15 free resume templates

Not all of us have the time or inclination to craft our own creative resumes from scratch, but your CV still needs to clearly impart key information about your career, while displaying a little of your personality. So why not inject it with a little design flair, courtesy of a free template?

We've had a search around and found these striking free resume templates, each of which offers something a little different. Download one of these templates today and wing your way to a job interview for the role of your dreams, or impress prospective clients with your attention to detail.

01. Elegant resume

Vladyslav Tulinovskyi created this simple layout

This minimalist free resume template uses subtle illustration and plenty of white space to create a clean, elegant feel. Created by Vladyslav Tulinovskyi, it's available as an editable PSD file so you can change the colour scheme as well as edit the text. This understated style will enable your information to shine.

02. Graphical resume

Fay Zodiac's template is bold

This resume template by Fay Zodiac isn't one for the faint-hearted. Its bold letterpress-styled icons and, patterns and text certainly pack a punch, and will ensure your CV jumps out from a pile. You'll just need the confidence in the job interview to back up your loud resume design. It comes with the fonts and icons, as well as the Photoshop resume template, and is fully editable.

03. Colourful resume

Riccardo Rivieccio's template comes with matching business cards

As any designer knows, colour sells. Riccardo Rivieccio's free resume templates come in a choice of six colour schemes with attention-grabbing patterns in the header. And to further sweeten the deal, he's also designed matching business cards. These Illustrator files are fully editable, too, so have fun with colour.

04. Creative Vintage Resume

This wonderfully retro template comes in gorgeous earthtones

This is a splendidly vintage-looking resume template in deliciously earthy tones, and it comes as an .AI file so that you can adjust it to your heart's content. Be aware, though, that the fonts aren't included, so you'll either have to hunt them down yourself (they're all free, luckily) or substitute your own.

05. Creative Designer Resume Template

Make an instant impression with this visually-focused template

Fully layered and well organised in order to keep customisation nice and easy, this bold and punchy visual template enables you to get yourself and your skills across quickly, without any messing. It comes as a print-ready 300dpi A4 PSD, ready for editing in Photoshop.

06. Project-based resume

A centre-aligned layout with space for images

Depending on the type of application process you're dealing with, it may be appropriate to include samples of your work within your CV. This template, Velli, is great if you have images of visual work that you'd like to form part of the resume, and there's also space for a cover letter. 

07. Two-column layout

A two-tone layout with two columns

Fitting a lot of information onto your first page can help to a grab a recruiter's attention, and a two-column layout is a way to achieve that without making your page look cluttered. 

08. Timeline resume

Create a good first impression with this free timeline resume template

This free timeline-based resume template was created by graphic designer Patryk Korycki. An AI file, the design features typeface Open Sans, with various fields available to enter education details, skills, interests and much more.

09. Stylish resume

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A stylish resume template that includes a timeline of your employment history

This subtle yet stylish CV template features all the details you need to include, along with a neat sidebar holding a profile and references and a timeline – in which you can list your employment history. There's also an online profile section to show just how social media-savvy you are and a software skills bar graph so you can show your exact skills. It's supplied in PSD, AI and INDD formats.

10. Resume for icon fans

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This resume template has some super-stylised icons included

If icons are your thing, check out this free template from designer Fernando Báez. A sectionalised design, complete with stylish type and icons included (you get the CV in AI format and the icons in PSD), this resume is perfect for customising with your own icons to represent your interests and achievements.

11. Resume for type fans

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A central typographic column enables you to list your skills

Sure, this may not be to everyone's taste – but it's certainly impactful. A central typographic column bursts out to boxes in which you can add your details. The resume is supplied in AI format so you can easily export a PDF – and comes in black and white so you can get creative with colours.

12. Simple resume

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This simple resume template uses colour

Simplicity is the key in this type-based CV that puts your profile at the top, then lists experience and education in simple boxes. There's also a professional skills section enabling you to give yourself a percentage score on languages and professional skills. The Illustrator file makes the most of colour to aid its simplicity.

13. Clean resume

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The Smart Object header makes it a cinch to add your own graphic to this resume

This highly-customisable resume template comes in PSD and AI formats and has a Smart Object header, meaning you can quickly and easily link in an image of your choice. It's A4, 300dpi, with 3mm bleed – so completely print-ready. Just add your logo, bio, experience and so on and you're ready to print and send.

14. Hadi Reda

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Super-minimal with a neat icon style, this resume is ace for designers

Keep it super-minimal with this resume template. Once again there's a bar graph for your skills (which we're still not sure about but some employers may like) along with a neat icon style to represent your social media profiles and software competence. It's supplied in layered PSD format.

15. Resume that makes a statement

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It's definitely worth experimenting with this contemporary resume template by Paolo Pettigiani

Maybe you're looking to make more of a statement with your one-pager – in which case this typographic template by Paolo Pettigiani may be just the ticket. Easy to customise and available in AI format with all the necessary fonts and icons, it's definitely worth experimenting with.

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