When it comes to job searching, the process can feel a bit stuffy, redundant, and bureaucratic. Let’s be honest, this process doesn’t necessarily scream, “Get creative!”
However, the competition for jobs is fierce, especially with the pandemic. In fact, each corporate job opening attracts an average of 250 resumes. Each time a recruiter or hiring manager considers you for a position, you are up against 249 resumes—or more.
So how do you get your resume noticed?
In this post, we’ll share unique resume templates that will help you stand out from all the others.
Don’t Go Overboard
Before we dive in with these templates, we also want to note that choosing your top resume templates is a nuanced process. There are no “one-size-fits-all” solutions. That’s why you need to think about your industry, the type of job you are pursuing, and how you want recruiters and hiring managers to perceive you.
If you work in the creative industry, a more decorative resume would most likely work for you. However, if you work in engineering or a more data-based role, you want to take that into consideration when choosing a resume template.
Unique resume templates will capture recruiters’ and hiring managers’ attention, but they certainly aren’t the only way. For example, networking will also get you noticed even if you feel as if your resume needs to stay fairly formal.
But if you do feel as if your industry or even the company culture permits you to highlight your creativity, then the resume templates below might be for you.
Canva’s Free Resume Templates
Canva features a myriad of free unique resume templates you can use. They are all creative, colorful, and will easily capture the attention of those skimming resumes. We chose the template featured above because it covers the main resume format, even though it presents the information in a more creative way. However, we recommend including a resume summary statement in the “About” section.
This particular resume template was also chosen because it does not feature a photo. Again, we do not recommend including a photo of yourself in your resume. That’s because including a photo could create a conflict for hiring managers who are trying to avoid discrimination and unconscious bias. Also, images are not ATS-friendly, and some hiring managers view them as unprofessional.
You can find this template here.
Creative Market, Simple Resume Template
This resume template from Creative Market isn’t free, but it is one that demands attention. The design is simple—as the name implies—but it includes the information that is needed in a resume. Again, the “Personal Profile” section can function as your resume summary statement. And while you’d need to keep your past experience brief, there is room to include what you need in there.
Two sections that stood out in particular with this unique resume template were the “Personal Skills” and “Professional Skills.” We recommend interpreting these as soft skills (personal skills) and hard skills (professional skills). We also recommend only including “Personal Skills” if the scale included next to the particular skill is greater than 50 percent.
You can purchase this sleek, minimalist design here.
Free Resumes, The Intelligent Applicant Resume Template
This resume isn’t as colorful as the others on this list, but it provides some middle ground between creativity and formal professionalism. It includes the basics such as contact information, work experience, education, and skills. However, the visual representation with the skills makes it stand out. This is a visual way to share if your skills are at a beginner, intermediate, or advanced level. Remember to include keywords from the job description when listing skills.
A few additional recommendations with this resume template include using a darker color font and replacing the “Profile” section with a resume summary statement.
You can find this unique resume template here.
Creativebooster, Less Is More Free Resume Template
This resume template’s visual aspects also stood out to us. The “Language Skills” section could be especially useful for a job that requires you to speak various languages. This resume includes the basics as well as visual aspects that highlight additional information about yourself.
However, while it includes a good bit of visual elements, this unique resume template is still clean and professional. As with the others, we recommend adding a resume summary statement in the “Biography” section. Black font will also catch recruiters’ and hiring managers’ attention more than the grey font within the template.
You can find this resume template here.
Envato, Creative Professional Resume Template
This template is a bit more on the colorful and creative side, but it still includes all the needed information for a resume—contact information, education, skills, and work experience. However, it also features bright, attention-grabbing coloring as well as a few visual elements that will set you apart from other applicants.
We recommend highlighting your hard skills in the “Skills” section and your soft skills in the “Key Qualities” section. Also—we know we sound like a broken record—but a resume summary statement will look much more professional than a “Biography.”
You can find this resume template here.
If you’re looking for something more traditional, check out our top resume templates.
And if you want to create a resume from scratch, you can do exactly that using our free resume builder. Just choose a template, use our simple forms to fill in your information, and we’ll take care of all the formatting for you.