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Table of Contents
- Basic & Simple Resume Templates
- Career & Life Situation Resume Templates
- Creative Resume Templates
- Can You Use a Template? (Hint: The answer is yes)
#1: Basic & Simple Resume Templates
Browse Through All 40 Basic & Simple Designs
For nearly a decade, job seekers have been using our tried and true Basic & Simple Designs. And guess what — they’re still landing people tons of interviews. If you’re wondering about the names, well, our resume experts happen to be animal lovers — who isn’t? But don’t let the fun names fool you. Our Microsoft Word templates are Applicant Tracking System bulletproof, and consistently perform for job seekers. No matter what level of job seeker you are, there is a design in this library that’s best suited for you.
#2: Career & Life Situation Resume Templates
Browse Through All 40 Career/Life Situation Designs
No two job seekers are alike — from executives and students to career changers and stay-at-home moms, everyone has their own unique challenges. So, sometimes the “standard” resume format just won’t cut it. Depending on your life and career situation, you may need a unique resume that best fits your experience.
That’s why we built our second resume design library to target specific types of job seekers. We considered the issues that each type of job seeker encounters when creating a resume, and tailored a specific template that’s best suited to help them overcome these challenges.
#3: Creative Resume Templates
Browse Through All 40 Creative Designs
Even with a professionally written resume, standing out from a crowd of thousands of job seekers is tough. Depending on the industry or position you are applying for, it may require you to add some personality. If you’re curious about how to tweak the visual elements in Microsoft Word and add a little flair to your resume, check out our comprehensive guide on resume aesthetics.
To give you a better chance of capturing the attention of employers, we created eight innovative designs. Each design utilizes stylistic elements that are meant to spotlight specific sections of your resume, and present you as the best candidate possible.
Can You Use a Resume Template?
For those of you worried about using a template, don’t be.
Using a resume template has become an acceptable and smart practice for a number of reasons.
We know that you may have some concerns about using one, so we’ve taken the liberty of debunking the biggest myths about using a templates below.
Myth 1: Hiring managers look down on candidates that use them
Hiring managers want a resume which is professional, well-written, well-formatted, and comprehensive. We’d know, because those are precisely the requirements the HR professionals who design our templates work with. Each and every one of our templates is made by HR professionals who know the best resume qualities that will capture a hiring manager’s attention.
Myth 2: Using a Microsoft Word template won’t allow you to stand out from the crowd
Put yourself in the shoes of a hiring manager. Would you rather read:
a) Yet another resume that was poorly structured and patchy (but made from scratch) or,
b) A cohesive and professional resume?
If you chose b), you’re on the money. There is no doubt that a resume which is both cohesive and professional will have a far better chance of standing out of the crowd – even if it’s made using a template.
The give you a framework for creating your individual, unique resume. Once you add your personal ‘stamp’ to it through imputing your unique skills, professional experiences, and wording, it will stand out of the crowd for all the right reasons.
Myth 3: For such an important document, it feels lazy not to make it from scratch
Using a template doesn’t make you lazy by any means. It makes you efficient, and resourceful.
Making use of a resource that will not only save you time, but is proven to elevate your chances of scoring a job simply makes sense. You could try to navigate the perilous lands of Microsoft Word formatting, develop a solid resume structure, and come up with line after line about why you’re the best candidate.
Or you could use one of our HR-approved templates. It’s your choice.
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Job & Industry
Food Service Industry Cover Letter Samples
Waiter, Waitress, Server
For the food service industry, cover letters should highlight the candidate’s customer service abilities, their knowledge of a particular type of cuisine, and their adherence to food safety and sanitation guidelines. If you are able to demonstrate these key attributes, restaurant owners will certainly call you in for an interview.
Customer Service & Retail Industry Example Cover Letters
Call Center, Phone & Support
Hotel, Hospitality & Transportation
Since customer service is such a broad category, we offer a variety of letters from different areas of the field. The key to getting a job in customer service is to showcase your ability to upsell and retain customers. Click on any of the samples above to learn how to display these abilities in your cover letter.
