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You’ve heard it time and again: when you’re applying to jobs you should customize your resume for the position.

If you’re applying online, using the right terms can help your job make it through the “black hole” of hiring and into the hands of a real live human. But even if your resume lands on a hiring manager’s desk (or computer desktop!), you still don’t have a long time to make a good first impression.

Most hiring managers look at your resume for an average of six seconds—if you’re like me that’s probably less time than you spent scrolling through Instagram to procrastinate getting out of bed this morning.

So, how do you make it a memorable six seconds? The first thing that will grab that manager’s attention? The design.

Think about it. Would you rather peruse a garbled mess of size 9 font with no paragraph breaks, or a well-spaced visually pleasing document that’s easy and simple to skim? Like it or not, your resume design can make a big difference when it comes to getting noticed, and that means skipping the basic Word document and giving your resume a revamp.

But when it comes to adding fancy designs and layouts to your resume, you need to be careful. Just like you wouldn’t show up in jeans to interview for a position at a law firm or in a suit to interview at a startup, remember that your resume design should fit the company culture and the type of role you’re after.

As a rule, if you’re applying for a corporate job your resume should be simpler than if you’re applying for a job at a startup. When in doubt, pink and scented is not the way to go. (Sorry, Elle Woods.) And if you’re applying for a “creative” role, don’t be afraid to show off your creativity with your template.

To help, I’ve collected 15 resume templates you can download right now, organized into sections so you can find templates perfect for a job that’s more cubicle than open office and vice versa.

If you google “resume templates” you get thousands and thousands of results. When you’re searching for a job with a full-time job (and a social life!) you don’t have time to click through each and every one. I hope this simplified go-to list helps! HLoom has hundreds of cover letters and resumes to choose from, but these are our favorites!

Psst! Don’t forget to download Skillcrush’s free ebook, The Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Resume. You’ll get 30+ pages of tips for what to NEVER include on your resume, what to add to make it stand out to hiring managers, and nitty gritty tips for turning your resume into employer catnip.

Corporate:

Traditional Elegance

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Goldfish Bowl

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Economic

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Performance

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On Point

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Substantial

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Stately

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Breezy

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Indent Line

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Creative:

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Personal Brand

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Blue Side

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Check Box

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What the People Say

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Presentation Slide

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Elana Lyn Gross is a content strategist, freelance writer, and the author of the career advice and lifestyle blog Elana Lyn. Her work has appeared in Time, Business Insider, Mashable, Refinery 29, The Huffington Post and more. When she is not writing, she can be found taking long walks in Central Park.

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3 comments

  1. simonne plott Replied

    Good analysis ! I am thankful for the specifics ! Does someone know where my assistant would be able to access a blank KE Form 10 document to use ?

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