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Land your dream job with free, customizable resume and cover letter templates. Give recruiters a taste of your potential and stand out from other candidates with a professional template. Cover letters provide an effective opportunity to show your personality and enthusiasm for a position. Focus on writing a compelling cover letter and let a professionally designed template do the rest. Stick to a sleek design when applying to corporate positions or show your creativity with bold colors . Resumes don't need to look boring—add flair to your professional experience with a creative resume template. Impress potential employers with compelling resume designs without spending hours creating a layout. Once you choose your favorite template, you'll be able to personalize each design element, like font styles , and add your own text. Using a template also makes it easier to customize your resume for each position you apply to. Print out as many copies as you'd like or download the template to share digitally when applying online. Remember, your next job is only a template away!
Use a template to create a resume
If you need help creating a resume or cover letter, start with one of the dozens of professionally-designed resume and cover letter templates that are available in Word.
Go to File > New .
In the search box, type Resume or Cover Letter.
Double-click the template you want to use.
Replace the placeholder text with your own information.
On the File menu, select New from Template .
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Making a resume like this while you're online is quick and easy.
Note: This template comes with a cover letter, so you'll have everything in one document.
Choose one of our resume templates , and open it in Word for the web to make it yours.
As you work on the resume, you'll probably want to rename it.
The template uses a table to line everything up. If you need to add more lines for job experience or education, add rows to the table by going up to Layout under Table Tools and clicking Insert Below (or Insert Above) .
For tips on writing your resume, check out Six steps to developing a great resume .
When you're finished, print it out or share it online. You can do this with the resume still open in Word for the web. No need to save it first (that's already done for you).
To print it, press Ctrl+P, and wait for the Print dialog box.
Note: If you don't see a Print dialog box, click the link for opening a PDF version of your resume. From there, use the PDF program's Print command.
To share it online, send a link:
Near the top of the screen, click Share .
Under Share , click Get a Link .
Under Choose an option , click View only .
Click Create Link .
Click on the web address to select it, and then copy and paste it into an email, message, or post.
Tip: If you have a blog or website, you can embed a view of your resume there.
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The 41 Best Resume Templates Ever
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Creating a resume falls somewhere in the shared space between exhausting, necessary, and tricky. It takes careful consideration to select a format that is easy to use, makes sense for the amount of experience you have, and clearly presents all the information you need to include.
Fortunately, there’s no shortage of resume templates online to help you get started—and many of them are free! Templates do the bulk of the design work for you, so all you have to do is plug in the right information in the right places. Even better, some templates are geared toward specific industries and career stages, making it even easier to understand what the most relevant information to include is and helping you stand out.
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Below you’ll find 41 awesome free resume templates you can choose from. You may notice that they’re lower-key than many options you see elsewhere—with fewer graphics, charts, and sections. That’s because we’ve selected the options that stand up best against applicant tracking systems (ATS), the computer programs that parse resume content before a human ever reads it. Resumes with too much fancy formatting often get scrambled going through the ATS and never make it to recruiters (or read like gibberish if they do). But these options are tailored to pass right through and help you land at the top of the stack. Scroll down to see which option is best for you!
How to Choose—and Use—a Resume Template
ATSs don’t always “read” as well as a person would and can’t handle a lot of formatting on a resume. Certain design elements like columns, text boxes, headers, footers, images, graphs, and graphics can cause an ATS to read out of order or drop things entirely.
You want to keep these limitations in mind while choosing and using a template, because not all templates you’ll find online follow best practices. Even the best ones, including some in this list, slip up here and there. A few common changes you’ll have to make to templates are: moving all text out of text boxes, headers, and footers and into the body of a document; changing any creative section headings to traditional ones; and removing any graphic elements or replacing them with text.
Not all embellishments are out of bounds, however. Bold and italicized text is OK, and underlined words are fine in headings and hyperlinks. Color won’t impact the ATS, either, and dark blues, greens, and reds are popular since people can also read them easily. (Read more about using resume templates—and making sure you still get through the ATS— here .)
Now check out the templates:
Templates with a pop of color, minimalist templates, eye-catching templates, templates that emphasize skills, templates for experienced job seekers, templates for entry level job seekers, adobe templates.
Here are a few traditional templates with straightforward, chronological formatting and classic section headings. They’re tried and true templates that won’t run into any trouble with an ATS.
1. The Muse’s Resume Template
File Format: Google Doc
Our downloadable template uses blue for the section headers, adding a slight pop to an otherwise simple sample, and is totally customizable.
2. HLoom’s Fundamental Resume
File Format: DOCX
HLoom offers templates that work to the letter for ATSs. Some incorporate color and bullet points, but they do away with even horizontal bar dividers. The “fundamental” resume is a straightforward chronological resume with space for experience, education, and skills. We recommend changing the heading “Professional Profile” to “Summary.” And there’s no need to include your street address these days—city and state are enough.
3. Rezi’s ATS-Optimized Traditional Template
File Format: PDF, DOCX
Rezi guides you through filling out their traditional template step-by-step, asking you what level of career and industry you’re in to make sure you’re using the right sections for you. For example, one option is for students who may want to put projects, activities, and coursework front and center (until they gain more experience). Make sure you delete the contact info icons and stay away from the “Rezi Alternative Format” option, which is not ATS-friendly.
4. Resume Companion’s Targeted Template
This template is geared toward job seekers who want to call out the specific job they’re looking for by putting the title front and center to maximize salient keywords. It can be downloaded with headers that come in five different color options, including forest green and aquatic blue.
5. Jobscan’s Classic Format Resume Template - Chronological
Jobscan’s focus is on helping people get past an ATS and, as a result, their templates stick closely to ATS-friendly formatting. The “Classic Format Resume - Chronological” is exactly what it sounds like: a basic, classic resume with a focus on your experience in reverse chronological order. The template also comes in a functional format as well as a hybrid format , which is very popular among applicants.
6. Career Reload’s “Carrie” Template
This template is a solid, traditional choice. Just delete the objective section or make it a summary instead, and change the “Expertise” label to “Skills.” (To download this one, scroll to the green hyperlink that reads, “Resume Template Carrie ([number] downloads).”)
7. Microsoft Word’s Resume Template
This simple resume from Microsoft Word is straightforward but adds a few more design elements in the form of horizontal bars to break up the text (though they can also be removed if you prefer).
These resume templates are still pretty basic, but they use color to make key elements stand out and liven up your resume a bit.
8. HLoom’s Business Minded Template
This chronological template has plenty of space to include a strong resume summary at the top and reiterate your most relevant skills at the bottom.
9. Career Reload’s “Mandy” Template
This simple ATS-friendly template downloads as a Microsoft Word file and has space for a title and summary. Its use of color gives it a bit more zing than some of the more bare-bones options.
10. Career Reload’s “Emily” Template
Here’s another Career Reload template that takes advantage of ATS-friendly design elements to give you something a little more unique. But make sure to swap out the “Career Objective” for a “ Summary ” section (or just get rid of it entirely).
11. HLoom’s Leading-Edge Template
This ATS-friendly resume template adds some color to help your name, headings, and the places you’ve worked and studied stand out. Note that you should remove the references section —you don’t need to list these on your resume.
12. Resume Companion’s Elegant Template
The “elegant” template from Resume Template injects colored bars to highlight sections but maintains the traditional bulleted format. Note that you can delete the footer of the document since that information is already at the top.
If you want a sleek, distraction-free resume that lets your skills and experience speak for themselves, check out these spare, no-frills templates.
13. Resume Companion’s Minimalist Template
This entirely unembellished template keeps things as simple as possible but still has room for all of your most relevant details.
14. Resume-Template’s Resume Template
File Format: PDF, Microsoft Word
This is another option with a step-by-step walkthrough that’s good for someone who wants a completely utilitarian resume. Once completed, the resume can be downloaded as a PDF or Word file (the latter being a safer bet to get through an ATS unless the job posting specifically mentions you can use a PDF). Note: You should definitely delete the date of birth section.
15. Instant Resume Templates’ ATS Resume Template
File File Format: DOCX
This site’s template for applicant tracking systems is the lowest of low-frills—but that may be perfectly fine if you’re seeking a no-risk option that still includes everything you need.
16. Microsoft Word’s Chronological Resume
This template is another highly minimalist option that places section headers on the left and details on the right, creating a good amount of white space. (Note that these columns can be read from left to right, so they’re perfectly ATS friendly.)
These templates are perfect for people who want their resumes to stand out from the pack—but still get read by a computer.
17. Cultivated Culture’s “Austin Belcak” Template
File Format: PDF, Google Doc, TXT
Every Cultivated Culture template is fully customizable—so you can eliminate any elements that aren’t ATS-friendly. We recommend the Austin Belcak template as a starting point. Just be sure to replace the graph-based skills section with a traditional bulleted list.
18. Cultivated Culture’s “Melinda Gates” Template
This is another Cultivated Culture template that will get through the ATS with just one change: Delete the “Interests” section to eliminate the columns.
19. Super Resume’s Template 11
File Format: PDF, DOCX, DOC, HTML
If you want columns, this template includes them in a way that can still be read by an ATS. Just be sure to move your name and contact info out of the text box it’s currently in (where it might get missed or garbled by the ATS) and into the body of the resume. You can customize your resume directly in your web browser and download it as a PDF, Word, or HTML file. Not all of Super Resume’s templates are ATS friendly (some include graphics and columns), but you can also check out “Resume Template 5” and “Resume Template 6” for more options.
20. Gumroad’s Chef Resume Template
File Format: PSD, PDF, Word
This template places the most emphasis on the personal summary at the top and keeps the job experience straightforward in the body. It’s ideal for specialized fields in which getting to know the applicant as a person is key (in this case, chefs and restaurant employees who may interact closely with customers and clients, but it can be adapted to any field).
21. ResumeWay’s Free Template 1100010
This template keeps things short, elegant, and easy to read. The colored graphic at the top adds a nice design element to stand out, especially against a straightforward layout that places your most recent job experience at the top and education and skills below. Just be sure to delete the icons next to the contact information and move it to the body of the resume.
22. Resume Kraft’s Simple Word Template
File Format: DOCX, PSD, AI
Don’t be fooled by the erasable icons—this template may have a modern look but it keeps things simple and compact. Keep in mind that some ATSs will read your resume from left to right, ignoring columns, so we recommend including only the job title or only the year in the left column and moving the other piece of information to the right to be on the safe side.
If you’re early in your career, switching career paths, or in a highly technical field, you may want to spotlight your relevant skills over your past work experience. These templates do just that.
23. HLoom’s IT Contractor Template
This template compresses your work experience so you have more room to showcase your skills. And don’t let the name fool you—this resume can be adapted for any industry.
24. Resume Companion’s Stand-Out Template
This option prioritizes job seekers’ skills, placing that section at the top of the resume. If you’re making a big career change, you can keep the objective section ; otherwise delete it or replace it with a summary statement.
25. Microsoft Word’s Functional CV Template
Ignore the template name: This is a resume, not a CV . But like most functional resumes, this ATS-friendly template puts all the focus on accomplishments. (Note that you should replace that objective statement with a summary statement and you don’t need to include references on your resume.)
26. Microsoft Word’s Functional Resume/CV
This template highlights applicants’ academic histories as well as skills and abilities, making it a good match for a graduate student or anyone in academia. This could also be expanded into a full CV by adding your publications, presentations, conferences, and awards. As always, ditch the resume objective or replace it with a summary!
27. Microsoft Word’s Computer Programmer Resume
Word’s computer programmer resume maximizes space for computer skills (which you may want to rename “Technical Skills”), education, and experience, which are key for software engineering applicants to include. But you could easily tweak this template to work well in other fields.
28. Find My Profession’s Combination Resume
This template emphasizes both skills and experiences, but places key skills most prominently at the top—with room further down to put them in context and expand on your related accomplishments.
