Free Microsoft Resume Templates for Word

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Whether you’re writing your first resume or revising your current one, a resume template can help you create a document that will impress any employer. Microsoft Word has a number of resume templates for available for users. All you have to do is find one you like, click on it, and start writing.

Why Use a Resume Template?

A template can serve as a useful guide when creating or revising your resume. A template provides the basic structure for a resume. All you have to do is simply edit the document to include your personal information.

By using a template, you get a sense of what information to include in your resume and how to arrange it. You also get a sense of what information you do not need to include.

Using a template can reduce the amount of time you have to spend formatting your document, which allows you to focus on adding content and polishing your resume.

Free Microsoft Word Resume Templates

Free Microsoft resume templates are available as a download for Microsoft Word users to use to create their own resumes. Microsoft also has templates for cover letters, curriculum vitaeand more.

Microsoft Word resume options include basic resumes, job-specific resumes (sales manager, computer programmer, etc.) career-specific resumes (career change, entry-level, etc.), and resumes labeled by format (chronological resume, functional resume, etc.).

To access these resume templates from your computer:

  • Open Microsoft Word, then click on:
  • File
  • New from Template
  • Click on either:
    • Templates (you can then click on “Resumes,” and find a small number of resume templates) or
    • Online Templates (you can then click on “Resumes and Cover Letters” to find a number of resumes, CVs, and cover letter templates, or click on “Letters” to find more samples of cover letters)
  • Click on the template you want, which will open up a Word document with that template.

To access the Microsoft resume templates online:

  • Visit Microsoft Resume Templates, then:
  • Click on the “Resumes and Cover Letters” section to browse all of the templates (this section includes CVs as well)
  • Click on the resume, CV, or cover letter title to preview the template
  • Click the “Download” button, then follow the instructions to download the resume template to your computer, or
  • Click “Edit in Browser” to edit the template using Word Online. If you have a Microsoft account, you can use Word Online to create, edit, and share Word documents.

Tips for Using a Resume Template

Once you have downloaded or opened a resume template file, type over the text in the file to create your own, personalized resume. Read below for tips on how to successfully use a template to create a personalized, polished resume:

Keep it simple. When picking out a template to use, choose a simple template that's easy to edit and format. Fancy formatting and fonts may get lost when you upload or email your resume document. A basic resume is also easier to read.

Keep it concise. Your resume doesn't need to include everything you ever did. If you have a lengthy employment history, you don't need to include it all. Employers typically don't expect to see more than 10-15 years of work experience on a resume. Try to keep the resume no longer than one page, especially if you are applying for an entry-level job. However, more experienced candidates might make a longer resume.

Make the document unique to you and the job. Be sure to change all of the information in the template so that the finished document is specific to you and your skills. It should include your personal information, your work history, and a description of your skills and qualifications.

Also make sure to tailor the document to the job you are applying for. For example, if you are applying to be a teacher, include any work or volunteer experiences that involved teaching others or leading a group of people. Include keywords from the job application in your document as well. This is another way to connect your resume to the specific job.

Give it a unique file name. Save your resume with your name as the file name. This way, employers will know whom it belongs to. For example, save it as firstname.lastname.doc or lastnameresume.doc.

Check the details. When you're typing or copying and pasting over the content of a template, be sure that you have replaced all the information in it with your own contact information, experience, and education. Double check to make sure that everything on the final version of the resume is about you.

Proofread. Along with checking the details, take the time to carefully proofread your resume before you click upload or send. A polished resume will impress an employer.

Microsoft Resume Assistant

Microsoft and LinkedIn have announced that Office 365 users will be able to use LinkedIn data to review resume examples, customize their resumes, get professional assistance, and connect with recruiters. Here's more information on availability and how Resume Assistant works.

Resume Assistant uses profiles from LinkedIn as examples. If you want to keep your profile information from being shown in Word, here's how to adjust your privacy settings.