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7 Free Resume Templates

Because you shouldn’t be wasting your job seeking time formatting a resume.

 

In honor of all of our readers who are recent graduates looking for their first job, and to those who are looking for a new gig, we offer these seven free resume templates as our way of making your job search a little easier.

We all know first impressions count. Professionally, our resumes are often the first impression a potential employer gets of us. In the same way that it’s important to your chances of landing the job to be well-groomed and dressed like you’re serious, so should your resume.

The problem is…designing a resume sucks. It takes a lot of time to get spacing and formatting right, and that’s time better served focusing on the content, getting in touch with your network, and contacting employers.

So I thought I’d help you out in your search by putting together these seven free resume templates to give you a running start. Inspired by some beautiful examples I found across the web, these templates should help you get started no matter what your industry.

All seven are slightly different in what information is prioritized. Different industries and positions are interested in different info, so be sure to pick the one which makes the most sense for your field. For example, if you’re an engineer, an employer may be most interested in work history or where you went to school. If you’re in the film industry they want to know what skills you have and what you’ve done, while your school history won’t be nearly as important.

Also be mindful of how receptive your field is to design and color. Some technical jobs may want a straight outlined black and white document.

How to Write Your Resume

The rule of thumb is to try and keep your resume to one full page. This may change later in your life if you become an executive, or are an academic, or have a long list of impressive clients or projects. But for now, one page.

If you’re a recent graduate (congrats) you may not have a lot of work history to fill a page. In this case make use of one of the templates that utilizes tabs and negative space such as template 2.

Our own Grant Harris has a great deal of professional experience in Human Resources and HR consulting.

I asked him his thoughts on how an applicant should prepare a resume:

Before finding my true passion for fashion and starting my own image consulting company I spent years in HR as a recruiter. Needless to say I’ve seen a few resumes and been through more than a few interviews in my day. Here are my 5 do’s and don’ts of resume writing. Some may be common sense (unfortunately common sense isn’t so common) and others may not.

DO

1. Use 10-12 point font depending on length.

2. Use a simple, standard font.

3. Use proper margins.  1 inch is fine.

4. Use a professional/executive summary to pinpoint skills and objectives.

5. Use resume paper to print copies. This paper is different than the standard printer type and will make your copy stand out over others.

DON’T

1. Use a lot of colors or overuse italics.

2. Ever use more than 3 pages or fill less than 1.

3. Submit the same resume for every job.  Tailor it to the specific requirements needed.

4. Submit a resume without a cover letter.  The cover letter is an introduction and a manager will look at candidates who write one with more interest than ones who don’t.

5. Lie, embellish, stretch, add, fluff, fudge, or put anything else deceiving in a resume.  It will come out during the interview or worse yet on the job.

Some may disagree with me, but I would advise against listing your high school under education. As a guy who’s been out of college a few years I would never list my high school on my resume, and if I were to see that on a potential hire’s resume I would know immediately this candidate doesn’t have a lot of experience. Highlight impressive or do-well extracurricular activities if need be.

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Note: Initially I was hoping to release these as Google Docs, but I ran into formatting issues when I tried to import them in Google Docs. So be aware that they may not open properly if you don’t open them in Word.

UPDATE: Be sure to check out our 12 MORE Free Resume Templates as well!

All the best!

Primer’s 7 Free Resume Templates

Template 1

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Template 2

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Template 3

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Template 4

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Template 5

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Template 6

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Template 7

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About

Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page.

 
  • Ray

    Having trouble opening the file. It is a winzip and when I try opening it with Word 2007 it tells me there are problems with the content. Any tips?

    • http://www.primermagazine.com Andrew

      Hey Ray, Sorry you’re having trouble. Which template were you trying to open?

    • swag

      then

  • Dan

    Ray –

    In order to open the files, you would first have to unzip the file using a program such as winzip, (can be downloaded at cnet.com). After doing this you will be able to open the file in word.

  • Dave

    I’ve got a resume format that I’ve been using for a few years and just updating as necessary. Perhaps it’s time for a refresh.
    What format would you recommend for an IT professional? It looks like maybe Template 6 based on some of the info in the templates.

    • Hal

      Resumes, most especially for IT, lend themselves to a project based format. Do not use bold for anything except numbers that indicate money or service or reliability that was ; earned or saved or increased or decreased.
      Describe projects thus: Problem I was tasked with, resources (time technology etc) a line or tow about what you did and then, what was the result of implementing your solution? Take away the easy questions, make them think, they will have a higher opinion of you if they are not forced into an interrogation. for more find me on Linkedin
      http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=7748819&trk=hb_tab_pro_top

      • victor

        Hello, my name is Victor. Nice to meet you Hal! Are there schools that teach a person how to put resumes together?

      • victor

        Hey Hal! I red your comment about using a different template. I am currently using a paid website to create my own resumes. The good part about this is that it has a section where you just click what you want it to say for you. All you do is either leave it the way it’s worded or doctor it up to your best decision. I Just started using this website on April 4th and designed a resume for my wife and working on mine now. The other good thing about this is that the website gives you a grade in percentages from 1 to a hundred. I scored an 80% on my wife’s first resume! The name of the website is myPerfectresume.com. You will have one month trial and will pay about $2.95 to start the process but it’s worth it. You can also cancel the service before the end of you month trial.

  • http://www.primermagazine.com Andrew

    Hey Dave,

    I would check out 5, 6, or 7 for IT. All three highlight education and skills, which seem like they’d be important in an IT hire.

  • Dave

    Andrew, thanks for getting back with me! I’ll give those a shot.

  • Gus

    Thanks so much for making these. I was just searching last night for a resume template that was well-designed without looking like it was trying too hard. But about 99% of the free ones I found sucked. These are just the ticket – went with Template 2 for mine.