29. Microsoft Word’s Internal Company Transfer Template
If you’re applying for a new job within your current company, the resume you create may emphasize different things. Word’s internal transfer resume highlights accomplishments and skills while placing general information (like education) at the bottom. There is some formatting that might trip up an ATS—but if you remove the main resume text from the text box and place it in the body with “match destination format” selected, you should be good to go. Then you can restore the colors if you’d like.
These templates are ideal for people with longer work histories.
30. HLoom’s Senior Management Template
This combination resume is ideal if you want your prospective employer to see your skills before your past experience—for example, if you’re trying to pivot your career path or want to highlight certain aspects of a long career.
31. Jobscan’s Mid-Level Resume Template 5
Jobscan created this resume for people who aren’t ready for management just yet but are well past entry-level. This hybrid template places an emphasis on hard skills, but still has room to put those skills in context—perfect for applicant tracking systems.
32. Jobscan’s Executive Resume Template 3
Rising to the top of the ranks? Jobscan’s Executive Resume Template 3 puts an emphasis on results while allowing more space up top to quickly highlight your biggest achievements. This template is more than one page to account for a more extensive work history.
33. Find My Profession’s Chronological Template
This chronological template is good for people with more work experience and it gives space for job seekers to fill in both a position summary and bullet points. You can use this if you want to emphasize key achievements or special projects from your past jobs. Just make sure to delete the “Find My Profession” image from the template.
34. Jobscan’s Management Resume Template 2
This ATS resume template highlights industry knowledge, interpersonal skills, the ability to delegate, and leadership qualities. The summary and skills at the top let you put the most important pieces of a longer work history front and center—for when it’s time for a human to look at your resume.
If you’re just starting out in your career, you might want a template that showcases your education and relevant skills over your past work experience.
35. Jobscan’s Recent Grad Resume Template 2
Like many recent grad resume templates, this option places collegiate experience at the top—honors, clubs, coursework—to give an idea of applicants’ interests and commitments. The right-aligned section headings in “Template 2” change things up a bit while still being fully readable by an ATS, but Jobscan’s other recent grad templates are strong choices as well.
36. Microsoft Word’s Recent College Graduate Template
This template is a very simple starter resume that highlights recent grads’ education, skills, abilities, and experience. Just remember to swap out that objective for a resume summary.
37. WallStreetOasis.com’s Investment Banking Template
This template is geared toward undergraduate students seeking investment banking job opportunities (but it can easily be tweaked for other industries). In just one page, it includes space to list your education, study abroad and internship experiences, undergraduate leadership positions, and skills and interests (both personal and professional).
These more stylized templates require the Adobe suite to edit, so they’re not for everyone. Just make sure you save your final resume as a PDF so the ATS can still read your resume.
38. Smash Resume’s Simple Two-Page Resume
File Format: AI
Need a little more space? This two-page template injects a more personality with golden accent colors but is still professional–even if you need to go on for longer. You can make this option even better (for both humans and robots) by nixing the line graphs in the “Skills” and “Language” sections, and sticking to text instead. Since the ATS might read your resume straight across (from left to right, ignoring columns) you should adjust what text you put in the left column so that the text still makes sense if read this way.
39. Graphicsfuel’s Clean Modern Resume Template
File Format: PSD
Despite a two-column format in the education section (which you can turn into one), the graphs on page two (which you can replace with text), and a photo (which you should remove), this template is a strong choice if you want to stand out without being too flashy. The blue font adds an extra design element but everything else is straightforward and modern.
40. Adobe’s Amanda Danvers Template
This option requires you to have an Adobe account—but it’s free if you’re already set up.. The bold color pattern ensures that you’ll stand out, even with very traditional formatting that places a brief personal summary at the top, experience and education in the middle rows, and skills at the bottom. The Adobe Spark logo in the bottom right corner can be removed.
41. Graphic Pear’s Minimal CV/Resume Template
As always, delete the photo box and stick to text. This option comes with a cover letter and a second page that you can use if needed. The numbers to the left of the job titles can be removed and the line graphs on the second page can be replaced with text.
Word Resume Templates
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The minimal styling keeps its focus on the content. A great fit for job candidates targeting experienced (management), and specialized (technicians) jobs.
- All Word versions
- Functional (Executive) format.docx
Impressive and professional resume design. A clean and effective template. Readers can quickly scan and identify its sections. A safe and sound choice for any job and career stage.
- Chronological format.docx
- Best for Word 2019
- ResumeViking 2.docx
Formal Long Profile
- Charlotte Webb.docx
- Charlotte Anderson Resume.docx
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- Word 2003 document
- Skill Resume Word 2003.doc
- Word 2003 Document
- Chronological Word 2003.doc
Simple and Formal
- Word 2003/2020 document
- Simple Word Resume 2003.docx
Purple & Pink
A clean and modern resume design that allows you to customize all of its elements. Even the colors!
- Best for Word 2018+
- ResumeViking 26.docx
Green & Green
Impressive but subtle green resume design to show are your essentials. A resume for starters and mid-career workers.
- ResumeViking 22.docx
Basic, minimal design with the option of adding a photo to your resume. Personal use only.
- ResumeViking 21.docx
Professional Word Resumes Templates
The free resume templates made in Word are easily adjustable to your needs and personal situation.
- TT Norms Resume.docx
- TT Norms Cover Letter.docx
- TT Norms Thank You letter.docx
- TT Norms Business Card.docx
- Avenir Resume.docx
- Avenir Cover Letter.docx
- Avenir Thank You letter.docx
- Avenir Business Card.docx
- Grey Resume.docx
- Grey Cover Letter.docx
- Grey Thank You letter.docx
- Grey Business Card.docx
Modern Word Resumes Templates
Three shades of grey.
- Grey Shades Resume.docx
- Dan Green Resume.docx
- Robert Grey Resume.docx
A peculiar type of green design. This resume lets you create a one and two-page pager with all your essential data.
- ResumeViking 1.docx
- ResumeViking 18.docx
Your Rose Resume design, complimentary with cover letter and business card. Personal use only.
- Rose Resusme.docx
Sales and design resume
A sales resume? A designer resume? This template you can use in many industries. Personal use only.
- Experience format
- ResumeViking 10.docx
Modern resume design. Visualizing your track record or the charts out. It's up to you. Personal use only.
- ResumeViking 8.docx
- ResumeViking 17.docx
Creative Word Resume Templates
In this word there are many wonderful things. So are our free creative resume's. Only for personal use.
Mint Coloured Resume pack with the option of adding a photo. Together with a mint cover letter and business card. Personal use only.
- Mint Resume.docx
- Mint Cover Letter.docx
- Mint Thank You Letter.docx
- Mint Business Card.docx
Clean, modern and clear Purple Word resume that you can download and edit freely. Personal use only.
- Purple Resume.docx
- Purple Cover Letter.docx
- Purple Thank You letter.docx
- Purple Business Card.docx
- Stolz esume.docx
- Stolz Cover Letter.docx
- Stolz Thank You Letter.docx
- Stolz Business Card.docx
Our own production: The Funky Flavor resume with accompanying cover letter and business card.
- You need to download the TT Norm font to get the same results.
- Three Colours Resume.docx
- Three Colours Cover Letter.docx
- Business Card.docx
Red and Blue Resume pack with cover letter and business card in the same style Personal use only.
- Red Blue Resume.docx
- Red Blue Cover Letter.docx
- RB Thank You Letter.docx
- RB Business Card.docx
This Helvetica red resume is not for everyone. A strong, red, distinctive design. Personal use only.
- Helvetica Red Resume.docx
- Helvetica Red Cover Letter.docx
- Thank You Letter.docx
- ResumeViking 5.docx
A blue Creative Resume Design with accompanying a blue cover letter, thank you letter, and business card. Personal use only.
- Blue Resume.docx
- Blue Cover Letter.docx
- Montserrat Resume.docx
- Montserrat Cover Letter.docx
- Thank You letter.docx
Our Bondini resume together with a cover letter and business card design. Personal use only.
- Bodoni Resume.docx
- Bodoni Cover Letter.docx
- Business Card Bodoni.docx
Basic, minimal black and white design. Personal use only.
- Black Resume.docx
- Black Cover Letter.docx
Close to vintage this Tomato-Purple resume pack. Personal use only.
- Tomato Purple Resume.docx
- Tomato Purple Cover Letter.docx
- Business Card Tomato.docx
- ResumeViking 3.docx
Tight green, modern resume design with the option of adding your photo. Personal use only.
- ResumeViking 9.docx
- ResumeViking 19.docx
- ResumeViking 4.docx
- ResumeViking 27.docx
- ResumeViking 24.docx
Basic, minimal design with the option of a photo. Keep it black and orange or change it all up. For personal use only.
- ResumeViking 6.docx
Orange Resume with graphs and a photo option. Edit all details to your personal situation. Personal use only.
- ResumeViking 12.docx
A yellow resume with a timeline design and graphic pies. Download and edit freely. Personal use only.
- ResumeViking 11.docx
Golden Brown Resume
Golden Brown and Dark. Personal use only.
- ResumeViking 13.docx
Happy, retro, feminine, and vintage resume template. It’s a description that doesn’t do justice it's the design. Personal use only.
- ResumeViking 14.docx
- ResumeViking 16.docx
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An ever-growing collection of downloadable resume templates to make your job search less of a drag. Browse our new templates by resume design, resume format and resume style to find the best match!
Modern Resume Templates
Our editorial collection of free modern resume templates for Microsoft Word features stylish, crisp and fresh resume designs that are meant to help you command more attention during the ‘lavish’ 6 seconds your average recruiter gives to your resume.
- Crafted with great attention to details
- Designed for easy readability and skimming
- Highlight the key information you want to get across
This is a very high performing set of templates that are working well for those seeking IT and tech-based jobs, as well as employment in startups and dynamic companies.
Professional Resume Templates
Select one of our professional resume templates if you have plenty of work experience under your belt. Clean-cut and straight to the point, these free templates help you place your significant work experience in the limelight.
- Strategic layout, maximizing how much details you can fit in a page.
- No frills, professional resume style that works for all companies
- “Sells” you as a strong candidate
Creative Resume Templates
Each one of our creative resumes offers a perfectly balanced mix of personality, professionalism and a touch of unique style. Set your resume apart from others by using our punchy templates!
- Memorable personal branding
- Communicate a unique personal vibe
- Pack a lot of information without overwhelming the reader
Remember: these free resume templates work best for creatives who want to be noticed. Most resume templates in this category will work best for jobs in architecture, design, advertising, marketing, and entertainment among others.
So if you are, for instance, an accountant seeking a corporate position with a big name firm, scroll back to the professional or simple resume design collection instead!
Simple and Basic Resume Templates
Sometimes all you need is a classic style resume template that is clean, clear and straight to the point. That’s exactly the kind of resume templates you can find in this category!
- Applicant tracking software-friendly designs
- Very easy to customize
- Simple and effective resume layout to get your message across
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Looking for an impactful CV template with the correct formatting? We’ve got you covered here too. Browse our special edition of professional CV templates, perfectly suited for academic and federal in the US, plus any type of job applications in the EU.
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Our remarkable set of role-based resume templates includes the optimal visual layout, paired with written text snippets you can use to model your own resume.
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The ultimate goal of a resume is not to land you the job – it’s to prompt the hiring manager to initiate an interview based on what he or she has read. A quality resume is best viewed as a tool that articulates your “story,” from which you can present yourself as the most qualified candidate.
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So, which resume template is the right for you?
At Freesumes our goal is to create universally appealing resume templates — such that suit professionals across various niches with different experience levels (entry-level to senior candidates).
That is why we’ve created the four specific resume templates categories. Every one of them includes a variety of resume templates, made by professional designers and vetted by career experts.
Essential Tips for Using Your Resume Template
When you have decided on which resume template to use, you should download it and save a copy to your computer. You can then start to personalize the template content to make it your own .
