Template PDFs + How to Create a 
PDF Resume

Build a professional resume with an easy-to-use PDF resume template. Personalize these popular templates to stand out from the competition and get the interview.

Kellie Hanna, CPRW
By Kellie Hanna, CPRW, Career Advice Expert Last Updated: May 25, 2023

Resume Pdf Template

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When reviewing resumes for job applications, employers often prefer the resume to be formatted as a PDF — and for good reason. A PDF is universally readable and can be submitted “as is” for most job applications. Download one of our free resume templates in PDF or easily customize it using our Resume Builder and export it.

Premium PDF resume templates

At My Perfect Resume, we have a large selection of resume templates ready to be exported as PDF. Choose your favorite design, edit it in our Resume Builder and download it, and you’ve got yourself a PDF resume — it’s that simple.

Registered Nurse

A solid choice for jobs across all industries, this template categorizes information in an orderly, easy-to-read fashion, with plenty of space to feature your work history in your PDF resume.

Data Analyst

The two-column layout of this organized, classy template allows you to fit in plenty of details for your skills and work experience sections. A spacious and clean design is a must if you want a resume template in PDF.

Customer Service Manager

The simple graphical elements and different color fonts give this potential PDF resume template a striking look while also making it easy for a hiring manager to scan all of your essential information.


As the template’s name implies, this layout works well for job seekers who can showcase extensive work experience. The monogram design also establishes a personal brand for the candidate.


This template stands out from standard black-and-white PDF resume templates thanks to its colorful header that sets your name and contact information apart from your career information.


Using a simple, minimal layout with a dash of color for the header and important sections, this template makes good use of space so you can have a simple resume sample PDF.


The color in this template’s header makes the job applicant’s name stand out, while the straightforward two-column layout allows plenty of space in this resume sample PDF for skills and work history.


This minimalistic design features strong, simple borders ideal for a PDF resume. This simple yet eye-catching design element sets off the applicant’s contact information and the summary statement.

Project Manager

This template makes the work dates stand out in your job history, making it a good choice for job candidates who want to show steady, continuous career growth.

For more resume examples that use our templates, visit our resume examples section.

Download free resume templates in PDF

If you have Adobe installed on your computer or would prefer to convert a PDF template to Word and edit it, we have the free PDF resume templates for you. For other free templates, check out our professional resume templates, creative resume templates, modern resume templates and simple resume templates.


This editable resume template PDF features two columns with strong fonts and colors, where you can easily elaborate on skills and work experience.


This fillable blank resume template features clean lines and a streamlined look.


With its unique four-quadrant layout, this free downloadable PDF resume template is ideal for creative jobs.

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PDF resume pros and cons


  • Almost everyone can open a PDF. Sending your resume in other file form(ATS) can be tricky if the recipient doesn’t have the right software to open it. Virtually everyone can open a PDF file, whether they’re using a web browser or a free PDF reader.
  • One size fits all. When you submit your resume in a format such as Microsoft Word, it might look very different and sloppy if someone views the resume template in a version of Word that doesn’t use the same fonts or formatting, or views it in another word processing program that isn’t Word. On the other hand, a resume template in PDF format will look the same on all devices.
  • PDF templates are ATS-friendly. As long as your PDF resume is formatted and saved correctly (more on this in a bit), it can be easily scanned by applicant tracking systems (ATS) that employers use to review resumes. You can also use our Resume Builder to create and export your resume as a PDF — it’s quick and easy.


  • You’ll need the original Word version. Suppose you’re creating a PDF resume using Microsoft Word or another program. In that case, you’ll want to have the original document saved to easily edit your resume after being converted into a PDF format. Having a Word file and a PDF resume will make it easy for you to make any necessary changes to the editable document and create multiple PDF resumes. However, you can convert your document into an editable resume template PDF with programs like Adobe or
  • Some recruiters prefer other formats.  Even though PDF resumes are universally accepted, some job applications may request that you submit your resume in another format, such as a Word document.
  • Fancy layouts can throw off ATS. Don’t use charts, graphs, images, text boxes or overly fancy layouts in your PDF resume. Ostentatious PDF resume templates can throw off ATS scans and land your resume in the (virtual) trash before human eyes even see it. Save yourself time and hit the mark with one of our ATS-friendly resume templates you can convert to PDF.

3 Tips for Creating Your Resume PDF

Keep it simple.

This isn’t the time for unique symbols or fancy fonts. Use a standard font that a human (or ATS) can easily glance through, such as Garamond, Arial, Times New Roman or Calibri.

Copy, paste and review.

Want to confirm if your PDF resume is ATS-ready? Simply copy and paste the text from your PDF resume into Microsoft Word or a blank text document. If the information copies over cleanly and is readable, you’re good to go.

Editable resume template pdf

Converting your PDF resume to a different format like Microsoft Word for editing doesn’t always go smoothly, and restoring revisions to PDF can introduce new formatting issues. That’s why our Resume Builder lets you store all the resumes you create and allows you to conveniently update and download new versions in multiple file formats, among them PDF.

How to save your resume as a PDF file

If you’re creating or editing your resume using the following programs, follow these instructions for converting your document into a readable PDF. Remember, you can always make sure your final PDF resume is readable by copying and pasting some text from it into a new text or Word document to see how it looks.

Adobe Photoshop and InDesign

In Photoshop, go under File > Save As, and then choose “Photoshop PDF.” On the next screen, choose the PDF preset. “PDF/X-4” is a good option for a PDF resume.

How to save your resume in pdf format

For InDesign, the process is the same, except you will go under File > Export and then choose “Adobe PDF” for the format.

Microsoft Word

To convert a Word document resume into PDF format, go under File > Export. Choose the “Create a PDF/XPS document” option.

How to convert your word resume to pdf format

The PDF resume file should open automatically in Word for review once you’ve exported it.

Google Docs

Go under File > Download, and choose “PDF” as your download option.

Download your resume in pdf format, etc.

Additional resources for your PDF resume template

Whether you’re downloading a free PDF resume template or using our Resume Builder, here are some expert resources you can use to build a compelling resume and cover letter:


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