Create a professional resume
Learn how to quickly create a high-impact resume starting with our sample file and then make it pop with color themes and professional-looking assets.
What you'll need
To start, download the Resume.indd file and open it in InDesign. You’ll customize this sample file to make your own resume.
Press T and click in any text block to start entering your information. You can delete (Command - D) a block if you don't need it or copy/paste a block if you need to add more information.
As you type, you'll notice that the text is already styled. The sample file contains predefined character and paragraph styles. You can use these styles as is or you can change the font and redefine the styles.
If you want to change the font of your headings, highlight your text and click the Character Formatting icon in the Control panel at the top of the screen. Select a new font and adjust the font settings. Make sure you select Redefine Style from the drop-down menu to apply your changes to all the headings in the document.
If you don't see the font you want, you can add new fonts using Adobe TypeKit. Choose Type > Add Fonts from Typekit. Using the TypeKit browser you can choose from thousands of fonts. The headings in this tutorial use Cooper Std.
Note: Some fonts are only available with a paid Creative Cloud membership. See Work with fonts from TypeKit in InDesign for more.
Now that your basic information has been added, you're ready to add creative elements to make your resume pop.
If you want to re-create the resume in this tutorial, open the Resume library. Click Save to Creative Cloud to create a copy of the files in your own account.
Once in your Creative Cloud Libraries, you can use these assets as icons and color themes in your documents in InDesign.
Note: You need to be signed into your Creative Cloud account to save the library. Get an Adobe ID if you don't have one.
Add some icons to draw attention to your qualifications. If you want to re-create the resume in the tutorial, use the icons in the Resume library.
Choose Window > CC Libraries to open the CC Libraries panel. Click the menu at the top of the panel and choose the Resume library. Scroll to the Graphics section and click on the Experience icon then drag it onto your document. Your cursor is now loaded with the icon. Position the icon next to a heading and click.
Use the guides to help position the icon.
Tip: If you want to use more graphics in your resume, try using Creative Cloud Market, available free to Creative Cloud subscribers.
You can use a color theme to apply complimentary colors to the various elements in your resume. If you want to re-create the resume in the tutorial, use the color theme in the Resume library.
In the CC Libraries panel, scroll to the Color Themes section to see all the themes you can use. Press V and choose an area of the resume like the icons and click a color swatch in the theme. To change the text color press T, highlight the text then click a color swatch in your color theme.
Tip: You can also use your own color themes captured using Adobe Capture CC on your mobile device.
Add some personality to your resume by adding a headshot.
Select the frame in the sidebar. Choose File > Place and locate a headshot image on your desktop then click Open.
To re-position the image within the frame, press V and select the image. Control-click and choose Fitting > Fill Frame Proportionally from the menu.
Tip: See Create a LinkedIn profile picture for tips on creating a headshot with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom on your mobile device.
Finally, adjust the Skills section so you can show off your expertise at a glance.
Click the darker rectangle. Locate the W: (Width) field in the Control panel at the top of the screen and increase or decrease the value.
Now that you have a resume, you can save it as a PDF for print or share it directly online.
To save your resume for print, choose File > Export. Select Adobe PDF (Print), and choose the High Quality Print preset at the top of the dialog box then click Export.
To publish your resume online, click the Publish Online button at the top of the window. Make sure New Document is enabled. Give your resume a name in the Title field. Select a page range and export options then click OK.
Once it’s published you can share your resume via email or post it directly to Twitter and Facebook. Click Close when you're done.
Contributor: Molly Mendoza