160+ Free Resume Templates For Word
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
Google Docs Resume Templates
Don’t have Microsoft Word installed? Fret not. We’ve also created a separate set of resume templates, optimized for Google docs. Download and edit your new resume design in the cloud and share it with others in one click!
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
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.
HR Consultant & Career Strategist
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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