“Design can be art. Design can be simple. That’s why it’s so complicated.” - Paul Rand

As true as it can get, designing can be easy but it might just get tough as the balance between simplicity and designing has to be maintained.

A poor designing can really ruin an otherwise good product.

In the modern world, presentation can make you or break you.

Same is the case for a resume.

Presentation matters in the case of resume as well.

Employment industry demands a good presentation of your career journey.

As we say, a 6-seconds recruiter has to be impressed with attractive yet meaningful design to take a positive decision.

In the oft-lamented tale of the recruiter-skewed world, you do not have many options.

Either learn to be a designer or forget it.

But here is the good news. You dont have to become a designer for resume building.

In this article we will explore our best selling templates and show you a way through it.

Resume Design 2018

All the designs shown here are recruiter's favorites.

3 reasons why these resume design templates should be opted to build your resume today:

  1. These resume design templates are catchy and attractive
  2. These resume design templates are sober yet stylish
  3. These resume design templates increase your chances to land interviews
  4. These resume design templates are compiled from our own collection and collection from web.
  5. These resume design templates present your content in the best possible manner

Boxes in a Resume Design Template by Hiration

On the face of it, resume design has little to do with boxing culture.

But it is brilliant to observe how it changes the look and feel of an otherwise dull resume.

Boxes lend symmetry and clarity to the resume design template.

New York Resume Design

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This resume design uses boxes in a more sober way with new york blue colour used to highlight the personal picture and candidate's name.

And as if it was less, this design emblazens the top header box with your current designation making it stand out among other resumes.

Headers and text are kept in white background making use of ample white space.

This design goes in 2-pages and incorporates a lot of information and content.

DOWNLOAD OUR FREE RESUME DESIGN TEMPLATE TO QUICKLY GIVE A NEW FEEL TO YOUR RESUME.

Bright Highlighted Headers in a Resume Design

Orange Twist Resume Design Template

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This is yet another design which tells the tale of bright highlighted header in a resume.

This orange beauty fits the bill and is a perfect example of brightness blended with elegance.

Orange headings renders a symmetrical and clear look to the resume.

This special resume design highlights your career summary apart from protruding picture and personal details.

For our 6-seconds resume what else can be a treat than quickly scanning through the highlighted career summary.
Try this resume design here

For a brilliant career summary and landing your dream interview, read our Guide on Career Summary.

Space Clever 1-pager Resume with double-coloumn Design Template

Global Citizen Red Resume Design

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This resume design is a professional to the recruiter.

With the colourful header, it definitely shall give a happy heady feeling to your dream company's recruiter.

Care for how the content would be incorporated?

Do not worry as the stellar design takes care of this.

It uses 2-pages and double coloumn to incorporate your career information.

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There is a ample white space renders clarity and professional feel to this resume design.

Let us compare it with this resume design:-

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Comparing our previous design with this wishy-washy resume design, it is evident how a change in designing increase your resume shortlisting by manifolds.

Try this resume design here

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Gradient Green Resume Design

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This resume design lends oodles of brightness and colour to your resume with usage of die-cut section designing.

It inherits boxes from our previous section and combines the double-coloumn design in the same.

Boxes give a neat look and seprates the information from other sections making it readible and understandable.

The popping green headers makes for clear and attractive resume design irresistible for the recruiter to ignore.

A gilded section for the personal picture adds to the increased probability of shortlisting.

Needless to say, usage of double coloumn saves space and makes it easy for the recruiter to read many sections at one go.

Typography is kept to the open sans font and size of 12.

Try this resume design here.

Elegant & Vintage Resume Design Template

These resume design templates denotes a vintage vibe with a touch of newness and elegance.

Traditional Blue Resume Design

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Embracing one our favorite designs, it comes very handy when you have to incorporate information of more than 15 years of career journey.

For our senior clients, this resume is a life-saver.

The white space is used very wisely to give a neat look to the othetrwise content heavy resume.

The colour palette is kept soft and the Blue shade renders a lot of elegance to the resume making it appear nothing but profesiionally fantastic.
Try this design here.

Timeline in a Resume Design Template

This resume design cleverly captures your career journey in a stylish timeline format.

Signature Resume Design

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This resume design has a novelty of showcasing the information in the form of a timeline.

additionally, it comes with a USP of adding your initials to the resume.

This resume design renders a consistent look and uses icons for all headings nodding to the designer's love for experimentation.

This resume design truly decodes the flavour of a timeline feel and makes it look really creative.

Try this design here.

Colourful Resume Design Template

Trendy Resume Design

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Striking multiple balance, this template is a designer's glory and a candidate's dream come true.

With its' quirky illustration, employing different colours for the icons and 2-coloumn architecture, this resume design combines the best of different resume design templates mentioned before.

Use of bright, pink and orange accents renders colourful yet simple look to the resume due to the consistent use of white space and black text.

With ample white spacing and no header colours, resume feels rooted in its old world charm yet very useful for landing dream interviews.
Try this design here.

Coloumn Popper Resume Design Template

Professional Black Resume Design

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We are pretty drawn to this resume design highlighting the details in 1 coloumn in a bright popping colour.

Referring to the image, this candidate has higlighted his extra-curricular achievements and selected projects in the popped up coloumn.

Needless to say, these details can always be replaced by sections like 'Certifications' and 'Awards & Achievements'.

The resume showcases a crisp and refreshing approach and is certainly a timeless classic.

Try this design here.

Classic Resume Design Templates found on Web

Graphical Resume Design

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This rather bold illustration of resume content on a pale colour palette renders this resume an old press charm.

Resume comes across as unique with all credentials mentioned in some form of graphics.

