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5 Free Templates to Make Sure Your Resume Stands Out (In a Good Way)

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September 27, 2022

If you’re on a job hunt, your resume can make or break your chances of landing that new role. Because so many candidates make the same resume mistakes. Luckily, we found a way to take the guesswork out of your resume layout with these free Google Doc resume templates. So if you’re looking for a professional, polished resume that will stand out from the crowd, here are some no-cost options to help you get started.  

Here’s how to use resume templates in Google Docs.

You’ll have to take a few steps before you can customize your Google Docs resume template.

  1. Sign into your Google account. If you don’t have one, you’ll need to create a free Google account to access your favorite template.

  2. Head over to Google Drive, select "New," then click "Google Docs template."

  3. Scroll down to resume templates and choose your design.

What’s a good Google Docs resume template for a work world newbie?

The Spearmint Google Docs resume template and the Swiss Google Docs resume template are both good options for career newbies. Because they put your skills first, instead of your work history.Psst…if you’re having trouble figuring out which skills to include, it might be time for a career coach.

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If you need a Google Docs resume template for your next major career move…

Try the Serif Google Docs resume template. This resume layoutlists all of your experience at the very top of the page. Read: Your time to shine. So if you have expert-level experience that makes you a perfect fit for the role you’re applying for, this is the template for you. And don’t worry — it has two columns, so your skills won’t be buried at the bottom of the page.  

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If you need a Google Docs resume template for a creative role…

Think: Photographer, influencer, or interior designer. The Coral resume template could be a great choice for your next job app. It isn’t too over the top. But the “Hello” greeting and fancy fonts give it a little personality. 

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If you’re looking for a more creative resume layout…

The Modern Writer Google Docs resume template might be too busy if you’re breaking into or looking to level up in a more buttoned-up industry. But if you’re looking to land a career in the literary world (hi, writers), this resume layout could be the perfect choice to help get you there.

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Creating your resume can be tough to tackle solo. But a free Google Docs resume template can simplify the process, no matter what industry you’re in. Next step: Interview prep

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