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Simple Resume Templates [16+ Basic Formats to Download]

If there’s one thing that never goes out of fashion, it’s simplicity. With this timeless list of the best simple resume templates, you will have to look no further. Ever again.

Maciej Duszyński
Career Expert
Simple Resume Templates [16+ Basic Formats to Download]

Why are simple resume templates in such high demand? Because every self-aware job seeker knows that at the end of the day it’s the content of their resume that matters most. And great content presented in a basic, distraction-free form is arguably the best you can do for your resume.


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1. Cubic


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This simple resume template is a great choice for both seasoned pros and those working on their first resume with no experience. Its main section gives you a lot of room for either your professional experience section or education on a resume. The clean resume layout makes it look well-organized and easy to navigate through.

Expert Hint: Our resume builder allows you to rearrange all of the resume sections any which way. For example, If you’re a recent graduate you may want to put the education section first—you can do it by simply dragging and dropping it where you want. 

2. Diamond


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This simple resume template offers a clean-looking resume header and a spacious resume profile section that stretches from margin to margin. The subtle line on the left draws the reader’s attention to the most important pieces of information in each resume section.


3. Cascade


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This basic resume template is free from distractions and incorporates a well-organized sidebar—a great place for you to put skills on a resume to give them proper exposure.

Expert Hint: Two-column resume outlines are great for making one-page resumes. Always make sure the length of your resume is adequate for your experience.

4. Newcast


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This distraction-free simple resume template follows a single-column layout that can continue onto the next page. Try it out and see how quickly you’ll make a two-page resume.

Expert Hint: Single-column layouts offer you quite a lot of versatility as far as choosing the resume format goes. In our resume builder, you can easily reshuffle the sections and turn your chronological resume into a functional resume in just a couple of clicks.

5. Crisp


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Crisp is a simple resume template suitable for those who have at least a couple of years of experience under the belt. You get quite a lot of space for your resume job description as well as the resume summary section.


6. Initials


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This simple resume template lets you personalize your document by offering a visual with your initials. Thanks to its two-column layout you can use the real estate of a single page quite effectively, with plenty of room for additional resume sections such as certifications on a resume, accomplishments, or volunteer experience.

Expert Hint: The visual scale in the skills section gives the reader a quick look at your level of proficiency. Obviously, you can remove the scale entirely if you’d rather minimize the number of visuals.

7. Modern


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This simple job resume template that incorporates several visuals to accentuate different resume sections. For example, the ribbons next to each section’s title make it much easier for the recruiter to navigate through the document.

Expert Hint: Eye-tracking studies prove that your resume’s readers will look for the job titles on your resume in the first place. Make sure they’re easy to find.

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8. Vibes


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This modern basic resume template uses resume icons to guide the reader’s eye from section to section. You can easily adapt it for your purposes regardless of how (in)experienced you are.

Expert Hint: Notice that the personal info section includes space for your address on a resume. However, most of the time such information is optional and in our builder, you can easily remove the address field from the template.

9. Muse


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Muse is a simple effective resume template that incorporates subtle lines, shapes, and visuals to draw the recruiter’s eye exactly where you want.

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10. Concept


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This distraction-free simple resume template is a great choice if you’re making a chronological resume. Notice how the combination of a sidebar dedicated exclusively to dates and a timeline with icons makes this layout super reader-friendly.


11. Influx


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Influx is a professional basic resume template that you can easily adapt for the world of academia. Use it to craft an academic CV than nobody will dare to ignore.


12. Iconic


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Just like the previous one, this simple resume template is versatile enough to be adapted for academic purposes. Why? Its single-column layout gives you a lot of freedom as far as the length of the document goes. Also, you can include a variety of different sections, including publications, relevant coursework, conferences, references, and others. 

Expert Hint: It’s not enough to simply put everything on your CV. You must understand how to write your CV effectively.

13. Simple


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Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication they say, and this minimalist resume template proves this. Nothing here will distract the reader’s attention from the most important thing—what you have to offer to the company. 


14. Primo


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This simple resume template includes several creative elements, such as a timeline with icons, and a logo-like visual with your initials. All these form a harmonious whole that improves the document’s readability.


15. Valera


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What’s striking about this basic resume template is a bold combination of resume fonts. In fact, in our builder, you can experiment with different font styles, sizes, and colors. It only takes a couple of mouse-clicks.


16. Nanica


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Simple, reader-friendly, and light. This simple resume template uses truly minimal visual means to bring the content of your resume to the fore.


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Want to try a different look? There’s 18 more. A single click will give your document a total makeover. Pick a cover letter template here.


17. Minimo


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Just as the name suggests, this simple resume template only employs basic formatting means to present your experience and skills effectively. The only (optional) graphical elements comprise the visual grading scale you can use in the skills section, for example.


How did you like our choice of basic resume templates? Do you have any helpful tips for choosing the best one? Let’s talk about it in the comments below, and, as always, thanks for reading!

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Maciej Duszyński
Maciej Duszynski is a career advice writer and a resume expert at ResumeLab. With over 8 years of experience in recruitment, hiring, and training, Maciej shares insider HR knowledge to equip every job seeker with professional advice to nail the job hunt. His insights have been featured by the Chicago Tribune, SparkPeople, Toggl, Referral Rock, and Databox, among others. Maciej has helped job candidates at all stages of their career paths, from interns to directors to C-suite members, to thrive in their job. His mission is to help you find the right opportunity and create a job application that gets you the career you deserve. Maciej holds a Master’s degree in English with a specialization in communication and education management.

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