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20 Best Free Executive Resume CV Template Examples to Download 2022

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Are you looking for that perfect executive resume template that best represents you and helps get an interview request? In this article, we'll explore some unique executive resume options that'll work well for those looking to refresh their CV. 

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Executive Resume, a premium template from Envato Elements

Use a free or premium executive resume template to spend less time designing and have more time for the content. By browsing through tons of options, you can download the best template that fits your needs and work off that. Work smart and get the best results at a fraction of the time!

Before we explore the free options, let's look at 2022's collection of the best premium executive resume templates from top resumes for executives. Then we'll check out 20 free online templates available for anyone to use.

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It may be tempting to use a free executive resume format template found online, but it's risky. Premium templates come with professional design, well-layered templates, and support (if required). Free executive resume samples online fall short.

Are you new to premium and want to test it out before signing up for Envato Elements? Check out GraphicRiver's selection of modern executive resume templates and try one out today. Thanks to Envato Market's pay-per-download model, you can get your hands on premium files one at a time. 

5 Best Premium Modern Executive Resume Templates for 2022 (Envato Elements & GraphicRiver)

There are loads of premium executive resume templates on Envato Elements and GraphicRiver. Here are five top executive resume examples to get you started: 

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Add some color and 3D effects to your job application. This minimalistic design is creative yet professional. No one said an executive resume has to look boring!

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A few words that come to mind when looking at this template: elegant, professional, modern, and dignified. If these words describe you, this is the executive template for you! It comes with a cover letter too.

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Here's a modern and creative executive resume for those who like a clean design. The clever play with font size and type is a big part of the design element. It also comes with four color schemes.

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This template has three resume and cover letter pages. Use MS Word, Mac Pages, Photoshop, or Illustrator to edit this template. Include a QR code to easily direct your reader to your LinkedIn profile or your website.

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This file is a collection of six best-selling resumes with matching cover letters. These resumes help you transform texts into infographics. A more visual document makes it easier for someone to grasp the information of your resume in seconds.

20 Top Free Executive Resume CV Template Examples to Download (2022)

We'll look at 20 top executive resume templates free to download from the web in this section. But before we go any further, let's check out Envato's free offerings. It's an excellent opportunity for you to experience premium templates first-hand.

Envato Elements offers 12 free files for you to try monthly. You can also test out GraphicRiver's premium freebies.Envato Elements offers 12 free files for you to try monthly. You can also test out GraphicRiver's premium freebies.Envato Elements offers 12 free files for you to try monthly. You can also test out GraphicRiver's premium freebies.

Envato Elements offers free files for you to try monthly. You can also test out GraphicRiver's premium freebies.

These free offerings are refreshed every month. So, check out next month's free files if a file you're looking for isn't in this month's selection. You may be in luck!

Here's the offer:

  • Every month, Envato Elements offers 12 unique files (graphics, videos, audios, etc.). Create a free account to download and use this month's premium freebies now.
  • Or try out Envato Market for free. They've got seven selected monthly free files. Log in to your Envato Market account to get this month's free premium files. 

Now, let's check out some free executive resume examples available to download from the internet:

This template is clean and straightforward. The resume page is split into two sections to help break down the information.

Blue is a safe color for resumes. This template uses different shares of blue as a design element and highlights sections.

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This SEO Manager resume template is simple. There are no design elements to help grab your reader's attention. Include a picture of yourself to stand out.

This template has red highlights and black texts. There are social icons at the bottom of the page. 

Thin green lines help break up each section and highlight section titles. There's a simple design on the header and footer of this page. 

This template has social icons in yellow. Light yellow boxes break up sections too.

Bright and bold green is used in this template. It may not be the best color option for all industries.

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Bourges is a clean design. The main design element is a bold, thick line at the top of the page to add contact details in white.

Cream and dark gray are used as background colors to break up some sections on this page. Expertise and skills are the highlights of this template.

This is a minimalistic resume template that comes in black and white. Easily list your expertise, skills, education, experience, interest, and more. 

Metz's design is quite basic. The top half of the page has black fonts on a white background. The bottom half of the page has black fonts on a blue background. 

Edit this template in MS Word. It doesn't come with a cover letter and reference page. 

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This template has a simple layout. Lines separate the page into sections.

This is a template in black and white. Showcase your skills, work experience, education, and more. 

This template was built with creative executives in mind, but anyone can use it for any industry.

This creative template comes with light and dark background color options. Green is used for highlights and works well for both color options.

This is a good template, but chances are it's widely used because it's by Microsoft Office. This may not be the template for you if you're looking for something unique.

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This template comes with rounded design elements. This isn't very common. It also comes with dark blue and blue fonts.  

Section dividers and bold titles give this template an executive look. Managers and directors were in mind when it was created.

Thin page borders and section dividers with bold titles provide this template with an executive feel. Technical project managers and directors may find this template helpful.

How to Customize Your Executive CV Template

After you’ve downloaded a resume, you’ll want to customize it.

I'm using macOS and Microsoft Word Version 16.60. If you've got a different operating system or software version, your steps may be slightly different.

Let's use this premium template from Envato Elements. Here's what the template looks like with no edits made:

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Premium resume with no edits made.
Let's get started:

1. Change the Background

If this executive CV template doesn’t have enough color, you can add a pop of color by changing the background color.

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You can change the background color on the Microsoft executive resume template.

First, click on the Design tab above the toolbar to change the background color. Next, click on the Page Color button in the toolbar. A color menu drops down, choose the color of your choice from the menu.

