers might appreciate a creative resume.
If you’re not sure, we highly recommend that you use one of our alternate resumes: