If you’re on my super awesome mailing list (sign up in the sidebar if you’re not!) you already know that I’ve had a bit of a rocky start to my post-grad life. That’s right, I graduated four weeks ago and in that amount of time, I’ve moved to a new city, acquired over $200 in highway tolls, and quit a job after only four days post-training. That being said, I’m trying to remain optimistic. I have more time to focus on blogging, and that’s so important to me. I also get to explore a new city (even if the toll roads are quickly draining my bank account) which is pretty exciting. I’ve started re-evaluating my resume as I frantically apply to new jobs, and I’ve stumbled upon so many great free templates I thought I would share some with you! Whether you’re just starting school, or you graduated a few years ago, here are some free resumes for college students and grads!
I’ll admit I’ve used some of the free default templates on Microsoft Word more times than I’d like to admit. There’s no denying that those are so 2006, and unless you’re applying to the supermarket down the street, it’s time for a resume upgrade. Before jumping into the craziest template you can find, consider the job you’re applying for. Some industries (like marketing, design, and fashion) leave more room for creativity than, for instance, an entry-level accounting position. In addition, to your paper resume, consider creating a blog or digital profile to showcase your skills. I’ve got an easy guide here for getting your own inexpensive website up and running quickly! These free resumes for college students and grads are easy to customize and fit to your particular needs!
Great for: Showing off technical skills, qualifications, and contact information.
Industries: Tech, design, and media.
Great for: In-depth introductions and features a cover letter.
Great for: Highlighting experience and education
Industries: Sales, business, and administration
Great for: Showing design skills, emphasizing personality, and explaining work experience.
Industries: Media, graphic design, fashion, and publishing.
Great for: Professional and simple display of information.
Industries: Administration, publishing, academics, and business.
Great for: Demonstrating style and organization, brief introduction to employer
Resume’s for College Students and Grads
I often get stuck nit-picking every little thing on my resume, concerned it’s not good enough. I’m trying to let that urge go in favor of putting myself out there! It’s better to apply anyway than to spend unnecessary time stressing about whether I’m qualified or not. Don’t let the scary HR-written “job requirments” section keep you from applying for a job you know you can handle! I hope these resume templates help inspire you to apply to jobs outside of your comfort zone. What are your top resume tips for college students and grads?