Featured resume templates
This resume template provides a streamlined look, topped with an attention-grabbing color header.
One of our most popular sample resume templates, this organized design is a good fit for virtually any job.
As the name implies, this resume template conveys energy and confidence with its bold fonts and solid borders.
Class up your professional resume with this spacious design featuring a bold font for the header.
The two-color header font gives this resume template a unique appearance. Section headings are arranged on the left for easy navigation.
This “high-tech” resume template wows with its strong block fonts and colors, leaving you plenty of room to elaborate on skills and work history.
A subtly-shaded header helps this resume template stand out, while the two-column layout provides a crisp look.
This layout uses thin color lines to divide sections, creating a streamlined, organized presentation for your professional resume.
Why our resume templates are the best
From creative resume templates to more straightforward, modern and professional resume designs, we’ve got the right “look” for any job.
We’ve got the best resume templates not only in design, but also for hiring managers and applicant tracking systems (ATS) to easily scan.
Easy to customize
You can adjust your resume template’s layout and design to fit your resume format and specific needs.
We’ll help you build your resume
Pick a template and our Resume Builder will assist you in creating your resume every step of the way.
Free modern resume templates
Use these free resume templates when applying to organizations with strong brands and for jobs where you’re expected to have up-to-the-minute knowledge of business, technology or culture trends.
A monogram graphic for the header and standout color fonts for section headings create a resume outline with a unique look.
Give your resume a fresh presentation using this resume template, which features a prominent header and duotone columns.
This template offers a choice of sharp colors for its header while still preserving an organized, professional appearance.
Thanks to an imposing header and italicized section headings, this resume outline creates a memorable impression without sacrificing readability.
Free professional resume templates
It’s always a safe bet to go with a straightforward, streamlined design. These well-crafted resume templates will always make your resume look sharp.
Use this design for a classic, streamlined look: clean lines and a crisp typeface project efficiency and competence.
This resume template proves that all you need for a compelling resume is a crisp layout with color fonts for essential headings.
Featuring a simple top border and elegant fonts, this straightforward traditional resume template presents your credentials with style.
For a resume outline that communicates your abilities and work history with class, go with this polished template.
Free creative resume templates
Use these resume templates when you need a design that impresses employers and makes an artistic statement, particularly for creative professions where your resume will be treated as a work sample.
Make a bold statement with this stylish resume template which offers customizable colors, strong fonts and a colorful layout.
Thanks to its unique four-quadrant layout, this design turns heads, with plenty of room to elaborate on skills and work experiences.
With a fun “connect the dots” graphic scheme, this resume template makes it easy to navigate each section while preserving an organized layout.
For a clean resume outline with an artistic touch, use this template, which elevates the skills section to the top of the resume in the right column.
Free basic resume templates
Sometimes simple is the way to go, and our no-fuss, no-muss basic templates communicate all your essential information effectively, without the need for extra flourishes.
This layout adds some flair with color headers, yet this clean resume template offers an elegant appearance.
This simple resume template breaks up its black-and-white design with small pops of color in the header for a sophisticated look.
Dividing lines separate each section, enabling quick navigation without sacrificing basic resume template simplicity.
In a subtle twist on the usual simple resume template organization, the job seeker’s name and contact information are presented on the right.
Pick the right resume format
Your resume format will determine how your resume is organized and which resume template you will use. For example, if you’re a first-time job seeker, you’ll want to create a resume that emphasizes your skills and training rather than your work experience (or lack thereof).
Choose your resume format based on these guidelines:
This format emphasizes skills by breaking them into subcategories. It’s perfect for jobs that rely on skills more than experience or if you lack experience.
If you have a few years of experience or are changing careers but can point to essential skills, use this resume format, which features a balance of skills and work experience.
If you can show substantial progression in your career field, or are aiming for a senior position, use this format, which gives you plenty of space to describe your work history.
Follow these resume writing guidelines
Think of a resume as a summary of your career and professional qualifications. In the space of one to two pages, you need to communicate your strengths as an employee and what makes you the best fit for the job.
When creating your resume, focus on customizing it for the specific job: highlighting your skills and work experiences that match what the job needs. Include keywords that show employers (and the ATS systems they use to scan resumes) that your background is in line with what they need. Use strong action verbs and short phrases and bullet points, and keep your resume concise. Our resume templates are all created with these crucial points in mind, so use them as a guide.
For a complete guide on how to write your resume from top to bottom, visit our page on How to Write a Resume.
Write an effective resume summary
Your summary is your first chance to make a good impression with your resume. Think of it as an “elevator pitch” that’s a few sentences long and answers these questions:
- What makes you a good employee? Think in terms of notable skills or achievements.
- What makes you right for the job? Emphasize abilities that fit the job.
To craft an effective summary, visit our How to Write a Resume Summary page.
Create a compelling work history section
In your work history section, avoid listing ordinary everyday duties. Instead, emphasize special projects or achievements that set you apart. Quantify your accomplishments using numbers (e.g., “Managed schedules for 50 employees” or “Headed media campaign that resulted in 23% increase in user subscriptions”). Our How to Write Your Work History Section page provides more pointers.
