Free and Professional Resume Templates

Regardless of your level of experience, we have a series of downloadable professional resume templates for every kind of job seeker. From the first-time applicant to the experienced job seeker, these resume templates, our Resume Builder and some excellent resume-writing tips and tricks from the experts can help you find your next job.
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Our Resume Builder features easy-to-personalize templates, professionally written resume blurbs, and helpful writing advice to help you craft a job-winning document. Pick from any of these popular templates to get started — don’t worry, you can still change your choice upon review.

  • Teacher

    Teacher

  • Data Analyst

    Data Analyst

  • Social Worker

    Social Worker

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Professional Chronological Resume Templates

As the most popular and recognized choice, these chronological resume templates are the ideal choice for an experienced job seeker. You should use these templates if you have over 10 years of experience and want to demonstrate steady career advancement. This format is an especially strong choice for online applications — most major job boards like Workday or Greenhouse rely on applicant tracking systems (ATS), which are programmed to scan the same resume sections found in chronological resumes.

  • Academia

    Academia

  • Accomplished

    Accomplished

  • Black and Orange

    Black and Orange

  • Blue Pop Bold

    Blue Pop Bold

  • Blue Side

    Blue Side

  • Broad Appeal

    Broad Appeal

  • Cascade

    Cascade

  • Cosmopolitan

    Cosmopolitan

  • Formative Traditional

    Formative Traditional

  • Mono Shading

    Mono Shading

  • Point

    Point

  • Simple Red

    Simple Red

  • Subtle Creativity

    Subtle Creativity

  • Tidy

    Tidy

  • Traditional Elegance

    Traditional Elegance

  • Upfront

    Upfront

  • Vibrant

    Vibrant

Professional Functional Resume Templates

The least familiar resume format, the functional resume, is ideal for job seekers with tons of technical skills and achievements but little formal work experience. This is perfect for careers in S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics), if you have a direct connection to the hiring manager, or if you have significant work gaps in your employment history. However, this format is difficult for ATS to read and is best avoided in online applications.

  • Career Pitch

    Career Pitch

  • Cavalier

    Cavalier

  • Foundation

    Foundation

  • Great Experience

    Great Experience

  • Lists Expertises

    Lists Expertises

  • Nonsense

    Nonsense

  • Refined Columns

    Refined Columns

  • Two-Tone Color

    Two-Tone Color

Professional Combination Resume Templates

The combination resume is also known as the hybrid resume: this format combines the strengths of the chronological and functional resumes to let you highlight both your skills and work history on the same document. This format prioritizes the skills section but leaves ample space for you to describe your past job experiences. This combined format is ideal for recent graduates or entrants to the job market, and works for anyone with less than 10 years of job experience.

  • Advertise

    Advertise

  • Bulletin

    Bulletin

  • Call

    Call

  • Score Card

    Score Card

  • Substantial

    Substantial

Best Resume Format For Professionals

We briefly explained the difference between chronological, functional and combination resumes. As the job market expanded and evolved, recruiters, hiring managers and resume writers understood that there are different kinds of job seekers. These resumes reflect those differences and help highlight your unique strengths in various ways. We break down the professional benefits of each resume format below.

Chronological
Pros

Prioritizes work history

Provides a detailed timeline of work experience

Demonstrates career growth

ATS-friendly

Cons

Demonstrates work gaps

Highlights lack of experience

Less focus on skills

Best Suited For

Job seekers with 10+ years of experience

Why

This resume format celebrates career length and advancement. The focus on career growth makes sense for job seekers with previous promotions who are looking for the next step in their career.

Best Avoided By

Career changers

New graduates

Entry-level job seekers

Why

The focus on past jobs is great if you have steady employment. But if you're an entry-level job seeker, the focus on previous work history puts you at a disadvantage. Your lack of formal work experience can end your job search before the crucial interview stage. The same can be said for career changers — the focus on past accomplishments in a different field could make you look like a poor fit for an open role.

Functional
Pros

Prioritizes skills and knowledge

Details all technical accomplishments and certificates

Demonstrates technical compatibility to job

Cons

Difficult to trace work history

Not an ATS-friendly format

Best Suited For

Career changers Applicants with work gaps

Why

This format helps job seekers apply for jobs in new fields or industries because it focuses on transferable skills and relevant work experience, rather than on a detailed job history in an unrelated industry.

Best Avoided By

10+ years of experience

Why

If you have over ten years’ experience and are applying to a job in your industry, you’re probably looking for a mid- to senior-level position. If so, you want to demonstrate career growth and steady advancement in your previous roles. This format offers none of that; it prioritizes skills and technical abilities and could negatively impact your application.

Combination
Pros

Lends equal credit to work history and skill sets

Friendly to most job applicants

ATS-friendly

Cons

Can get lengthy

Best Suited For

Entry-level employees Recent graduates

Why

This format is similar to the chronological resume, but switches the placement of the skills and work history sections to highlight your skills first. Once a recruiter has a good idea of your technical skills, you can describe your related internships, coursework or entry-level jobs.

