Professional and Timeless Resume Templates

Professional

As the name suggests, this popular design presents a crisp, clean look, with a simple header and judicious spacing between sections for maximum readability.

Distinguished

The job applicant’s name is featured in a prominent font in this layout, while the slight indents for each section make it easy for recruiters to scan.

Insightful

Simple but effective use of color makes this design’s header stand out. Section titles are arranged in the left margin for quick reference.

Executive

This layout uses left-justified headings, dark lines and plenty of black-white contrast to create an impression of reliability and integrity.

Bold

This layout offers a bit of flair with its mix of color fonts in the header, while maintaining a neat, structured look for each section underneath.

Knowledgeable

The elegant fonts, shaded headings and clean design of this template will help you portray efficiency and style.

Centered

This template draws the eye in with its vibrant stripe at the top of the page, the centered personal information, and the clear dividing lines that make organizing your information a breeze.

Contempo

This minimalistic template presents your information uniquely, with the text justified to the left and personal information on the right.

Blueprint

Professional doesn’t have to mean boring. This template adds a pop of color to the headings, making your name stand out easily.

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Professional Resume Examples by Industry

Below are some examples of industries that value employees (and resumes) with a professional approach. For even more resume samples for hundreds of jobs, visit our Resume Examples section.

Finance

Financial work requires a strong attention to detail, reliability and trustworthiness — all qualities that are communicated by a professional resume template.

Administrative

Projecting an air of competence, efficiency and helpfulness are critical for this job field. Use these professional examples to build a resume that conveys these traits.

Law

Whether you’re a legal clerk or a law partner, present yourself as a productive, on-the-ball professional in this line of work with the help of these razor-sharp layouts.

When Should You use a Professional Resume Template?

 A professional resume template is best for:

  • More traditional or conventional job roles and industries, like accounting, health care, business and operations, human resources and systems administration.
  • High-level positions, or jobs that require many years of experience. Professional resume layouts are great for featuring an extensive work experience section, with jobs organized in reverse-chronological order.
  • Making it past applicant tracking systems (ATS). A streamlined, professional template is easy for hiring managers to read, and also increases your chances of passing an ATS scan.

A professional resume template may not be best for:

  • More creative industries, like marketing or design. If you’re applying for a role that involves more out-of-the-box thinking, you might want to consider a template with a more striking layout. Fortunately, we have a wide range of creative templates ready for you to use.
  • Situations where you want to make a bigger visual statement. While a professional resume template presents your qualifications in a very clear, readable fashion, you run the risk of having a resume that looks similar to other resume submissions. If you want to stand out from the crowd, check out our more unique designs on our templates page.

Do’s and Don’ts of a Professional Resume

Do

  • Customize your resume for different job opportunities. You can do this by writing in your resume keywords found in the job posting that apply to you, such as specific skills or attributes they’re looking for. This will help you look like a more suitable candidate for the job.
  • Use quantifiable achievements to better portray your tasks and responsibilities. Instead of just writing “Answered calls,” include important details: “Answered an average of 70 calls per day to address customer inquiries and concerns.”
  • Proofread your resume to make sure there are no spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. Hiring managers are less likely to interview candidates with a resume that has grammatical mistakes. Our Resume Builder has a spell-checking tool that marks out any errors in your resume and helps you fix them.

Don’t

  • Include experiences, skills or information that aren’t relevant to the job you’re applying for. As we noted under “Do’s,” it’s best to tailor your resume to the job at hand and only include information that could be valuable to the employer.
  • Exceed one page unless you have 10+ years of continuous work experience in that field, are applying for a senior position, or work in a highly technical field. Recruiters and hiring managers spend less than a minute reviewing resumes.
  • Include references or the phrase “References available upon request.” It takes up valuable space, and the hiring manager will request your references when they’re ready to extend an offer.
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