Organize your resume skills section
Your resume format will determine how you put your skills section together. If you’re displaying more than a handful of skills, organize your skills section by skill categories (e.g., administrative skills, software skills). Be sure to include:
- “Hard” skills: abilities you can learn through study and training, such as knowledge of specific software programs or the ability to perform medical procedures
- “Soft skills”: Intangible traits that tell employers how you can interact with others and approach work, such as attention to detail, conflict resolution or teamwork
For our recommendations on top hard and soft skills to include in your resume, visit our Top Resume Skills page. For more tips on how to best present your skills in all three resume formats, visit our How to Write Your Skills page
For extra guidance, use our resume examples
We have over 1,000 resume examples for all types of jobs, using the templates we feature on this page. Not only do our examples give you polished layouts you can use as the foundation of your resume, but the content in each example has been created by our experts, specifically targeted for every job. Just locate the example for the job you’re interested in on our resume examples page, and tailor the text for the particular job to which you’re applying.
Resume templates for different file formats
PDF Resume Templates
Employers often prefer resumes in PDF format because they’re readable on any browser and can be submitted “as is” for many job applications. The good news? All of our templates on My Perfect Resume can be downloaded as a PDF. For more tips and templates to get you started on a polished PDF, visit our PDF resume template page.
Plain Text Resume Templates
Having a resume in plain text format can help you in several job application situations, such as submitting your resume through an online form or in the body of an email. For a step-by-step guide for composing a resume in plain text (yes, there’s a few rules involved), visit our plain text resume page.
Google Docs Resume Templates
For document sharing and flexibility in format downloads, Google Docs templates are another choice for your resume. For more about the pros and cons of using Google Docs, along with helpful pointers, see our Google Docs templates page.
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Free resume examples for top jobs
You can easily adapt our free resume templates to fit any job — just use these popular examples. For even more resume samples, visit our resume examples page.
Place your qualifications within a resume that conveys professionalism and efficiency using this template.
Show you’re a take-charge personality with a robust design that also reflects your organizational abilities.
Accuracy and reliability are the names of the game for this job, so go with a straightforward, neatly laid-out template.
Give your resume a bit of personality and energy with this colorful, energetic layout featuring dual-color header fonts.
A no-nonsense job requires a no-nonsense resume, and this streamlined template, featuring a crisp header, is just that.
Present yourself as approachable, able and productive using this template, which includes a strong header and color accents.
This sleek design accentuates efficiency and productivity, with dot graphics highlighting each section.
Resume template FAQ
Why should I use a resume template?
Some might argue that using a template “boxes” you into using a design and shows a lack of creativity, but as long as the template has a solid resume outline that passes muster with hiring managers and ATS scans, there’s no downside to using them. If anything, having an employer-ready template saves you from having to create one of your own and worry about whether the layout will be easy to read.
What’s ATS, and how do I make my resume ATS-friendly?
Many employers use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to screen resumes before they reach human eyes. A resume that’s readable and contains the right keywords that match up with what the job needs (e.g., one job might stress “problem-solving” while another might emphasize “customer service”) will have a better chance of passing ATS. Our templates are specifically designed to be readable by ATS. All that you need to do is adjust the content, so you have the right keywords.
How do you use a resume template?
Think of a template as the foundation on which you can build your resume. Once you choose the best resume template for what you need, you can update the content to fit your situation and the job for which you’re applying. Better yet, pick a template and our Resume Builder can walk you through the process and provide helpful job-specific suggestions to fill out your resume along the way.
Which resume template is the best?
The best resume template for you will depend on your experience and skills and the type of job for which you’re applying. Suppose you’re looking at a more senior role that depends heavily on experience. In that case, our professional templates are a good bet, as they make the right impression with a company that values steadiness and efficiency. If you’re eyeing a job that focuses on creativity and cutting-edge work, go with a creative layout that shows off imagination as well as your credentials. If you’re a first-time job seeker or lack experience, use a basic template that can show off your job-ready qualifications and training without resorting to visual bells and whistles.
Do employers prefer one-page resumes?
Employers typically only spend a few seconds scanning an individual resume, so if you can keep your resume one page long while including all the crucial information you want to get across, a one-pager is an excellent way to go. But if you’re applying for a job that favors lots of experience, you shouldn’t hold back from a two-page resume that accommodates all your essential qualifications and work history. Our templates are built to look their best, whether your resume is one or two pages long.
Are your resume templates free?
This page features plenty of free resume templates you can use. Simply click on the template to download it and customize it for your specific needs without charge.
How should I write a cover letter?
Many job applications will ask you to submit a cover letter along with your resume. Keep in mind that your cover letter should complement your resume, not simply repeat it. Hit these points in your cover letter:
- Provide further explanation of why you’re interested in the job and why you think you’re a good fit.
- Give more details about an achievement or skill you have that’s relevant to the job.
- Communicate your enthusiasm for the opportunity.
For step-by-step guidance for writing your letter, visit our How to Write a Cover Letter page.
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