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Get a head start on your resume with these 12 free resume templates. The real world is coming. Are you ready? In only a few short months the next wave of new graduates will be entering a tough job market. Impressing potential employers at every stage has never been more important. As a welcome gift into adulthood, I proudly offer these 12 free resume templates to get the new grads and folks looking to switch jobs started.

I've written my own handful of resumes through the years and have talked to a ton of friends and Primer readers about the process. The number one complaint about looking for a job (which means using it to delay the process for months) is writing or updating a resume.

A resume is short, fewer than a couple hundred words. Sometimes it's not even written in complete sentences. It's about a subject no one knows better than ourselves.

And yet it's such a chore. Perhaps the most frustrating thing about the resume writing process is formatting. Getting everything you need to say down and have it packaged neatly is a trial-and-error design challenge.

You're a smart person, this isn't an unmanageable task, but this extra time could be used for the fruit-bearing part of the job seeking process like researching positions, having coffee with contacts, and connecting with others in your network.

To help out, I've created these 12 Microsoft Word resume template designs free to download. Differing in structure, style, and tone the resume templates should cover a wide variety of industries and positions for job seekers. Find a template that makes use of white space for folks with limited job experience. If you've been at it for a few years, find a template that allows for greater detail of your previous responsibilities and experience.

How to Write a Resume

After you've picked a resume template it's time to get down to work on the truly important part: the contents of the resume. A resume designed by the world's best artist without the right content isn't any better than no resume at all.

Here are some resume writing tips from a few seasoned Primer contributors:

  • If you submit the same resume to every job you apply to, you're doing it wrong. There's no such thing as a one-size-fits all resume for every position, even for the same position at different companies. Create a master document, and modify it to reflect the interests of the specific company you're applying to.
  • The job description is the secret to success. The employer is literally telling you what they're looking for, so apply your experience to the keywords they use.
  • Ditch the “Objective” section. This is an outdated part that just takes up space. Everyone's says the same thing: “To have a rewarding and challenging role at an industry-leading organization blah blah blah.” Instead, create a Profile section. This is where you define yourself, work ethic, and experience in your own words. Your overall strengths and impressive accomplishments. Keep it short, no more than a couple of sentences.
  • Don't describe the duties of your previous positions. If you're applying to be an accountant, the hiring manager already knows the duties of an accountant. Instead focus on highlighting your quantifiable contributions to the companies. Don't write “Monitored accounting and related systems for accuracy,” get specific. “Developed new workflows for analyzing accounting across departments that cut errors by 40%” is a specific contribution you made to your previous employer. It shows the kind of value you bring beyond the staple duties of the position.
  • Keep it to one page. You may eventually get to the point where your resume will require more pages to list impressive clients or projects, but until then keep it readable with just one page.
  • Provide more focus to your most recent position. Don't feel the need to detail the specifics of a job you had 5 years ago, since you likely had less responsibility and made less impressive contributions. If your most recent position has 4-8 highlights, use 2-4 for the older ones.
  • Be objective with yourself: know when something is impressive and when it's not. If it reads just like a job responsibility, ditch it or reword it to showcase your expertise.

For more check out Jack Busch's great and detailed feature, “How to Avoid a Dead End Job: Laying the Groundwork for a Fulfilling Career.”

Note: These resume templates were created in and intended for Microsoft Word. The formatting may shift or break if used with other applications, though it should be easily modifiable to look correct. If the template looks different than the example it may be because you don't have the correct font. Simply find a similar one installed on your computer.

All the best to you on your job search! I hope you find my resume templates helpful.

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Having a stunning resume is a great way to stand out in the job market. And by downloading one of these free Photoshop templates, getting that stunning resume is easy.

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To start using Adobe Photoshop, you can download a 30-day free trial — plenty of time to prepare your resume.  To continue using the app, it will cost from $10 per month.

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This ultra crisp and clean template features all of the essential sections for a personal summary, experience, and education. Included are sections for language skills and visual icons to show your particular skillset. These can be removed if they’re not needed. The free download even comes with an attractive cover letter template.

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Resume 2

If your application needs to show off your creative skills, this is a fantastic template to use. The layout is somewhat similar to a website, but looks fantastic when printed. The color scheme is understated enough to ensure you don’t look like you’re trying too hard. Click the link below to see the other page included in the download.

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Resume 3

This is more of a traditional resume, but with a fantastic amount of attention paid to detail. The icon sets (you can change the color of these) guide the reader around the resume, while the subtle background to each section makes this very pleasing to the eye. Within the download are also templates for a portfolio page, cover letter, and business card.

