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Best in 2018: Professional Resume Design Templates (Cool + Modern)


One day, you happen to get the call about your dream job. But, you don't have the resume ready to hand in for the hiring staff to review. Yikes!

There's no time to waste for turning in your resume. Because so many positions are competitive and will see no shortage of applicants, you need to put together a resume that sets you apart from every other applicant. While your experience and content on the resume matters, the resume design is just as necessary so that yours finds its way to the top of the stack for review.

While you're putting together your resume, you might not have time to create it from scratch. What do you do to ensure that you can build a resume quickly and make it as professional as possible?

The answer is that you use resume design templates. Think of using a pre-built template as having the blueprint for the perfect resume, and you only have to fill in the placeholders to bring the plan to life. 

In this round-up, we're going to review 20 of the best resume design templates that have popped up in 2018. Each of these is a tremendous head start over designing your job resume from scratch.

Resume John Q
Resume John Q - One of the cool and modern job resume templates that are trending in 2018.

Best Resume Design Templates on Envato Elements (With Unlimited Use)

If you're trying to land your dream job, you need a resume that helps you put your best foot forward. And because you're on a time constraint, you need all the help you can get to jump ahead in the resume construction process. Using a job resume template saves you hours because you only have to fill in the placeholder with your personalized details.

My favorite source for the best modern resume design templates is Envato Elements, an all-you-can-download service for creatives. 

Here's how it works when you use a service like Elements for building your next job resume:

  • Browse Envato Elements for top resume templates. 
  • Download a resume template that's supported in your design app of choice, like Microsoft Word or Adobe Photoshop, for example.
  • Replace the placeholder content with the details of your career, educational, and skill experience.
  • Submit your stunning resume to the job you're applying for.

As you can see below, there are more than 350 resume print templates that are included with an Envato Elements subscription.

Envato Elements Resume Template
Hundreds of job resume templates are included as part of the flat-rate Envato Elements package.

With so many templates, it helps to have a guide to the best modern resume designs available as a part of an Elements subscription. Below, I've focused on five of the best creative resume templates included on Elements. 

Best Resume Design Inspiration (Trending From Envato Elements)

Let's take a look at five of my favorite options that are easily customizable:

1. Modern Resume with Business Card

Modern Resume

I always look for a little extra value when choosing a resume template, and this one is no exception. Even though all resume templates on Elements are included for a flat rate, the best templates are set apart with extras like matching business cards as this one is. 

With five different color schemes and support for Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Word, this is an excellent start to our round-up for its flexibility and ease-of-use.

2. Super Professional Resume Template

Super Professional Resume Template

Just because you're applying for a "super professional" job, it doesn't mean that you've got to sacrifice your sense of design and style thanks to resume templates like this one. 

The beautiful two-column approach here has all of the placeholders you expect like a skills section, experience, and objectives. Supported in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Microsoft Word.

3. Minimalist Resume 01

Minimalist Resume 01

An excellent choice for Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, this job resume template is a minimalist choice that helps your experience take center stage. I often prefer resume templates like this one for their readability and ease-of-use. 

Just drop in your details and feel confident that your resume will make its way to the right reviewer thanks to its excellent design.

4. Cool Resume Template and Cover Letter

Cool Resume Template and Cover Letter

Not every resume has to be minimal and straightforward, and this cool option is a perfect example of the power of bold design. This resume feels more like a single page portfolio than a traditional resume. Take a bold leap like this when you're pursuing a creative job and update it with a fresh color palette.

Compatible with Adobe Photoshop, this resume template also includes a cover letter that coordinates with the resume. 

5. Resume John Q

Resume John Q

With beautiful serif font choices, the John Q resume is a stunning choice for Adobe InDesign and Microsoft Word users. For a bit of design flair, you also have icons included if you want to add visual indicators of your top skills and experience.

This resume also includes a cover letter, which is always a great idea to write and add with your application. A cover letter gives you a chance to explain your experience in more in-depth detail than a single resume. Best of all, it beautifully matches your resume for a coordinated design. 

The Best PowerPoint Template Designs From GraphicRiver (Trending in 2018)

Envato Elements is a tremendous all-you-can-download option, but if you know exactly what you're looking for, also consider the GraphicRiver marketplace to select your resume template. GraphicRiver is a pay-as-you-go model where you can purchase single job resume templates.

Just like the Envato Elements library, there are so many templates to choose from that it helps to have a selection of the top choices. Here are 15 of my favorite recent templates for your next application from GraphicRiver.

1. Modern Resume

Modern Resume

This is a complete package you can use in applying for your next job. This modern resume design approach has six pages ranging from a cover letter to the standard resume, and finally a contact page.

  • Compatible with Microsoft Word and Adobe InDesign
  • CMYK color palette for easy printing
  • A4 and Letter-sized page formats

2. Clean Modern Resume Set

Clean Modern Resume Set

This resume design features all of the standard placeholders you would expect for a well-crafted job application. One thing that sets it apart is an easy-to-adjust skills section where you can use a graphic to show what you sets you apart with visual indicators. 

