17 Chic and Polished Resume Template + Free Photoshop Download

Hello my friends!! I'm all giddy excited because I have a very special treat in store for you today! A FREE Chic and Polished Photoshop Resume Template.
You may be asking yourself, what's wrong with my jam packed, meticulously-keyword researched resume? Probably not a whole lot. But let's face it; standard templates are so 2007 and yaawn-tastically boring. And second, why not stand out from the rest and be that Firework that Katy Perry encourages you to be?

My journey with this resume started before attending Haven, when the boyfriend requested I help him create his very own Carpenter Resume since he's never really put one together. Bear in mind I was already mid-panic and close to a mini-meltdown before attending the biggest conference of my entire year. I gently explained that building a resume is a daunting task and that it's not for the kindhearted. Still he gave me the big 'ol puppy eyes, flashed that Million Dollar Smile, and I couldn't resist.

Since I was already in the design mode (AKA coding and finishing the last details on the blog redesign) I figured there is NO way I'd send him off with a plain-jane resume. After a few hours of research and some pinning I came across this simple yet attractive graphical resume.

It proved to be a good foundation, but if you know me I can't leave things well enough alone. After a little reworking, a few added design elements, here's where I ended up:
*Of course I omitted his information for his own good, but you get the gist.

I realize it may be difficult to spot the differences between the original, so allow me to explain a few of the key updates: 
  • Update: the original "name" font was too plain and I wanted the font to reflect the 'carpentry' field with a rugged yet simple and attractive font. 
  • New: a thank you letter with matching header and footers. Thank you letters have become common practice after completing an interview. Again, being one step ahead of the rest.
  • Original: had splashes of color.
    • Since a new age style resume seemed bold enough for our area and his niche (we seem to be light years behind more fashionable states) the color got the nix. 
  • New: His skill-set is different than business professionals, so category placement changed accordingly.
  • New: Lastly, although the skills bar was attractive, I figured the chart could be kicked up a notch by creating icons more specific to carpentry. In an effort to keep his resume unique, we actually used a different set of icons. So with this download download, you are presented with hammers- which would have been equally appropriate. 
Without further ado:
Download: Photoshop PSD

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This Resume Template can be easily customized to fit your needs in any field of work. Simply move entire sections around, add or remove superfluous information, icons, or sections. Another feature of this resume are the additional icons included with the download:
Rating Icons included for your resume:
  • Apples for Teachers
  • First Aid for Nurses
  • Hammers for Carpenters
  • Cameras for Photographers
  • Airplanes for Pilots and Flight Attendants
  • Badges for Police Officers
  • Utensils for Chefs
  • Computer for IT folks
  • Music notes for Musicians
  • Random shapes to fit many styles: Stars, Pluses, Rounded Squares, Octagons, Hearts, Starburst, and Diamonds-- Oh my!
If those icons aren't satisfying to your specific field, or you want further customization, try this site or this site for inspiration.

This is how I would tackle the template:
  1. Download the fonts required for this template:
    1. Monotone for the title available here for free download.
    2. Myriad Pro for the body available here for free download.
    3. I highly encourage fonts suitable to your particular field.
  2. *Begin filling in the template with your information.
  3. Finish things off by moving the content boxes to fit your information. If you change the header, copy and paste the header folder/group to each page (Cover Letter, Resume, Reference, and Thank You Letter) to ensure consistency.
  4. When you're ready to print or publish, save as (multiple pages) PDF by following this tutorial.
*Don't forget to expand each folder for the hierarchy within.

The blue represents various icons to choose from.

Before I let you go, here are some resume/interview tips:
Do you have any resume stories to share? Are you feeling the itch to update the look of your resume?

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Want to see more Free Template Downloads? They're cooling off the presses and available here.

Besides the fonts and the basic foundation from here, elements within the template were created by me and are copyrighted. If you used any elements or make this template your own, please provide proper link-backs and share the link love (besides publishing for employment purposes). 


  1. Probably the most comprehensive and helpful source for making a stylish, and professional resume that will most assuredly stand out when being reviewed by any employer. Great post and amazing templates, I'm going to have to use these myself to spruce up the appeal of my boring old resume!

    1. Awe thanks Dave, let me know if you need any help!

  2. This is going to be extremely useful to me. I polish up lots of resumes for friends and family throughout the year and I have to say, I hate the standard templates because they are so boring. They're gonna love this! Love the rating icons. :)

    1. Thanks Jazmin. I work on a lot of friends and family's resumes too! Adding a little visual interest never hurt anyone.

  3. This is so awesome! What a great looking template! I can't wait to download this and use it. Your so great with graphic design and photoshop!

    Marie H.

    1. Thanks Marie! I hope you find the download nails you the job interview. Hope you'll send it my way so I can see your spin on it!

  4. WOW!!! What an amazing tutorial! Thank you for sharing your awesome project with us over at Twirl and Take a Bow. Join us again, any Tuesday! We'd love to have you! ~Tammy

    1. Thanks Tammy!! Link Parties are friggin amazing. Thanks for hosting!!

  5. Very nice templates! Speaking as a recruiter however, perhaps an MS Word version would be more useful. I know that may mean that some of the design features may be lost, a lot of hiring managers prefer to stay away from PDFs or jpegs.

    1. Thanks for the headsup! I'm working on some MS word versions as we speak. Great minds! It seems like more people have the MS suite than Photoshop anyway!!

      Thanks kindly! Much love,
      Trisha D.

  6. Please email me with instructions on how to cut out the hammers. I just want them off the page. I am new to Photoshop. I have an interview in the morning...and have already finished every part of the resume...except removing the hammers. :( I don't want to replace them with any icons. I just want no icons. My email is LSPURLOCK57@gmail.com
    Thank you so much!

    1. Hello there,

      I sent an email which hopefully clarifies things, if not please let me know and I'll do my best to help you out!

      Kind Regards,
      Trisha D.

  7. Hi Trisha,

    Thanks so much for sharing this. I've downloaded the file several times now, but when I open it in Photoshop I can only find the cover letter. I'm I doing something wrong?



    1. Hi Carmen,

      Sorry to hear you're having issues with the document. The cover letter is the first set of 'layers' within the file. If you have a "layers" window open, you should see little folders with 'eye icons.' If you un-highlight the one that says Cover Letter, you can then choose which piece you wish to customize next. In total there should be a Cover Letter, Icon Raitings, Resume, Reference, and Cover letter. (there's a screenshot in the post above for visual reference if it helps).

      Hope it helps!
      Trisha D.

  8. Hi Trisha,

    Thank you so much for sharing this awesome resume :)
    Maybe it could be useful for my buddies who's preparing resume to apply for a job.


    M Wahyu Hidayat

  9. Hi Trisha - Thank you for the opportunity to update my resume. I am horrible with Photoshop. I still downloaded the PSD file, but no luck at figuring it out yet. Any chance you can share a MS Word version?

    1. Hello Jaye,

      Unfortunately the MS version still has quite a few kinks to work out yet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have!

      Trisha D.

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