16 + Fresh Resume Design Templates + Tips for 2024

Create a job-winning resume with the resume design ideas and templates on this page. We have 16+ resume designs in various styles, including professional, modern and creative. Plus, we give DIY resume design tips to help you craft your perfect resume.

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by Eric Ciechanowski  Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) 
Last Updated: May 24, 2023  
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Resume design ideas + examples

Check out these sample resume designs. You can customize these to your specifications in our top-notch Resume Builder.

Professional resume design examples

These professional designs are clean and buttoned-up. That makes them well-suited for many office or business roles.

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Simple resume design examples

Basic, straightforward resume designs like these focus on your resume’s content. They’re appropriate for many types of hands-on, retail or labor jobs.

Modern resume design examples

Cutting-edge resume designs show how up-to-date you are with modern trends. They’re perfect for jobs in tech or modern industries like marketing.

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Creative resume design examples

Unique and edgy designs are best for roles in creative or visual fields. They use bold colors and decorative flourish to showcase your creative side.

How to design a
resume in 9 steps

The easiest way to design a resume is by using our Resume Builder. There are 25+ pre-loaded designs you access in a single click!

Not only will the builder save you time, but you’ll also have options ensuring you like how your resume looks! You can have your resume ready in just 15 minutes.

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Next, we’ll cover the DIY way to design resumes.

We’ll outline some of the biggest tricks to ensure your resume is easily read and can pass an applicant tracking system (ATS) scan. Many companies use ATS software to sort applicants by scanning their resumes for specific keywords.

If an ATS can’t read your resume, a human may never see it! Follow these steps to ensure that you pass an ATS and write a great resume.

STEP 1

Choose the right font

You have many options for fonts. While you want the font to be something you like, it must also be clean and easy to read by machines and humans alike.

For the cleanest look, use sans serif fonts like:

  • Arial
  • Calibri
  • Nunito
  • Helvetica
  • Roboto
  • Rubik
  • Tahoma
  • Verdana

They’re sleek, current and reader-friendly.

For a more formal or classic look, these fonts work well:

  • Cambria
  • Georgia
  • Times New Roman

However, serif fonts are harder to read. So, avoid using these unless you’re applying for a job in a more old-timey profession, like medicine or law.

Pro Tip

PRO TIP

Consider using the same font the business uses to brand itself if you recognize it. It will show that you’ve done your research and fit their style!

STEP 2

Set the margins

Use 1-inch margins, the industry standard for all professional documents.

Google Docs and Microsoft Word use 1-inch as the standard margin setup. Using a different margin size may make your resume design look too crammed or empty.

Also, 1-inch margins are necessary to help your resume pass an ATS scan. Most ATS software is programmed to read your document as having 1-inch margins; anything else may cause your resume to get discarded.

STEP 3

Divide your resume into sections

Most resumes have five standard sections:

You can also add sections to the standard five if it helps your job application provide extra, relevant information. Sections like “Awards and Honors” or “Certifications” may help sell your abilities to employers.

At any rate, keeping your information separate and organized will significantly help the person reviewing it!

STEP 4

Make the resume header pop

The goal of your resume header is to be welcoming and visually pleasing to an employer’s eyes.

A little bit of color or design element, such as making the initials of your name larger, could make your resume header more eye-catching.

If a design flourish is on any part of your resume, it should be in the header.

STEP 5

Use clear section headlines

Resume design relies on how your sections are separated and labeled. Clear sections make it easier for a hiring manager to scan your resume for the information they seek.

Avoid using atypical section headings unless they’re useful. For example, you could divide your skills into hard skills and interpersonal skills.

Just make sure the section headings are easy-to-read, only two-to-three words, and describe the information the reader will find there.

STEP 6

Make wise use of white space

White space makes your resume readable because it provides room for the eyes to breathe.

If your resume lacks white space or is crammed with text, it may look like a headache for your reader. They may skip it altogether.

Find the right visual balance and give your sections clear separation.

STEP 7

Use bullet points with care

Bullet points have become a modern standard on resumes because they add a lot of white space and make shorter, snappier points.

However, it is possible to overdo bullet points on your resume! Try to limit them to a maximum of three sections. They’re appropriate for skills and work experience.

Avoid using them in your professional summary or objective statement!

STEP 8

Make your resume as long as it needs to be

It used to be that a resume should always be one-page long.

Times have changed, and now the accepted resume length is one page for every 10 years of work experience that you have. So, if you’ve been working for 22 years, your resume can spill onto two pages. If you’ve been working for 40+, it can go to four pages.

STEP 9

Save your resume in PDF format

PDF is the most common format for sending your resume and cover letter.

That’s because it saves your document to be read the same way on every device.

Not every employer wants a PDF, so do a close reading of the job post or ad to see if they request a different format. You can always email or call the company if you’re unsure.

For online applications, it’s also common to have a place where your cover letter is uploaded, so it’s good to have a PDF copy of that too!

We have a special tool, our Cover Letter Builder. It can help you create your document in just a few minutes because it automates the writing process with professional, pre-written content!

Best of all, it allows you to save it in a PDF format.

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Key Takeaways

When it’s all said and done, there are three main ways to ensure you have a great resume design:

Resume design matters! So, whether you entrust it to a professional or do it yourself, ensure you’re happy with your resume’s appearance.

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About the Author

Eric Ciechanowski

Eric Ciechanowski Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW)

Eric Ciechanowski is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), certified by the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches (PARWCC). He graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans with a B.A. double major in Creative Writing and Philosophy. His career background includes fields as diverse as education, hospitality, journalism, copywriting, tech and trivia hosting.

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