As the next centruy resumes are going to be graphically inclined, it might be a gread idea to get a hang of it.

You can find this resume designed by Fay ZodiacFay here.

Creativity at its' Best Resume Design

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A template by Freebies, focuses on highlighting specific aspects of your resume like Education and Experience.

A print ready resume template is highly creative in the use of section structure and background graphics.

Go Groovy with this Modern Resume Design

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As if this resume design says - No looking back after this!

This is one resume design which would sweep the floor underneath you with its groovy sections and mind blowing graphics.

The colours used are par excellence and the clever usage of icons and charts is heart capturing.

The creative response highlights the infinite possibilities in a resume design.

This typographic resume design by Paolo Pettigiani would be perfect for someone who can get away with information displayed in small phrases as there is not much scope of too much information.

You can get this resume design template on this link.

Minimalist Black & White Contrast Resume Design

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Minimalist is new word for peace and poise.

Same hold true for a resume.

A mute piece of paper though, this resume design does talk a lot about your poise and grace.

The resume is the first hand expression of your personality. And this minimalist resume gives a lot of positive impression about you.

This is the best bet when everything else fails and when everything else is there to confuse you.

This is easy, soft on the eyes and quick to read through.

Never forget, simplicity still remains the best policy!

The link to this resume design can be found here.

White is in! Resume Design Template

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This resume design makes use of ample white space combined with soft pink and blue accents to give a light feel to the resume.

Letters are kept modern and sharp and black font colour is used through out.

You can find the resume design template link here.

Picturesque Resume Design Template

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first thought which comes to our mind looking at this resume design is...?

facebook?

Someone's timeline?

Quite similar to modern day social media sites, this resume design is what is required in the modern resume world with a picturesque cover picture displayed.

It again gives a very unique look distinguishing it from conventional resume templates often used.

It is a sure hit in the employment industry and should be experimented with.

You can find the resume design template link here

Pro tips to keep in mind while designing your resume

Spacing & Margins

Resume margins serve 2 important purpose in your resume:

  1. Enhances the visual appeal by giving more white space and symmetry to the resume
  2. Gives space to the recruiter to write short notes about you

As a rule, you can set your margins at 1 point on all sides.

This gives ample space to the resume and your resume does not appear jumbled.

Colour Palette

Contrasting colours definitelty enhance the readability of a text on web or print.

More colours do not mean colourful.

Whatever formatting you do reflects your personality and mind set.

So, a neon-green colour used in a resume is surely call for rejection.

There are high chances that the colour you use is heavily disliked by the recruiter and thus your application is rejected with the first glimpse.

Also, use of colours depend on the industry you are applying to.

If you are in industries like banking, finnace, analysis, then it makes sense to use soft colours like blue hues to highlight headings throught the resume.

Bright and bold colours can be use in graphic designing.

However, the safest bet is to use soft colour palette and enhance the creativity of the resume yet giving it a professional look.

Font Type and Colours

Your resume font forms a very important part of your resume template formatting.

A wronf font could ruin the entire look of your resume.

After lot of research, we have come to some pro tips to help you get through:-

  1. Go bold to highlight the important information like quantities, numbers, achievements, sub-heading in work experience section.

  2. Font size: 16 pts.for heading, 14 pts. for sub-headings and 12 pts.for text
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  3. Which font: Sans Serif turns out to be the best bet as far as resume is oncerned.

Serifs are the small lines tailing from the edges of the fonts. It looks good in a printed text.

Open sans which is a sans serif typeface is minimalistic and modern font.

Reason for preferring open sans in a resume is that web has a resolution of 100 dots per inch whereas prints have a resolution of 1000 dots per inch.

You can also prefer to use sans serif for small text and serif for normal text.

Hiration Pro Tip: Choose a font which diverts the reader's focus on the message conveyed and not on the font used.

A Resume showuld never use more than 4 font sizes and 3 font styles.

For more elaborate information, visit our Guide on Fonts

1-pager or 2-pager?

It all depend.

Yes. That is right.

It definitely depends on how much experinece you have and what the employer has aksed you to present.

So let us boil it down to few standard rules:

  1. Use a 1-pager resume if:

a. You are a fresher and looking for an entry level job
b. You have been specifically asked by the employer to present a 1-pager resume
c. You have less than 7 years of work experinece with not more than 2 jobs changed.

  1. Use a 2-pager resume if:

a. You have more than 7 years of work experience and have changed more than 2 jobs
b. Employer has not given a restriction of number of pages

For more details, please visit our Guide on 1-page Resume

Single coloumn or Double-coloumn

There is again no set rule. It is individual's preference and both the resume formats go in the industry.

Double- coloumn resume template appears to be more appealing, gives concise information in the very first page without the recruiter having to flip pages.

If the content is light in work experience section, double-coloumn template can be specifically to give a content-rich yet organized look to the resume.

At the same time, 1-coloumn resume template gives a sophisticated and sober look and can be definitely used if you have heavy content to present.

Key Takeaways

  1. While choosing your resume design template, take note of your industry and decide what would work the best.
  2. Use bold colours only if you are very sure that it does not ruin the professional feel of the resume.
  3. Rule of thumb is to go light on colour palette for the resume template. ANd do not use more than 3 colours. 2 colours are known to be the best.
  4. Use creative resume design templates when you are in a creative arts industry like graphic designing, interior designing, etc. but use sober ones if you are in non-arts industry like banking, research, science, etc.
  5. While printing your resume, use a professional quality printer and paper. You can use a bond paper. You can use a patterned paper as well but it does not copy that well in a photostat machine.

Do you have any other resume design templates which you would like to share?

For any queries, please comment below. We will be more than happy to help.