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Updated on Oct 30, 2018. Posted on Mar 1, 2015

21 Free Résumé Designs Every Job Hunter Needs

Step one: Download these templates. Step two: Go get that job!

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1. The left-hand side of this résumé is all business, while the right allows you to express your personality.

Simanto -

Ultimately, both are important when it comes to getting a job.

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2. A résumé acts as your first impression on a potential employer — this beautifully designed one is a good first impression to make.

Al Rayhan -

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3. For when you don't want any frills whatsoever.

Amy Dozier -

This template by Amy Dozier is so useful for almost any job you could possibly be applying for.

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4. This is a great option for someone who doesn't have a ton of work experience.

Fernando Báez -
Fernando Báez -

Most of the emphasis is placed on the applicant's skills and abilities (as opposed to their job history).

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5. This template has an easily changeable background.

Saptarshi Nath -

Read up on color psychology and decide what sort of nonverbal message you wish to communicate.

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6. Monochromatic yet inventive, this is a fantastic design to use when applying for a job in a creative field.

Fay Zodiac -

And if it works for Jack Sparrow, well...get out the rum, because it'll work for you. Just remove the swords (unless you're actually applying to be the captain of a ship, in which case — leave 'em).

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7. Have a pretty impressive background? Try this lean design.

Luke Taylor -

Let your accomplishments speak for themselves.

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8. Here's a template to use when you want to get a lot wordier.

Subtle Creativity by available under Creative Commons.

Sentences upon sentences (but it still doesn't feel cluttered).

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9. A simple template with a few pops of personality.

Tilman Roeder -

The signature and photo add some individuality to an otherwise subdued design.

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10. Education, skills, experience, languages: Everything has its own distinct place on this template.

Clément Loyer -

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11. The well-selected font choices on this résumé make it memorable (and pleasing to the eye).

Pixellegancy -

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12. Using a picture of yourself on your résumé used to be seen as something you should never do...not anymore.

RockStar CV -

Of course, it depends on the job you're applying for, but in may help.

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13. You can fit so much information on this template that it's almost hard to believe it's only one page.

Jonny Evans -

...but it is!

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14. A strong header will — BOOM — draw the eye right to the top of the page.

Hadi Reda -

Make sure that the statement you put there is worthy of that attention; that it's something that will make someone want to keep reading.

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15. Here's a beautiful (less graphically intense) header option.

Amy Dozier -

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16. A minimalist option with two columns.

Creative Formal by available under Creative Commons.

It's called "Creative Formal." That's a fine line to walk, but it works.

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17. Your employment history stacked up in block form.

Creative Bricks by available under Creative Commons.

The dividing lines keep things orderly.

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18. This template is refreshing (and even somewhat relaxing) to look at.

Georgian-Sorin Maxim -

Soothe the eyes of your (possible) future employer.

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19. A polished timeline-style design.

Sm Artists -

Be sure to start with your most recent job and work backward.

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20. If you tend to go overboard with adjectives and adverbs, this template will force you to be succinct.

Asif Aleem -

Don't belabor things: Cut to the point and focus on the facts.

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21. An innovative, foldable choice that reads like an infographic.

Fernando Báez -
Fernando Báez -

Probably not the best design for someone hoping to start a career in finance...but for jobs where quirkiness is appreciated? Definitely.

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