2. Change the Font Color

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Change the Font Color

If you changed your Microsoft Word executive template's background, you might also need to change the color of your font. You can also change the color of the font to make important text stand out.

To change the font color, highlight the text that you want to change. Next, click on the Home tab. Then, click on the Font Color button. From the color menu that drops down, click on the color you want to use.

3. Change the Font Style

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Change the font style.

You want your heading to stand out on your executive resume template in Word. The easiest way to do that is to change the font style of your heading.

Start by selecting the text. Next, click on the Home tab. There's a Font menu in the toolbar, click on the arrow in the Font menu field. When you click on the arrow, you’ll see a list of fonts. Choose a font that works best.

For a creative position, you can choose a more unique or creative font. For a more traditional job, use a more classic font like Times New Roman or Calibri.

4. Add Icons

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Add icons.

Icons can add visual interest to your modern executive resume template. It’s best to use icons sparingly because too many icons look unprofessional.

Many templates have icons in the contacts section of your resume. You can add them to your resume template if your template doesn't have them.

To add an icon, click on the Insert tab above the toolbar. Next, in the toolbar, click on the Icons button. This brings up a side panel for you to type a keyword to find the icon you want. Once you've selected the icon, adjust it as needed.

5. Save as a PDF

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Save as PDF.

Many places want you to upload your resume, or they want you to email your executive resume template in Word. The easiest way to do that is to save your resume as a PDF.

To save your executive resume template in Word as a PDF, click on File on your computer’s toolbar at the top of the screen. When you click on file, a menu drops down. Choose the Save As… option from that menu.

When you click on Save as, a window appears. Click the arrow next to the File Format field. This causes a menu to drop down. Choose the PDF option.

5 Quick Tips To Make Great Executive Resumes in 2021

Here are five quick tips to help you create the best executive resume for your job application:

1. A Good Profile Photo

A premium Envato Elements executive resume template with a unique style to display your profile photosA premium Envato Elements executive resume template with a unique style to display your profile photosA premium Envato Elements executive resume template with a unique style to display your profile photos

A premium Envato Elements executive resume template with a unique style to display your profile photos

You don't have to include a photo in all job applications. But if you feel it's required, be bold and use an image that goes beyond your shoulders. Be yourself, smile, and only use photos that best represent you. If you're unsure, it's best not to use any.

2. Visualize

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Go visual with a premium CV template from Envato Elements

Draw in your readers with a more visual resume. Turn texts into infographics to achieve this. Use high-resolution graphics to maintain a clean and crisp look. 

3. Use Color Contrast to Highlight

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A premium resume and cover letter from Envato Elements that uses contrasting colors as highlights

A great way to draw your reader to critical information is by using contrasting colors as highlights. This approach, when done well, becomes an integral part of the overall design of your pages. For a minimalistic approach, only use a single color for highlights.

4. Add a QR Code

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A premium resume template with a QR code from Envato Elements

Do you have a strong online presence? Create a QR code that helps lead your reader to your LinkedIn profile or online portfolio. It increases the chances of someone checking out these online pages.

5. Customize Your Resume for Each Application

It's always best to tailor your resume for each job application according to the job listing. Use exact keywords and place them in the correct parts of your resume.

Read more about it here:

Discover More Top Resume Template Designs

Are you looking to explore more best resume options? Check out these popular collections below and take your pick.

Common Resume Questions Answered (FAQ)

Here are some common resume questions and answers:

1. Can I Improve on my Microsoft Word Executive Resume?

Keywords and phrases can make your resume stand out or hurt it. There are several different types of keywords that you can use. Here’s a helpful article on resume keywords:

2. How Do I Email my Executive CV?

When emailing your resume, you should make sure that your email address is professional. For example, the email address lazycutie@email.com could leave your potential employer with the wrong impression. For more tips, read this article:

3. How Do I Get my Microsoft Word Executive Resume Template to 1 Page?

You can use a smaller font, but make sure that the font is still easily readable. Bullet points are another easy way to cut down on some unneeded information. Here’s an article on how to reduce your resume to one page:

4.  How Do I Make my Skills Stand Out?

First, you need to organize your skills into hard skills and soft skills. Both should be on your resume. You need to include skills relevant to the job you’re applying to. This article goes into more depth:

5. What Can I Do to Make My First Resume Memorable?

You’ve already taken the first step toward making your resume stand out by using a modern executive resume template. Another way to make your resume stand out is to have a strong resume opening. Here are two helpful articles:

Learn More About Making Great Resumes in 2022

Has it been a while since you last updated your resume? It's time for a fresh new resume design template that'll help you stand out from the crowd.

While you're at it, pin this Ultimate Guide to Building a Resume to your browser. It serves as a quick point of reference to help you create a resume that best represents you.

Here are three sample how-to tutorials from this guide:

Download a Premium Top Executive Resume Today!

There are loads of free executive resume samples found online. But you may not want to risk using them for an important job application. You'd probably only want to use the best template to represent yourself.

Use premium modern executive resume templates from Envato Elements. Get access to millions of premium creative files when you become an active monthly subscriber to Envato Elements. A low monthly fee effortlessly takes your resume and other creative projects to new heights. It's time to work smart!

Want to try out premium first? Explore Envato Market's top executive resume templates. Download files one by one on Envato Market's pay-per-download model. 

Get the best executive resumes from Envato Elements or GraphicRiver today! Subscribe to download one now!

Editorial Note: This post has been updated with contributions from Sarah Joy. Sarah is a freelance instructor for Envato Tuts+.

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