Office Worker & Administrative Assistant Cover Letter Examples
Assistants & Office Managers
The responsibilities of administrative assistants and office workers are often quite similar across different companies. So the challenge is to find a way to differentiate yourself from other candidates. One way to do this is to emphasize your organizational skills through measurable achievements, such as the money or time you saved with your initiatives in a previous position. Take a look at how the examples above accomplish this.
Housekeeping Industry Example Cover Letters
We provide two versions of a cover letter for a housekeeper: one for a candidate with experience and one for an entry-level housekeeper. So no matter how much experience you have, our examples will help you get started.
Janitor & Maintenance Worker Samples
Janitors must demonstrate their concern for safety and accident prevention in order to be considered for the position. Use our experienced and entry-level examples to guide you on how to include these traits in your letter.
Nursing & Healthcare Cover Letter Samples
Nursing & Social Care
Whether you want to get a job in nursing, dentistry, or pharmaceuticals, we have a sample that applies to your career path. Careers in the healthcare industry require a wide range of experience and education. Technical skills, licenses and certifications, and the ability to communicate effectively are a few of the top qualities to include in your cover letter.
Marketing & Sales Example Cover Letters
If you’re applying for a job in marketing or sales, you’ll need to highlight key performance metrics. Employers will be looking for you to elaborate on the projects that were mentioned in your resume and the results that were produced.
We offer samples for 4 different kinds of engineers. Find your career track and discover how to best format your own letter. No matter what engineering track you are on, your cover letter needs to highlight problem solving skills and the ability to meet quality standards.
Teaching & Education Example Cover Letters
Our teaching and education samples are great for job seekers who are just starting their career or for those that need help showcasing their wealth of experience. Although our sample is for an english teacher, the format can be used for a teacher of any subject.
Construction Industry Examples
Working in construction usually entails being able to use a wide variety of tools and equipment while also having knowledge numerous construction techniques. Make sure you mention the equipment you have used and the different techniques that you are familiar with.
Accounting & Finance Cover Letter Samples
We offer five different examples within the accounting and finance industry. Quantifiable/numerical achievements are extremely important when it comes to applying for an accounting job. Check out the samples to see how the candidates discuss their accomplishments.
Driver & Transportation Examples
A truck driver cover letter should focus on the years of driving experience, the type of vehicles you have operated, and your specific state and national licenses. Click the sample above to see how our job candidate lists this information.
Whether you are just starting your career as a librarian or are looking for a senior position, we have a sample that will help you tailor your own cover letter. Click on the position above that applies to you.
Information Technology (IT) Cover Letter Examples
When applying for an IT job, you will likely need to get through an HR representative who might not be well-versed in the technical aspects of the position. Keep this in mind when writing your cover letter and consider toning down the technical language.
Art and Music Samples
Art & Design
Writing a cover letter for an industry as abstract as music and entertainment can be difficult. Instead of focusing on numerical achievements, you’ll have to focus your letter towards a portfolio of specific projects or performances. Use our letters above for inspiration.
C-Suite & Executive Cover Letters
C-Suite executives have extensive industry experience and their cover letters must go beyond a list of duties and facts. Their cover letters must reflect an ability to fit within an organization. Our cover letter examples and tip sections will help you communicate a strong profile to boost to your candidacy.
Real Estate Industry Examples
For a job in real estate, you’ll need to highlight your ability to market to prospective home owners as well as your drive to reach sales quotas. Our real estate agent letter does all of this and much more. Click the link above to learn how to write your own.
Law Enforcement, Security & Fire Cover Letters
Law Enforcement & Security
In this section we offer cover letters for those in the legal space and law enforcement. Click the position that you are in and learn about exactly what you can highlight in your cover letter to make you an outstanding candidate.
Student and Internship Cover Letters
Students often have the hardest time writing a cover letter because they lack professional experience. The key for students is to focus on relevant coursework, internship experience, and skills you might have gained from working a part-time job.
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