Writing a resume can be a daunting task, from the moment we begin the process, it hits us that there’s so much more to a resume than we initially might have anticipated. Some of the biggest questions that arise are; how to position our qualifications, how to best talk about ourselves without sounding egoistic, how to approach our skillset and our experiences that best display our passion and areas we specialize in. Some companies get so many resume applications, it’s inevitable that some applications will come down to their style, and first impression.
Resume writing is somewhat of an art, you don’t want to be building a resume that you will end up sending to ten different companies, these very companies expect from you to tailor a resume that will speak directly to them; take example from this online resume, Nina was hoping to apply for work at AirBNB, and see how well she structured her resume to really outline her beliefs in the company, and also her belief as the perfect canidate for the position. Making mistakes in resumes is natural, especially if we are inexperience, but we should make the necessary steps to avoid such mistakes, and do some research online on what has helped others to land their perfect job.
Developers, designers, engineers, technology people are the ones who will feel the most pressure when it comes to hiring process, we recommend for developers to take their time and analyze their resumes in comparison with this article from Daniela Hedaya, where she talks about the most common mistakes that developers make when they’re writing / creating their own resume. At the very end of the day, taking your time to polish a resume is going to be of much higher value than just trying to spam employers with the hope of landing an interview. A resume doesn’t have to take long to come to fruition, sometimes as little as eight minutes is enough.
We want our readers to land the job they have always dreamed of, the job YOU have always dreamed, and for that reason, here is a collection of the absolutely best free resume templates available in PSD & AI formats that you can begin working with straight away. Incredible work by some of the best graphic designers in the designer community right now. All for free, instant download.
If you want to make your resume more interactive you might want to consider these WordPress and HTML resume vCard templates.
FREE Resume Template by Fernando Baez
This is amongst the most popular Behance projects published ever, which speaks volumes for itself. A free and clean resume template that focuses on helping people like you to outline the essentials of your previous work experience, your education levels, as well as thing like hobbies in such a way that it all flows together. There’s plenty of room to write a personal statement, but as amazing as it is, everything is kept to bare minimum.
3 Page Resume Template by Jahangir Alam Jisan
Sometimes a single page is not enough to discuss all your aspirations, your future intentions for the company, and anything else important about yourself that you’d like to outline. For some, two pages is 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 in a particular job position. The second page can be used to discuss things about yourself, while the third one can be used for anything you like, such as a preview project you’d like to do over at the new company you’re applying for a job for.
Multi-Color Resume Template by Abdullah Al Mamun
There really isn’t one resume template that everyone can go to, and expect great results. People use all kinds of resume templates that use different kind of design approaches, but ultimately it is always going to come down to the fact that your resume should convey a clear message over your skills, your experience, and also why you would be the perfect candidate for the position. It’s quite clear in that sense. Here in this one, there’s a new element added, a sidebar. The main area is for discussing your experience, while the sidebar can be used to display your most valuable skills.
Free Resume Template by Ayoob Ullah
Minimalism with the right touch of color can do wonders, and we for sure know that this free minimal resume template is going to do wonders for your job applications. The emphasis is on text, with a little hint of color and creativity at the bottom of the resume where there’s room to show your professional skills and how well versed you’re within them. It makes all the difference, at least in this case.
Professional Resume and Cover Letter by Adeel Tahir
Businesses, startups, companies, whatever you want to call it — are involved in the hiring process from a very professional context, the hiring process is serious business, and throwing around jobs left and right is unheard of. With this professional resume template, you will be quickly able to leave an impression of the kind of work that you wish to do at the 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 new job for you.
Ultra Minimal Resume by Saptarshi Nath
While “few” of the resume templates here will be using or taking advantage of some modern elements like circles, boxes, skill bars and others, this super minimal template focuses solely on text aspects, something that a traditional resume template would carry within its core. There’s room for a photo, personal details, and a ton of space for discussing yourself, and what your true passions in life are. Comments left on Behance suggest that this template has worked in others favor quite a few times. Also, since the template is in editable format, you can yourself adjust the background color to be any color you like.
Self Promotion CV by Paolo Pettigiani
Hundreds of comments, thousands of likes, if there is one self-promotion resume template one should look into more, then it’s this one from Paolo Pettigiani. You have a ton of room to discuss your gear that you use within your profession, there are a ton of in-built layers for displaying actual examples from your work; whether you’re a creative, or a photographer, and you get to enlist all your important contact details, like social media and email.
Professional Resume / CV – 4 Pieces by Naz Drag Studio
A four piece resume? Who could possibly talk for so long in something like a resume? Well, probably no one, at least not babble on for hours, but there are other ways to extend four pages of resume to be filled with relevant content that might truly ensure your position (at least an interview) at the company you’re applying at. The first page is your actual resume, the second page is for a cover letter, the third page is for references, and the final, fourth, page is for your portfolio items. Simple, but very effective.
Free Resume Template with Cover Letter by Alamin Mir
Here is a very similar template to the one above, with the exception that this one uses a left-hand sidebar where you can display your photograph, your contact details, and your skill experience, while all other pages will be suitable for discussing your cover letter, displaying your portfolio and generally talking about you. Very modern choice of colors, thousands of Behance user likes confirm the authenticity of this wonderful resume design.
