There are almost always more applicants than jobs available. For hiring managers looking to fill a role within their organization, sifting through a huge stack of resumes takes time. As a job applicant, you've got to find a way to differentiate your resume from all other options.
That's why you turn to pre-built resume templates from GraphicRiver or Envato Elements. Instead of opening up an app like Microsoft Word and trying to draw a resume from scratch, you can use one of these cool resume templates to stand out from the crowd.
The reason that these creative resume templates are so useful is that they provide ideas. You don't have to think about how to organize your content or what a resume needs to contain because these cool templates already have it. Just download one of these templates, then add your own details.
Not every resume has to be barebones and minimalistic. You can add a bright and eye-catching splash of color to make sure that your resume makes its way in front of the right person and increase your chances of getting the big job.
20 Cool & Colorful Resume Templates
Let's run through 20 different and unique creative resume templates that you can use to make an impact.
The creative resume template option is a fully-featured approach to showcasing your job experience and accolades. Specifically for Adobe InDesign, there are sections for your personal info, education, experience, and more.
I like this template because it looks great when printed. If you know that you'll have a chance to hand off a physical copy of your resume (as opposed to just uploading the digital version), this is one of the best choices I've seen.
I think a timeline approach to showcasing your experience is a great look. A timeline can help the hiring manager understand how your past experiences can connect to the future. Just add your own past education, experience, and achievements to this along with a catchy headline.
This package is a great choice thanks to the following options:
- Works with Adobe InDesign and Microsoft Word
- Free fonts utilized
- Print-ready with CMYK color palette and high-resolution print settings
This colorful job resume template is a great choice because it hits the sweet spot of simplicity and creativity. The bold color highlights are just enough to set the resume apart from other minimalistic choices.
Here's why you should give this creative resume template a try out:
- CMYK print ready
- Full editable
- 300 DPI
Despite what the name implies, this resume template could be used for far more than those working in the Fashion industry. The clean design with just a splash of color around the edge is a major step up over any of the default templates in apps like Microsoft Word.
This template includes options for both Microsoft Word and Adobe InDesign. It includes free fonts and icons so that you don't have to worry about purchasing anything else to complete the resume.
This creative resume template package is like a kit that allows you to design a variety of resumes. Because it includes four different color schemes and dark/light options, there's something for everyone inside of this package.
- Printing-prepared with CMYK color palette and high-resolution design
- Works with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Microsoft Word
Just because you want a minimalistic and simple resume doesn't mean that it has to be devoid of color and creativity. Aria strikes this perfect balance between ease-of-reading and enough creativity to make it stand out.
This colorful resume template is easy to customize in Microsoft Word and Adobe InDesign. Just open it up, choose your own color palette (if you wish), and add your own details to quickly prepare a customized template.
The Swiss school of design focuses on the "less-is-more" philosophy of design. The Neue Swiss resume template embodies this perfectly with simple elements and bold colors that are sure to help your resume stick out from the crowd. This would be perfect for a design or creative job application.
- A4 and US letter sized print options
- High resolution, CMYK print palette
- 5 color options for multiple use-cases
This cool resume template will cut straight to the chase with a bold introductory section. Not only does it have space to "put a face with a name" in the form of a profile picture, the introductory paragraph will help you introduce yourself rapidly.
- Resume, cover letter, and front resume templates included
- Works perfectly with InDesign and Microsoft Word
- Multiple print formats and color settings make it ideal for printing
X-Clean is perfect as a first choice because it contains so many options. For the indecisive applicant, you can use this as a jumping-off point to decide between the many options inside this package.
- Formats include Photoshop, Illustrator, and Microsoft Word
- Uses free fonts for an all-in-one package approach
- Four color schemes and light / dark versions create over 80 files in total
Melisa is also a great opportunity to use stock photos that are available as a part of an Envato Elements subscription. The background of the resume can easily be substituted for another stock from photo Elements' lineup.
- Use with Adobe InDesign and Microsoft Word
- Easy to update and substitute your own details into
- Print-ready settings built-in by default
If I'm going to purchase a file to use for my own projects, I like to make sure that it has enough variety so that I can use it on multiple occasions. This Simple Resume template fits the bill perfectly. It's a breeze to edit in the app of your choice and has plenty of features to make it a top choice:
- 6 different color schemes
- Works in Photoshop and Microsoft Word
- Ready for print with no additional settings required
The bold typography and clean lines make Olivia the perfect choice for work in the creative space. Just add your own photo and experiences to help get your message across.