Let’s take a look at some tips for personalizing your template so it becomes unique to you:
1. First things first, keep things simple
Your resume template has been professionally designed for the right balance of style and content. All our templates are easily editable with Microsoft Word so all you have to do is just type in your information in the sections provided for you.
2. Don’t overload your resume
Your resume isn’t a record of your whole life. You don’t need to add in absolutely everything you have ever done. Remember that a recruiter will be skimming over your resume looking for their preferred keywords and your relevant information and work experience for the job at hand. Give them the information they are looking for as quickly and as easily as possible. Read our blog post about Powerful Words to use in your Resume .
3. Unique file name
Our resume templates are delivered with the generic (and frankly not so creative) name “resume.doc”. Before emailing or uploading your resume, take a second and give it a file name that is easily recognizable, such as your first name initial and your surname. This way it will be easy to spot and open by the recruiter.
4. Proofread and proofread again
Proofreading your resume is so important. You want to create the right first impression so check over your resume again for errors or spelling mistakes. Get someone else to proofread it for you before you send it off or make use of a grammar and spelling checker.
5. Convert it to PDF
Chances are your resume makes use of custom fonts, has a special layout or design elements that may break or look bad once opened on a different computer because the custom fonts are missing, the MS Word version is older or whatever. So, once you have done editing your document and double checked that you haven’t missed any of the above points, we recommend saving your document as a PDF file to make sure that the recruiters will see the same thing as you do.
The 3 Resume Formats To Choose From
Before you go on with choosing one of the different resume templates, you should decide on the optimal resume format – the one that will highlight your strengths as a candidate and mellow the flaws in your job history.
Tailor the resume to the position you are seeking. As you read through the job description, highlight and focus on key words and phrases that are most important to the hiring team. Integrate those words and phrases into your resume.
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The 3 most popular resume formats are:
- Chronological resume organizes the information the way LinkedIn does – from the latest position to the first one, with education, interests and additional info listed later.
- Functional resume keeps the focus on your skills and experience, rather than employment history. It’s the go-to choice for candidates with employment gaps and those without much hands-on work experience.
- Combination resume takes the best of both worlds and allows you to spice up your “dry” employment history with some juicy details about your skill set and achievements.
Each resume format suits better when applying for certain positions. Chronological resumes tend to be the most preferable format with traditional employers, while startups and edgier companies will likely fall for a combination resume.
To learn more about styling your resume, check out our detailed guide to resume formats with tips and detailed explanations.
Now that you have an awesome resume template, you don’t need to stare at a blank page. All you need to do is “fill in the gaps” in that template. But considering how important a resume is, you may be completely at lost what information to put and how to format it.
For this, we wrote a very detailed guide explaining all the facets of writing, styling and formatting your resume . Below you’ll find a quick recap to help you get started with resume writing.
Every resume should include the next key sections:
- Header: list your contact information and add a headshot (if you opted for a template featuring a photo).
- Professional title
- Quick resume summary/objective or career statement. This can be also replaced with a professional bio or “About me”.
- Work Experience
- Optional: hobbies, interests, languages, volunteering experience.
Start with brainstorming a compelling resume objective – a quick paragraph communicating your career narrative and summarizing your goals. To create a quick one, just apply the following formula:
Education or Experience + Skill + Goal
Family lawyer with ten years of trial experiences, specializing in child custody and estate probate cases, looking for a senior partner position in a legal company.
Organize your work experience. List your employers in reverse chronological order. Each entry should include employment date, job title, company name and key responsibilities/achievements listed in bullet format.
Sprinkle in your skills. Include general industry skills (you can find those in the job posting), tools and technology you are familiar with, certifications, a few general personal skills.
Wrap it up with education. Unless you are a recent graduate, don’t dwell on this section too much. Simply list all your degrees (highest to lowest), the name of your educational institution and graduation date.
Still feeling stuck with a blank page and can’t get your thoughts together? Consider reading a few resume examples to get a better grip of what a stellar application looks like.
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Curriculum vitae, or CV, stands for “course of life.” In the U.S., a CV is a multi-page professional document that extensively details your education and experience. In other parts of the world, a CV is a standard, position-specific document (similar to a resume in the U.S.) that is between one and two pages long.
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Sometimes simple is the way to go, and our no-fuss, no-muss basic free resume templates communicate all your essential information effectively, without the need for extra flourishes.
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How to choose the best resume format for a professional resume
Resume formats and templates go hand-in-hand. Your resume format will determine your resume’s organization and help you choose the best one. For example, if you’re a first-time job seeker, you’ll want to create a resume that emphasizes your skills and training rather than your work experience (or lack thereof).
Choose your resume format based on these guidelines:
- Functional format : This format emphasizes skills by breaking them into subcategories. It’s perfect for jobs that rely on skills more than experience or if you lack experience. Good resume templates for the functional format should include different skills sections, such as the “Summary of Qualifications” and the “Professional Skills.”
- Combination format : If you have a few years of experience or are changing careers but can point to essential skills, use this resume format, which balances skills with work experience. A resume template download for the combination format should feature the “Summary of Qualifications” and a skills list.
- Chronological format : If you can show substantial progression in your career field, or are aiming for a senior position, use this format, which gives you plenty of space to describe your work history. Chronological resume templates have the work history section directly below the resume summary.
Download some of our resume format templates on this page and create a professional resume easily.
How to write a resume using a professional resume template
Think of a resume as a summary of your career and professional qualifications. In the space of one to two pages, your business resume template should communicate your strengths as an employee and what makes you the best fit for the job.
When filling in a blank resume template, focus on customizing it for the specific job : highlighting your skills and work experiences that match the job’s needs. Include keywords that show employers (and the ATS systems they use to scan resumes) that your background aligns with their needs. Use strong action verbs , short phrases and bullet points, and keep your resume concise. Our free downloadable resume templates are all created with these crucial points in mind, so use them as a guide.
For a complete guide on using a resume template to write your resume from top to bottom, visit our page on How to Write a Resume .
How to write a resume summary
The summary in a professional resume template is your first chance to make a good impression with your resume. Think of it as an “ elevator pitch ” that’s a few sentences long and answers these questions:
- What makes you a good employee? Think in terms of notable skills or achievements.
- What makes you suitable for the job? Emphasize abilities that fit the job.
For more tips on how to write an effective resume summary, visit our How to Write a Resume Summary page after downloading resume templates for your job application.
How to write your work history
Avoid listing everyday duties in the work history section of your resume template. Instead, emphasize special projects or achievements that set you apart and quantify your accomplishments using numbers (e.g., “Managed schedules for 50 employees” or “Headed media campaign that resulted in 23% increase in user subscriptions”).
Our How to Write Your Work History Section page provides more pointers to summarize your work experience in your job resume template effectively.
How to list skills on a resume template
Your resume format will determine how you put your skills section together. If you’re displaying more than a handful of skills, organize your skills section by skill categories (e.g., administrative skills, software skills). Be sure to include:
- Hard skills: abilities you can learn through study and training, such as knowledge of specific software programs or the ability to perform medical procedures.
- Soft skills : intangible traits that tell employers how you can interact with others and approach work, such as attention to detail, communication, or teamwork.
Visit our How to Write Your Skills page for recommendations on using a work resume template to highlight your skills.
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There are four acceptable file formats for professional resumes. Sometimes a job description will state which one to use, but if you’re unsure, you’ll find free resume templates to download for all of them on the pages listed below.
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Employers often prefer resumes in PDF format because they’re readable on any browser and can be submitted “as is” for many job applications. You can download our free resume format templates as PDFs. Check out our PDF resume template page for tips and good resume templates to get you started on a polished PDF resume.
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Why should I use a resume template?
Some might argue that using a resume layout template shows a lack of creativity, but we disagree. As long as the template is professionally designed with a solid resume layout that passes muster with hiring managers and ATS scans, there’s no downside to using them. If anything, having an employer-ready and ATS-friendly resume template saves you from creating one of your own and worrying about whether your resume will be easy to read.
How can I use a resume template to my advantage?
Think of a blank resume template as the foundation on which you can build your resume. Once you choose the best resume template for your needs, you can update the content with your job qualifications to fit your target job. Use your resume template download with our Resume Builder for helpful job-specific suggestions to fill out your resume.
What is an applicant tracking system (ATS)?
Many employers use ATS to screen resumes before they reach human eyes. A professional resume with the right keywords to match the job requirements will have a better chance of passing applicant tracking systems. We have templates for resumes that are designed to be readable by ATS. All you need to do is adjust the content for the right keywords .
Which template is best for ATS systems?
All of our 40+ resume templates on this page, as well as our free resume templates, are designed to pass the most popular ATS used by employers today.
Where can I get resume templates for free?
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What is the best free resume template?
The best resume templates depend on the job seeker’s experience and skills and the target job. For example, suppose you’re looking at a senior role that relies heavily on experience. In that case, our free resume templates are a good bet, as they make the right impression with a company that values steadiness and efficiency.
If you’re eyeing a job that focuses on creativity and cutting-edge work, go with a creative resume template that shows off your imagination and credentials. But if you’re a first-time job seeker or lack experience, use a basic resume template that can show off your job-ready qualifications and training without resorting to visual bells and whistles. Try our sample resume templates free to find the right one for you.
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Do employers prefer one-page resume templates?
Employers typically only spend a few seconds scanning an individual resume, so we recommend keeping your resume to one page if you can include all of your most crucial job qualifications. However, a two-page resume is acceptable if you’re applying for a job that favors lots of experience. Try one of our great resume examples free of charge to see if one or two pages work better for you.
What should I include in my resume?
Every professional resume must include the following sections:
- A header with the job applicant’s contact information.
- A professional summary or an objective statement .
- A work history section focused on accomplishments.
- At least one skills section highlighting a mix of relevant hard and soft skills.
- The job seeker’s education history.
A professional resume template will contain all of the resume sections you need and allow you to customize your resume to include optional qualifications such as awards.
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Many job applications will ask you to submit a cover letter along with your resume. Remember that your cover letter should complement your resume, not simply repeat it. Hit these points in your cover letter:
- Explain why you’re interested in the job and think you’re a good fit.
- Give more details about an achievement or skill you have that’s relevant to the job.
- Communicate your enthusiasm for the opportunity.
We design our cover letter templates to match our premium and free resume templates for consistent job applications. For step-by-step guidance for writing your letter, visit our How to Write a Cover Letter page .
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27 Free Resume Templates for Microsoft Word (& How to Make Your Own)
Published: November 17, 2022
No matter what industry you work in (or your experience level in that industry), a plain, black-and-white resume written in Times New Roman font just doesn't quite cut it anymore.
But just because resumes have gotten more creative doesn't mean you need special design software to make your application stand out. On the contrary, writing your resume in good old Microsoft Word is still the perfect way to develop your personal brand, while also communicating your experience and career goals.
Read on to find the perfect template for your next resume, then learn how to create your own in Microsoft Word.
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1. monogram header resume template.
Pulling your more text-heavy information off to the side in an attractive color-blocked sidebar, this resume lets your experience stand for itself in white space at the top. It's also easily customizable with no difficult-to-manipulate tables or formatting. The sidebars are in movable text boxes that can even be removed if you wish.
Recommended For: College Graduates
This template is best for young professionals starting their career. This adjustable resume template can give you full customization options for your first resume.
3. Centered Bar Resume Template
This resume takes on a different look than most resumes, centered around a single bar. This makes the resume more visually striking, which could draw attention as hiring managers are evaluating candidates. It also puts emphasis on the objective with your chronological experience supporting it underneath. All of this is in an attractive serif font that is elegant and classy.
This template is great for college graduates to demonstrate their most recent accomplishments. The "Objective" section will help you showcase where you are trying to go in your career.
4. Bold Serif Resume Template
Speaking of serif font, this resume puts forward an element of grace and formality with its font choices. It's perfect for individuals who are looking for more organic color than the ones more typically found in resumes, and the colors are also easily changed in Microsoft Word's theme settings. It also includes a skill-level bar, adding a nice visual touch to the template.
