Smart Freebie Word Resume Template – The Minimalist

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Does it spark joy? That familiar phrase has become the motto of minimalists everywhere. If it doesn’t bring you joy or serve your needs in some way, get rid of it. The same philosophy could be applied to your resume. A cluttered resume won’t help you land an interview. In fact, it’s one of many mistakes that could be working against you as you search for a job. That’s why we have created The Minimalist resume template just for you. It has everything that you need to make an impression, without the distracting elements that get in the way.

The left margin of this resume template features subheadings along with matching icons. We’ve used a bright red for these so that they stand out, and grab the eye of whoever is reading them. A cool little icon accompanies each heading, along with your contact information.

Freesumes is a leading provider of free resume templates that you can download and tailor to your own needs using Microsoft Word.

Template updated: We’ve heard you! No more special font for the fancy icons, we’ve turned them into images (ready-to-use).


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    1. Hi Will, depending on the Word version, you might first need to disable the color overlay. To do so, just right click on the icon, select “Format AutoShape”, then set “No Color” for both the Fill Color and the Line Color.

  1. Tried your troubleshooting but it was already set on no Fill or Line colors. Any other tips to get it to show up correctly?

  2. Hi, thanks for sharing the resume sample. i want to extend my resume (for eg: to add personal data, extra curricular and skills) and for that i need those little icons. can you please help me out.

  3. Hi, the template looks great on my PC but when I email it as an attachment, it’s showing up to everyone else all jumbled. – Is there a way to correct this issue? Thanks.

    1. Hi Amy, thank you for reaching out. I would recommend to save your resume as a PDF file once you have finished editing it. This way, the fonts will be embedded into the document and the person you sent it to will see it the same way as you do.

  4. Hi
    Im unable to download Smart Freebie Word Resume Template – The Minimalist
    Wheneve I click on anything it opens other ads , which icon is it?

    1. Hi Magdy, please note that the download button is locked by default and you first need to share the post to unlock it. To do so, please use one of the social buttons at the bottom of the post under the text that reads “Download this resume for FREE!”. Regards

  5. When I open the document, the fonts are different than the ones shown in the picture above, Is there any way that I can change this? Or if you know the name of the different fonts,, that could help too. Thanks!

    1. Hi Cheyenne, sure, the fonts used are listed in the documentation included in the zip file you have downloaded.
      Be sure to install the fonts before opening the resume template and they will show up properly.
      Kind regards.

    1. Hi Walid, thanks for your kind words. Please make sure before pasting an icon into Word that FontAwesome is actually selected as the current font in Word. Kind regards

  6. I tried doing that yesterday by simply typing Fontawesome in the font tab on Word and it wouldn’t show up. But my manually scrolling down, I was able to find and select Fontawesome as my default font. I dragged the icons from and it worked! Thanks a bunch 🙂

    1. Hi Jenny, the templates have been designed for Microsoft Word and have not been tested on Open Office. Feel free to test and let us all know 😉

  7. I still can’t seem to get the right format. I, like previous posters, opened the file in Word and the fonts were different and the icons didn’t show up. I downloaded the zip file for FontAwesome, but I still can’t find it in my list of fonts. What am I doing wrong? wahhh

    1. Hi Linds,
      You will first need to extract the FontAwesome font from the zip file and install it before it actually shows up in your fonts list. Also be sure to open the documentation attached with the template and download and install the font listed there as well before opening the template itself. This might sound complicated but it just a matter of a few clicks 😉

  8. hey i’m doing in adobe photoshop i need icons and i install and do copy and paste but its’s working in word only not in photosop

  9. Hello there

    I am having some issues downloading the template and cannot see where i can download it on the page. Any help would be amazing! thank you

    1. Hi Alex, the download button is locked by default. Be sure to use one of the social share buttons at the bottom of the post to reveal the button.

    1. Hello Jadh, please understand that posting or liking directly on social media networks will not unlock the download. Instead please make sure to use one of the social share buttons at the bottom of the post (the box with the like, tweet and +1 us) to reveal the button.
      Thank you!

  10. It says the,”resume template is for subscribers only.” I subscribed but I couldn’t download the template.
    Could you please help me?

    1. Hi Lyn, this resume template is indeed for subscribers only. Please note that you must first confirm your subscription by clicking on the confirmation link you have received via email. Feel free to reach out directly via the contact form with any question you may have.

  11. LOVE the template, but having issues adding work experience. I’m able to edit the first three entries, but can’t seem to figure out how to add additional work experience. Cut and paste doesn’t seem to work for me. Any tips? Thanks again for the free template!

    1. You’re very welcome, I’m glad you like it! Regarding your question, each element on the resume has been designed in separate text boxes.
      To duplicate a paragraph for example, click on it, then click on the border that appears. You will then be able to copy it. Click outside the paragraph and paste.

    1. Hi, the template has recently been updated. The icons are in fact a font so you can definitely change their colors as long as you install the fonts listed in the documentation.

  12. Loved the template. Took sometime to figure out installing the font to get the icons. your comments were helpful. Now i’m having issues with adding a line under the address. How do I add a new text box? Copy-paste doesn’t work.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Chandan, thank you for your kind words, I’m glad you like the template. Regarding your question, you can add a text box anywhere you want following these instructions:
      Go to the “Insert” tab, click on “Text Box” and then on “Draw Text Box”. Just click on the document where you want to place your text and type your text.
      I hope this helps.

  13. Hi, I have installed the 3 fonts in the use-on-desktop folder and tried each, but the icons just show as rectangles.

    1. Hi Tam, for your information the font used for the icons is called FontAwesome. Please note that you must install the fonts before opening the template otherwise MS Word will replace them with your default system fonts.

  14. How do you install the fonts from the zip file(s)? When you extract, do you have to move it to MS Word? If so, how? Sorry, I’m a bit of an amateur!

    1. Hi Rich, no worries, we are glad to help 🙂

      Regarding your question, you don’t have to move them to MS Word. Once you have downloaded the fonts, you will first need to extract them if they come in a zip file.
      To install a font, depending on your OS and if you’re working with a PC or a Mac, the process might be a bit different. On some case, all you’ll have to do is to make a right mouse click and then to click on “Install”.

      For your convenience, here are instructions for installing fonts on PC:
      And here are the instructions for Mac:

      I hope this helps.

  15. Hi,
    I’m still really struggling to get this resume to work as it should, including the icons.
    I have downloaded and installed both the Raleway and FontAwesome font. However, when I copy the icon code from the ‘Cheatsheet’, no icon appears, simply the code I copied does. Can you please assist?
    Otherwise I will simply resort to another resume template that is less difficult.

    1. Hi, please note that the fonts must be installed before opening the template. I would recommend to download the template again and start working on a fresh copy. If this solution still doesn’t work for you, open the template and make sure that the current font in the font selector is indeed FontAwesome before pasting the icon from the ‘Cheatsheet’. By the way, you need to copy the icon, not the code.
      Feel free to reach out directly via the contact form if you have questions.

  16. Please i cant download the file and i didnt receive any mail from you in my inbox

    1. Hi Shehab, it seems that you have already confirmed your email, please try to refresh the page, the download button should appear. Feel free to reach out directly via the contact form if there is still any concern. Thank you.

    1. