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Two Column Resume: 15+ Templates to Download (FREE Included)

Michael Tomaszewski
Resume Expert at Zety
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Two-column resumes are great—they look modern and dynamic, plus—

 

They let you save space and fit more onto a page.

 

The only problem with two-column resume templates?

 

There are so many of them to choose from that it’s hard to pick a really great one.

 

Here’s the thing: we’ve done the job for you.

 

We’ve screened over 400 resume templates from various design websites, to present you a gallery of only the best of the best (free templates included!).

 

Scroll down to see beautiful templates and pick a two-column resume that fits your style and taste!

 

But before we get to that, let’s make one thing clear—

 

Should you use a one- or a two-column resume?

 

Benefits of two-column resumes:

 

  • Two-column resumes help group certain pieces of information in a side column: your contact information, technical skills, or languages.
  • They are easy to read for recruiters because all sections are clearly separated from one another. Also, they prevent lengthy single lines that span across the whole width of a resume.
  • Most two-column resume templates are easily adjustable—you can decide which sections you move to the side column and which ones you want to highlight in the central part.
  • Two-column resumes let you save space and transform an otherwise two-page resume into a single-page one.

 

Disadvantages of two-column resumes:

 

There’s only one potential pitfall of using a two-column resume—

 

It might not pass through some older Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). You’ll have to go the extra mile to get your formatting right so that it doesn’t annoy those little bots.

 

Note: we can’t guarantee that all resume templates in the gallery below have been optimized to pass ATS scans. Those available in our builder are fully ATS-friendly, though.

 

Let’s begin with one of ours then:

 

 

1

Cascade by Zety

 

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Two-column resume template example. See 20+ templates and create your resume here.

 

One of our proudest two-column resume templates here at Zety. A column on the left for your personal information and skills helps you save space while making recruiters pay attention to what matters.

 

And check out the subtle shading differences in the side bar combined with distinct black and white text for readability.

 

One of our users, Nikos, had this to say:

 

[I used] a nice template I found on Zety. My resume is now one page long, not three. With the same stuff.

 

Create your resume now

 

Note: we have designed all our resume templates to be ATS-scannable.

 

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Clean Resume

 

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The “Clean Resume” available at Creative Market gives a direct proof that even two-page resumes can be easily scannable when section titles stand out and the two columns are well thought-out.

 

You can download this 2-column resume template in Word, as well as INND and PSD.

 

Here’s the link.

 

Not sure whether a 2-page resume format is right for you? Find out: One, Two, or More Pages? Ideal Resume Length in 2019

 

3

Minimal CV

 

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“Minimal Resume CV” by UX-Group uses two columns in work experience and education sections, making it easier for you to keep your resume one-page without having to jam-pack your content. As a bonus, you’ll get a cover letter template and a ready-to-print business card.

This one’s available in PSD, INDD, IDML, and DOC.

 

Here’s the link.

 

Minimalist designs are your cup of tea? Just don't go too minimal with your resume. Check out our guide: How Many Pages Should a Resume Be in 2019 [+Tips]

 

4

Free Two Column Resume

 

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The first free two column resume template in our gallery has been created by Tolgahan Yurtseven. It’s a perfect balance between an informative and a creative resume. Plus, the use of trendy icons helps to guide the recruiter’s eyes to what you’d like to highlight the most.

 

You can download this free double-sided resume for InDesign or Photoshop.

 

Here’s the link.

 

 

5

Modern by Zety

 

 

How about the resume columns on this template? Some of its artistic features include: block rating system (for languages and skills), ribbon-style arrows preceding each section title, and a clean design throughout with numerous color combinations to choose from.

 

“Modern” is included when you create a resume in our builder, along with many other two-column templates.

 

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Neat and Balanced

 

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This two sided resume created by Ahsanyaja Corp uses two symmetrical columns to help you save space, but it’s also very generous on the white space, giving recruiters some breathing room. You can download this resume template in INND, PSD, and AI.

 

Here’s the link.

 

Interested in one-page resume templates specifically? See another gallery of ours: Single-Page Resume Templates to Download and Use Now

 

7

Cubic by Zety

 

 

Here’s another one of ours, our take on a modern two column resume template.

The top header is reserved simply for your name and title for you to stand out. A right-hand sidebar switches it up. Filled-in circles for your languages and skills allow you to showcase your knowledge in style.

