Basic Templates Resume Sample 2017

Basic Resume Template 2017: Tips for Finding the Best and Examples

Resume templates have changed a lot in the past several years. There was a time when it was strongly recommended that all job applicants stick to what can best be described as a “basic resume template.” Hiring managers used to look down on any resume that broke conventions, and if your resume was too unusual or too unique, it would be quickly discarded.

Times have changed. Designers have come up with professional resume templates that integrate design elements seamlessly into the template format, and give a bit of extra flare to what is otherwise a drab, standard design. Yet a basic resume template still has its place, depending on your job experience and the position to which you’re applying.

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When to Use a Basic Resume Template

It is the goal of every job applicant to ensure that any piece of information the hiring manager sees on their resume is likely to get them the job. All information – from your name at the top of your resume to the last achievement you put at the bottom of your resume – should be capable of making a hiring manager say to themselves “I should call this person for an interview.”

This is an important goal to remember as you build your resume. One of the most common mistakes that new job applicants make is assuming all of their work history is interesting to the hiring manager. This is often not the case.

EXAMPLE: Imagine you are applying to a job at Google, an employer that receives thousands of resumes every day for their highly competitive jobs. Imagine that, before applying, you worked for Facebook, LinkedIn, and then spent a month working at a fast food restaurant in college.

Which do you think would look more impressive to a hiring manager?

Previous Employers:

  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn


Previous Employers

  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Bills House of Fast Meats

Hiring managers are always going to be impressed more by the first example than the second. That’s because that extra information dilutes the work history that is more relevant to the job.

It’s important to keep this in mind throughout your resume. Everything you put on a resume should be representing you in the best way possible. Any information that is less impressive should (in most cases) be left off of your resume.

That is why a basic resume template may still be useful. Some of the more advanced professional resume templates have extra features, that include things like:

  • Pie Chart Graphics
  • Resume Highlights Section
  • Bar Graphs, and More

Some of the more advanced resumes these days may also have sidebars for sharing some of the “quick hits” that you want the hiring manager to see first.

Overall, there is nothing wrong with these more advanced resume templates, provided that they are crafted in a way that is relevant to the hiring manager. We have several of these highly effective templates here at Online Resume Builders.

But there are also times when a more basic resume template is warranted, and this goes back to the idea of “all information being highly valuable” that we discussed previously. The additional sections and graphical elements are only useful if you have highly impressive content in them that is going to wow a hiring manager.

Most likely, the hiring manager is going to immediately look at this elements, because they’re unusual. They will draw the person’s eye. So if the information you have on them isn’t the “best” it can be, it may be better to stick with something simple so that you can focus on your best attributes.

Basic resume templates are best for those that may have a great work history, but may not have the specific examples necessary to prove it to the hiring manager. For example:

  • Most College Students
  • Most First Time Job Seekers
  • Most Customer Service/Soft Skill Job Seekers
  • Most Vocational Job Seekers

Still, although it is “most,” it is not all. There are college students with numerous statistical achievements, such as those that have worked in research labs. There are “soft skill” (interpersonal skills and talents) job seekers that have received thorough numerical performance updates, as well as training in advanced methodologies. There are certainly hundreds of thousands of vocational job seekers that have outstanding achievements that may lend themselves to a great resume.

It is not about the job itself, the skills required to complete the job, or anything related to the industry as a whole.

Rather, it is about what you can share successfully in a way that will make the hiring manager say “wow,” and want to call you in for a job interview. If your background provides you with numerous examples that fit into a more complex resume template, then you should use that template. But if not, you may want a more simple resume template to better draw the hiring manager’s eye.

Basic Resume Template Examples: Format and Design

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Most basic resume templates are chronological in nature, although some may be combination templates, which add a “skills” section to the top of the resume, right beneath the objective and professional summary. They generally include the following sections:

  • Name/Contact
  • Objective/Professional Summary
  • Skills Section (Optional)
  • Work History
  • Education

There are many basic resume template examples out there, but all of them should have the above list of sections. The skill section, which is only present on combination resumes, should be viewed similarly to the other features of more professional and advanced resumes – they should only be used if you have strong information to place in the section.