Recommended For: College Students
This template is great for college students to demonstrate their internship experience. The volunteering section gives a rounded viewpoint of your accomplishments if you are just leaving college.
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6. Digital Marketing Resume Template
The digital marketing resume below comes from our own collection of resume templates, all of which open directly in MS Word.
Coming with two pages total, this sheet holds a wealth of information and offers the perfect amount of style while maintaining professionalism. Mid-level marketers all the way up to CMOs can find this template valuable.
Recommended For: Mid-Level Marketers
In this resume template, mid-level marketers can effectively showcase a variety of their skills, as well as their portfolio and other media pieces.
7. Black and White Resume Template
The Black and White resume template below suits professionals who prefer using color and shading to add structure to their resume.
The black banner at the top contrasts the applicant's name nicely to help make him/her more memorable to recruiters. The gray banner just below the header is perfect for a summary or career objective — it makes one's goals known but doesn't overpower the experience listed below it.
Recommended For: Graphic Designers
If you're a graphic designer, this is the resume to showcase your art. This template has a monochromatic color scheme, but if you are a designer, you can easily take it to the next level.
8. Urban Development Resume Template
This resume design by Hloom communicates a truly professional tone. The template's muted colors work very well with its clean layout.
Recommended For: Professionals in All Industries
Whether you're just starting out in any industry or looking to change careers, this template is suitable to highlight your skills and qualifications to propel you to the next level.
13. Inbound Marketing Resume Template
Here's another resume template dedicated to the digital marketer. This sheet offers all the inbound marketing language you need to express your values as a passionate, brand-loyal professional.
Similar to a few other templates on this list, it also uses just a dash of vibrant color in the applicant's name at the top (where it matters most).
Recommended For: Communications and Marketing Candidates
This template is great for candidates moving into a communications or marketing role. Aside from its amazing visual appeal, this template creates a sense of connection with the reviewer by adding a personal touch.
14. Smart and Professional Resume Template
This is another sharp template that offers a basic but confident design for any professional. The warm-colored panel on the right-hand side is pre-formatted for a written profile, where you can write a summary of your background or a form letter to each employer.
Just be sure to personalize this messaging to each new recipient so it works for the job you're applying to. This template is available on Freesumes, and is free to users once they share the page to Facebook or Twitter.
Recommended For: Young Professionals
This resume is great for someone starting their career who needs a little guidance on how to best display notable experiences related to the job posting. Also, it is an editable template that can easily be personalized to appeal to the HR rep reading the resume.
15. Spick and Span Resume Template
There isn't a better name for the template below. The Spick and Span resume might be the cleanest-looking sheet on this list.
It uses boldface, all-caps, and gray typeface to structure various headers of the document differently and maximize the hiring manager's reading experience. And all that minimalism makes the professional headshot at the top pop off the page.
Recommended For: Creatives, Designers, and Developers
Resumes that look like this can be the work sample. If you have a background in illustration or design, making your resume stand out will be a great nod to your future employer. Get creative with your resume's design if you want to work in an illustrative industry.
16. Timeline-Style Resume Template
Recommended For: Content Creators and Videographers
This resume will help content creators showcase their biggest projects and most notable accomplishments. It's great for showing how your scope of work has increased over the years, solidifying your expertise in that field.
18. Fresh Resume Template
The curriculum vitae-style resume below flips the typical two-column resume so the basic applicant information is listed across the right side, rather than the left.
Feel free to change the color of this sidebar in Microsoft Word if dark-red isn't your thing — the template can pull off any color you wish.
Recommended For: Graduate Candidates
If you are a graduate student entering the workforce, having a CV-style resume will demonstrate the depth of your knowledge first and showcase how your continued education will contribute to your future work environment.
20. Goldenrod Resume Template
What makes this resume unique is the space for references on the lower left-hand side. Does your field need others to vouch for your experience? This resume gives you room for three solid recommendations.
Recommended For: Brand Marketers or Personal Influencers
If you work in branding or have a large social media following, you can demonstrate your ability to create a cohesive message with this resume template. Feel free to change the color scheme to suit your brand.
22. Creative Resume Template
26. Blue Corporate Resume Template
Because of the color and image, it's pretty memorable. But, for those who prefer a more conservative resume look, this template is fairly simple.
Recommended For: Corporate Candidates
This template is great for accomplished candidates moving into a high-rank position. This layout allows you to fit plenty of accomplishments, and the conservative look organizes the fullness of your career neatly.
27. Concept Resume
This resume is perfect for displaying a clear timeline of your career history. It's ideal for a seasoned professional who may have a lot of experience and wants to display it on one to two pages.
The template also allows you to highlight your competency level in various areas, giving the recruiter an easy way to spot your expertise.
Recommended For: Candidates in the Tech Industry
This resume is great for people in the technical space because it adds a touch of color and feels more compact, which will allow you to get right to the point about your key skills, certifications, and work experiences.
How to Make a Resume in Word
- Open Microsoft Word on your computer.
- Select either Basic Resume or Bold Resume from the template menu.
- Fill in your name and contact information at the top.
- Draft a brief summary of your experience and goals.
- Enter your school and latest education.
- Describe each job you've held using the lines prompted on the template.
- List all relevant skills.
- Describe any relevant accolades and accomplishments.
1. Open Microsoft Word on your computer.
If you have Microsoft Word installed on your computer, open the program and let it load for a moment. There will be a couple of helpful options waiting for you on the first screen, specifically for resume creation.
2. Select either "Basic Resume" or "Bold Resume" from the template menu.
Once you've launched MS Word, a window of templates will appear. Scroll down until you see the template options designed for resumes — there will be at least two of them. Double-click the one that suits your style and personal brand, but don't be too particular about design just yet ... you can customize these templates quite a bit.
3. Fill in your name and contact information at the top.
When your resume template opens, you'll see placeholder text for each line of your resume, starting with your first and last name at the top. Delete this header text and enter your name, as well as any contact information by which you want the recruiter to contact you.
4. Draft a brief summary of your experience and goals.
Use the first line below your name and contact info to describe who you are, what you do, and what you're looking for in your career.
5. Enter your school and latest education.
List any relevant degrees or certificates you received through schooling. You can safely exclude secondary education if you've graduated from an accredited college.
6. Describe each job you've held using the lines prompted on the template.
Your professional experience is frequently the most important section of your resume, so feel free to rank this section above your skills and education, depending on how many jobs you previously held.
7. List all relevant skills.
If you have experience in certain software, exercises, problem-solving, or management techniques, use them to populate your skills. Your resume's "Skills" section helps reveal what all of your previous jobs or related experiences have in common, based on what they taught you and what you provided them.
8. Describe any relevant accolades and accomplishments.
Finish out your resume with any personal accomplishments or accolades you think a hiring manager in your industry would appreciate. Although this section shouldn't include a Most Improved recognition from little league, for example, it should definitely include your Marketer of the Month award from your last position.
Next, let's cover how to format your brand-new resume in Word.
How To Format a Resume in Word
When formatting a resume in Word, it's important to know the right style. We'll go over it piece by piece.
Set the Right Margins and Font Size
Your resume should contain one-inch margins on all sides. Most documents will automatically have one-inch margins, but it's best to double-check or create them yourself. Here's how to create one-inch margins for your resume:
- Go to "Layout."
- Click "Margins."
- Click the "Normal" setting, where it states 1" on the top, bottom, left, and right sides of the document.
Lastly, make sure your font size is 12-pt. This font size is standard for most resumes. However, if you have a particularly long CV, you could potentially get away with an 11-pt font size to fit it all on one page.
You should separate each section (i.e., education, work experience) with a header.
Create a header in Word by selecting "Styles". You can use "Header 1" for your first and last name at the top of the page. "Header 2" is great for the "Education" section, "Work Experience" section, and "Skills" section. Use "Header 3" for employer names and job titles, and use normal text to fill in the details of your accomplishments, skills, and educational background.
If you want to visually divide your resume into different parts, you can create dividers to split up the information and make your resume more scannable. Here's how to add dividers:
Go to "Insert", select "Illustrations," and then click "Shapes". You can select "Lines" to draw a line in Word. Another shortcut to create dividers is pressing the "=", "_", or and "*" three times and hitting enter. These give a variation of dividers that can add dimension to your resume.
Create Bullet Points
The truth is, no hiring manager will read a paragraph of information, so we recommend using bullets instead to list your accomplishments and responsibilities underneath your job titles. When you open "Paragraph," you'll see a variation of bullet points you can use. Choose the one you like best.
Sometimes, you might not have time to create and format a resume from scratch. Plus, if you're already employed full-time, it's hard to find the time to apply to a new job opportunity, let alone update your resume to reflect your qualifications.
Luckily, there are numerous publishers out there who've created incredible resume templates for quick editing and formatting in Word.
You can also find resume templates directly in Word, which we'll go over next.
How to Find Resume Templates in Word
When you open Word, go to ‘New'. On the bar on the left, select the ‘New' option if it's not selected already. Scroll down and you will see the resume template options that Word provides. These templates are visually appealing and are ready-made to send with your job application.
To keep you from hunting the internet for resume templates that are both free and compatible with MS Word, we've listed some options below for you to customize with your own information right now.
Some of them come with variations so you can pick your favorite design. A few of them cater specifically to marketers.
How to Save Your Resume
Remember, once you've finished personalizing your resume, you're not ready to submit an application yet. To ensure your resume's format stays the same for everyone who receives it, save the document as a PDF. Best case scenario? Even the hiring manager won't believe your resume came from Word.
Editor's Note: This post was originally published in 2018 but was updated in May 2020 for comprehensiveness.
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If you’re ready to give yourself the best chance of landing the job you’re after , you need an attractive, organized resume template. Our 15 new resume templates for Word are hot off the press for 2023. All you have to do is download them for free and start editing them in Microsoft Word.
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Academic Word Resume
Why this resume template works
- Share internship or work experience as well as project experience. Projects can be academic or personal. If you’re feeling stuck on what to include here, try thinking about your hobbies and interests .
- Show off academic achievements and awards in a dedicated section in the left sidebar. Need more room than that? Try using the projects section instead!
Easy Word Resume
- Recruiters won’t be quick to forget your name with this soft blue contact header that keeps your info neat and tidy.
- Resume templates like this one are good choices for job seekers looking to climb the ladder because it lays your work history out in reverse-chronological order.
High School Word Resume
- Think about school projects or extracurricular activities that keep you busy, and use that to populate your projects section. Try to answer how you contributed and left a positive impact.
- And hey, if you do have some traditional work experience, just add that to the projects section instead!
Music Word Resume
- Use your experience section to highlight where you shine, whether that be in the orchestra or in the classroom instructing.
- The green sidebar gives us nice pop of color to draw attention to your music honors and awards, where you can put the spotlight on competitions, the location, and the year.
Nursing Word Resume
- Small and unique design elements pull the eye in strategically to your objective , skills, and licenses, telling recruiters right away that you’re qualified for the role.
- Licenses and certifications are essential, which is why there are two sections dedicated to this at the bottom of your resume. List your nursing license in the left sidebar and list any other certifications and licenses you hold beneath your experience.
Teacher of the Year Resume Template
- Your teacher resume can demonstrate your professional ability to teach any age group from kindergarten to high school.
- Bold blue tones emphasize wisdom, confidence, intelligence, and imagination. This type of resume formatting contrasts nicely with strong black empty space. It makes for an eye-catching and appealing resume.
The Arts Word Resume Template
- Usually, we advise against including a photo in your resume template , but we can make the case for one here. It shows personality and individuality, which are, of course, important traits for an artistic, creative job.
- Job titles that will be especially suited to your arts resume include visual artist, musician, photographer, designer, and producer.
Pretty-in-Pink Word Resume Template
- This bold, creative resume template is best suited for those working in roles where a more colorful style would be acceptable or encouraged.
