These are the best websites for free CV templates.
There are hundreds of online resume builder websites, and many of them say that they are free to use. This is technically correct – you can build a resume, enjoy the keyword features, etc. However, many of them make you pay once you’re ready to finalize it.
So here is our guide to six of the best actually free CV builder websites. After building a few, you may be interested in paying to create a resume with a nice design. It’s up to you, but we do recommend beginning with our list here.
Signing up for and building your LinkedIn profile is not too much different from creating any social media profile. After completing your profile, navigate to the “More” button near the top right of your profile. Select the option to “Save to PDF.”
After saving, you may find that your profile is longer than two pages. If that is the case, scale back your profile content until your PDF download is two pages or less. Make sure to save the content you eliminated somewhere else so that you can put it back on you profile once you’ve downloaded your PDF resume. While you want your resume to only be two pages or less, you want your LinkedIn profile to remain as extensive as possible.
If you’ve already created your LinkedIn profile, Kickresume allows you to sign-in with your LinkedIn credentials (I recommend this). After logging in, answer the quick, 5-step survey to help you get started. On the template select page, make sure to note which templates are free and which will cost you money (“Pro”). Be advised that the sample below for “Free” will look much different than your actual finished resume, but it will still look clean and download as a PDF.
This site doesn’t even require you to create an account. You can begin immediately building your resume from the home page. Another great advantage of this site is that it will only produce a one-page resume. Depending on how much job history you have, this may be a challenge, but employers love one-page resumes.
This site is the quickest and easiest I’ve found to build a resume. However, if you are a fan of the resume builders that recommend keywords and phrases, this one isn’t for you. But if you already have the content ready to go, this will be one of the fastest sites to use.
When you begin building your resume, you’ll notice a note at the top letting you know that you can download your resume, but unless you sign up for a paid membership, you won’t be able to save your work. You should plan a half hour or so to do your resume in one sitting.
CakeResume has more of a LinkedIn feel to it. You first create a profile, and they will let you upload an existing resume to start working with. The PDF download of your LinkedIn profile works great for this.
Once you’ve created your profile, you should see an option near the top to “Export Resume.” Select that option to begin building your resume. As a point of clarification, even after creating your profile, Cake Resume will only convert your profile into a resume if you pay to Subscribe. Otherwise, you will need to build it using their free non-subscriber tool.
Canva can be used to build resumes along with a wide range of other documents. You can create your designs from scratch or select a pre-designed templates to help design your resume. While some of its unique templates come at a price, there are a number of outstanding resume templates available for free.
Canva’s eye-catching templates go beyond the typical resume layout while keeping a professional appearance. It also allows users to access their resumes online or through the mobile app, available for both iOS and Android.