While LinkedIn has turned into the number one online destination to host your resume, there is still a lot to be said about running and managing your own personal branded website to help you land that perfect contract or a new job.
An online resume can separate you from your peers and gives you an opportunity to reach out to potential employers by creating content that grabs their attention. An online resume will show that you are serious about your chosen career and gives you a chance to show off some additional skills (you would be surprised how many employers like to know that you can build a website when required).
While many online resume websites are built using a static HTML template, there are many advantages to using both WordPress and professionally designed resume theme. Easy customization is perhaps the biggest benefit of using WordPress over a static website template.
With hundreds of thousands of WordPress themes, and over 25,000 free WordPress plugins even a relative amateur can customize a basic WordPress installation.
In this article, I am going to share some of the very best resume WordPress themes available, and provide some insight into why I have chosen the themes listed. The themes I have chosen are all premium themes that will ensure your next resume website is one any future employer would be hard pushed to forget.
Versus is an astonishingly modern WordPress theme that will enable you to create a great resume, CV, or freelancer website with ease, while also providing advanced users with the necessary tools to customize it without having to get down and dirty with custom code. You will impress potential employers with your design skills, or alternatively give potential clients something to think about, ultimately you will stand out from the crowd.
Versus is fully responsive, and retina ready. It also comes professionally packaged with the visual composer plugin, that has an additional 18 new elements added to it by the theme’s developer. Whether you want an exact copy of the demo or a hybrid design all the tools are there for you to create the WordPress website that you want.
While Versus’ theme demo offers a full-width design, the advanced administration panel allows you to easily change this to a boxed design if this is preferable. The developer offers first-class support and is always on hand if help is needed.
The template has been built using both HTML5 & CSS3 and has been tested on virtually every browser under the sun. In addition, the websites demo has an A+ score for its load speed and has been developed to have W3C valid source code. Full extensive documentation has been included, and the demo sample date has been included to ensure even the most novice user can have this fantastic resume WordPress theme set up in seconds.
A minimalist well designed WordPress resume theme that provides your visitors with a clean online resume that is both easy to navigate and visually appealing. The template looks great when viewed on a mobile device, tablet, or desktop.
While custom design options are limited, it is unlikely that many would want to alter the simplistic design to any greater extent than is possible straight out of the box. The custom options that are included (while minimal) allow all the basic customization’s that you would expect of a theme sold on Themeforest by an elite author.
Notable features include WPML support, filterable portfolio and the ability to include Google fonts in the design. The theme also has three demos which have been created by the developer, and are easily replicated with even a limited knowledge of WordPress.
Xpert is a minimalist theme that is both functional and well designed. Don’t let your visitors be sidetracked by fancy animations and sliding images, instead let your resume speak for itself.
As far as resume WordPress themes go this is without a shadow my favorite. It tells your story in a well thought out stylish manner while remaining totally professional. The Shift CV theme is available as both a light version and dark version (as pictured below) and gives you enough room and written space to sell yourself to a potential employer without having to rely on over the top images or graphics.
Released originally in 2013, with updates as recent as July 2015 (at time of writing) the Shift CV theme is both retina ready and fully responsive. It also creates an unforgettable online vCard website for those that have given it a try, here are just a few examples: Waldo Orlandini, Thibault Lemoine, and Samuel Solis.
If you are serious about having a personal website devoted to helping you land that perfect job or freelancing contract then Shift CV might be the perfect starting point. The theme also allows you to add a blog to your website where you can easily create industry-relevant content to take your job hunting to the next level.
A basic WordPress resume theme that focuses on your written profile, experience, downloadable resume, and contact information. While simple in design this template is complex in terms of usability. The theme has been designed to put your best foot forward and focuses on your achievements and past experiences.
Built on the Bootstrap framework profiler basically puts your written CV online, with very little in terms of distracting bells and whistles. Your website will run correctly on any browser that supports HTML5 & CSS3. Whether you have a specific job vacancy in mind or are contacting potential employers speculatively, your website will be guaranteed to impress.