- This will include many jobs in the arts and creative industries, but it’s always best to judge based on the formality of the specific company to which you apply.
Royal Blue Word Resume Template
- The dark blue is particularly good at conveying a sense of knowledge, seriousness, and security, which are appealing qualities for hiring managers seeking an advanced professional like yourself. The light blue adds contrast and is associated with compassion, an essential characteristic of good management.
- We think you could build a killer resume with this royal blue Word resume template for roles as an account manager , team lead, regional manager, operations manager , and executive assistant .
The Trades Word Resume Template
- Remember, this doesn’t mean your resume has to look boring. Keep it interesting with contrasting colors, fonts, and letter sizes. Choosing the perfect resume template is half the battle!
- Your trades resume is ideal if you’re working trades, such as plumbing, welding, carpentry, electrical work, or machinery. Your job keeps life orderly and functional, so it’s important to reflect that in your resume design.
Doctor’s Orders Word Resume Template
- Unique sections allow you to input and highlight residency, licenses, and conferences easily. Use tasteful colors in your resume to demonstrate your personality.
- Your qualifications and skills can speak for themselves, but only great doctors are both brilliant and personable with patients. Show that you are that doctor!
Executive Word Resume Template
- If you’re looking to advance in the corporate world, this resume template allows room to highlight your expertise and success in a professional resume summary .
- Having trouble figuring out where to start? Take a peek at our resume examples for insight into creating a resume that lands you interviews.
Green Technicalities Word Resume Template
- It should be easy to differentiate your hard and soft skills and certifications on your resume, which are incredibly important for technical jobs requiring niche skills.
- While a lot of information can fit on your resume, clean lines and contrasting colors keep it from becoming overwhelming.
Lawyer Up Word Resume Template
- The boxing around the resume title and contrasting fonts provide sophisticated interest.
- Note the use of professional and straightforward fonts but strong visual interest from the choice of bolding.
Modern Limelight Word Resume Template
- Your Modern resume works best if you’re applying to work at a startup. Exciting, bold ideas thrive in these environments, and your lime-colored resume fits the bill.
- Students, don’t be afraid to use the work experience section for projects or even to showcase relevant hobbies and interests that help pitch why you should be hired.
Remember, if you’re having trouble customizing your resume template , make sure you check out our job-specific resume samples . We also get that working with templates in Word can be tricky, so you can try one of our Google Docs resume templates or build a resume with us instead. How about this one here?
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How to Make a Resume in Word ?
The best thing about building a resume in Word is that Microsoft Word comes with many resume templates you can find within the program. If none of these preloaded formats do the trick, you can search for alternate templates on the internet (probably how you found these here).
Between the templates included in Word, the options available online, our free resume templates for Google Docs , or the templates you can use in our easy resume builder , you should have no trouble finding a design that works for you.
Find free Word resume templates
Accessing resume templates on Microsoft Word is a quick, easy way to structure your document. All you have to do is take the following steps:
- Click “File,” then “New.”
- Type “Resume” into the search box at the top of the window.
- Browse the templates and double-click the one you want.
- Delete the sample text and add your personal information.
Upload your outside templates into Word
While Microsoft Word offers some excellent resume templates within the program, you can find even more options on the internet, including our professional resume examples .
Here’s how to find online templates and upload them into Word:
- Search Google for “resume templates,” or take advantage of our free resume templates .
- Download the resume that fits your needs.
- Open a new Word document.
- Click on “Insert” at the top of the page.
- Select “Object” from the drop-down menu.
- Find the file for the resume template in the box that appears. It’s most likely under “Downloads.”
- Click on the file for the resume template.
- Click “Insert” at the bottom-right corner of the box.
*Note: This process will upload your template, but it may be distorted, requiring you to spend some time manipulating boxes, lines, and font, which is why we recommend uploading your resumes with our free resume tool .
When it comes to creating a fantastic resume on Word, downloading the right template is only half the battle. From there, you need to do what it takes to fill the template with the right information.
There are two keys to making the most of your Word resume template: taking advantage of Word’s available features and practicing patience as you tweak and perfect the document.
Use Word’s available features
There’s a reason Word is so popular. It comes fully loaded with useful features, many of which will be a major help as you work on your next resume. Here are six features you should consider taking advantage of if you want your document to look its best:
- Word’s editor tool will check your resume for spelling and grammar. Don’t let recruiters doubt your professionalism.
- The Track Changes feature puts a red line through deleted text rather than eliminating it. Play around with the wording on your resume to weigh your options until you get it just right.
- Word’s Resume Assistant feature is specially designed for creating a new resume. Use this feature to see how others in your field have described their work experience, giving you the inspiration to overcome pesky writer’s block.
- Word’s line spacing feature lets you tighten up text, so there’s less blank space between lines. Say more on a single page.
- The margins adjustor on Word lets you cover more of the page with text. When you’re struggling to squeeze in important information, this extra space can prove vital.
- Word lets you convert your final resume to a PDF. This makes it easy to save your resume as a file you can send digitally.
Set aside ample time to build your Word resume
A resume on Word isn’t something you can polish off in five minutes even if you’ve uploaded a template. You need the document to come out looking fantastic, and that requires meticulous attention to detail.
While you work on your Word resume, consider the following:
- How to customize your filler text
- How to set the font size and color
- Which line spacing to use
- How to make an inflexible layout work for the information you need to include
- How to format your resume for ATS scanners
If all this sounds like too much of a hassle, just use our simple resume builder . By typing in your details and letting our tool take care of the rest, you’ll take the guesswork and stress out of the resume creation process.
There are countless resume templates in Word, and it’s up to you to find the option that best suits your industry and personality. No matter which template you choose, the most important thing is to represent yourself well. When it comes to writing resumes , content wins over style every time.
While a resume outline and template will give your document the basic structure it needs, save yourself time and frustration by opting for a complete resume builder experience instead.
Whether you want to upload and check a resume with our AI-powered tips or start from scratch, our tools are convenient and effective. If you’ve got your information handy, then a stylish, professional resume is just a few clicks away.
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Launch Micorsoft Word and start creating a new document. Under the text box, click on Resume and Cover Letter or type "resume" into the search bar. Select the Word resume template you like. Click Create and start editing the template in MS Word. Alternatively, you can visit Microsoft's templates and themes page and find one you like there!
Cubic is a professional resume template for Word that pairs traditional resume elements with a modern minimalist layout. It’s nicely divided into three sections each of which is of a different color.
How’s it even possible to achieve such results in MS Word without getting messy with the infographic resume elements and layout?
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Launch our builder, fill in the blank spaces, and the app will take care of all the formatting for you. Once you finish writing your resume , export the document as a Word resume template.
Great-looking, immaculately formatted, and… editable resume. If you notice any typo or would like to add or replace a word, you can do it quickly using MS Word. If you want to change font sizes, margins, colors, element spacing, etc.—use the builder. It will make sure that the formatting looks great no matter which part of your resume you decide to change the look of .
This Microsoft Word resume template incorporates a timeline that makes it easier for the reader to follow your professional experience.
Our builder allows you to download your resume as a DOC or PDF file. If you’re wondering which format is better, let me tell you one thing—
Recruiters often prefer MS Word because they can make changes and leave notes (e.g., add the recruiter’s company letterhead or remove contact details so that you aren’t poached by the hiring company).
Most hiring managers, however, prefer PDFs because they’re very universal and there’s no need for special software. A PDF resume will work just fine on mobile devices, which is a blessing for bosses who are always on the go. Plus, you can rest assured that your resume formatting won’t get messed up in transit.
Crisp is one of our two-column resume templates for Word. Its elegant look will work great for both creative and more traditional roles.
Our resume builder is more than a collection of templates. What you get is a resume writing powerhouse full of expert-curated content available at a click of the button.
Pro Tip: When writing your resume, pay attention to its structure and the general look and feel. Studies show that recruiters spend only about 7 seconds scanning your resume initially, and if it looks cluttered or they can’t quickly find the information they’re looking for, they’re very likely to reject it.
This Word resume template is a good choice for a combination resume. The sections are clearly visible and skimmable.
With our state-of-the-art cover letter builder , you can easily create a powerful resume and cover letter set. Answer a couple of questions, and get a targeted cover letter in no time. Tweak it to make it yours and land your dream job in style.
Pro Tip: There are three most popular resume formats, and depending on your professional experience: chronological resume , functional resume , and combination resume . Each has its pros and cons. You can learn more about them from our dedicated guides.
It doesn’t matter if you’re working in a traditional or creative role, this is one of our resume templates for Microsoft Word that will work great in every imaginable scenario. The resume summary area placed at the very top will help the recruiter quickly learn what your stronger traits are.
This resume Word template is very easy to scan and, as such, it’s suitable for anyone pursuing a corporate position that attracts a large number of candidates. The resume header area which is easy on the eye will let the recruiters quickly see what a great hire you could be.
This modern-looking and elegant Microsoft Word resume template is a good choice for a managerial resume in more traditional industries.
This minimalistic resume template will be just as suitable for an academic CV as a more formal manager resume. It’s predominantly focused on the content, with a subtle addition of bar graphs to illustrate your proficiency in various skills.
This modern MS Word resume template includes graphical elements that make it stand out from the rest and don’t distract the reader from the document’s content. Thanks to its two-column layout it can hold quite a lot of information without looking cluttered.
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What makes this Word template for a resume look different from the rest is the graphical element with your initials. The template also incorporates a skill grading scale and a set of icons to make your abilities and contact details clearly visible.
This resume template in Word blends professionalism and simplicity. The section titles are accentuated with small ribbon-shaped elements right next to them.
Nanica is one of our resume templates for Microsoft Word that’s perfect for a two-page resume or an academic CV. Thanks to its simple formatting, the resume sections can smoothly extend into page two and beyond if need be.
Pro Tip: There’s been a lot of debate recently as to the perfect length of a resume . It turns out there’s no such thing but in the vast majority of cases, a one-page resume will work great for candidates pursuing entry-level positions whereas more experienced job-seekers may consider making a two-page resume .
This Word .doc resume template has a two-column layout that lets you include all your relevant experience and key skills, and will still have plenty of room left for adding extra resume sections, such as software or languages, for instance.
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Another one of our professional resume templates for Word that’s perfect for a longer document. It’s suitable for seasoned executives and distinguished academics alike.
Thanks to its two-column layout, this simple CV template for Word is perfect for experienced candidates who want to present their professional side on a single page.
Valera is a creative resume template for Word that combines youthful energy with pure professionalism. Also, it’s perfectly usable as a two-page resume template.
This resume template for Word mixes simplicity with modernity. The icons draw the recruiter’s eye right to the section titles. White space gives it an elegant professional look.
Cascade is a very universal resume template for Word. It’s suitable for entry-level candidates and executives alike. Its two-column layout will let you include a lot of information without cluttering the document.
Color Block Resume
This free resume template for Word is one of many templates accessible directly through MS Word’s own template gallery.
Click here to download it for free .
Here's how to make a resume on Word :
- Launch MS Word and start creating a new document. Under the text box, click on Resume and Cover Letter.
- Select the Word resume template you like.
- This is it. You can start editing your resume now.
But you need to realize one thing—
The templates you see in the MS Word gallery work best with the documents whose content is almost identical to what you can see in the original sample.
Unlike our builder, MS Word will not automatically adjust the template to the content you’re typing in. In other words, you’ll have to manually tweak everything (margins, spacing, line breaks, fonts, graphical elements, etc.) whenever you wish to add or replace something on the original template.
Here are some more examples from MS Word resume template gallery (and other places around the web):
Green Cube Resume
This two-column free Word resume template includes large section headings and bar charts to reflect your proficiency level.
Pro Tip: Some Word resume templates allow you to include a photo. However, adding pictures to resumes is rarely a good idea .
Creative Resume (Designed by MOO)
This free modern resume template for Word is a good option for entry-level candidates with not too much experience under the belt.
