10 Great Traditional Resume Templates for 2024 (+ Tips)

Here we explore our library of traditional resume templates, which are popular with job seekers applying to more formal or buttoned-up industries, like law, medicine, finance, academia or the nonprofit world.

Traditional Resume Templates

3 reasons to choose a Traditional resume template

Before you pick your resume template, there are a few things you should ask yourself first. Here are a few questions to consider prior to making a selection:

  • What kind of image does my resume present to employers?

    In most cases, your resume will make your first impression on an employer. If you want an intuitive, easy-to-scan design that helps you appear straight-laced and professional, our Traditional templates are the right fit for you. On the other hand, if you’re after something more contemporary or colorful, our Modern or Creative templates may suit you better.

  • What is the company culture of the employer for whom I want to work?

    As much as your resume should paint a picture of you, its design should show you’ve researched your prospective employer’s company culture. When applying for a role at an old-school accountancy firm, for example, a more buttoned-up Traditional template is likely to help your chances of being hired. If you plan to apply for work at a graphic design firm or advertising agency, however, one of our more contemporary templates may better show off your aesthetic nature.

  • Will this resume template get past an ATS screening?

    All of our templates are designed with applicant tracking systems (ATS) in mind. To ensure they are ATS-friendly, our resume templates exclude images and overcomplicated designs that could confuse the software, which is used to filter out unqualified candidates. Whether you select a Traditional, Creative or Modern design, your resume will be ATS-ready.
    If a Traditional resume doesn’t sound like the best fit for the job you want, consider one of our other popular template styles. Our more versatile Modern templates can add a bit of flair to your resume while remaining neat and professional-looking, and our Creative templates can add an even more bold style if you’re after a job that prioritizes artistry or imagination.

How to use our resume templates

  • 1

    Select your desired resume template, and click it, so it opens in the Resume Builder.

  • 2

    Fill in your sections with the help of personalized, expertly-written content suggestions and writing tips. You'll find dozens of content options to write your resume summary, skills, work history and more.

  • 3

    Finish by adjusting visual details such as font type and size, margins and color. Once satisfied with the finished product, download your resume in your desired file format (PDF, DOCX or TXT). Now you're ready to apply — it's that simple!

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What does a traditional resume look like?

Traditional resumes look a bit more stripped down than most contemporary resumes, with less use of color, asymmetrical designs or other bolder visual additions. This commonly means a black and white page with simple headers and a straightforward layout. The majority of our Traditional templates, including Refined, Executive and more, match this description.

What belongs on a traditional resume?

When submitting a resume to a more traditional workplace, pick a simple resume design then focus on including uncomplicated professional summary, work history, skills and education sections. If you have room on the page to fit additional qualifications, you may do so, but don’t let it compromise your resume’s simple look and layout. Keep in mind that before reading, most recruiters make a quick, roughly six-second judgment based on your resume’s appearance.

How do you express creativity on a traditional resume?

Beware of getting creative with the design of your traditional resume. If it’s immediately obvious to hiring managers that you’re not a cultural fit for their company, they won’t read your resume at all. Instead, demonstrate your creativity through the skills, experience and other relevant qualifications each section describes. If a job description says the ideal candidate is skilled in Microsoft Word, for example, your accomplishments as a freelance writer would become more relevant.

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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