Free Resume Template Examples

Here you will find the resume template format most resumes follow. As you gather material for your resume, organize it into these groups; but remember you don't have to follow a strict resume template. You can create new sections, add unusual information, or come up with creative ways to present your qualifications. A VisualCV is a great way to do this. Sign up free today!

The purpose of a resume is to tell your story and describe your capabilities in the way that is most beneficial to you and meaningful to employers.

Your resume should be a capabilities statement filled with promise and proof that perfectly positions you for the job you want. See below for information on what to include. Use the resume template image to help guide you in building a resume.

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1. Contact Information

  • First and last name
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Address

*Remember: when you post a resume online, be careful how much personal information you include.

2. Introduction

May include some or all of the following:

  • Profile
  • Summary of qualifications
  • Career objective
  • Core skills list
  • Highlights of accomplishments

3. Career History

Most often in reverse-chronological order and usually including all of these elements:

  • Employer names and locations
  • Dates of employment
  • Job titles
  • Job descriptions
  • Accomplishments

4. Education

Includes some or all of the following:

  • Name of school
  • Degree earned
  • Major course(s) of study
  • Academic distinctions
  • Extracurricular and leadership activities
  • Additional professional development

5. Extras

Additional information and facts that don't fit into one of the previous categories but might be important to include, such as:

  • Professional affiliations and industry leadership
  • Presentations and publications
  • Language proficiencies
  • References and recommendations
  • Technical competencies
  • Community activities and leadership positions
  • Personal interests

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**The resume template information on this page comes from The Insider's Guide to the VisualCV available for free. The guide has many more tips on how to create a resume to get you noticed. Take me to the guide