If you are looking for modern resume you can also check Modern Resume Template
This free resume template for Word will come in handy to fresh grads and experienced candidates alike. It’s universal enough to be used as a single- and multiple-page resume.
Crisp and Clean Resume (Designed by MOO)
This free creative resume template for Microsoft Word is suitable for less traditional industries that welcome originality and inventiveness.
You may like to look at some Eye Catching Resume as well.
Another free Microsoft Word resume template from Microsoft’s own repository. It’s simple and clean, suitable for all candidates who wish to just focus on the essence and have toned down embellishments.
You can also find some ideas other than Microsoft Word resume templates, for simple and clean resume designs here: Clean Resume
Simple and Modern
This free Word resume template is nicely divided into distinct resume parts. The skills section has a visual bar graph that reflects your levels of proficiency.
Plus, a great cover letter that matches your resume will give you an advantage over other candidates. You can write it in our cover letter builder here. Here's what it may look like:
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The Best Free Resume Templates for Word
Using a Word resume template is a great way to make your resume a highly editable and customizable document. Since Microsoft Word allows you to edit your document for each job you apply for, this is an appealing option for many job seekers. In addition, MS Word is a file format that is frequently requested by recruiters.
LiveCareer offers a selection of the best resume templates for Word. Available in an array of styles — Modern , Creative , Traditional , Simple , Basic and Professional — all can be downloaded in three different file formats , including Word.
Here, we will help you decide whether you should use a Microsoft resume template by explaining the pros and cons of choosing one of our premium or free resume templates for Word.
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Microsoft Word is a desirable format for many job seekers because of its user-friendly features, including the ability to track changes, move text around, create both numbered and bulleted lists within the document, and more. However, Microsoft resume templates aren’t for everyone.
When you are applying for work, you should download your resume templates in a Word document if:
- The job post explicitly asks for a resume in a Microsoft Word file format.
- You want the option of editing your resume.
- You plan to personalize a single resume for multiple roles.
- You’d like recruiters to have the ability to take notes on your resume.
If these scenarios don’t describe you, don’t fret. LiveCareer offers templates that can be downloaded as a PDF or in simple text, too, making it easy to choose the file format that best suits your needs. For job seekers who want the option of editing their resume after downloading it, download one of our word resume templates for free and customize your resume for every job to which you apply.
Downloading your resume format in Word is often a solid choice for job seekers. Microsoft Word is one of the preferred file formats for recruiters. Job seekers also like this format because creating a resume in Word makes it easy to edit and personalize for other roles. However, some job seekers find that writing and formatting a resume in Word can be tricky.
For one, while Microsoft Word does offer resume templates, it does not have a resume builder, which means all of the writing is left up to the job seeker. Plus, when sharing a resume created in Word with a recruiter who uses a different version of the software, some formatting elements could be lost, or inadvertent changes could be made to the document.
LiveCareer’s Resume Builder offers the best of both worlds, making it simple to create professional resume templates in Word. Download your resume as a Word document, make the changes you want, and then save it as a PDF to create a “fixed” file format that will preserve the formatting and design of your resume and prevent accidental changes from being made.
Below, we outline the pros and cons of using a Microsoft Word resume template to create your next resume:
Microsoft Word resume templates are easy to edit, making them great for job seekers who plan to customize a basic resume for each job they apply to in their job search.
Using a resume builder to create a Microsoft Word resume template allows you all of the flexibility of MS Word without the hassle of designing a header and formatting your resume yourself.
When you choose a Word resume template, you have the option to choose whichever resume format is right for you. Just decide between the chronological, functional or combination formats and start writing.
Using one of LiveCareer’s Microsoft Word resume templates allows you to skip the headache of formatting altogether. Our templates manage it for you while giving you the freedom to customize your document by changing the font, colors and more.
Creating a resume in Word from scratch can be tedious and time-consuming.
Creating a resume in Microsoft Word can make it difficult to create functional or combination resume formats.
Formatting elements like font, margins and text alignment can be tricky when working in Microsoft Word. An eagle eye is required to maintain consistency throughout the document.
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Does microsoft word have free resume templates.
Yes. Microsoft Word does offer free templates. However, the company does not offer a resume builder, so all the writing has to be done from scratch. When you use LiveCareer’s premium and free resume templates for Word, you have access to our professional Resume Builder, which offers a variety of benefits, including:
- Step-by-step guidance on how to craft all five sections of your resume.
- Prewritten content suggestions, written by our team of professional resume writers, which you can use as-is or customize them to suit your needs.
- The ability to change fonts, colors and more to make your Microsoft resume template your own.
- An option to download your resume template in Word, Simple text or PDF file formats to meet the requirements of every employer.
Which format do most employers prefer for resumes?
While some employers may request a resume Word document, many prefer applicants use a PDF. The reason? If the recruiter has a different version of Word than the one you used to create your resume, some formatting or design elements could get skewed. This can make it difficult for hiring managers to decipher your credentials.
Using a PDF is the best way to avoid that possibility. A PDF is a “fixed” file format, which means that you can be assured that what you see on your screen is exactly what the recruiter will see on their end.
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Looking for a basic resume template to use and apply for jobs? We’ve got you covered. Each of our simple resume templates comes in six basic colors. Download them all for Word, or open in Google Docs to start customizing. Or, explore the rest of our free resume templates .
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Simple resumes are better for certain fields like law, government, and higher education because these industries tend to operate more traditionally. Any of the classic resume templates on this page would be appropriate for a job application in a traditional field.
If you’re not sure what kind of resume template to use for a job, you can use the company’s website as a model. For example, if their website uses a simple, straightforward design, you can use a simple resume template for your application. If their website uses a flashy, modern design, you can feel free to choose a modern or creative resume template for your application.
How do I prepare a simple resume?
To prepare a simple resume, you can use a basic template and fill out each section with your information. This way, you won’t have to worry about whether you’re using the correct resume format and you’ll have a picture of what the final product will look like before you begin.
If you wish, you can use our resume builder to create a fully-formatted resume on the template of your choice, or you can also write your resume from scratch .
How many pages should a simple resume have?
A simple resume should have one page in most cases. Resumes are designed to give hiring managers an overview of your most important qualifications, so you should prioritize highly relevant achievements and leave out anything unrelated to the position you want. Some highly-experienced applicants can get away with longer than a one-page resume , but to justify it, you’d need at least 10 years of experience or lots of relevant qualifications and certifications.
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When it comes to resumes, presentation is just as important as the skills and experience that the resume itself spells out. Trying to design a resume from scratch can be a challenge, especially with few design skills.
Need a little help? Check out these 51 free (yes, FREE!) Microsoft Word resume templates that you can easily download to your computer, edit to include your experience, and hand in with your next job application. No recruiter or hiring manager will be able to say no.
Can’t wait to view them one by one? We’ve put together a selection of the best free resume templates in one easy download below.
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Why use a resume template?
Resume templates are handy tools for job seekers for a number of reasons. Firstly, it allows you to spend more time polishing up the content instead of worrying about the layout and design.
Secondly, it gives first-time job applicants a better idea of how much to write and the sections to focus on. This also applies if you’ve been out of the job market for a while and haven’t had to edit your resume recently.
Before you sprint ahead to the templates, here are some resume dos and don’ts you should know.
Resume dos and don’ts
- Highlight your most relevant experience, skills, and accomplishments
- Include keywords from the job description in your resume where it fits organically
- Triple check your resume for grammar, punctuation, and spelling
- Use data specific examples where possible (e.g. “increased sales by 30% by doing x”)
- Include non-academic and non-professional experiences, such as volunteer work or side projects
- Use powerful verbs to describe your work (e.g “amplified”, “executed”, “maximized”)
- Include your contact information
- Keep your bullet points to under two lines
- Ask someone you trust to go over your resume with you
- Create a master resume. This will make it easier to tailor your resume to any job
- Include all your relevant credentials
- Save your resume file as something with your name on it. This will make it easier for managers and HR folk to locate your files
- Be consistent throughout your application. This means using the same fonts, styles, and naming conventions on your file.
- Showcase your soft skills
- Print out copies of your resume for interviews
- Include obvious skills (e.g. gmail)
- Include irrelevant hobbies or interests. That space can be better utilized for highlighting your achievements and skills
- Include work experiences during high school unless you’re a recent graduate
- Use an objective sentence. These are widely considered to be outdated, and only relevant if you are changing careers
- Hide gaps in your resume. Be confident when explaining the gap and speak on the skills you learned during that time
- Use cliches or too much jargon. Oftentimes, the first person reading your resume will be from HR
- Write overly complex sentences. Keep it straightforward and easy to understand
- Use more than two fonts
- Include photos (unless you’re applying for a role in the arts)
- Include your salary history. Save that for the negotiation process
How to optimize your resume for ATS
If you’re applying for a job, there is a very high chance that the resume will first be seen by some software before it makes its way to a pair of human eyes. This software is called an Applicant Tracking System and it sorts, scans, and ranks job applications that come through to a recruiter or employer .
ATS helps recruiters filter through candidates by scanning for relevant information and keywords in an application. Writing a resume that is ATS optimized is imperative, as you could potentially miss out on opportunities even if you’re qualified.
Here are some ways to ensure your resume is ATS-friendly:
- Keep graphics to a minimum
- Incorporate keywords and phrases used in the job description. Don’t overdo this, as resumes with a high match can be flagged for gaming the system
- Save your resume as a PDF (you can easily export as PDF once you’ve edited your Word resume template)
- Some ATS software can’t read data in the header or footer. Ensure all your important information is in the body of your resume
- Avoid using too much formatting
- Make your resume easy to read, for robots and humans. This means avoiding overly wordy sentences and abbreviations where appropriate
Customizable Word resume templates
Turning a blank document into an attractive, well-designed resume is hard work, especially when you'd rather put that time to use in your job search. That's where these free Word resume templates come in. You can choose from a range of ready-made designs, whether you're looking for something classic, minimalist or colorful. All of the templates are easy to customize with your personal details, and you can even change the colors and themes if you're so inclined.
When you're done filling out your template, make sure to save your file as a Word .docx file (or .doc for older versions of the program), so you can always come back and make changes. When you're ready to send your resume, be sure to attach it in the requested format, for example PDF or .docx. To export as a PDF from Microsoft Word, go to the File menu --> Export --> Create PDF.
You can browse the free resume templates below, and get a selection of the best templates delivered straight to your inbox.
