125 Free Resume Templates For Word
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There are a lot of free resume templates available on the internet but sometimes it can be challenging to choose the right one that is most suited to you.
Most websites that offer resume templates can often over complicate things by having clever titles for the different styles of template on offer, and sometimes the descriptions can be so confusing they can leave you with your head spinning!
Table of contents:
- Resume Templates
- Essential Tips For Using Your Resume Template
- The 3 Resume Formats To Choose From
- How to Write a Resume
- Planning Your Cover Letter
Which resume template is the right for you?
We work differently here at Freesumes. We want to help you as much as we can so we have made it as simple as possible by dividing our free professionally crafted resume templates for personal use into four easy to understand categories; modern, professional, creative and simple.
You will not have to spend hours of your time scrolling through thousands of templates that can all look very similar – where is the fun in that? Freesumes have simplified the search task for you and narrowed down the choices we offer you to the best performing style of templates available.
Let’s take a look at each section and why they may be a good fit for you:
In today’s highly competitive job market your resume needs to stand out. Our modern resume selection has been crafted to offer stylish, crisp and fresh themes that are designed to be easily readable and highlight specific information that you want to get across to your prospective employer when they first skim over your resume.
According to recent research by TheLadders, hiring managers spend as little as six seconds skimming over resumes before making a decision about a candidate. This a very high performing set of templates that are working well for those seeking IT and tech based jobs that need to stand out from the crowd.
The Internet has affected people’s reading behavior over the years. Instead of reading top to bottom like they used to, people are now constantly skimming for information. Our modern templates have been structured with this in mind and prevent any of your important information from being overlooked.
Feel free to take a closer look at our latest styles listed below. Each template can be fully personalized and will create a great first impression.
Elegant / Professional Resumes
Our elegant range of free professional resume templates is an ideal choice for those of you with plenty of work experience already under your belt. These templates have been designed to be clean-cut and straight to the point. They are structured to guide the reader’s eye so you can impress recruiters without overwhelming them with too much information all at once.
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.
Career Consultant, CPCC, CPRW
We understand that you want to get over to your prospective employer how much experience you have. Our professional designs will help you to deliver that message and show how perfect you are for this position without any unnecessary flourish or distracting frills.
A great tip here is to remember that hiring managers are busy people. To make it easier for them to reach you remember to hyperlink your email address so that you’re only one click away. Take a look at our elegant range of templates below:
When you are applying for a job that relies on the strengths of the individual, you need a resume template that you can inject a bit more personality into to make it ‘pop’. Many jobs that involve building one-to-one business relationships, a creative drive or flair for art and design need to attract people with a strong personality.
Our creative templates allow you to stand out from the crowd. The sleek designs and layouts we present here will get your resume noticed. Adding some unique style to your resume will make your personality shine through and will easily separate you from your competitors that have submitted bland or harsh looking resumes.
Each one of our creative style templates offers a perfectly balanced mix of personality, professionalism and a touch of style. You can distinguish your resume from others by using our punchy designs, but remember that these work best for creatives who want to get themselves noticed. These templates are great for a graphic artist or designer for example, but if you are applying to become an accountant, you may want to go for an elegant or simple design instead.
Browse our range of Creative resume templates below:
Simple / Basic Resumes
Sometimes all you need is a classic style template that is clean, clear and straight to the point. Quite often an employer will take on a temporary worker or a freelancer and then offer them a permanent position at some point later down the line. In these cases, the human resources department may only need you to submit a resume to go on file and any of these basic designs will fit the bill perfectly.
Simple resumes are also suitable for those who are looking at a complete career change. They want to tailor their resume to better reflect the skills and experiences they have that suit that particular job. Most hiring managers are only concerned with finding the right hire. At the end of the day, they want to read something easily to be able to pick out the relevant information they need.
When applying for a job in a large company you may find that they use specialized software to help weed out candidates. This means that your resume is first read by a robot before getting through to an actual human. Sometimes resumes can be too busy with text bunched together, use fancy fonts or distracting background colors that obscure text – these are more likely to be rejected by a robot. This can be avoided or significantly reduced by using a clean and simple resume layout that includes the correct keywords that the company is looking for.
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.
HR Consultant & Career Strategist
A basic resume template is also easy to customize. You can include your work experience, qualifications and any special achievements you have gained that will catch the eye of your prospective employer. You can easily adapt the information on your resume to fit the requirements needed for each role and you will be confident that your resume will always look great!
Take a look at our Simple style template selections below:
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 Freesumes’ templates are entirely and easily editable with MS 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 free 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 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.
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.
How to Write a Resume
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.
Planning your Cover Letter
Your cover letter is another very useful tool that you can arm yourself with. It is used to introduce yourself to the reader and to highlight some, but not all of your skills. For this reason, your cover letter needs to be engaging and helps to reinforce your key skills that the recruiter will find the most desirable.
Be careful here not to make your cover letter sound like a cold, hard sales pitch. Your resume acts to deliver a list of your skills and accomplishments, but you can use your cover letter to expand a little on how you achieved your key accomplishments – specially the ones that your recruiter is most interested in for the job.
A killer cover letter mirrors the language in the job posting. Try to speak the lingo of your new company to appear as an ideal “culture fit”. But don’t go too “corporate” though. Your cover letter is the only mean of showing your unique personality before you are called in for the interview. Employers hire people based both on their qualifications and personality, so let it “speak up” a bit in your letter.
To get a better grip of this, check out some cover letter examples our team has prepared for you. We’ve included compelling, professional, yet relatable examples for different career niches including education, marketing, engineering and more!
Think of your cover letter as a bit of extra elbow room to allow you to explain how your skills and knowledge are a perfect fit for the role on offer and how they can be a bonus to the company. Your cover letter can act as an extra bit of leverage that helps you land the job should it come down to a decision between you and another candidate. This is why it’s important to include some finer detail about your skills rather than just using it as an introduction to deliver your resume.
Keep it brief though. Writing too much content on your cover letter can put a recruiter off reading the whole thing. Use the space as a teaser to make them want to go on to your resume for more information.
For more information about when to use a cover letter and what to include within it, read our blog post about The Optional Cover Letter Question.
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