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You'll want a unique resume template if you aim to stand out in a sea of candidates.
Everyone else will be using generic black and white resumes straight out of the text processor, but not you!
Together with Luiza, my witty and weird workmate, we set out in search of the most exceptional resume templates out there. Some are ours, some aren’t, but all of them are truly unique resume templates.
This list will show you:
- Over a dozen unique resume template examples better than 9 out of 10 other resumes.
- One-of-a-kind templates for resumes ready to download and use right away.
- Resume templates full of unique characteristics and sections so you’ll stand out.
Are you looking for a specific resume example? Check:
- Professional Resume Examples
- Minimalist Resume Examples
- One Page Resume Examples
- Skills Based Resume Examples
- Resume Example for First Job
- Entry Level Resume Examples
- Traditional Resume Examples
Here it is: a list of cool, unique resume templates that are professional enough to meet the demands of any recruiter:
Cubic by Zety
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Cubic is one of our takes on unique resume layouts and design, and we like to think we did this one right. With a three-tone background depending on the section, different areas of your resume stand out easily from each other.
The top header is reserved just for your name and title for you to stand out, and the background color also sets the tone for the accent color later in the document. A right-hand sidebar switches it up from the many left-side ones out there. Filled-in circles for your languages and skills allow you to showcase your expertise in style.
Primo by Zety
Primo is another one of ours, and we consider it a pretty distinctive resume template in its own right. Seems like another standard resume. However, if you look closely, this resume template has several unique features and attributes.
A right-hand sidebar switches it up from the many left-side ones we’ve shown previously. Filled-in circles for your languages and skills, icons for each resume section, and a timeline format for your education and experience sections really help you to stand out.
An Ultimate Package
White Graphic has created a complete package centered around this professional and peerless 3-page resume template. Paired with a bunch of free resume fonts and icons to use with it, this resume surely gives you all the tools and space you need to express yourself. You'll be certain to ace the interview with this one!
A resume with a matching cover letter always gives you an edge over other candidates. And we’ve got a dozen other matching sets for you right here: Great Resume Templates (14 Examples to Download & Use Right Now)
Cascade by Zety
Cascade is one of those resume templates that you can never go wrong with. Especially when you need more space to write about your professional and academic achievements. It’ll handle it gracefully.
One column of the Cascade resume template is dedicated to short descriptions, such as contact information or skills. There will be space for experience, education, and additional sections on the right of your resume.
Concept by Zety
When you’re writing a CV for a graduate school or a resume with no experience, you might want to take a look at the Concept template.
The timeline design will show how you powered through your career and academia. And the one-column layout will help you fill out the space a lot quicker. The resume icons also fit the youthful picture that this unique resume template represents.
Nhung Nguyen’s “Modern CV Template” is a watercolor template ready for painter resumes, designers, artists, or other creative types. The paint splotches on the top left and bottom right really give it an unfinished, artistic feel. To top it off, each section is easy to find and unique from each other.
Find this great modern resume example at this link from Behance, available to use with Adobe Illustrator. This template is unique in part because it’s quite modern. Check out other contemporary ones: Modern Resume Templates & 18 Examples
Crisp by Zety
Unique templates from Zety have a lot to offer. Crisp, for example, is perfectly balanced and lightly built. That’s why your achievements won’t seem so heavily packed. The icons and rounded rating scale add just the right touch to the minimalist design. Plus, a dash of color can do a wonderful job in making your resume template stand out.
Diamond by Zety
Another single-column resume template in our arsenal. The Diamond template draws attention to your career progress with the timeline on the left.
It’s perfect for creating two-page resumes as the one-column design requires placing sections right underneath. But at the same time, if you don’t have much experience, your resume will look complete even though you don’t have a long work history.
Stencil & Pencil
Fay Zodiac’s “Free Resume Template” is a matchless monochromatic masterpiece. With a hand-drawn, stenciled appearance, this resume will definitely make the hiring manager impressed. Each resume section is easy to locate, with a border all around and a subtitle that has adjacent, diagonal striping.
Here’s the link to this free unique resume template on Behance. Check out our curated list of free templates to download: Free Resume Templates: 17 Downloadable Resume Templates to Use
Enfold by Zety
Enfold is Cascade’s sister. This unique resume template is ideal if you want to draw the recruiter’s attention to your summary and work experience on your resume. These two are in the left upper corner which is where recruiters start reading.
There’s enough white space for the recruiter to ease their eyes on, too. So despite the colored column on the right, there is a maintained overall balance.
Iconic by Zety
How to make resume sections pop? The Iconic resume template knows exactly what to do to make that happen. Highlighting each section heading with a bigger font and a square icon next to it, Iconic helps your recruiter notice the most important bits of information on your resume. Add an uncommon skill level rating design to it, and your resume is a bomb.
A Foundation of Pastel
Coming from Graphic Google, the “Free Simple & Elegant Resume Template” is pleasing to the eye in an organic way, with its earthy, pastel colors and minimal black or white. Those colors separate different sections, but they chose well—they don’t create an eyesore as many other documents of multiple colors might.
Influx by Zety
Influx will help you tell your story in the right order. Start with the experience section, or education if you’re aspiring for a junior position, and move on one by one to your skills and certifications. There’s definitely room for additional information on your resume. So if you wish to boast about your relevant hobbies and interests, go for it!
Tolgahan Yurtseven’s “FREE Resume Template + Icons” on Behance throws rules out the window—you can switch back and forth between having a full-width area or split it for a two- or three-column resume layout, depending on whether you want to list items horizontally or vertically.
The header area allows you to add an artistic background image to frame your contact details. Your education and work experience section is given a timeline appearance to show career and academic progression. Icons near the footer show instead of tell your hobbies and interests.
