There isn't always time to craft your creative resume from scratch. If you're facing a tight deadline, one option is to get ahead by choosing a free resume template and customising it into a bespoke design.
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 and wing your way to a job interview for the role or client of your dreams.
01. Modern resume
If you know your way around Adobe Illustrator and don't mind getting your hands dirty then this template is prefect for producing a great-looking resume that you can customise to your personal taste. You can either use it as-is, changing the text and adding a photograph, or you can spend time editing the colours and tweaking the layout until you have something that more accurately reflects your personality.
02. YA resume
Created by Indonesian graphic designer, Angga Baskara, this elegant template civers all the bases with three sections - a main CV info page featuring eye-catching progress bars to illustrate your main skills, a covering letter and a portfolio section where you can add a selection of your work in the form of images and short descriptions.
03. Elegant resume
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.
04. Graphical resume
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.
05. Colourful resume
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10. Timeline resume
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.
11. Stylish resume
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.
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.
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.
14. Simple resume
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.
15. Clean 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.
16. Hadi Reda
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.
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.