Resume Templates of 2020

The initial phase in making your resume is to pick one of the Resume Templates, running from complex resume format to simple resume layout, depending upon the business or organization you are applying for.

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Why Microsoft Word resume templates are no good

  • It is a very old fashioned way to write a professional resume and takes along time to create
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What is a Resume?

Everything You Need to Know

We all need a resume in our lifetime, whether we want to apply for a job, go back to school, or work as a volunteer. Why? Resumes are a brief summary of our personal and professional experiences, skills, and education. It clearly lays out what we have done thus far in our lives. Not to be confused with a curriculum vitae (CV), which provides more educational history and in-depth information related to employment, a resume is a clearly articulated, bulleted document that organizes everything briefly and neatly. More on why they are different here

Since every job is unique, your resume should be tailored per application process. Be sure to change small details that make you more desirable depending upon the job and sector. In this way, your resume is a “living” document. It’s never totally complete.

What Should I Put on a Resume?

Resumes can be unique and creatively original per person. Therefore, not every resume will look alike. But, there are some basics that should appear on every resume, including:

  • Skills
  • Achievements
  • Professional summary
  • Professional title
  • Work information/history
  • Contact information

Organize the information chronologically, with your most recently held job highlighted at the top. If you have a particular category that is lacking, like professional skills and certificates, put that section at the end, or don’t designate it as its own section. Let your accomplishments take up the bulk of the resume. You can also include volunteer experience, certifications, etc.

Find our more about the skills in this article.

What Should My Resume Look Like for a First Job?

It’s hard to make your first resume – what makes the cut and what doesn’t? Students or new employees should include all past employment, volunteer work, and everything that was accomplished at school to demonstrate potential. Don’t leave out any project or extracurricular activity. Learn more here

How Should I Format a Resume?

You have three formatting options or “resume types”: reverse chronological, functional, and hybrid. The reverse chronological includes listing your most recent experience (this is the most popular option). If you are going into a skills-based industry or to need to give particular emphasis to skills that highlight your competitiveness for the job, then a functional resume is appropriate. There is also a hybrid option if you want to combine both into the format.

How Long Should My Resume Be?

It is recommended to use maximum one page for your resume, especially if you have less than 5-years of work experience. If you have more than 5-years of experience, it’s appropriate to use up to two-pages. It is not recommended to go over that limit (it looks sloppy and overwhelming to the reader). Check how you can builder your resume in just 10 minutes

How Do I Write a Resume Summary?

The resume summary is a two to three-sentence summary of your experience and skills. It should be a “hook” that draws the reader in and highlights your contact information at the top of the resume. Keep it quick, brief, and less than 50-words if possible. You can also offer concrete examples of your achievements as you highlight your unique experience.

How Do I List Skills on a Resume?

There are hard skills and there are soft skills. Hard skills include technical-focused skills, like language skills and computer programming skills. Soft skills are not directly “teachable,” but are just as important as hard skills: leadership, organizational capabilities, and communication skills.

You can highlight both skills on a resume in a way that makes you look impressive. It’s common to provide a skills summary, elaborating on certain skills that are needed for the job position.

What is the Best Resume Template?

There is no “best” template to use for a resume, as different industries/jobs will have different requirements. We recommend analyzing your industry and adapting your resume to highlight what is most important for the job (skills versus job history, etc.).

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How Do I Make a Resume?

Choose one of the available resume templates above, ranging from simple to creative design. Make your choice based on the industry you are working in. If you are still confused, choose a resume that jumps out at your eye. You can always switch between the templates by clicking “templates” in the left menu.

Are The Resume Templates Free?

We also enable users to test premium features in the free template mode. You cannot, however, download a premium template for free.

How Do I Make a Resume Cover Letter?

Simply choose a cover letter sample with the same design and fonts as your resume to ensure continuity. Tailor each cover letter to the employer so there are unique elements in the writing.

What Do I Do if I Am a Student?

Our templates can be used harmoniously with all student resumes or college resumes, whether you are applying to a college, part-time job, or internship. As we have said, you want to keep your resume to one-page if you have less than 5-years of experience. Start here

Who Created the Available Resume Templates?

All of our templates are made by professional graphic designers that have researched thousands of popular and effective resume layouts to give you the best chance at securing the job/education position. Following working with recruiters and employers to make the resumes as desirable as possible, you can rest assured our templates are the best in the industry.

What Are Creative Templates? Simple Templates?

Our creative templates are designed to catch the attention of recruiters immediately. They are best when used in creative, content-driven industries that care about imagery.

The simple template is structured for industries that require “less creativity,” from law and banking, to medical applications. These resumes focus less on appearance and more on highlighted skills.