Google Docs Resume and Cover Letter Templates

Google Docs offers sleek and easy-to-edit resume designs

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It can be helpful to use a template to get started building your resume and writing cover letters, and Google Docs has you covered. Google Docs offers a variety of free resume and cover letter templates that job seekers can use as a starting point to create a professional-looking representation of their skills experience. You’ll find formats with sleek column options, bullets, color accents and well-chosen fonts.

in Google Docs' letter templates give you a coordinated look to match the style of your resume.  

Getting Started on Google Docs 

To use a Google Docs template, you'll need to register if you don't already have an account. To choose a template to use. first log in to your Google account. Or, you can choose a template first, and then log in to your Google Docs to access and edit the template. 

Here's more on how to use Google Docs.

Using Google Docs Resume and Cover Letter Templates

It's quick and easy to find and use templates.

  1. Navigate to Google's document starter page and click on Go to Google Docs. 
  2. Select a template you like. You can find additional templates by clicking the More arrows and scrolling through the options.
  3. Click on the template you want to use, and it will open in a new window.
  4. Personalize the template with your information. The templates are filled with nonsensical dummy text. Simply click where you want to edit, delete the dummy text and start typing. Changes are automatically saved into your account on Google Docs.
  1. The template name appears at the top of your screen, above the toolbars. For example, if you selected the basic Resume template, “Resume” appears above the toolbars. To rename the file, simply click on the template name. It opens in a textbox for editing. After you've changed the name, click out of the textbox, and your new name is saved.
  1. Once you've completed your basic resume but want to customize it for a particular job application, make a copy of the resume through the File menu and give it a different name. Google Docs automatically saves your new file with your other docs.

Storing and Sharing Your Google Docs Resume

Once you have created a final version of your resume, you'll be able to store it on Google Docs, update it, use it to apply for jobs, and share it with hiring managers and recruiters. Here's how to store and share your resume online with Google Docs.

Finding More Templates

If you don’t find exactly what you need in Google’s Template Gallery, you can search the many offerings in Google’s listing of Public Templates, where you’ll find a Resumes and Cover Letters category. This is where users upload and share templates they’ve created. You’ll find a wide variety of styles—and quality. Users can rate each other’s templates, so pay attention to the number of stars, five being best. Clicking the Preview button will open the template in a new tab of your browser.

Some companies have created add-ons that you can download with resume templates, usually free. These include VisualCV and Vertex42.

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