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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
Browse Through All 40 Basic & Simple Designs
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
Browse Through All 40 Career/Life Situation Designs
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
Browse Through All 40 Creative Designs
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.
Free resume templates designed & selected by RG professionals. Simply choose your favorite and get started. Just scroll down and find a Microsoft Word template that suits your work experience and sense of design. Don’t worry – using a template is perfectly acceptable.
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Table of Contents:
- Resume Template Library 1: Resume Genius' Original Designs - Expert's Choice
- Resume Template Library 2: Advanced Layouts
- Template Library 3: Professional Profile Layouts
- Template Library 4: Creative Layouts
- Template Library 5: Career & Life Situations
- Not Sure Which Template to Choose?
- Should You Use a Resume Template?
Resume Template Library 1: Resume Genius' Original Designs - Expert's Choice
View ALL Classic Designs
The above basic resume library was designed by our resident resume experts and have been battle tested by job seekers. As this set performed the best, we included them in our resume builder software– and now we are offering them to you for free to download in Microsoft Word format. Each professional template comes in five colors. Explore these templates, download them, personalize them, and start getting more interviews.
Resume Template Library 2: Advanced Layouts
View ALL Advanced Designs
Due to the popularity of our professional Microsoft Word templates, we decided to spend more time adding to our database after hearing from customers about what they’d like to see. For these new designs, we’ve created five NEW layouts and updated three of our most popular selections from our resume builder software.
Each resume has its own unique aesthetic — but don’t let that fool you. Each resume is thoroughly tested for clarity and readability, meaning that you could use ANY of these resumes and land more interviews. So have fun, and pick one that suits your sense of design.
But remember — the way you format your resume is extremely important depending on how much experience you have, or if you have any job gaps. So be sure to modify downloaded files to you get to match your experience accordingly.
Template Library 3: Professional Profile Layouts
View ALL Professional Profile Designs
Introducing our newest batch of Microsoft Word templates, hot off the presses. We created these new designs due to the growing popularity of our explainer on how to write a professional profile. People interested in a layout featuring a PP introduction skyrocketed, so we toiled to create 8 brand new HR-approved documents for you to download for free.
Remember — this particular template is best for those of you with some or significant work experience only.
Template Library 4: Creative Layouts
View ALL Creative Resume Designs
Are you having trouble separating yourself from your competitors? Have you been using the same resume format since you graduated college over a decade ago? Then it might be time to add some style to your resume! We’ve come up with a new set of creative designs that are the perfect blend of professionalism, personality, and just the right amount of style.
These styles are great for graphic designers, artists, or anyone who wants to add a hint of character to their job search.
Template Library 5: Career & Life Situations
View ALL Career & Life Situation Resume Designs
Whether it’s entry-level, manager, or executive, every job seeker experiences different phases throughout their career. Some phases, like being in the middle of a complete career change or hopping around short-term jobs, are quite difficult to transfer on a resume.
Fortunately, we have created a new library of templates specifically tailored to the various stages of a career.
Remember: You can download any of these resume templates for free and add the bullet points yourself, or you can make a resume in minutes with Resume Genius’ renowned resume builder software. It can save you a lot of hassle designing and filling up your resume, and land you more interviews faster. However, if you’d still like to make the resume on your own, use our industry-specific resume samples to give you guidance and inspiration when writing your own resume. Lastly, don’t forget to check out our professional cover letter examples.
Not Sure Which Template to Choose?
Should You Use a Resume Template?
The answer is yes — if you want to.
Read: Busting the Resume Template Myth Once and For All
Every person’s experience is unique, so you’ll need to choose a template that best reflects and promotes your skills and experiences.Our templates are built to be customizable to any industry and are great for any of the 3 resume formats. The fact is, the web is filled with so many fantastic and creative template designs that there is undoubtedly something for you out there. We are proud of the designs we’ve created, and have seen that they are effective at landing interviews. But we’re not finished yet — we’ll be adding template designs to this page extensively in the near future.
If you feel like creating your own, that’s fine too. Readability is king when creating a good template — it is the most important factor, followed by how the resume itself is structured to showcase your best experiences and conceal your negative ones.
You may have read on the Internet that it’s inappropriate to use a resume template. You’ll hear these arguments:
1. It shows you’re lazy and uncreative, and unable to design your own
Wrong, it shows you’re efficient. (Creating your own is fine, too.)
2. Since your experience is unique, a resume template won’t cut it.
Wrong again. Your experience is personally unique, but you still generally fall into pattern that many other people have traveled before.
3. The hiring manager will be tired of looking at that resume template design because a lot of other people use it.
That hiring manager should be fired. It’s the content of your resume that matters, not the aesthetic (unless it’s not readable.)
We hope that clears up any misconceptions you may have had. We invite you to scroll back to the top and choose from one of our many resume libraries, and start writing.