  • http://www.logodesignguru.com/ Logo design

    Thanks those are really good resume templates. I will definitely use template number 5. It was a very helpful and useful post from you.

  • Curtis

    Hey there,

    I am an writer/editor, which template would you choose? Any other thoughts?

  • http://www.primermagazine.com Andrew

    Curtis, I would consider 1, 2, or 4 and emphasize things you’ve written and your editing experience.

  • Curtis

    thanks Andrew, I appreciate it.

  • Eric

    Hi Andrew, thanks a lot for these! Most of these are much better than the ones I’ve found around the internet…I went with 5 but 7 would’ve been 2nd place. 5 had a simple but contemporary appearance to it, I thought. It didn’t waste a lot of space with a huge indent, allowing me to get more information on it.

    Let’s hope this lands me a job!

  • http://www.primermagazine.com Andrew

    Thanks Eric, I really appreciate that. Good luck with the job!

  • http://www.interactiveresumebuilder.com Paresh

    All I want to say Thanks for the amazing templates

  • http://www.primermagazine.com Andrew

    Thanks Paresh, Glad you like them.

  • Curtis

    Andrew, a question (again!),

    do you have any resources on the language, style and tips for resumes? This would help a lot—especially when keeping with the theme/thrust of these templates (I believe 1 is my choice).

    Curtis

  • http://www.desingerresumes.org/ Designer Resumes

    The information provided on Designer Resumes was very useful. It is always good to know that there are blogs so dedicated to providing information that is seriously concerned with the reader’s needs. Thanks for sharing your insights with us through your blog.

  • René

    Can you recommend me which one to use for a recently graduated engineer college student. Since I am very new to this and I been having a hard time making my resume work.

    Thank You

  • lakeisha

    Thanks for the nice and professional templates!

  • Patty

    Hi Andrew,
    I was on Google looking for resume templates to assist my boyfriend in updating his resume. I saw your website with the tag line “cause you shouldnt have to waste time formatting that shit” and started laughing. I have no idea how to format. I clicked on the site and saw your effective, sleek templates and downloaded two of them. Thank you so much!!! I need to get this done before work and the other templates I had found were really quite boring and ho-hum. Thanks for putting this up to assist us :)

    Patty

    • http://www.primermagazine.com Andrew

      Hey Patty, You’re welcome, glad they’re useful! Best of luck with the job hunt.

  • Keena S

    I have to admit your tagline is what caught my attention!!! This is the first time I’ve had to update a resume in almost 10 years and was going crazy trying to find something that worked for me without having to pay an outrageous price. I appreciate your no-nonsense approach and for the laugh.

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  • timm

    I love the templates you’ve posted. I’m hoping they will aid me in getting a job. I’ve been out of work since 2008. Thank you.

  • http://www.eye-candi.net Candace

    LOL omg “Because you shouldn’t be wasting your time formatting that shit.” <— now that is funny! Jobless and looking for good templates and came across this site, you made my day!

  • http://www.resume4free.com free resume

    I like these templates. I find it easy to just use an online creator. I can then post it online and access it from the road. I found resume4free.com and was happy with the results.

  • http://resumizer.com resume creator

    I agree with the creator idea that is how I do it except I use resumizer.com. I am sure either of them would work equally well!

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  • Shannon

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THESE TEMPLATES! I have literally been searching for two hours to find simple yet sophisticated resumes and these are all great, thank you so so so so so so so so much!

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  • Ron

    I love the first one, much more creative than mine now. My question now is what type of statements would you consider “profile” as opposed to experience. Can you give an example? I unfortunately can’t speak latin, lol.

  • Jamie

    Thanks, Andrew for posting these. I was googling for a resume template but results were too complicated and over decorated CV. Right when I was about to give up I found your site. This is what I need, nice and simple template.

  • dino cornell

    This well work out good thanks!

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  • Erik

    Recently spent last 3 years in the Army right out of High School. Which template for a diesel mechanic/IT hopeful?! These are nice clean resumes. Thanks. HOOAH!!

  • Carla

    Thank you for making these available. I really liked the style of the first resume sample and am using it now. Thank you!

  • Tarneet Sodhi

    Hey…. Really helpful. You are simply awesome!! Thank you for posting these templates.

  • Shrey

    Which sort of tempelate will you recommend for a recent enginnering graduate.

  • Stu

    Thanks — these are great! #5 worked for me

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  • Claire

    As I’m currently a student, I’m not sure which template would be best for me, considering I don’t have an extensive job history (only the one job which i am still working at) which would be best for me to use?

  • Stephanie

    Andrew,

    Your article was very helpful, I was hoping if you can help me solve my situation. I do not know which cv or resume format to use because I am private tutor. I was hoping you could help me because you obviously have a lot of experience in this area. Which format would you recommend and how would you about organization process?

    Thank you
    Steph

  • Connie

    You are my hero now. And I am a 65 yr. old Grandma in Canada.
    I will be using one of these templates to apply for a job I already know I will get, but it still is nice to have a nice resume to present!
    Thank you!

  • Vadim85

    This is simply awesome! Thank you so much! 

    Templates 1 & 4 FTW!

  • Allan Sen

    Really nice

  • Kmjdsik

    mm

  • http://twitter.com/IPv6Freely Chris Jones

    I wouldn’t use any of these, personally. But being a network engineer, a skills-based resume is so much more useful.

  • Josemas

    Very good templates (I personally love the first). I would add to this list a good repository of resumes, classified by professional categories, not bad at all…
    http://www.resumetemplates.org/resumes-directory

    • Franky

      Great resource !

  • Whyspanish

    there in spanish WTF

    • Evan85

      It’s latin.

    • swag

      stop swearing

  • sarathi

    nice templates

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