Graphic designers have all the fun when it comes to resume design. Adding colorful banners, adorning it with intricate decoration, wrapping it around chocolate bars, folding it into origami swans — the artistic freedom stirs all kinds of jealousy in job applicants outside the industry. However, working in accounting, engineering, public health, finance or any field outside of the arts doesn’t mean you need to abandon killer design for a generic Microsoft Word template.
Click through above for a few templates you can purchase online that make a statement in the most professional way.
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Skylarking Designs, $15.31
There is something so satisfying about lines of text in perfect alignment. This resume mirrors the classic, black-and-white, bare-bones resumes of yore, but with a modern, minimalistic makeover. Each section is defined and contained, and the extra white space is ideal for those with more experience to list.
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The Resume Boutique, $15.50
Little black bars are just as good as little black dresses — simple, timeless and understated. What elevates this design, though, is the icons for phone, email and relevant social media. Not only do they add another geometric element, but their color and use of pictures adds subtle contrast to the rest of the resume as well. If you are sending your resume to hiring managers via email or another online submission system, you can even hyperlink the icons to your email address and social media accounts. It's a convenient and thoughtful way to accommodate the manager's search of how awesome you are.
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Suited Brand Lab, $15
Pinstripes mean business (think corner-office CEO power suit), so incorporating the pattern in your resume is no more than a testimony of your sophistication (and style. Mostly style). The banner in this design flirts with a little creativity and whimsy, but the use of neutral colors keeps it professional in tone. Additionally, the bold font of the header text harmonizes well with the softer design, making the resume's overall tone the median between sweet and stark.
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Bilmaw Creative, $12
A resume is supposed to sell you. To sell you, you need a brand. To be a memorable brand, you need a logo — and it doesn't need to be complicated. In the case of this design, a black circle, a white X and your initials is all that is required to make a personal statement. Another cool aspect of this resume is the vertical timeline to list experience and education. Instead of a bulleted rundown, a timeline tells a story.
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Botanica Paperie, $15
Colors that stray from neutrals shouldn't instantly be ruled out when creating a resume for an industry outside of the arts. The key is to keep the hue profound, such as the pale pink surrounding the body text of this resume — it's light, easy-on-the-eyes and purposeful. A good way to judge the propriety of a color on your resume is to imagine how it would translate if printed in black and white.
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Meme Dans Les Orties, $9
Between the name banner, social media circle and skill stars, this design is a little more reliant on icons and shapes than the others. It works, though. The minimalistic approach to the resume mimics some of the design elements that are seen in vintage branding styles — signaling a sort of modesty and trust in the product (in this case, you). The format is also ideal for those who might not have a ton of work experience, but shine in other ways, whether it's through hobbies, volunteering, skills or accolades.
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Refinery Resume Co, $15
This design resembles the stylings of artist Piet Mondrian's "Composition II" with its geometric layout. The resume is modern in its alignment of the rectangles to create three distinct and practical sections — who you are, what have you done and what can you do. The black, mint and white color combination are polished and refined, and the light font exemplifies that of a serious and sophisticated candidate. Simply put: It's a commanding document.
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Printables By LuLu, $15
You can't go wrong with this resume's design. By far the most traditional format in this list, the resume is elegant and immortal in its style. Strategically-placed lines embolden the design, and the spacing of each section leaves the right amount of white space needed for a clean finish. There's nothing wrong with a classic.