Free Microsoft Resume Templates for Word

Resume and CV Templates for Microsoft Word Users

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A quick and easy way to get your resume started can be to use a template. With a template, the basic format of a resume will be set, and you can edit the document to include your personal information.

Free Microsoft Resume Templates

Free Microsoft resume templates are available as a download for Microsoft Word users to use to create a resume or CV. Using a template can reduce the amount of time you have to spend formatting, allowing you to focus on ensuring that the content of your resume shines.

Microsoft Word resume options include basic resumes, job-specific resumes (i.e. banker, computer technician, journeyman electrician) and career-specific resumes (i.e. career change, advanced degree, return to the workforce).

There is also a smaller selection of resumes stored in the Templates section of Microsoft Word.

To access these resume templates from your computer:

Open Microsoft Word, then click on:
Templates or New from Template

Click on either:
Templates on Office Online (browse a large selection) or
Templates on My Computer
Other Documents (four resume templates)

To access the Microsoft Resume Templates Online:

Visit Microsoft Resume Templates, browse the resume templates, then click on the resume title to preview the resume sample. Click the Download Now button, then follow the instructions to download the resume template to your computer.

Use the Resume Template to Create a Customized Resume

Once you have downloaded or opened a resume template file, type over the text in the file to create your own, personalized resume.

Tips for Using a Resume Template

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.

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.

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

Proofread. Take the time to carefully proofread your resume before you click upload or send. It's a reflection of your credentials, so it's important for it to be perfect.

Microsoft Word Cover Letter Templates
Microsoft cover letter templates are available as a free download for Microsoft Word users, or available within your Word program, to use to create cover letters. Microsoft cover letter template options include general cover letters, job-specific, and career-specific cover letter samples.

More Free Microsoft Templates
Microsoft letter templates are available as a free download for Microsoft Word users or are available within your Word program, to use to create a variety of letters. There are letter templates for cover letters, resignation letters, reference letters, thank you letters, interview letters, and a variety of business letters.

Please Note: Not all templates may work with all versions of Word, so check before you download. There will be a message next to the download button advising if there are restrictions.