Another minimalist design that concentrates more on substance than over the top design. A simple theme based on Twitter Bootstrap, that is both mobile responsive and retina ready for an amazing viewing experience on any device.
Perfect CV has been designed to show off your skills and expertise in well-defined areas, while also providing additional pages (such as a portfolio) that will only be required for certain occupations. Due to the theme being heavily reliant on the text it is extremely SEO friendly, so being found in a sea of online resume’s should not be too big a problem.
Other features of this WordPress theme include; unlimited colors, working contact form, easy setup, and support, section order customization (as well as the ability to show or hide sections), Google font customization, as well as an advanced administration panel.
Whether you are new to WordPress or an experienced veteran, the Perfect CV theme will help you get your personal vCard website up and running in record-breaking time.
Flat CV – A Resume WordPress Theme
A multipurpose resume WordPress theme that is ideal for any occupation and industry. A great template to share your personal information with potential employers, and ensure that they take any job application seriously.
Easily display your skills, experience, educational background, and hobbies on an easy to navigate website that is free of clutter.
This WordPress theme has been specifically designed for those that do not have the necessary skills and experience to create an HTML website, and for those that simply do not have the time. It is easy to setup, and easy to manage. The theme also comes with up to date documentation and 6 months of support (though a further 6 months can be additionally purchased).
A simple one-page vCard theme, built to land you that all important role.
Squareroot is a one-page parallax theme that has been specially designed for those looking for a personal website that is also a resume. This theme is ideal for freelancers and job seekers alike.
This theme, unlike many on the list, is a modern take on an older concept. It does not offer your CV as a minimalist online version of your written resume but instead tries to add a more complex personalized extension to it.
If you are looking for something more than just an online resume, then this may be the template that you have been looking for. It has 4 homepage variations, including 3 variations of the navigation bar to choose from. The theme also has a built-in advanced administration panel allowing you to customize the website to your personal tastes.
Although marketed as a resume / CV theme I have to admit that although I love the design, I believe it is better suited to those looking to land freelance clients. It has all the characteristics of a freelancers website, though might also work well as a resume template for specific industries.
The theme itself comes with a powerful customizer and administration panel that will allow you to customize color, header layout, sidebars, layout and variety of other advanced options. The website supports multiple languages (using WPML) and has a user-friendly shortcode generator. The theme also includes over 500 Google fonts, and 519 icons (provided by Font Awesome).
As well as coming prepacked with the popular “Visual Composer” plugin the theme also has an under construction page prebuilt into the theme options.
Cascade – Personal vCard WordPress Theme
The Cascade WP Template is relatively old, but it still holds its simplistic style with ease in 2016. Originally released in 2012 this WordPress theme has been purchased over 3,000 times and has a rating approaching the 5-star mark.
The template itself comes with both a dark skin (as pictured) and a lighter skin for those looking for something a little less imposing. It is also easy to add more tabs to the layout you see below.
Have you ever wanted to present your resume as an online magazine? well now you can with this WordPress theme. Easily impress your future employer with a website designed in a manner that is easily readable and stylish to boot. A simple theme that offers all the information expected by potential employers in a fun and interactive way.
Designed using HTML5 & CSS3, Bookcard WP is fully responsive (so can be viewed clearly on any device) and is retina ready. This theme is the ideal choice for those looking for something a little different to help them stand out from the crowd. An ideal website to link from your LinkedIn profile. Be sure to check out all the additional features, that are too many to mention in my short description here.
This WordPress theme is the original CV template. It ensures that usability is never an issue, if you can read a paper resume then you can easily navigate your way through this simplistic yet stylish personal website.
This template comes prepacked with five color schemes, a complete theme options administration panel, and a huge number of page templates as well as shortcodes to help you get the feeling of professionalism we are sure you will be striving for.
If you are looking for a design that is both simple yet effective this template may be just the ticket.
If your looking to create a fantastic online resume then WordPress is probably the platform that you want to build your website on. It is easy to use, update, and there are plenty of templates that you can choose from to impress your potential employers or clients.
The WordPress themes listed above are some fantastic examples of just how great your online CV could look, and we will be adding more as they are released over the coming months.
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