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Resume 4

This two-column resume and matching cover letter may be simple, but they are almost guaranteed to make you stand out from the crowd. Once you’ve mastered some of Photoshop’s very basics10 Websites to Make You a Photoshop Ninja10 Websites to Make You a Photoshop NinjaThe web is full of amazing resources that you can use to become a Photoshop expert in no time. Here are 10 of the best...Read More, you’ll easily be able to move sections around, or change the color schemeFind The Perfect Color Scheme Every Time With Adobe KulerFind The Perfect Color Scheme Every Time With Adobe KulerWhether you're building a website, designing a brochure or painting your spare room; finding the perfect combination of colors can be a daunting task. It often takes more than just personal taste to marry shades...Read More to suit your own style.

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Resume 5

When it comes to stunning resume (and business card) templates, they don’t come much better than this. That it’s free is astonishing! The icons used in the template are included within an icon pack in the free download. As is the business card template. The only downside is that there’s not much space for writing job descriptions etc. in the document.

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Resume 6

This colorful template will shout loudly in a sea of black and white resumes. Though there is no cover letter template included, it should be easy enough to create your own. Just remove all the elements from the page apart from the header, and write your cover letter using the fonts included in the download.

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Resume 7

Unlike some of the other templates so far, this bold design has more room for wordy descriptions.  Don’t make it too wordyUpgrade Your Job Hunt: 3 Quick Ways To Improve Your ResumeUpgrade Your Job Hunt: 3 Quick Ways To Improve Your ResumeYour resume is key to landing that job interview. Technology can help check how readable your CV is, thus increasing your chances of making a good impression.Read More, though! If you’re not too keen on the red color scheme, you can change that with a few mouse clicks. Just make sure to keep with a bold scheme, to ensure the key words and skills stand out just as they do in the image above.

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Resume 8

This beautiful template has a similar layout to resume #2, above, though with somewhat less space for writing about your experience. With a few design tweaks, you should be able to fix this. And you see those social media icons at the top left? These (and those in other templates) can be turned into hyperlinks in Photoshop, so when you send the resume as a PDF file, those icons are clickable. Before adding these links though, ensure your social profiles actually improve your professional image10 Ways Social Media Can Boost Your Career10 Ways Social Media Can Boost Your CareerSocial media can be an invaluable tool when looking for a new job, or even when trying to boost your skills for your current role. Try these ideas and see how you go.Read More.

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Resume 9

This two-column black and white template deserves a special place in this list, as it can even be opened and edited in newer versions of Microsoft Word. If you need instructions on how to use and edit the document, a detailed help file is included in the download.

One thing I’d advise would be to avoid using a photo of yourself in your resume. This can easily be removed from this template. Any judgement should be made on your skills and qualifications, not your physical appearance.

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Resume 10

With this resume, we’re back to simpler, understated templates. This one in particular is incredibly easy for the reader to review at a glance, though you may want to make some of the text a little larger. As another pointer, rating your skills at 50% (as you can see in the right column in this image) is not advisable. You want your skills rated as highly as possible. For those that you cannot rate at least 70%, mention these in another section, or within your cover letter.

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Resume 11

This is the only landscape-oriented template in this list, and its designer will be charging for the template soon, so download it now while it’s free. There’s also a tri-fold version of this template, which you can fold into a resume flyer. This offers a more unique experience for the reader and could really help you to stand out and land that interview3 Tips That'll Instantly Wipe Out Job Interview Anxiety3 Tips That'll Instantly Wipe Out Job Interview AnxietyThe hardest part of getting any job is usually the job interview. These three tips will help you get through the process unscathed, and with a new job.Read More!

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Resume 12

This resume template is a great way to offer a very brief overview of your experience and skills. If you want to add more information, you may prefer a more text-oriented template. That being said, there is also a cover letter template included in this download that you can use to add more information to your application.

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Resume 13

This is a truly unique template that you’ve never seen anything like before. So if you’re applying for a job that requires you to portray a bold and daring personality, this template is definitely worth considering. It also looks great printed in black and white.

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Resume 14

The front page of this template is particularly useful for people who need to include a lot of information in their application. The portfolio page included in this package is too busy for my liking. If you’re more experienced with Photoshop, you should be able to simplify the portfolio template, though.

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Resume 15

The simplicity and “interface” of this template is, I’m sure you’ll agree, amazing. That it is aimed at user interface designers is no surprise, though it could easily be used for a variety of other careers, too. The bullet-point list in the experience section is also a nice touch that offers more information to the reader, while keeping everything concise. The included business card template is pretty nice, too!

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That being said, each of these templates is sure to make your application stand out from your competitors’, and to help you more easily get your foot into the door of your dream job.

Over to you: are there any other Photoshop resume templates you’ve come across that should be included in this list? And do you have any other resume tips that other readers should keep in mind?

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