Clean Resume Template by Gioele Di Falco
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, and 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 amongst bloggers, writers and social media experts who want to apply for new jobs, perhaps with remote work availability. Comes in three different colors, but given the fact that PSD’s are available, you can make the color to be any color you like.
4 Colors Resume Template by Imran Khan
Want a resume that resembles something the likes of 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 also to show your technology skills, or any other skills that you’re very aware of. We do like the template, but it’s hard to imagine going far with this one when applying for positions at companies like Apple, or Google, or Microsoft, this template will be more fitted for applying to freelance jobs and such.
Free Resume, Letter & Portfolio Template by Angga Baskara
Retro is still good, if executed right. And boy is this resume theme executed well! 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, the profile information of yourself, your cover letter, and also your portfolio where you can display your work in a selection of different layouts, already pre-built within the template.
Free Minimalistic & Clean Resume by Mats-Peter Forss
We have yet another magnificent minimal resume template that has a smart objects optimized header for taking advantage of visual apperance on your resume. In the demo we can see how the gray background color adds contrast to the white color scheme of the actual resume itself, experiment for yourself to see what you can make out of it.
Vertical Resume Template by Fernando Baez
A vertical resume? Sure! It makes for a nice piece of art to be put on a desk when not used, but then once it is unfolded, it feels more like an infographic than it does a resume, but of course it is a resume and it still functions as one, giving you the capabilities to talk about your bio, to discuss your past locations where you’ve worked and studied, to outline your best work experience, to talk about your skills, and even recognitions and references that will be helpful for the employer to decide on whether to interview you or not.
Remember, employers can always call you out on the stuff that you mention within your resume, don’t put stuff on that you can’t account for, because you never know when you might be called out for it.
Material Design Resume, CV & Portfolio by Px-Lab
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, as well as the best sites for material design inspiration, and so many other posts that talk about material design in one context or the other.
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 were truly inspired to find that this template is available for free download, and huge thanks goes out to Px-Lab for making it possible.
Free Creative Resume Template by Daniel Hollander
Hundreds of likes, and even more people watching over the template, this creative resume style will be of great use in situations where you wish to apply for jobs at startups, small businesses, even big businesses actually, or any other situation where a resume plays a key role in landing that important interview. There are several sidebar colors available, where each one make the template feel and look completely differently, in a new and unique way.
Resume Template for Self-Promotion (+Icons) by Tolgahan Yurtseven
Freelancers and remote workers, here is the resume you have been waiting for, a self-promotion resume template that’s complimented with 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, software skills, your education and experience, and also your hobbies and interests — it’s always helpful for the employer to know what those are, since it makes it easier to plan team activities that would interest the majority of the team.
Free Resume Template by Muhamad Reza Adityawarman
Here we have a template that has accumulated several hundred likes and comments, not because it’s free, but because it’s incredibly modern, and there’s no clutter to be seen anywhere. Each section of the resume is thoroughly focused on helping the employer learn about you, and no space is wasted to talk about fluff or anything of that nature. Color scheme is quite shallow, but you can always change that up by editing the original files after download.
Free Resume with Business Card by Alamin Mir
Here’s a nice four in one package from Alamin Mir. A resume template PSD that allows you to create a resume that consists of three different parts: the initial part where you discuss yourself, your skills and such, the second part where you write a cover letter, and the third part where you show your future employer your previous work in the form of a portfolio. The fourth element to this resume template is a business card template; but if you didn’t seem to find it appealing, please check out our previous roundup of the best business card templates on the web today. All free for download.
Premium Resume and Cover Letter Templates
That also concludes our list of free resume templates. We saw some 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! And here we go, a little rundown of the best resume templates that you can find in premium markets, total of over several thousand purchases, not only are these templates beautiful, stunning, modern and flexible — they’re also affordable. Get exploring and maybe you are spotting something that you feel is going to 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 portfolio. You can edit these templates with your favorite tools, including Word, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
Modern Resume by ThemeDevisers
Modern Resume template is a print-ready modern, professional template that aims to help its users to land their job by having a smooth resume that helps to outline all the important aspects of your application. You can easily manage this template through Photoshop, Illustrator and Microsoft Word. The layers within the templates are neatly organized for easier management. Comes with two pre-configured color schemes, dark and light.
Clean and Professional Resume CV by KonfikKonfik
Clean and professional resume that 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. Has great typography incorporated, 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, amongst which you are guaranteed to find one that will really feel like the one to use for your next job application. Great colors, great choice of elements and layers, and overall smooth feel to all the templates within the bundle.
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, great element structure, and because all layers have been neatly organized, editing your resume will be a question of your own skills within your favorite photo editing app; Photoshop.
Retro Style Resume by Cruzine
We had one free Retro template we listed in this post, we wanted to extend on that by listing one that’s on the premium market, and Retro Style is nothing but an amazing way to approach resumes with that authentic retro feel. It’s packed colors and widgets that help job seekers to make an impression that lasts.
Visual Resume by Temply
Visual resume is all about visuals, utilizing visual aspects of graphic design to allow visual imagery and overall visual appearance to speak for itself. Layers are easy to edit and create the way you want them to be. Will be an amazing resume to use when applying for jobs in the creative field.
Search Engine Resume by Weird
Search engine resume, what a style! We see this template not for many uses, but certainly for the use when applying for jobs within the marketing departments. Whether a social media manager, or a search engine optimization expert, this template will compliment nicely your existing skills and your desire to work as a marketing expert within the given company.