Best Avoided By

Career changers

Why

Since this format has similar sections to the chronological resume, it holds several of the same pitfalls. Any work gaps or job descriptions that don’t relate to the open job posting could make you seem like a poor candidate.

Pros

Prioritizes work history

Provides a detailed timeline of work experience

Demonstrates career growth

ATS-friendly

Prioritizes skills and knowledge

Details all technical accomplishments and certificates

Demonstrates technical compatibility to job

Lends equal credit to work history and skill sets

Friendly to most job applicants

ATS-friendly

Cons

Demonstrates work gaps

Highlights lack of experience

Less focus on skills

Difficult to trace work history

Not an ATS-friendly format

Can get lengthy

Best Suited For
Job seekers with 10+ years of experience
Career changers Applicants with work gaps
Entry-level employees Recent graduates
Why
This resume format celebrates career length and advancement. The focus on career growth makes sense for job seekers with previous promotions who are looking for the next step in their career.
This format helps job seekers apply for jobs in new fields or industries because it focuses on transferable skills and relevant work experience, rather than on a detailed job history in an unrelated industry.
This format is similar to the chronological resume, but switches the placement of the skills and work history sections to highlight your skills first. Once a recruiter has a good idea of your technical skills, you can describe your related internships, coursework or entry-level jobs.
Best Avoided By

Career changers

New graduates

Entry-level job seekers

10+ years of experience
Career changers
Why
The focus on past jobs is great if you have steady employment. But if you're an entry-level job seeker, the focus on previous work history puts you at a disadvantage. Your lack of formal work experience can end your job search before the crucial interview stage. The same can be said for career changers — the focus on past accomplishments in a different field could make you look like a poor fit for an open role.
If you have over ten years’ experience and are applying to a job in your industry, you’re probably looking for a mid- to senior-level position. If so, you want to demonstrate career growth and steady advancement in your previous roles. This format offers none of that; it prioritizes skills and technical abilities and could negatively impact your application.
Since this format has similar sections to the chronological resume, it holds several of the same pitfalls. Any work gaps or job descriptions that don’t relate to the open job posting could make you seem like a poor candidate.

How to Write a Professional Resume

Writing a resume requires some strategy. We published a detailed guide that helps you write each resume section easily. However, here are a few of our favorite quick writing tips to help you finalize the templates that you downloaded.

Expert Resume Tips and Tricks

1. Scan the job post for repeat words or phrases.

Hiring managers often give you the tools to fit the job description. Their job posts tend to highlight the important aspects of the job — look for any repeated responsibilities or any sections that are highlighted, made bold or italicized. These are your resume keywords. If you have professional experience that matches those resume keywords, put them in your resume. You’ll score higher on ATS and increase your chances of moving to the next round of applicants.

2. Manage your font and size.

After you download your preferred template, check the font choice and style. You want a legible font size between 10-12, although your resume headings can be a bit larger. Keeping a consistent font size makes your resume look neater, but it’s also a friendly design choice that can keep a hiring manager interested in the content of your resume. When in doubt, use a familiar and traditional font like Times New Roman, Helvetica or Arial.

3. Be concise.

Your resume is a summary of your professional accomplishments — it should look like a summary. You’ll have plenty of time to elaborate on your experience in your cover letter or in your interviews, but you don’t want to overwhelm the hiring manager with your resume. Remember: the average job opening sees anywhere between 75-200 applicants. If your resume isn’t easy to skim, you won’t make it past the first round.

Professional Resume FAQ

1. What makes a professional resume template?

A professional resume template consists of several things, including:

1. Skills

2. Work history

3. Professional summary

4. Legible font

5. Strategic section placement

If any of those five are ignored or poorly deployed, the end result can negatively affect your job search. No hiring manager wants to squint at a micro font or wonder why you don’t list any previous jobs.

2. What sections go into a professional resume?

The exact sections that go into a professional resume depend on the format you choose. However, all resumes include the following sections: a summary statement quickly aligning your skill to the open job, a skills section and a detailed experience section. You can see how several of those mandatory resume sections exist in the format breakdown below.

Chronological
Resume Sections

Contact info

Summary statement

Work history

Skills

Education

Optional sections (certifications, relevant coursework, hobbies)

Functional
Resume Sections

Contact info

Summary statement

General skills

Relevant skills

List of qualifications

Education

Optional Sections

Combination
Resume Sections

Contact info

Summary statement

Skills

Work history

Education

Optional sections

Resume Sections

Contact info

Summary statement

Work history

Skills

Education

Optional sections (certifications, relevant coursework, hobbies)

Contact info

Summary statement

General skills

Relevant skills

List of qualifications

Education

Optional Sections

Contact info

Summary statement

Skills

Work history

Education

Optional sections

3. What makes a professional resume objective summary?

The professional resume objective or summary is a short two-three sentence paragraph that sits near the top of your resume. This declaration explains how your experience or skills can align with the goals of the job at hand. For example, if you have ten years of fashion experience and spearheaded critically-acclaimed collections, you can inform the hiring company that you’d like to bring that experience and success to them.

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