A Professional Resume Template

A professional resume template is one of the smartest tools you could have for creating your resume. A good resume template will make you look professional in the eyes of the employer, even before she reads a single word on the page.

Of course, knowing how to pick a good resume template is key. And that’s why I put together this quick guide to professional resume templates.

You might also want to refer to The Best Resume Format.

A Guide to Your Professional Resume Template

Picking a good resume template can be a bit of a challenge because one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to resume templates. In this guide, I’m going to walk you through the process of picking the right one for you. Here’s what you’ll find:

  • Resume templates for the big three resume formats: chronological, functional, and combination resume templates.
  • Free sample resume templates that show what good resume templates look like.
  • Sample resumes for each of the three main resume templates.
  • Word resume templates you can download and use.
  • Resume template tips for making your resume shine.

Ready for all that? Great! Let’s get started.

The Big 3 Professional Resume Templates

There are three basic types of resume templates, one for each of the three resume formats: chronological, functional, and combination. Take a look at these free sample resume templates to understand how each one presents a job seeker’s qualifications.

Chronological Resume Template

The chronological resume template is the most traditional resume format. Employers prefer this resume template so try to use it (or its cousin, the combination resume template, below) even if it means you have to iron out a few problems such as unemployment in your work history.

  • Chronological Resume Template
  • Sample Resumes That Used Chronological Resume Templates
  • How to Explain Unemployment in Your Resume Work History

Functional Resume Template

The functional resume template (also called a skills-based resume template) should be your last choice. Employers don’t like this resume format because it takes too much time and effort to figure out where your achievements took place. So use this template only if you think the chronological or combination resume template won’t work for you.

  • Functional Resume Template
  • Sample Resumes That Used Functional Resume Templates
  • Reasons Not to Use a Functional Resume Format

Combination Resume Template

The combination resume template is a hybrid of the chronological and functional resume templates. It’s very good for career change, moving up in your career, and solving work history problems. Employers really like this resume template so use it freely for your job search.

  • Combination Resume Template
  • Sample Resumes That Used Combination Resume Templates

Need more help figuring out which resume template is best for you? Check out Choose a Resume Format.

Word Resume Templates You Can Download

The free sample resume templates I’ve shown you so far are images. If you want some Word resume templates you can download and use, check out my Ready-Made Resume program. Ready-Made Resume has 150 resume templates, which are grouped according to what type of job seeker you are, what level of job you seek, and what resume problems you need to solve.

Each of the resume templates are created with phrases that help you know what to say in each section. The templates even help you figure out how to solve problems like spans of unemployment, job hopping, age discrimination, career change, and promotions within a job. And, because they’re created in Word, these resume templates are very flexible and use basic Word functions most of us know how to use.

Note: There are no dreaded tables in these Word resume templates.

Resume Formatting Tips for Your Resume Template

I’ve worked with resume templates for years and years, so it’s no surprise that I have some advice I want to share. Please take some time to browse through these short articles. I think they’ll save you some time in the long run… and maybe a few headaches.

  • Why You Need a Professional Resume Template
  • No Fancy Business! A Simple Resume Template Is Best
  • Warning! Don’t Use a Resume Template That Has Tables
  • 4 Really Easy Resume Formatting Tips
  • How Big Should You Set the Margins on a Resume Template?
  • Sub-Bullet Points on a Resume
  • Resume Heading: Should I Use the MS Word Header Function?
  • Best Color Scheme for Your Resume and Cover Letter

There you have it, my guide to professional resume templates. Be sure to check back here from time to time as I’ll be making updates to this guide.