 

You can get access to this resume template when you create a resume in our builder.

 

8

Perfectly Symmetrical

 

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SHOWY 68 and Mee Hoang’s “Simple Professional Resume Template” delivers on what’s promised in its title. It’s got the right balance between a typical, formal resume design and a sprinkle of creativity.

 

Here’s the link to this two column resume editable in Word, Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.

 

What is the best font for a resume? What size should they be? Find out hereBest Font for Resume: What Size & Typeface to Use? [15+ Pro Tips]

 

9

Vibes by Zety

 

 

We’ve named this one “Vibes.” And what sort of vibes does it send, huh?

Simplicity, they say, is the ultimate sophistication and here you can witness simplicity at its finest. A great two-column resume layout for corporate jobs and traditional industries.

 

Get access to this template along with 20+ others in our builder.

 

10

Colors Can Speak Louder Than Words

 

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Another two-column resume on our list built around an axis right in the middle. SHOWY 68’s “Watercolor Triangle Resume Template” is a fantastic pick for job hunters seeking gigs in more casual industries.

 

Here’s the link to this MS Word two column resume template.

 

11

Free Resume for MS Word

 

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This free modern resume template for Word has been created by Sadique P on Behance. Notice how the two columns add a creative touch to this otherwise basic resume.

 

Here’s the link to this free two-column resume for Word.

 

For more amazing Free resume templates editable in MS Word, see: Free Resume/CV Templates for Word: Best Examples to Download

 

12

Creative (by MOO)

 

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Created by Microsoft in collaboration with MOO, a digital design company, this MS Word resume template is very neat, clean, and legible. Thanks to two distinct columns all sections are easily visible so that recruiters will know where to look for the most important information about you.

 

Here’s the link.

 

13

Crisp by Zety

 

 

Another of our favorites—the clean Crisp resume template made using our resume builder.

It’s got a left-hand side column, but a full-width header area up top for your name, title, and all-important resume summary or objective.

 

Available in our resume builder.

 

14

Personal Branding

 

two column resume

 

That’s how personal branding works on a resume! The header of this template immediately stands out from the rest of the text. The little personal logo grabs attention. Thanks to a neat footer, this could also be used for making a two-page resume.

 

Here’s the link.

 

15

Neat as a Pin

 

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Another free 2-column resume for Word we’ve picked for you. Two columns are below a distinct header which makes this resume design very fresh and dynamic. White space will guide recruiters’ eyes to where you want them to go, a little color here and there will make sure no information passes unnoticed.

 

Here’s the link.

 

Want to make sure your resume will hook every recruiter and get you that interview? Check 46 Things You Need To Do Before You Send Your Resume

 

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Contrasting Columns

 

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Last but not least: “Simple Resume” by Julio A. Ramirez De Freitas. Two contrasting columns will surely interest recruiters but they also make this template not ideal to print out on resume paper. Use it only for digital job applications.

 

Here’s the link to this two column resume format.

 

Key Takeaway

 

Keep these points in mind as you write a two-column resume:

 

  • A two-column resume will help you save space and fit more contents into less pages.
  • Remember, though, that not all resumes with columns will make it through the ATS scan.
  • Finally, keep in mind that the contents of your resume matter much more than the design!

 

Want to have a resume that lands you that dream job? Here’s a quick list of must-reads for you.

First, learn the critical rules. This quick guide will take you from a resume rookie into expert in 5 minutes: How to Make a Resume: A Step-by-Step Guide

Then, pick a professional format. This is key to presenting your strongest suit to employers. Make them realize they need you: Resume Format: How to Format a Resume Right


Once you’ve got the general idea for your resume contents, get the show on the road. Ain’t as easy as it seems? Well, we’ve just made it easy: How to Start a Resume: A Complete Guide With Tips & 15+ Examples

One last thing:

Do write a cover letter.

 

Here’s how: How To Write A Cover Letter in 8 Simple Steps

 

Do you have any questions on choosing the best two-column resume template? Want to share your resume design inspirations and ideas? Give us a shout in the comments and we’ll get back to you!

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Michael Tomaszewski
Michael is a career expert and the coordinator of Zety's newsletter. He reaches out to recruitment and hiring gurus to help you learn the most effective strategies for managing your career.