We all know first impressions count. Professionally, our resumes are often the first impression a potential employer gets of us. In the same way that it’s important to your chances of landing the job to be well-groomed and dressed like you’re serious, so should your resume. Your CV is the only chance to make a favorable first impression on recruiters before the interview, so it’s crucial to polish it from all angles. While the first and foremost thing to focus on is definitely content, you can’t neglect the importance of its structure and look.
Designing a resume might take a lot of time to get spacing and formatting right, and that’s time better served focusing on the content, getting in touch with your network, and contacting employers.
So we thought it would help you out by putting together these 30 free resume templates to give you a running start. Inspired by some beautiful examples we found across the web, these templates should help you get started no matter what your industry.
Before finding my true passion for fashion and starting my own image consulting company I spent years in HR as a recruiter. Needless to say I’ve seen a few resumes and been through more than a few interviews in my day. Here are my 5 do’s and don’ts of resume writing. Some may be common sense (unfortunately common sense isn’t so common) and others may not.
1. Use 10-12 point font depending on length.
2. Use a simple, standard font.
3. Use proper margins. 1 inch is fine.
4. Use a professional/executive summary to pinpoint skills and objectives.
5. Use resume paper to print copies. This paper is different than the standard printer type and will make your copy stand out over others.
1. Use a lot of colors or overuse italics.
2. Ever use more than 3 pages or fill less than 1.
3. Submit the same resume for every job. Tailor it to the specific requirements needed.
4. Submit a resume without a cover letter. The cover letter is an introduction and a manager will look at candidates who write one with more interest than ones who don’t.
5. Lie, embellish, stretch, add, fluff, fudge, or put anything else deceiving in a resume. It will come out during the interview or worse yet on the job.
Some may disagree with me, but I would advise against listing your high school under education. As a guy who’s been out of college a few years I would never list my high school on my resume, and if I were to see that on a potential hire’s resume I would know immediately this candidate doesn’t have a lot of experience. Highlight impressive or do-well extracurricular activities if need be.
Free Professional Resume Template
Looking for a smart way to get the recruiters attention? This free CV template is what you are searching for. Just edit it with your own details using Microsoft Word and you are all set!
Free Creative Resume for Architects and Designers (Exclusive in Word, Pdf)
Always looked for a brilliantly designed resume for your personal use ? This free cv template will guide you to build a resume of your dreams. I have included Word docX and Pdf documents for easy editing. You can later print the A4 resume in high quality 300dpi output as well.
Free Resume Template
The content of this CV can be edited to your resume needs quite easily as this resume template has a clean layout to present your skills.
FREE Resume + Cover Letter
Ready to download, edit and use. You can print it, save as PDF or attach in e-mail. Stand out of the crowd with this highly professional, premium template.
Free Resume Design (.AI , Docx, PDF)
A mighty resume template for free download which can be used for your personal resume. This free resume template can be edited with Illustrator software only.
Free Minimalistic & Clean Resume | Word, PSD & AI
A clean minimal template with rich deails to showcase your resume along with a nice cover letter. The psd is well layered and nicely grouped with smart objects and this kit also contains a illustrator ai file.
Minimal resume Download (PSD, Word, Mockups)
A resume or CV template which delivers a minimalist look for your personal resume and you can download this template in psd format. A set of five mockups will give your resume a chill look and you will get complete control over word documents as well which you can print easily.
Free Resume template – vol. 2 (PSD)
A simple resume, fully editable, A4 size, all layers are named and grouped. High-quality PSD file.
Simple Resume Template (Doc, Docx, IDML, INDD)
Craft your personal resumes in a simple and elegant way with this free PSD download of the template. You must have Microsoft word or any alternative word processor to open this file. Other formats include Adobe Indesign. A cover letter is also included with this kit.
Free Resume templates – vol. 3 (PSD)
An other simple resume, fully editable, A4 size, all layers are named and grouped. Font used: Roboto Light, Thin, Regular & Bold.
Creative Resume Template (AI, DOC, DOCX)
Have you ever thought of having a creative resume template which can be a gateway to your new job or impressing your clients. This free template we introduce here today is one of a kind which you an download and use for any purpose. Make your skills set popup with this template as it comes in illustrator ai file and also for Microsoft word in DocX and Doc Formats which is put separate for you to download.
Vertical Resume Template
Like to have something creative for your resume? This is a template unlike any other you might have come across as it is a totally different version of what you have seen and it features a magazine style. You can download this one in Illustrator and Word formats.
Cover, Resume, Portfolio PSD
As the naming goes this zip file contains three psd files to build your personal resume, cover letter and a portfolio web template if you like. All layers are well grouped for easy editing and you can easily manage it photoshop.
Resume Template PSD
A personalized resume with fields designed to showcase all your skill sets, work portfolio, references and much more. The two page psd file will give you much more to add your experience to your personal resume. This sample is much suited for designers and web developers but can be used for any purpose .
Free Creative Resume PSD
A resume version for those who are a bit high on the creative side for everything and like to showcase their personal resume in style. The PSD file comes well layered for easy editing of text and images.
Creative Resume Template | PSD, DOCX, PDF
An awesome free PSD template which has two variants in white and black colored theme to setup resume for your professional work portfolio. This download has been updated and we have added word compatible DOCX format for you to work with.
Free Resume / CV pack (.PSD, .AI)
Get this Package which includes 2 CV Print Versions in illustrator Ai format and also a free Business Card – Ai file. DocX version will be suitable for MS office users who like to have easy editing of pages.
Download Free Resume template (.AI)
A superb and simple designer’s resume template which comes in dual fonts like Opensans, Proxima Nova can be used for cover letter and resume.
Vita / Resume / CV InDesign Template
A free resume template in InDesign format.
283 Freebie Resume & cover letter (Microsoft Word)
A standard CV for a design profile info with the help of photoshop PSD file. The font used is Ubuntu.
Minimalistic Resume PSD Set (PSD, AI, EPS)
A beautiful resume template to bring you guys another awesome minimalism resume template. A unique template where you have the freedom to use as many pages as you want just duplicate the layers and edit.
Free Resume/CV PSD
A fully free CV template in PSD free to download for public and for any usage.
Free Resume Template Download
A cool resume design by rabbe007 which is available as free PSD download.
Free Creative Resume Template (PSD)
This free resume and cover letter template is available in Green, Blue, Orange color options.
Free Resume template – vol. 1 (PSD)
A personal resume template for free download.
Professional Resume templates Set (PSD, EPS, AI) (Cost $6)
An easy to use PSD, AI file which can be customized to alter the header – layout with or without a photo included in each file. Easy to combine the templates or change the color and comes with over 5 premade skins.