Resume Layout Cheat Sheet Plus Professional CV Templates

Building a stellar resume starts by creating a solid foundation.

We’re talking about its layout!

The first step in creating your visual resume is to make sure that you organize your resume information and content.

Let’s explore the different layout options you can choose from so you can get the job search rolling.

Go visual and use infographic resumes

A great way to stand out in an ocean of boring CVs is to get visual with an infographic resume.

As with every visual project, you can start by making sure you’re not including big chunks of text.

Your resume should give out just the right amount of information that will complement your in-person interview. A 3-4 line description of yourself in your summary should be adequate.

Creating a timeline is a great way to portray progress in an engaging way. Use it to mark your professional milestones, or your academic background.

example of a timeline in a resume

Don’t be afraid to get creative!

With Piktochart, you can create impressive visual resumes through custom fonts and new color schemes. You can either customize an infographic template or start from scratch.

Try Piktochart for free so you can follow along with the templates below.

Your interests can be displayed as icons, cities around the world where you’ve worked on a map, and specific skill set in charts. Take a look at the infographic resume layout below as an example.

infographic resume template multiple pages


Use the single-page layout to summarize your resume

Here’s a rule of thumb: If you have five years of experience or less, you can probably sum up your content in a single page.

This way, you won’t overwhelm your reader, and if designed right, it will give recruiters a chance to evaluate your qualifications at first glance.

example of a single-page layout to summarize your resume
Single page layout resume

After all, what you’re trying to achieve is a call back and interview. You can maintain some of the mystery, by talking briefly about your projects and their success metrics, but save the bulk of the story for when you get your call back.

Single-page resume layout templates

In the templates and examples below, you can see how the color scheme and background choice sets the tone of the design.

Have you heard of the saying “dress for the job you want?” It’s the same principle. Try to adapt the resume to the position you’re hoping to get.

single page layout infographic resume
single page resume layout
one page infographic resume

Use the double-page layout to highlight your portfolio, accolades, and academic background

What if a one-page resume won’t cut it?

Don’t worry, the double-page layout is right for you!

With a two-page resume layout, you can include a few images (perfect if you’re applying for a design or photography position).

You can also play with the white space in your design, adding a few more details but without overloading your CV visually.

This layout is perfect if you need to add in courses you’ve taken, your academic background, references, and accolades.

Make sure your personal information is included, and that your name is visible on both pages.

double-page layout for resumes
Double-page layout resume
double page resume layout template
double page resume layout template

You’re ready to make your own

These were just some examples of the great templates you can customize with Piktochart Visual.

Give some of these templates a try, and get one step closer to the job of your dreams. We’ll be right here if you need us.

We also made the additional resources below to help you create your best resume ever, get called for an interview, and bag your dream career:

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