1. The basic resume template
Want a basic resume to get yourself started? This is a great one for inputting your objective statement, experience, and skills. Download
2. Skill-based resume template
What makes this resume template great is that it has a little color but it’s also perfect for any industry. Download
3. The chronological resume template
Want a resume that makes it easy to put your jobs in chronological order and send it off? This is the straightforward template you’re searching for. Download
4. Another traditional resume template
Want to spruce up your resume without changing too much of the formatting? Try putting either your headings or subheadings in a different font. Download
5. The black-and-white resume
6. Orange resume template
This resume layout is actually optimized for applicant tracking systems, so you’ll be able to pop in keywords for the position you’re applying for and get yourself to the next round. Download
7. Peach resume template
Adding in colorful lines to your subheadings or your personal logo can add special touches to your resume without taking away from the content. Download
8. Creative resume template
9. Formal resume template
If you’re working in a more formal industry, resumes like this one give you the ability to add color while still being professional. Download
10. Profile resume template
11. Colorful resume template
You can add a little color on your resume without making it the color of a highlighter. Download
12. Grey and white resume template
13. Newspaper resume template
14. Monogrammed resume template
15. Technical resume template
Technical resumes can be difficult to format, but they don’t have to be impossible. Download
16. Pink resume template
Elle Woods isn’t the only one with a pink resume; if you work in an industry where creativity and color can get you a long way, why not try it? Download
17. Visual resume template
You can use visuals to show your expertise, which might come in handy when you’re applying for jobs where you need to flaunt what you’ve got. Download
18. Creative peach resume template
Adding a few icons can be a nice touch to a resume, especially one for creative or design positions. Download
19. Minimal resume template
Want a more minimalistic resume design but don’t have a ton of experience to show? This template makes your resume look a little more chic. Download
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Pastels are your thing? Then you’ve found your perfect resume. Download
21. Bold resume template
Feeling bold? Submit a black resume and see what happens. Download
22. Long profile resume template
Want to add a longer profile about yourself to your resume? This template lets you do it. Download
23. Plain, but trendy resume template
This resume is called “plain but trendy,” and it’ll make you look put together. Download
24. Green resume template
A little splash of bright green color can’t hurt, especially if you’re applying to more creative positions. Download
25. Light pink resume template
If you’re applying to jobs where showing off your personality more is an asset, this resume template could do the trick in landing you that perfect gig. Download
26. Colorful blue resume template
This resume is colorful, straightforward, and easy to read. What’s not to love? Download
27. Unconventional resume template
You’ll wake up a drowsy recruiter with this red and black template. Download
28. Fancy emerald resume template
Feeling blue? A hiring manager sure won’t after checking out this resume template. Download
29. Simple resume template
Don’t let this simplistic resume fool you; it can help you go far in your job search. Download
30. Splash of blue resume template
This template flips the typical resume setup on its head, which could work in your favor during the application process. Download
31. Creative resume template
The color’s a little unorthodox, but now’s not the time to bore recruiters. Download
32. Mint resume template
This resume is so cool, recruiters will be stunned with amaze-mint (get it?). Download
33. Purple resume template
Purple is an unconventional resume choice, but it may serve you well in some professions. Download
34. Yellow resume template
This resume’s surprise is the pop of color at the bottom. Download
35. Classic resume template
This design’s a little more classic than others but still has an interesting neutral color scheme. Download
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10 free psd resume templates to help yours stand out, 36. simple pink resume template.
37. Creative profile resume template
38. Dark sidebar resume template
39. Light resume template
40. Colorblock resume template
41. Minimalist resume template
42. Bold Blue resume template
43. Appleseed resume template
44. Timeless resume template
45. Modern resume template
46. Colorful infographic resume template
47. Mint block resume template
48. UX resume template
49. Venn diagram resume template
This template features a unique way of presenting your professional skill set – a Venn diagram! It also comes with an accompanying portfolio and cover letter template. Download
50. Monochrome resume template
51. Organic shapes resume template
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10 Best Resume Templates in Word to Download Free
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If you are looking for a job, you will need to have resume templates in word to download free. A resume is a written record of your qualifications, education, and previous employment. It is important to make sure your resume looks good because employers will often judge you based on it.
That is why we have gathered the 10 best free resume templates in word to download free! These resume templates in word to download free are simple to use and have a polished appearance. You can download them for free and customize them to fit your needs. So don't wait any longer - download one of these templates today and start applying for jobs!
The following are the 10 best resume templates in word to download free that are available online:
1. White Minimalist Resume
White Minimalist Resume is a clean and modern template that provides plenty of space for highlighting accomplishments. It features a bold header, large font, and minimal graphics to draw attention to the important parts of your resume.
2. Simple Business Resume
This resume template in word to download free is an elegant yet straightforward design perfect for those looking to showcase their professional qualifications without sacrificing style. It has a subtle background image with simple headings and plenty of room for text.
3. Professional Engineer Resume
This resume template in word to download free is designed specifically for engineering professionals, featuring all the necessary details needed to impress potential employers. With its strong graphical elements, it showcases experience, skills, certifications and more in an easy-to-read format.
4. Red Simple Resume
Red Simple Resume offers bold colors combined with a light grey background, making it perfect for those who want to stand out while still maintaining a professional appearance. It includes clear headings and plenty of room for work experience and qualifications.
5. Black Simple Resume
This resume template in word to download free is a classic look with modern updates. It features dark text on a white background, allowing employers to easily read through your resume quickly. The well-defined sections make sure all relevant information is at the forefront.
6. Green Simple Resume
Green Simple Resume stands out from other resumes with its clean layout and bold green font that makes important details stand out against the white background. Its eye-catching design will help employers recognize you as a potential candidate when they are searching through stacks of resumes.
7. Deep Blue Resume
Deep Blue Resume features an elegant dark blue background, making it perfect for those looking for a sophisticated design. Its minimalistic style allows employers to quickly scan through the resume and take note of important qualifications and skills.
8. Simple Yellow Resume
Simple Yellow Resume stands out against other resumes with its bright yellow font that jumps off the page. This resume template in word to download free also features plenty of space for listing work experience, education, and awards in an organized manner.
9. Black Simple Resume
Black Simple Resume is a classic look with modern updates. It features dark text on a white background, allowing employers to easily read through your resume quickly. The well-defined sections make sure all relevant information is at the forefront.
10. Dark Blue Resume
This resume template in word to download free has an elegant dark blue background, making it perfect for those looking for a sophisticated design. Its minimalistic style allows employers to quickly scan through the resume and take note of important qualifications and skills.
In conclusion, these 10 best resume template in word to download free are the perfect way to get your job-searching journey off to a great start! So don't wait any longer - download one of these templates in word doc today and start applying for jobs! Good luck!
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Are you looking to create a new resume but don’t want to go through the painstaking process of creating one from scratch, section by section?
To save a lot of time, you can use a Microsoft Word resume template instead.
Why would you want to do that?
For one, MS-Word comes with a lot of pre-built resume templates that can have you up and running with a fully customized resume in a matter of minutes.
There’s quite a lot of variety as well. So, you can really pick a resume template that both you and the HR manager will love.
Are you a marketer or a designer? Pick a creative resume and show off your imagination!
Applying for a finance position in a bank ? One of the conservative, black & white word resume templates will work for you.
Word comes with a number of free templates, and there are other hand-crafted premium options available online.
Do you want a winning Word template that’ll have the HR manager glued to your beautiful resume?
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There are two ways you can get your hands on a Word resume template.
You can either go with a pre-customized Word template that comes with the software, or you can use an external template made by designers and career experts for Word specifically.
Let’s start with the resume templates that come with the software.
In-Build Microsoft Word Resume Templates
To access these templates, here’s what you do:
- Open MS word
- Click file from the menu bar on top of the screen
- From there, you can select a number of different formats ( resumes, flyers, cards, cover letters , and more)
In this case, we’re focusing on resume templates , so you can type that in the search bar to see the different kinds of templates available.
As you can see, there’s plenty of choice here and a lot of different design options.
From there on, you find the one you like, and just fill it in to your liking!
Each of the templates come with a brief description as well, based on the theme and what kind of impression you want to leave with that specific template.
Here’s what you’d be getting with the free Pink floral resume :
Present your resume with this easily customizable template. Edit your experience and information with this and know that you’ll be making a statement with the design choice. This template also includes information on how to build an effective resume:
Not sure what to put on your resume? We feel you! Picking the right template is only the first step. Check out our complete guide on how to make a resume and you’ll be an expert in no time!.
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Let’s see if the best free Word resume templates also stack up.
Functional Resume (Simple Design)
Who's it for: Any entry-level position
Where to find it: Microsoft Templates
Want something super simple for free?
Microsoft Word comes with a number of ready-to-go resume templates that are one click away.
All you have to do is go to Microsoft Templates , where you’ll find a number of different templates for resumes, cover letter, newsletters, and more.
There, you’ll find a number of good starting resume templates, like this functional resume by Microsoft.
When to Use This Template
Depending on your achievements and background, you’ll want to list your qualifications in a specific order. With this functional resume, you can list your objective, professional achievements , skills, and work history - in that specific order.
You can use this resume if you’re switching jobs to a different career , or as your no experience resume .
With just a bit of color to stand out and clear sections within the layout, you can’t go wrong with this template.
It’s a simple, and effective starting point for most job-seekers .
Though, the design might be all too common and easy to blend in with other candidates applying for the same job.
Modern Chronological Resume
Who's it for: Mid-level job-seekers
Most resume formats you find are going to be in chronological order.
That is, starting from your most recent job experience, going down to your previous jobs.
You can’t go wrong with this format, and if you want something that’s professional, but also has a bit of flair to it, check out the Modern chronological resume by Microsoft:
The standard way to list your work experience is in chronological order. With this modern resume, you can start with your latest job experience to help the HR manager easily find what they’re looking for.
This is a very straightforward approach, and it also has a color scheme and a design that can help you stand out from other candidates.
Just because it’s professional, doesn’t mean it has to be boring.
Though, if you want to take a more creative approach with your resume, you could use the...
Infographic Word Resume
Who's it for: Marketers and social media experts
Are you applying for a marketing or a design job where you’ll be creating a lot of web content?
Then you can make your resume a part of your portfolio with the infographic resume.
Use this infographic resume to list your qualifications in a way that’s easy to follow. The icons highlight your skills and the sections follow a clear direction.
This is a good example of custom tailoring your resume to the job.
It goes without saying that the content inside the resume has to be up to par as well.
But as far as standing out goes, this infographic resume is guaranteed to attract eyes from a stack of resumes.
FREE Resume Template by Fernando Báez
Who's it for: Graphic and web designers
Creator: Fernando Báez
Where to find it: Behance
What could be better than a free resume template that has already been tried and tested?
After using and getting a few jobs with the very same template as a freelance UI/UX designer, Fernando is now giving away his secrets in the form of a free template.
In the resume pack, you’ll find your resume template in .ai format (Adobe Illustrator), all resume fonts used in the design, and a free icon set by Brankic. In it, you can customize the infographics to help represent your specialties , knowledge , language skills , or hobbies .
(Need help with any of those sections? Read our guide on what to put on a resume .)
Whether or not you’re a designer, you can customize the above template to truly represent you and make it uniquely yours.
There’s nothing wrong with using a template - it’s not plagiarism .
It’s inside the resume what matters, which is going to be unique each time ( at least it should be ).
Bold Monogram Resume
Who's it for: Any general-level position
A resume objective is a short 1-2 sentence elevator pitch that provides an overview of your experience , skills , and motivations .
In it, you explain why you’re the right person for the job.
With this Bold monogram resume, your resume objective is guaranteed to stand out and be one of the first things the HR manager will notice.
Present your qualifications in a stylish way that’s also professional and guaranteed to stand out. This template includes an editable color scheme, and instructions on how to build an effective resume.
While the focus is definitely on the resume objective , the rest of the resume follows a smooth flow in an order that makes sense.
Need some inspiration on your resume objective? Check out our real-life resume objective examples guide.
Simple and Clean Resume Template
Who's it for: Creative directors
Where to find it: ZokiDesign
This simple and minimalistic resume template has a clean aesthetic, is easy to format and covers a lot of sections.
You can show off your work experience as well as your background (resume summary or objective), education , skills , and even your hobbies .
Though you can change the color scheme, the format and the layout makes this resume ideal for creative roles.
With a clean and modern aesthetic, this resume is a great way to quickly sum up your qualifications and also stand out from other resumes with its design. It has a minimal look to it, and still contain a lot of information while staying under 1 page. If needed, it can also be converted into a cover letter.
In short, the above resume covers just about everything you’ll need in a template and more.
The best part about it, like with most Word templates, is its customizability.
So, if you’re applying to a more conservative job, you can change the colors into a calmer tone - like black and white .
Creative Resume, Designed by MOO
Who's it for: Anyone in a creative role
Created with a neutral color scheme, this creative resume template by MOO was made to show off your creativity.
Yet, it won’t distract the viewers from the actual content within it.
So, depending on the company you’re applying to and your experience, you can draw eyes with this template.
This accessible resume template is for job seekers who want to show off their creative side and stand out from other candidates. It has all the important sections you’ll need and an editable color scheme.
If you don’t necessarily have a lot of work experience, you can go with a creative template approach to stand out from other candidates and stay memorable.
In that case, you have to make sure your resume objective , skills , and other sections clearly display your motivation for the role.
