Free Resume Templates and Resume Builders

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A resume template provides you with a layout for your resume. That way, you don't have to design the document from scratch. As anyone who has ever stared at the blinking cursor in a blank document knows, starting to create a resume is intimidating. A template can help kick off the process, by laying out certain set sections (name and contact information, for instance) for you to fill out.

Why Use a Resume Template

Designing a professional document is a time-consuming task.

Not only does a template save time, but it always helps you know what sections to include. It's always useful to review resume templates and samples when you are writing your resume, so you can get an idea of what a resume should (and could) look like.

Tips for Using a Resume Template

The best way to use a resume template or sample resume is as starting point. But don't think of it as a fixed-in-stone design. Just because the template uses Times New Roman font does not mean that you're required to stick with that font.

And, if the resume template includes an objectives section, but you'd prefer to have a summary section, you can certainly adjust. In fact, personalizing a resume template is advantageous — after all, nearly any resume template that you can find is probably available to every other job applicant out there as well. That means that hiring managers have likely seen a lot of similar looking resumes.

When you personalize, be sure to play within the boundaries of what's appropriate for a resume. Reviewing several sample options and templates will help you know what's customary — and what's not. For instance, while you can change the font, do make sure to stick with a professional, resume-appropriate font choice.

After reviewing a few options, choose the template which appeals to you most. (Part of this template selection process may involve deciding what type of resume you'd like to have: functional, targeted, chronological, or some hybrid option.)

Once you've selected a template, add your information. Then, tweak and edit the document to personalize your resume, so it highlights your skills and abilities.

Free Resume Templates

Review these resume templates, looking for the option that best suits your career level and background. Remember, this template will just serve as the starting point for creating your own resume. Feel free to tweak and adjust templates as necessary or desired so you can best highlight your own experience.

Resume Samples

As well as looking at resume templates, it may be helpful to look at sample resumes.

Examining how other people describe their experience and adapt templates can be very helpful. This is particularly true if you look at samples which are either at your same career level, or from people within your field. Use sample resumes only for inspiration — do not copy information or phrases. It's important to be honest on your resume, and portray your experience accurately.

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