Writing a resume can be a daunting task unless you use a template to make one. Below are free resume templates and a few premium ones as well.
From the moment we begin the process of creating a resume, it hits us that there’s so much more to a it than what we might have initially anticipated. Some of the biggest issues that arise are as follows: how to present our qualifications, how to talk best about ourselves without sounding egoistic, and how to present our skill set and our experiences in a way that best displays our passion and the areas we specialize in. Because companies can get so many resume applications, it’s inevitable that some will be evaluated according to their style and the first impression they give.
Therefore, it is important that you consider resume writing as a form of art. Don’t build a resume that you intend to send to ten different companies. Employers expect applicants to submit tailored resumes that will speak directly to them. Take this online resume, for example. Nina was hoping to apply for a job at Airbnb. See how well she structured her resume by outlining her research about the company and the ways she could contribute to the organization. Making mistakes in resumes is natural, especially if you are inexperienced, but we should make the necessary steps to avoid them. Do some research online to find out what has helped others to land their perfect jobs.
Developers, designers, engineers, and technology people feel the most pressure when it comes to the hiring process. We recommend for developers to know and avoid the most common mistakes that people make when they create their own resume. At the end of the day, taking your time to polish a resume is going to be of higher value than just trying to spam employers with the hope of landing an interview. It doesn’t have to take you too long to complete one, though. Sometimes, as little as eight minutes is enough.
We want our readers to land the job they have always dreamed of. For that reason, here is a collection of the best free resume templates available in PSD and AI formats. You can begin working with any of these straight away. These are incredible creations by some of the best graphic designers in the designer community right now.
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This is among the most popular Behance projects published ever, which speaks volumes for itself. A free and clean resume template, it focuses on helping you outline the essentials of your previous work experience, educational level, and hobbies for a great flow of all the information. There’s plenty of room to write a personal statement, but as amazing as it is, everything is kept to a bare minimum.
Sometimes, a single page is not enough to talk about all your aspirations, your future intentions for the company, and anything else important about yourself. For some, two pages are enough. In this case, we have a beautiful three-page resume where each page can be used for a different purpose. The first one is all about outlining your skills and your availability for a particular job position. Use the second page to discuss more things about yourself. For the third page, you can highlight other details, such as a preview of a project you’d like to do once you get through.
There really isn’t one go-to resume template for everyone. Resume templates use different design approaches. Ultimately, though, it always comes down to the fact that your resume should convey a clear message about your skills, your experiences, and your qualifications as the perfect candidate for a position. This template, in particular, has a new element added—a sidebar. The main area is for your work experience, while the sidebar can display your most valuable skills.
Minimalism with the right touch of color can do wonders. Surely, this free minimal resume template is going to facilitate your job applications. Its emphasis is on the text, but at the bottom is a hint of color and creativity. Here, there’s room to present your professional skills and proficiency levels in a unique way.
Businesses, startups, companies, whatever you want to call it, are involved in the hiring process from a very professional context. The hiring process is a serious business. With this professional resume template, you will be able to leave an impression of the kind of work that you wish to do at a company, what your expertise is, and how you can best use this expertise to help push the business forward. There’s a lot of room for a cover letter on the back of the original resume, adding that extra flavor that might just result in a job offer for you.
Few of the resume templates here use modern elements, like circles, boxes, and skill bars. This super minimal template focuses solely on text aspects. There’s room for a photo and personal details and a ton of space for discussing your interests and passions in life. The comments left on Behance suggest that this template has worked in others’ favor quite a few times. Also, since the template is in an editable format, you can change the background color.
With hundreds of comments and thousands of likes, Paolo Pettigiani is one self-promotion resume template that is worth checking out. You have a ton of room to discuss your gear that you use within your profession. The in-built layers allow you to display actual examples from your work. Also, you get to list all your important contact details, like social media and email.
A four-piece resume? Who could possibly have so much to say in a resume? Well, probably no one, at least not babble on for hours. Thankfully, there are ways to extend a resume to four pages to be filled with relevant content. The first page is your actual resume, the second is for a cover letter, and the third is for references. The final page is for your portfolio items. This is a simple but very effective way of presenting important info for your application.
This template features a left-hand sidebar where you can display your photograph, professional info, contact details, and skills. You can use the other pages for your cover letter, portfolio, and further details about you. Note, too, that it has a very modern choice of colors. Thousands of Behance user likes confirm the authenticity of this wonderful resume design.
We were surprised to learn that this resume template didn’t have more publicity than it does today. This clean resume template is the first one in our roundup that actually uses a more technical approach to typography. Instead of focusing on external elements, it focuses on internal fonts to make the resume flow in a creative way. We predict this resume template to be a big hit among bloggers, writers, and social media experts who want to apply for new jobs, perhaps with remote work availability. It comes in three different colors, but since PSDs are available, you can easily adjust the color to your liking.
Do you want a resume that resembles a website? We have it right here, in four different colors, too! The resume itself is very minimal. It helps you to talk a bit about yourself, to showcase your education and work timelines, and to showcase your technology skills or any other useful skills. We do like the template, but it’s hard to imagine going far with this one when applying for positions at companies like Apple, Google, or Microsoft. This template will be more appropriate for freelance job applications and the like.
