Basic Resume Templates

Simple, Basic Resume Templates

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By Eric Ciechanowski | Career Expert
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Basic and clean templates make it fast and easy to create your resume— and you’ve arrived at the best page! JobHero’s got an incredible collection of simple, minimalist designs that will help the details of your resume shine to employers.

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Free Basic and Simple Resume Templates

What makes a basic and simple template?

Basic and simple templates are designed to be straightforward and easy to read, stripped of decorative flourish and visual clutter. They’re well-designed without being busy to the eye.

Most of all, what makes a basic and simple template is that the focus is placed on the information contained on your resume, not the design.

That’s why if you are just looking for a resume that you know will be easy for a hiring manager to scan quickly, a basic resume is the perfect tool for the job! There won’t be anything to distract them, and it won’t look like you’re trying to make yourself look like a good candidate just by having a fancy-looking resume.

Who Should Choose Basic and Simple Resume Templates?

Basic and simple templates can work for a lot of different jobs because it never hurts to have a resume that’s straightforward and easy to read.

These resumes tend to be approachable in nature, as such, they work well for jobs that are approachable, like most entry-level positions and roles involving manual labor, construction and service.

Grocery cashiers, janitors, carpenters, plumbers, retail clerks and restaurant servers are all examples of jobs that would be very well-suited for a basic and simple resume.

Here are four popular jobs that often use basic and simple designs and the templates we recommend for each:


Construction Worker

More Resume Templates

If a basic and simple resume design doesn’t seem like the perfect fit for the type of job or company you’re applying to, there are three other similar styles of resumes that might be a better fit for you: traditional, professional or modern template designs.

Traditional templates are an umbrella term that include basic and simple designs and work well for a wide variety of older careers.

Professional templates are a more dressed-up version of a basic resume with some added design flourishes like columns, color schemes and borders.

Professional templates tend to be a bit more formal than basic and clean resumes, so they’re well-suited to careers that are more formal in nature, such as: lawyers, doctors, accountants, office workers, managers and bankers.

Similarly, modern resume templates are like a bold and adventurous spin on a basic and simple resume. They contain all the same information and still are easy to read, but they have far more decorative elements and adventurous designs.

They’re meant to show an employer you’re cutting-edge and up-to-date.

Basic and Simple Templates in Our Builder

If the basic and simple resume style is right for you and you’re ready to complete your resume, you probably want to do it in the fastest way possible.

That’s why you should consider using a resume builder — it will save you much time and effort.

JobHero features a Resume Builder that will help you create your own great-looking basic and simple resume in minutes!

Using our builder, you will find the basic and simple resume template designs we have discussed under the “Recommended” and “Traditional” tabs of the resume-selection screen.


What makes these templates basic and simple?

These templates are considered “basic and simple” because they were created by JobHero’s design team to be well-organized, clean and easy to read.

This sort of design simplicity is achieved by stripping the resume design of distracting design elements. The goal of this style of resume is to let your information speak for itself with minimal visual clutter or distraction.

Oftentimes, color schemes will be kept to two colors maximum, fonts will be sans-serif, and there will not be elaborate borders or columns.

That is how a simple, basic and clean effect is achieved.

How do I use a basic and simple template to create a resume?

Using a basic and simple template is super easy. It’s so easy that it can be broken down into three steps:

  1. Select a template you like.
  2. Enter your information into each correct section. Your contact information goes at the top. Next, you’ll have your summary statement. Then, you’ll detail your work achievements in the work history section, and complete each section after that.
  3. Download and save!

With a template, since the design is taken care of, it allows you to jump straight into the writing process. You don’t have to waste your time adjusting fonts or margins!

You can think of it like you’re just filling out a form, putting the right information where it belongs.

How do I write a basic and simple resume?

While templates help you with the design of your resume, they don’t tell you what to write!

If you are deciding what kind of information that you should include in your resume, JobHero features our Ultimate Guide on How to Write a Resume.

In it, you will find every single step of creating a great resume laid out and explained in great detail!

You’ll get advice on how to craft an outstanding summary statement, discuss your previous work experience, include the right mixture of hard and soft skills, and use the right phrasing to impress employers.

Our guide will walk you through the whole resume-writing process and help you produce your own incredible document.

Can I use a builder to write a basic and simple resume?

Yes, JobHero offers an incredible Resume Builder that comes loaded with some of the best and most popular basic and simple resume templates.

Users will find these designs in two places: listed underneath the “recommended” and “traditional” tabs of template choices.

Once you’ve selected the template you like most, the builder actually walks you through the process of writing your resume by breaking it down into a series of prompts and questions. It’s like having an expert guide you through the process!

Best of all, the builder even suggests phrases and keywords that are custom-tailored to the job that you’re applying for to make sure that your resume is on-point.

There’s no faster way to create your resume!

Should I use a basic and simple resume template if I work in the arts or a creative field?

Unless you are applying to a design firm that is famous for its use of minimalism, a basic and simple resume template should not be used to apply for a creative job.

That is to say, if you work in the arts or as a designer, employers are going to want to see your eye for design!

They’re going to want to see that you have some sense of cutting-edge design, your style, and how effective your design choices convey information. So, your resume is almost like your first design test!

Since the nature of creative fields is to think outside the box, basic and simple resumes will underwhelm most employers in a creative field and instead you should use a creative template.

JobHero has a great collection of creative resume templates that you are welcome to use if applying for a role in the arts or a creative job.

Should I include a cover letter with my basic and simple resume?

Yes, you should always include a cover letter with your resume, even if not requested.

Because your resume and cover letter are meant to be complementary, if you’re going to use a basic and simple resume template for your resume, the design for your cover letter should match.

So, if you’re using a basic and simple template for your resume, try to keep your cover letter’s design nice and clean too!

Keep in mind, JobHero’s Resume Builder comes with complete access to our Cover Letter Builder so that you can create your own winning application documents!