Fully Editable Creative Resume Template by Omer Korkmaz
Who's it for: Senior graphic, UI/UX Designers
Creator: Omer Korkmaz
If you’re a graphic designer and know you’re way around AI, this fully editable creative resume template by Omer Korkmaz might be for you.
This template has everything you’d need applying for a graphic design role:
- A place for your contact information
- Work experience (with plenty of space)
- And some extra space for other optional sections
This resume template is fully editable, and ideal for graphic designers . The free download includes a PowerPoint and Adobe Illustrator format, and the Open Sans font - everything you’ll ever need .
Because of the format versions that come with the template, you can really fine-tune the resume to perfection. You can change the design, the color schemes, and any other detail within Adobe Illustrator.
So, if you’re applying for a senior UX/UI designer role, you can really make sure that your resume reflects your qualifications with this creative template.
Minimal Resume - Free by Sovon Halder
Who's it for: Web developers and designers
Creator: Sovon Halder
This minimal resume template has an interesting color scheme and a font system to it that can make you stand out easily.
It stays just under one page, with all the necessary sections intact.
The resume also comes with Adobe Photoshop , Illustrator and PDF formats .
So, formatting shouldn’t be a problem as you can just edit it and quickly send it to an employer .
Minimal design, A4 Size, print ready, and editable. The template focuses primarily on your work experience, and your soft and hard skills. And you can always edit it based on your qualifications. Once you’re done editing, the resume is already print ready, so, all you have to do is customize the resume based on the job you’re applying to.
Despite its minimalistic approach, there’s a lot going on in the resume and you can easily summarize yourself in one page.
There’s plenty of white space as well.
So, in short, it’s easy on the eyes and the readability within the layout is on point as well. Now, what matters is what actually goes within it.
Resume for Recent College Graduate
Who's it for: Recent college graduates
Finally, we’ve covered just about every type of resume scenarios, except this one.
This Word template for recent college graduates prioritizes your objective , education , skills , and ends with experience (which you can include if you have any).
The design and the layout is fairly simple, and most of the resume is already filled in with examples. All you have to do is modify it based on your background -
This resume was made with college graduates in mind. If you don’t have a lot of work experience, you can use this template to prioritize other sections (e.g. your education, skills, abilities, experience).
It’s simple and straightforward.
And sometimes, that’s what it takes to get your foot in the door when you’re a recent college grad with not a lot of experience.
Still confused on how to structure your resume when you don’t have a lot of experience?
See our full guide for student and graduate resumes for a detailed guide on what you can include.
Now, the other side of the coin is actually paying for your resume template.
You might be thinking - the reason I’m looking for a job in the first place is to make money, why would I pay for a resume template?
A couple of reasons.
First , most premium resume templates only go up to around $15-20 at most.
And if you do find one that too perfect to pass up on - $15 is a relatively small price to pay for investing in your future.
You can then customize and re-edit your template for any future jobs, too.
After all, if it worked once, it’s probably going to work again, right?
Another advantage premium resume templates offer is that they also tend to come with extra features and/or files within.
Let’s take a look at what that might look like:
Clean Resume Template by HalfCircle
Who’s it for: Graphic and web designers
Where to find it: CreativeMarket
This clean resume template by HalfCircle comes with a DOCX MS Word file and an Adobe Photoshop File for easy customization.
It also includes three different color schemes , a cover letter , all the fonts used, and it’s also ready-to-print.
The resume includes a clean layout with an easy-to-read font choice. The colors, along with the rest of the resume, are customizable and you can edit everything in even more detail with the Photoshop PSD file. The cover letter section, meanwhile, includes plenty of space for your text and has a contact information section as well.
The best thing about this template is how clearly the sections are separated.
Nothing in it feels too close to each other and it’s just as easy for the HR manager to find or jump to any specific section they’re looking for.
There’s not much else to say about this resume other than that it’s very straightforward and simple - living up to its name clean resume template name.
Professional Resume / CV Template by Classic Design
Who’s it for: Web and graphic designers
Creator: Classic Design
Looking for something more professional?
The professional resume template by Classic Design might be what you’re looking for.
The colors aren’t as vibrant here but the colors and the typography suggest that it’s more for a senior job role in a more traditional working environment.
This professional resume template has a more faded gray color scheme to it, and a font style that’s easy to follow. The template comes with Word, Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator formats, and a cover letter - all of which are easy to customize.
Though the default resume text is suited for a design role, you can easily to your career field and it won’t be out of place due to its design.
The template has all the sections you’d ever need, for both a creative and a more traditional job, and the HR manager will have an easy time following it top to bottom.
Professional Resume Template
Who’s it for: Marketers and bloggers
Creator: Mukhlasur Rahman
Want your resume to be personally tailored to your personality and job role?
This professional resume template by Mukhlasur Rahman might be for you then.
The Word template follows a consistent color scheme and layout that’s been specifically designed for designers and bloggers .
This professional and creative resume template has been tailor made for designers and online bloggers. It includes a contact section, social media , education, skills, profile, work experience, and awards. The template also comes with a separate cover letter, a reference page , and a free icon set.
If you’re going to be working closely with social media and other relevant online channels, you might want to include a whole section for it on your resume.
In it, you can include the following sections, depending on how relevant they are to you:
- Personal site or blog
- Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram
If the job requires you to be a social media expert, this might also be the perfect place to mention how you managed to grow your social media channel 0 to 10K.
Resume Template & Cover Letter by Opu;ent Studio
Who’s it for: Any senior role
If you’re applying for a more senior role this Word resume template & cover letter by Opu;ent Studio might be more up your alley.
The template is easy to edit in Adobe InDesign and Microsoft Word, and covers the following sections:
- Biography (though you can edit this for resume summary or objective)
- Work experience
- Technical Skills
- Contact information
- Cover letter
With a clean and unique look to the resume, this template is more suited for professionals and senior-level positions. There is a lot of space for work experience, and you can just as easily transform the biography section into a resume summary.
And if you think the template looks short, don’t worry. Everything you can’t mention in it goes in the cover letter .
Look at the cover letter as a one-page document that briefly summarizes your background.
A good cover letter is a supplement to your resume and can get the HR manager to call you back.
Wondering if you should also include your picture on the resume like in the above template? That may depend on your location.
Check out our guide to see if you should include a picture on your resume or CV .
Clean Resume/CV + Cover letter by Tamzid Hasan
Who’s it for: Web, IT developer
Creator: Tamzid Hasan
If you are indeed looking for a more professional resume, this clean resume/ CV combo by Tamzid Hasan might work great.
Clean one page resume that also comes with a cover letter and a reference template. It follows a professional black and white color scheme and a layout that focuses on work experience. Main features include:
- A4 & US Letter size
- Clean & professional design
- Microsoft Word (Docx) files
- CV/Resume + Cover Letter + References
- 1 & 2 page version
- Paragraph style
Of course, ideally, your resume should fit within one page . But if you have 5+ years of experience, you can break that rule and go with the two page version the template comes with.
If you are indeed going to go over the one page rule, since you’ll have more space in your overall resume, you can also include:
- Hard skills
- Soft skills
One page is ideal, but depending on the job role and your experience, you can also include some extra sections to back up your background.
Modern Resume Template for Microsoft Word by ResumeCoverPro
Who's it for: Any professional and creative role
Where to find it: Etsy
Looking for something that’s modern and professional?
Check out the professional resume package by ResumeCoverPro which includes - resume and cover letter templates , an icon pack , free fonts , effective customer support and more.
This template focuses on the main categories: education, profile, skills, work experience, and awards. You can edit each section to customize it but for the most part, it follows a very straightforward layout and color scheme. All you have to do is edit in the blanks and send it in.
This template wasn’t designed with any one specific job role in mind, so, it’s a great general-purpose approach with its design and layout.
As long as you have Word (or Google Docs), you can customize it to make it truly yours.
And if for some reason you need further help, the template comes with additional instructions and even customer support.
Optimized 1-page Edition Resume by TheResumeCoach
Who's it for: PR, Marketers
This optimized 1-page edition resume is an attempt at perfecting the resume layout with the bare essentials.
For most jobs, regardless of the seniority level or the career field, this template will allow you to get all of your qualifications on paper, in a classic A4 one page format.
This template allows you to highlight your key skills and qualifications, all in one page. No need to worry about going overboard with this as this has been specifically designed for a 1-page approach.
This is a clear attempt at optimizing for the 1-page resume format.
If you’re looking for something that’s professional and you can use for multiple scenarios - the above template might be the way to go.
It’s easy-to-use and will look good for most people.
All you have to do is fill in the blanks and you’ll have a fully customized resume that’s guaranteed to stand out and attract eyes.
Elegant Resume by Horea Nicodin
Who's it for: Pretty much anyone
Creator: Horea Nicodin
Where to find it: Dribble
Everything about this elegant resume template screams fanciness and it’s guaranteed to get a second look from the HR manager - which is your chance to really draw them in.
If your background is half as good as how the resume looks, you’re guaranteed to get a call back (if not for an interview, just for them to compliment your resume).
This template is ideal if you want to leave a lasting impression. It’s functional as well as elegant - definitely the best of both worlds .
Fortunately, it doesn’t actually come with a cursive font, as that would just make the recruiter’s job harder.
Though, the resume template (and the cover letter) do come with any file format you’ll ever need - Word , Photoshop , Illustrator , and InDesign .
This one-page resume template is ideal for those who want to keep their resumes concise, with just the right amount of flair.
2-page Resume/CV Combo by Resume Templates
Who's it for: UX/UI Designers
If you’re going to be breaking the 1-page resume rule, you better have a good reason for it (i.e. a lot of experience).
And if that’s the case, then you could use the 2-page resume/CV package by ResumeTemplates.
When to Use This Template
Clean, modern and professional Resume with Letterhead design. Fully customizable, and easy to use and replace the color & text.
This 2-pager Word template also comes with a cover letter, 100% scalable files (Photoshop, Illustrator, Word), and is ready to print.
It follows a reverse-chronological order and even has a references section.
So, if you’re going to be using this template, make sure you have enough experience to fill it in with.
Modern Resume Template Package by ResumeFoundry
Who's it for: Online marketers
Last but not least, this is another take on the modern creative resume package by Resume Foundry.
The package follows an all-in-one approach and the feature of being able to customize it based on your experience.
This template comes with just about everything you’ll ever need, regardless of your experience level.This includes a 1-3 page template, a cover letter, references, instructions, and a ready-to-help customer support.
Everything you see on the template is editable, and you also have the freedom to continue over the 2nd page (if needed).
Though, if you’re going to take the one-page approach, you’ll find that it has all the sections you’d need for most jobs. And the design won’t be out of place for just about any career field either.
So, essentially, you’re getting everything you’d need for $15, all that’s left to do is edit them accordingly.
That’s a lot of choice for a Word resume template.
While they might look good on paper, one common issue with building your resume with Word is that it can be super hard to format.
What do we mean by this?
Well, essentially, if you wanted to edit one specific part of your template (e.g. margin, design), there’s a chance that the whole formatting might break and spill over onto the 2nd page.
Sounds familiar? It happens to the best of us.
The reason this happens is because while Word is a powerful software on its own, it will always move your sections to the next page if the formatting isn’t just right.
Details matter to Word, sometimes a bit too much.
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So, to recap, here’s everything you need to know about using Microsoft Word resume template:
- You can use preloaded templates in Word by clicking File from the menu bar on top of the screen, then New , and from there, search for a “ resume template ” from the prompted search bar.
- The templates Word comes with are free , and you can also use premium templates, which you can find online.
- Though the premium templates cost money, the difference is noticeable as in most cases, they’ve been designed by career experts and artists all over the world.
- Once you find an ideal template that fits your qualifications , you can simply download it and edit it within Word.
- Though, if you’re looking for a smoother experience, you can simply use a powerful online resume builder for free , to represent your skills and qualifications based on how you want it .
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