Retro is still good if executed right, and this resume theme definitely shows great execution! You are looking at a deep work of art that must have taken countless hours to complete. The PSD package includes a template that you can modify in three different parts: your profile information, your cover letter, and your portfolio where you can display your work in a selection of different layouts already prebuilt within the template.
We have yet another magnificent minimal resume template that features a smart-object-optimized header. The great visual on the header makes a good contrast against the neat look of the main part of the resume. Experiment for yourself to see what you can make out of it.
A vertical resume? Sure! It makes for a nice piece of art to be put on a desk when not used. Also, once unfolded, it feels more like an infographic than a resume. Still, it is a resume, and it functions as one. Use it to present your bio, to share where you’ve worked and studied, to outline your work experience, to showcase your skills and recognitions, and to provide references.
Remember, though, that employers can always call you out on the stuff that you include in your resume. So, don’t put anything that you can’t account for.
We love material design here at Colorlib. Just take a look at some of the previous material design content we have recently published: material design themes for WordPress, material design admin templates, and the best sites for material design inspiration. Our other posts also talk about material design in one context or another.
This material design resume template is a brilliant example of how web standards and web elements can be effectively transformed and transitioned over to applications like Photoshop and others. We are also truly pleased to find that this template is available for free download. Huge thanks to Px-lab for making it possible.
Freelancers and remote workers, here is the self-promotion resume template you have been waiting for. This template has custom icons to bring the resume to life without having to invest much in colors or other external elements. The template lets you talk about your creative interests, your specialties, your software skills, your education and experience, and your hobbies and interests. It is always helpful for employers to know those things. For one, it makes it easier to plan team activities that would interest the majority of the team.
Have you put up your resume out there with the feeling that it is lacking something? Would you like it to have a more powerful look? Check out this free creative resume design template. It’s a stylish DOC format that will provide your resume the edge it needs. It is light and easy to download in one quick step. The design is simple and sober-looking but with a modern twist. With this template, your resume will be divided into three main sections to show the essentials. The layout draws attention, and your basic personal information gets displayed on a highlighted banner on the top.
Here we have a template that has accumulated several hundreds of likes and comments. This is not even because it’s free but because it’s incredibly modern and without clutter. The focus of each section of the resume is on helping the employer learn about you, and no space is wasted to talk about fluff or anything unnecessary. The color scheme is quite basic, but you can always change that up by editing the original files after downloading them.
Here’s a nice four-in-one package from Alamin Mir. This resume PSD template allows you to create a resume with three different parts: the initial part for your profile and skills, the second part for your cover letter, and the third part for your portfolio. The fourth is the business card template.
If this isn’t appealing to you, check out our roundup of the best business card templates on the web today. All are free for download.
Premium Resume and Cover Letter Templates
We have seen plenty of true works of art so far, but it is time to take it to the next level. You know how we do it here at Colorlib. Free is followed by the best in premium! So, here we go—a little rundown of the best resume templates that you can find in premium markets, with a total of over several thousand purchases. Not only are these templates beautiful, stunning, modern, and flexible; they are also affordable. Check them out, and see if they can make an impact on your job-seeking process.
Acqua Resume by TwoBrains
We begin with Acqua, a clean resume for professional purposes. The whole package consists of three purposeful templates: one for a resume, one for a cover letter, and one for a portfolio. You can edit these templates with your favorite tools, including Word, Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
Modern Resume by ThemeDevisers
This modern resume template is print-ready and professional. It aims to help its users to land jobs through a smooth resume that helps to outline all the important aspects of an application. You can easily manage this template through Photoshop, Illustrator, and Microsoft Word. The layers within the templates are neatly organized for easier management. You can also choose between two preconfigured color schemes, dark and light.
Clean and Professional Resume CV by KonfikKonfik
This clean and professional resume doesn’t leave anything behind. If you need a resume template that allows you to talk about your skills and creative talents from a deep perspective, you will enjoy what this template has to offer. In addition, it incorporates a great typography and is fully print-ready.
Resume Bundle by Graphicalark
Can’t make up your mind about which resume to choose? Why not give this amazing bundle a try? It’s a resume bundle that boasts seven different resume templates, from which you are guaranteed to find one that you can use for your next job application. This bundle features great colors, a great choice of elements and layers, and an overall smooth feel as well.
XX Clean Resume by CodePower
XX Clean will be the perfect template to use when looking to make a lasting first impression. It’s built on top of strong fonts, a great element structure, and neatly organized layers. Editing your resume will be a question of your own skills in your favorite photo-editing app, Photoshop.
Retro Style Resume by Cruzine
Besides the free retro resume template above, here’s another retro template from the premium market. Retro Style is nothing but an amazing way to build resumes with the authentic retro feel. Its packed colors and widgets help job seekers make an impression that lasts.
Visual Resume by Temply
A visual resume is all about visuals—utilizing the visual aspects of a graphic design to allow imagery and overall appearance to speak for themselves. The layers are easy to edit and create according to your preference. This will be an amazing resume to use when applying for jobs in the creative field.
Search Engine Resume by Weird
Here’s an unusual style for a resume—a search engine resume! We can see this template being useful to those applying for jobs within the marketing departments. Whether you are a social media manager or a search engine optimization expert, this template will match your existing skills and your objectives.