Here’s the link to this exceptional resume template download for Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop at Behance.
Minimo by Zety
If you’re looking for something uniquely minimalistic then the Minimo resume template is your go-to. There’s only a splash of color highlighting your name, headings, and skill rating scale, which perfectly matches the idea of simplicity.
The one-column design is broader than the others in this list, so you don’t have to limit yourself with the number of achievements you wish to put down on your resume.
Modern by Zety
Modern or elegant? Why not both?
The Modern resume template accentuates every section of your resume with a ribbon arrow, your skill set with a unique rating system, as well as the header and footer. Thanks to the colored block elements, your recruiter will know from the start that your resume is one-page.
Krystian Kubicki’s “CV/Resume project” on Behance is just gorgeous. A subdued, trianglified background allows your skills and achievements to stand out. A perfect resume-with-photo layout, the large half-profile taking up the left side really makes this one incomparable. His choice of icons and circle graphs make this one second to none.
Here’s the link to this singular resume template on Behance. Being creative on a resume like this one is tough, but our guide and examples make it easy: Creative Resume Templates & 15+ Examples [A Complete Guide]
Muse by Zety
Sometimes you need a muse to get inspired. So here it is. The Muse resume template should become your inspiration for creating the most perfect resume you and your recruiter can find.
Its neat design helps to notice what’s most important: the summary and experience sections. The ribbon arrows complement the design.
Nanica by Zety
Nanica is a traditional template without fluff and colorful elements that could distract the reader. This template is characterized by its simplicity and presentation clarity.
Its one-column design showcases your achievements in the experience, education, and skills section. Thanks to an uncomplicated resume layout, your recruiter will find desired information much quicker.
The folks over at Etsy’s Freestyle Templates give us their “Pink Resume Template.” It’s quite a modern resume design, with its interweaved gray and pink blocks for the various resume sections. The skills area has an adjustable bar graph that let you pinpoint exactly where you think you stand.
Here’s the link to this unique template for resumes, available to purchase on Etsy and downloadable for Microsoft Word (.docx).
Some hiring managers have a preference for resumes formatted in Word. If that's the case for you, check out: 10+ Microsoft Word Resume Templates Great for Any Job
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Newcast by Zety
If you’re looking for something basic, there you have it. The Newcast resume template has a standard design but with a twist. The icons next to each section heading brighten up the page because a little color never hurt anyone.
Simple by Zety
Who said that simple must be bland?
You definitely won’t say it about this resume template because its biggest advantage is simplicity indeed. You can add some individual touch to it by personalizing the skill rating and adding extra sections, such as languages or hobbies and interests to your resume.
Brochure With Allure
Coreena Cole posted some fun and creative resumes over on her Behance profile. This particular resume template has a brochure layout (horizontal), but she includes a vertical resume version, as well. Making light use of color variations, Coreena’s unique resume template makes things pop with primary school colors without skimping on the story.
Here’s the link to this colorful resume template to use and edit with Microsoft Word.
Valera by Zety
Again, if you prefer unique to bland, Valera’s been made for you. Despite having a standard structure with experience on top, the rare typography (but still ATS-friendly!) that not many recruiters have seen will give you the advantage you need. Resumes read better if you do a fine job formatting them.
Vibes by Zety
Vibes should only be associated with positive feelings, and it’s no different for the Vibes resume template. Recruiters will take notice of the resume introduction, AKA your resume profile. It has the room to shine right under your name, so you’d better prepare a fine statement there.
Personalized & Peerless
“Resume Template 3 Page | CV Template” by the Template Depot over at Creative Market is a tasteful, minimalistic resume design. Different resume sections are represented with various widths, some full-width, some half-width, and more.
Julia at Bungalow Creative on Etsy brings us this eye-catching resume template. Simple and clean, the header holds just your name and professional title (and address on the cover letter template to match), followed by a simple leaf pattern strip before the recruiter’s eyes get to the good stuff.
Here’s the link to this one-of-a-kind resume template on Etsy, available as a download for Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop.
A Pink Cloud Raining Experience
Nhung Dvove and Chic Templates have created a resume template without equal with this beauty. With a gorgeous, pink watercolor paint splotch right in the center that frames your resume summary or objective, the hiring manager’s gaze knows where to focus immediately.
Here’s the link to this unique template for resumes that you can find on Etsy. The package includes a resume template, cover letter template, and a references page template, all in both Microsoft Word .docx and Pages .pages formats.
Four to Score
White Graphic’s “Professional Resume 4 Pages” is a complete resume package, with a two-page resume template, a reference page template, and a cover letter template, all with matching layouts. Its good design is most prominent in the skills and education section, which resembles a modern table of three columns.
Here’s the link to this standout template on Creative Market, which includes a free download of 30 different icons for use on your professional resume.
Lam Lu’s “Self Identity” project on Behance is one of the best personal infographics we’ve seen. A pleasant, blue-and-orange color scheme, dozens of icons and charts, and an area of convergence in the center which ties everything together—what more can you ask for? It’d make a nice visual resume template to fill in and send to the hiring manager, or a great placemat to read at your next dinner party.
Here’s the link to this resume template. For more of the best infographic resume templates we’ve found around the web, see: Infographic Resume Templates [13 Examples to Download & Use Now]
Plus, a great cover letter that matches your resume will give you an advantage over other candidates. You can write it in our cover letter builder here. Here's what it may look like:
Keep these points in mind:
- You’re competing against dozens—if not hundreds—of other applicants for one dream position.
- You’ve got to be unique.
- Take the time to find and customize your own unique resume template.
Do you have any questions on how to write a unique resume? Not sure how to describe your skills or achievements to make a resume template without equal? Give us a shout in the comments below and we will answer your question. Thanks for reading!