  • Supported in Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Word
  • CMYK color palette for easy printing
  • A4 page format

3. 3-Piece Modern Resume Set

3-Piece Modern Resume Set

Here's another resume choice that includes "more than the minimum" with a cover letter and resume template. It's a clean and modern design that's perfect for your next design job application.

  • Supported in Adobe Photoshop and InDesign
  • CMYK color palette for easy printing
  • Letter and A4 page formats

4. Modern Personalized Resume Template

Modern Resume

For a bold and contemporary look, this resume is one of the best choices in this round-up. Two color variants, 18 separate page templates, and included icon packages make it a highly flexible choice with a modern design flair.

  • Supported in Adobe Photoshop and InDesign
  • A4 page format

5. Clean & Modern Resume and CV Template

Clean  Modern Resume CV

Not only does this package include a standard resume template, but it also offers a portfolio page that would be ideal for a graphic or web designer. This template makes great use of whitespace to keep the resume readable and scannable by the reviewer. 

  • Compatible with Adobe InDesign
  • CMYK color palette for easy printing
  • A4 page format

6. Modern Resume Template

Modern Resume Design Template

This bold resume choice is a modern style thanks to its beautiful use of color. Even if the default yellow isn't your favorite shade, you can easily update it and substitute it in as the key color. 

  • Compatible Adobe Photoshop and InDesign and Microsoft Word
  • CMYK color palette for easy printing
  • A4 and US Letter page formats

7. Modern Resume/CV

Modern Resume CV

Several of the resumes in this round-up include a placeholder for your profile photo. When you want to "put a name with a face," a resume like this one is a great way to establish familiarity. For jobs like sales or customer service where your skills are critical, consider a choice like this one.

  • Compatible with Adobe InDesign and Microsoft Word
  • CMYK color palette for easy printing
  • A4 page format

8. Cool Multi-Color Resume

Cool Resume

With four different color variants, this grid-based resume is the right choice for a multitude of job opportunities. You can even substitute and re-arrange the content boxes to sequence them in a way that best highlights your experience.

  • Compatible with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Microsoft Word
  • CMYK color palette for easy printing
  • A4 page format

9. Stylish One Page CV Resume

Stylish One Page CV Resume

It only takes a single page to make an impact on a reviewer when done correctly. Often, it's better to condense all of your experiences into a short format so that the hiring manager can quickly review your credentials. The timeline approach makes it easy to craft your story of how past experiences have led you to the current role.

  • Compatible with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator
  • A4 and US letter page formats

10. Resume & Cover Letter

Resume  Cover Letter

This modern resume design certainly brings attention to your name thanks to the oversized placeholder for your name. The easy-to-replace placeholder boxes will save you many hours while building a resume of your own.

  • Compatible with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator
  • A4 and US letter page formats

11. The Clean Resume / CV

The Clean Resume CV

Two simple columns and color palettes make this a flexible and easy-to-read job resume. It also features all of the standard placeholders that remove the guesswork with creating your job resume, so it's an easy choice for building your application out in a single sitting.

  • Compatible with Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Word
  • CMYK color palette for easy printing
  • A4 page format

12. Modern & Simple Resume 

Modern  Simple Resume Set

With options to include a profile picture, this job resume template offers flexibility in how you customize it. It's also just colorful enough to help it find its way in front of a hiring manager, so use this choice with your credentials to increase your chances of being seen.

  • Compatible with Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Word
  • CMYK color palette for easy printing
  • A4 page format

13. Craft Paper Style Resume

Craft Paper Style Resume

Another bold resume template choice, this job resume has the feel of being printed on fancy craft paper for a more "organic" feel to the design. It focuses on a few key details: experience, education, and skills. Less is more when it comes to showcasing your credentials; use a resume like this one as the start of the conversation instead of your entire story.

  • Compatible with Adobe Photoshop
  • A4 page format

14. Modern Resume Template Design

Modern Resume Template Design

Again, this resume template takes a strong position that featuring your profile photo will help you stand out when applying for jobs where personality can make the difference. Include your details to in the built-in placeholders for an easy-to-build resume.

  • Compatible with Adobe Photoshop
  • CMYK color palette for easy printing
  • US letter page format

15. Modern Resume CV Template

Modern Resume CV Template

With a print-focused template like this one, the design elements have carefully considered how the resume will appear once printed. Rounding out our selections, this template has all of the essentials for a professional job application and features the design flair that can set you apart as a top applicant.

  • Compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Microsoft Word
  • CMYK color palette for easy printing
  • A4 and US letter page format

Design Your Next Resume with Job Resume Templates

You don't have time to do everything. So you've got to find ways to skip ahead in processes and still create a resume that you feel great about. That makes using job resume templates a no-brainer.

Whether you subscribe to Envato Elements or purchase one-off templates from GraphicRiver, both of these marketplaces are stocked with the types of resume templates that never go out of style. So, go ahead and download your favorite resume template today and begin updating your resume today.

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