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Top Modern Resume Templates

You can create your own modern resume in minutes — just grab one of these popular modern templates to get started.


As the name implies, this template features an up-to-date look thanks to its minimalist design, sleek fonts and intelligent spacing.


Give your resume a unique look with this design, which utilizes box graphics for headings and a prominent header space to showcase the job applicant’s name.


A prominent header, clean dividing lines, and strong fonts project confidence and competence in this classy template.


This layout gives the standard professional resume a fresh spin, featuring a mix of colors for the header, along with crisp fonts and spacing.


The sharp graphics and monogram header of this design provide visual interest, even as it organizes your information in easy-to-scan fashion.


Show off some flair with this design, which offers customizable color accents and a solid black header.

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Modern Templates for Modern Careers

Modern resume templates are a perfect fit for jobs that live on the cutting edge, reward flexibility, and seek out innovation. Below are some resume examples for appropriate industries that you can use as a guide for your own resume.


Property manager:
Qualified template

No need for fancy fonts or layouts here — show that you’re on top of your management game by using this classy design, which uses judicious spacing and clean fonts to get the job done.

Real estate agent:
Pacific template

Present yourself as a reliable, efficient agent with this crisp layout. A strong color header at the top will ensure that clients won’t forget your name, while the rest of your document is easily customizable for skills and work history.

Leasing agent:
Knowledgeable template

The elegant fonts, subtly shaded headings and clean design of this template will help portray you as an employee who’s both efficient and stylish — perfect for a job that requires you to be part-facilitator, part-salesperson.


Software engineer:
Strong template

Show that you’re capable and organized with this template, which features strong fonts and a flexible dual-column approach that allows plenty of room for your skills, topped off with a simple but effective header.

Software developer:
Acclaimed template

With headings arranged in the left margin, this design presents your credentials in a crisp, clear manner. The monogram box for the job applicant’s name adds an extra touch of class.

Java developer:
Essence template

Just as you’re expected to be accurate and efficient as a Java developer, show off your organized, efficient side with this layout, which features a shaded header that sets it apart from standard resumes.

For more resume examples and how-to writing guides for specific careers and jobs, visit our Resume Examples section.

The Pros and Cons of Modern Resume Templates

  • 1. A modern resume shows you’re informed on current trends. Instead of being stuck in the past, a modern template visually demonstrates you’re up-to-date with the latest trends and styles in your profession — which is crucial for jobs in fields such as tech, who need candidates eager to embrace contemporary methods.
  • 2. Stand out from a crowd of more conservative resume designs. Who wants to be like everyone else? These layouts give your resume more personality and catch a recruiter’s eye faster than a standard black-and-white resume.
  • 3. Plenty of design options. As you can see from the examples on this page, modern templates come in many styles and layouts — that means you have plenty to choose from if you’re seeking a particular “look” that suits a specific job.
  • 1. Modern templates might not work for all jobs. Some job fields, such as administration, law, finance and prefer a more conservative approach, and aren’t as preoccupied with being “hip” or with the times. In these cases, you might consider a more straightforward, professional template.
  • 2. You need to be careful about certain formats. Make sure that the modern template you choose works for the format. For example, one template might work well with a chronological format, but not work so well for a functional format. To erase any doubt, just use our resume builder, and we can help guide you in putting together the right resume for the right format.
  • 3. You might need something even more “out of the box.” Certain creative occupations in fields such as the arts, entertainment, and graphic and web design might want to see a resume layout that expresses even more of your imagination and personality. In those cases, look towards a creative resume template.


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5 Tips for Using Modern Resume Templates

1. No need to go wild on design. You’ll find that even just an extra dash of style or color in your template is enough. Don’t use unorthodox fonts, or insert more complicated graphic elements like tables and icons — this can befuddle employers, as well as the applicant tracking systems (ATS) they often use to scan resumes.

2. Think modern in your content as well as your template. Just about all resumes have the usual sections — summary statement, skills, work history and education. But don’t be afraid to bust out of the box by featuring additional sections, such as “Awards and Recognitions,” or “Certifications,” or “Projects,” or “Activities,” as long as they feature skills or accomplishments that tell employers you fit what they’re looking for. Just remember to customize your sections (along with the rest of your resume content) for each specific job.

3. Don’t reinvent the (color) wheel. Just as you wouldn’t clutter up your resume with a variety of different fonts, you shouldn’t go crazy with colors in your template. Template colors are easy to change in our resume builder — just experiment with a few looks, and save your document when you have what you want.

4. Leave room for your content to breathe. Your document is defined not only by what’s there, but what’s not there. If you overstuff it with text, employers will be more likely to miss important info. Keep your bullet points and sentences crisp and to-the-point, and follow the lead of our templates for making sure you have generous margins and white space between sections and headers.

5. Make sure your resume is ATS-friendly. There’s plenty of ways you can make sure your content will pass ATS; here’s a rundown of some key tips. A quick way to check if your content is A-OK is to copy and paste it into a plain text version of your resume, and see how it reads.

For expert tips on how to create and polish every section of your resume, go to our How to Write a Resume section.