Description of Basic Resume Template Examples

There are thousands of simple resumes out there, but it is best to only use those that are going to help you get the job. Just because a template is simple does not necessarily make it the right choice for your resume. For that, you’re going to want to look for resumes that have many important features. These include:

Sans-Serif Font

There are serif font resumes, like Times New Roman, that make great resumes. But if you’re not sure what template to use, it is best to find one with a Sans Serif font. These include fonts like Calibri and Arial. Sans serif fonts are the ones without the tails (serifs) that decorate the letters. You may also want to find out if your resume is likely to be printed, as some fonts look better online (such as Calibri) and some fonts look better printed (such as Arial).

Visually Appealing

Subconsciously, hiring managers are going to look at how attractive your resume looks from a design standpoint. Even simple resumes, without any flashy features, are going to be viewed from this lens. One popular trick to zoom out of the resume template as far as you can, so that you can no longer view the words. Then see if the resume still looks visually pleasing to the eye.

Easy to Navigate

The features of the basic resume template should always be very easy to navigate. When looking at your resume for the first time, the eye should be naturally drawn towards the best information and the action verbs. If your resume is too “busy,” with text that is too close together (such as a font size that is too small or doesn’t have a lot of space between lines), or there is some aspect of the design that is distracting and draws the eye away from the best information, it should be avoided.

Similarly, even with basic templates it is generally a good idea to avoid some of the more freely available templates that are often found for free on Microsoft Word. These are basic, but also too commonly used. Your hiring manager is going to be tired of seeing those templates. They have not changed for decades.

You also want to ensure that your template doesn’t waste too much space. Although the resume should be easy to navigate, it should not have so much empty space that it looks like you do not have any extensive work history. However, there is an exception – if you do not have an extensive work history, a resume template is likely to look like it has extra space no matter what you do. It may make sense to consider a template that purposefully uses up some of that space.

How to Make the Right Choice for Your Resume Template

With all of these factors in mind, how do you choose a resume template? The answer is certainly not simple. One strategy you may want to try is to write out the information that you plan to put on your resume in advance, and then fill it in on different types of templates to see what will work best.

Here at Online Resume Builders, we have templates directly created by those with expertise in the resume and hiring manager world, who know specifically what hiring managers look for and how to make sure your resume gets the most impact. But even there, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Every single resume needs to be looked at from your individual perspective. There are basic resume template examples from every industry:

  • Tech
  • Creative/Design
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Customer Service
  • Food Services, and More

Which to choose depends on your background, the type of information that you can put in there, the level of knowledge you have about how to write that information (depending on your work history and resume experience), and the way you can best utilize the design to maximize the amount of impact you can get from your resume.

You will want to choose a resume template that works for you – one that you know how to correctly utilize and that you’re confident in. You would never want to choose a resume template that you’re unfamiliar with, as that only runs the risk of you using it wrong. Don’t choose a template just because everyone else is doing it. Choose one that works for your needs.

With that in mind, as you select a template, make sure to find one with the following features:

Ease of Use

Some templates have difficult to alter formatting that can interfere with your ability to edit the template if you need to, such as adding or subtracting an employer. There is too much room for human error when editing a template is too difficult to do. Find one that is easy to make changes to.

Impressive Header

From the way your name is presented to the information you place there, make sure the header is ready for you. For example, if you plan to add a link to your LinkedIn account, there should be space for it without significantly altering the header.

Readable Font Size

We touched upon this earlier, but always make sure that the font size is easy to read, and the right size for the text you’re going to enter. Ideally, you want to be able to fit everything on the resume onto one page. If it cannot fit, you may need a new template, and if it fits but it’s hard to read, you may want to try something else as well. Note that you can have a two page resume, but only if you’re confident your experience warrants it.

You’ll also want a resume that matches the basic resume template examples we spoke about earlier, including design qualities, formatting, and more.

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The Right Resume Template

Your resume template matters more than it seems. The best templates are those that create a positive first impression, but are otherwise ignored by the hiring manager in favor of your background. You don’t want the template to be a distraction, but you do want to be able to make sure the hiring manager both sees the information you want included, and feel positive about you simply because of the template you choose.

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