Modern Resume Templates

Classic resume templates with a modern twist

From flexible freelance work to positions at new startups, many modern jobs require modern resumes. An outstanding modern resume can show off your skills using new strategies to impress employers.

A modern resume prioritizes what’s important in today’s job market. As explained in this infographic from Entrepreneur.com, you’ll need to consider things like font choice and machine readability, in addition to resume content.

That’s right: it’s possible that a machine, and not a person, will be first to look over your resume. However, a modern resume shouldn’t neglect the style and formatting that will make it stand out to a human reader.

Modern Resume Design

Busy hiring managers won’t spend much time with your resume before deciding whether or not to discard it, so design is very important.

A modern resume should be easy to read and attractively designed. Here are some of the major elements to consider in a modern professional resume.

Looking for something even more creative? See our infographic resume template library.

Font

On modern resumes, fonts are important.

Historically, Times New Roman was the default choice for resumes. On a modern resume though, this old-fashioned font can be seen as dated, even boring.

To impress a modern employer, a modern font is best. Avoid overused fonts like Arial, and choose a more interesting option, like Helvetica Neue or Georgia. Georgia is a particularly good choice as it was designed to be easily read on a screen.

Color

Color is a good way to make your modern resume shine. Now that resumes are often provided online, the expense of color printing is avoided and adding color to your resume is a non-issue.

When using color, keep the palette simple and professional. You might color only your section headers, or you could choose a template with a colored design from our options below.

Always use colors that are easy to see. Darker colors, like navy and burgundy, will look best for text. Light colors, like yellow, are too difficult to read, and they look unprofessional.

Skimmability

A hiring manager probably isn’t going to read your resume top to bottom until after you’ve made it through the initial selection process. They often make those initial decisions in a matter of seconds.

Find ways to highlight the most important information to help guide those who are just skimming resumes. You might use bold fonts to highlight your major achievements, or color to draw the eye to the sections you want noticed first.

White space on your resume allows for easy skimming, so don’t stuff your resume with excess information. Use bullet points if you’re making a list of achievements, for example.

If there’s a common acronym or abbreviation for a term in your industry, be sure to spell it out at least once in your resume, in case the person reading your resume is not familiar with the abbreviation. This also helps keep applicant tracking systems from screening out your resume (more on those later).

Length

One page resumes are great, but modern resumes are often longer.

A two-page resume could be appropriate if you have a lot of work experience. Employers would rather read a two-page professional resume than a one-page resume that’s crammed with information in a tiny font.

What’s important is to make sure that everything on your resume is essential. Two pages of relevant information is good; two pages of filler is not. Concern yourself less about your resume’s length than about the quality of its content.

Obvious information, such as “References Available Upon Request,” can be left out.

Modern Resume Format

Your modern resume will contain the same sections that would go on any resume, such as contact information, work experience, and education. However, a modern design must format this information in a way that’s helpful to a modern employer. Modern employers are likely to be reading your resume online rather than on paper, for example, and may want details that you wouldn’t see on a traditional resume. In this section, we’ll discuss what modern employers are looking for and how to format your resume accordingly.

Social Media

Add hyperlinks to your relevant social media and email address on your resume, suggests Wendy Enelow, who co-wrote Modernize Your Resume: Get Noticed…Get Hired. This makes it easy for a modern employer to look you up and contact you, since they’ll likely be viewing your resume online.

If you have a thoroughly filled out LinkedIn account with lots of references, hyperlink it in your Contact Information section. If you’re applying for a job that will involve social media use, such as online reputation management, include links to your other social media accounts too, like Twitter and Instagram.

Make sure to keep those social media accounts professional and polished. They should be actively used, have high-quality profile pictures, and be filled with content that employers will want to see.

If you want to learn to use your social media more effectively before putting it on your resume, there are free resources to help you. For example, HootSuite has an excellent free training program on social media marketing practices.

Contact Information

In addition to social media, the rest of your contact information should be modernized too.

A modern resume doesn’t need your full residential address; in fact, that can put you at a higher risk for identity theft. Include just your city, state, and zip code.

If you have a personal website, published writing samples, or an online portfolio, link that in your Contact Information section, as long as it’s relevant to your desired job.

Professional Summary

Objectives are considered outdated in a modern job resume. It can be assumed that an employer already knows what your objective is, since they have your resume in their hands.

Instead you may want to include a professional summary that states what you have to offer the employer as a candidate, instead of what you’re looking for. This is an especially good idea if you have a lot of work history.

Your professional summary should be a synopsis of your job history and could include your years of experience, job history highlights, and major accomplishments.

Achievements

Some jobs, like medical assisting, require a specific skill set that should go in a Skills section. For a job that doesn’t require such specific knowledge, don’t have a Skills section, and list your achievements instead.

Achievements don’t generally need their own separate section, unless you have a lot of measurable achievements to list. You can work them into your Experience or Work History section.

Get rid of the list of duties performed, and tell potential employers about things you accomplished or skills you mastered at each past job. If you can include specifics or numbers, that’s even better. Write the name of the new software you learned, or the percentage by which you increased sales at your last job.

Machine Readability

Many modern companies, especially medium to large ones, will use a software program to screen resumes. These applicant tracking systems (ATS) weed out resumes that appear to be a poor fit for the job. It’s important to take a strategic approach so your resume makes the cut.

There are a number of proven tactics for making your resume ATS-friendly. Check out our ATS resume templates and writing guide for more details.

Modern Resume Examples

We have many excellent modern resume examples, from simple to creative and everything in between. Choose a chronological, functional, or combination modern resume that fits your needs.

All of our free resume samples can be easily downloaded, edited, and printed. Take a look at these examples, then use the above guidelines to fill one in with your own unique content. Our modern resume templates will help you get the modern job you want!

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