I like Olivia's approach to using just a single bold color. As with many of the choices in this round-up, it's enough to stand out, but not enough to distract the reviewer from the content at hand.
A resume can be so much more than a single page file, and this package is a perfect example of that. Build out a portfolio page, cover letter, and more with this single file. With simple, cool resume templates that you can customize and a bright splash of color, this one is a great choice for standing out.
This template package has a few file types that are exclusive to it. That includes the resume, cover letter, envelop, CD, and CD cover. If you're going to make an impact, think about taking the time to design each of these when you deliver your portfolio to make sure that your resume isn't missed.
- Compatible with Photoshop and Illustrator
- CMYK print ready
- Icons and documentation both included
Material design is all the rage now thanks to Google's inclusion of the style in most of its apps. The minimalist and easy-to-read style is favored for its modern look, and this resume incorporates it perfectly.
- Photoshop, Microsoft Word, and vector versions included
- Easy to update with "content blocks" to showcase your work
- Matching business card template included as well
This cool resume template is another selection that strikes the balance between form and function. With just enough color to stand out from basic resume templates, Melisa includes icons and sections that are a breeze to update with your own details.
- Adobe InDesign and Microsoft Word formats
- Print-ready with CMYK and multiple paper formats
- Free fonts utilized
Here's another great choice that feels more like a full sales package for yourself than a simple resume. Think of this as more of a pre-designed application book than a way to apply. In creative industries, you'll get jobs on the back of your work, so why not showcase it front and center?
- Usable with Adobe inDesign
- A4 and US letter formats for great-looking prints
- Easy-to-customize grid approach
18. Elevation Resume
With eight pages of creative styles, Elevation is more of a tool to build up your resume instead of a single template. Mix and match between the included files to build up the perfect look for your next job application.
- CMYK and 300-dpi settings to make sure these print perfectly
- Extremely easy to build and customize with practically unlimited combinations of content
- Portfolio page for showcasing your best-in-class work
Bold and punchy, the Clean Colorful Resume package is sure to make an impact. I think it's a perfect choice for a first application since it really focuses on less content and putting more front-and-center.
- Microsoft Word and Adobe InDesign template designs
- Over 22 different resume files that can be customized
- Free fonts you can grab as part of the package
Rounding out our selection, this ultra-clean look embodies the simplicity and color combination that you'll feel confident in. Not only is it easy-to-read, it also breaks down your experiences into content blocks that a reviewer can easily process.
Top Resume Writing Tips
Now that we've covered some of the best colorful resume templates, let's review some tips that you can use while writing any type of resume. Using these approaches alongside one of the templates covered above is a surefire way to succeed.
1. Make Metrics Count
Many jobs focus on what you achieve through metrics, or calculated metrics of what you accomplish in a role. Calculating your own contributions to a team is crucial and should be incorporated in your job resume.
This could be a cost-saving project, new business you captured, or the way that you changed the results of a company. Ultimately, the hiring manager will want to measure your successes.
2. Focus on Strengths
Do you know your strengths? If not, you've got some thinking to do before you start writing your job resume. Focusing on the strengths that you bring to the table could help you land your next job.
Hiring managers are going to filter through your resume to find those keywords and match them against the job posting to determine their top candidates.
Match your strengths to the role that you're applying for. Read carefully the job posting, then spend time writing the resume points that put your best foot forward.
3. Let Your Skills Shine
Let's say that you're applying for a project management role in a company as a fresh graduate. The only problem is that your only work experience is in customer service at a coffee shop during college.
Those roles have more in common than you might think. In any customer-facing role, you're going to develop the people skills that you need to succeed. That's why you've got to write your bullet points so that you showcase the "common" parts of your roles. Basically, letting your skills take center stage will help the hiring manager see you as more than your past roles.
When you're writing the resume bullet points, it's all about how you showcase your experience. Focus on the skills you developed, not the specific tasks you carried out.
More Resume Selections
If none of these cool resume templates are up your alley, no problem. We at Envato Tuts+ are always compiling the best of the best from around the web for stand out resume templates. No matter what type of job you're applying for, there's sure to be a resume in the selection below that could work perfectly for you.
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What do you use to set your resume apart from others? Let me know in the comments section below.