If you’re looking for free, downloadable resume templates, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re an entry-level, professional, or executive level candidate, we have an HR-approved resume template best suited for you. Simply browse through our template libraries, download your favorite into Microsoft Word, and plug in your own work experience. It doesn’t get any easier than that — almost.
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Table of Contents
- Basic & Simple Resume Templates
- Career & Life Situation Resume Templates
- Creative Resume Templates
- Can You Use a Template? (Hint: The answer is yes)
#1: Basic & Simple Resume Templates
For nearly a decade, job seekers have been using our tried and true Basic & Simple Designs. And guess what — they’re still landing people tons of interviews. If you’re wondering about the names, well, our resume experts happen to be animal lovers — who isn’t? But don’t let the fun names fool you. Our Microsoft Word templates are Applicant Tracking System bulletproof, and consistently perform for job seekers. No matter what level of job seeker you are, there is a design in this library that’s best suited for you.
#2: Career & Life Situation Resume Templates
No two job seekers are alike — from executives and students to career changers and stay-at-home moms, everyone has their own unique challenges. So, sometimes the “standard” resume format just won’t cut it. Depending on your life and career situation, you may need a unique resume that best fits your experience.
That’s why we built our second resume design library to target specific types of job seekers. We considered the issues that each type of job seeker encounters when creating a resume, and tailored a specific template that’s best suited to help them overcome these challenges.
#3: Creative Resume Templates
Even with a professionally written resume, standing out from a crowd of thousands of job seekers is tough. Depending on the industry or position you are applying for, it may require you to add some personality. If you’re curious about how to tweak the visual elements in Microsoft Word and add a little flair to your resume, check out our comprehensive guide on resume aesthetics.
To give you a better chance of capturing the attention of employers, we created eight innovative designs. Each design utilizes stylistic elements that are meant to spotlight specific sections of your resume, and present you as the best candidate possible.
Can You Use a Resume Template?
For those of you worried about using a template, don’t be.
Using a resume template has become an acceptable and smart practice for a number of reasons.
We know that you may have some concerns about using one, so we’ve taken the liberty of debunking the biggest myths about using a templates below.
Myth 1: Hiring managers look down on candidates that use them
Hiring managers want a resume which is professional, well-written, well-formatted, and comprehensive. We’d know, because those are precisely the requirements the HR professionals who design our templates work with. Each and every one of our templates is made by HR professionals who know the best resume qualities that will capture a hiring manager’s attention.
Myth 2: Using a Microsoft Word template won’t allow you to stand out from the crowd
Put yourself in the shoes of a hiring manager. Would you rather read:
a) Yet another resume that was poorly structured and patchy (but made from scratch) or,
b) A cohesive and professional resume?
If you chose b), you’re on the money. There is no doubt that a resume which is both cohesive and professional will have a far better chance of standing out of the crowd – even if it’s made using a template.
The give you a framework for creating your individual, unique resume. Once you add your personal ‘stamp’ to it through imputing your unique skills, professional experiences, and wording, it will stand out of the crowd for all the right reasons.
Myth 3: For such an important document, it feels lazy not to make it from scratch
Using a template doesn’t make you lazy by any means. It makes you efficient, and resourceful.
Making use of a resource that will not only save you time, but is proven to elevate your chances of scoring a job simply makes sense. You could try to navigate the perilous lands of Microsoft Word formatting, develop a solid resume structure, and come up with line after line about why you’re the best candidate.
Or you could use one of our HR-approved templates. It’s your choice.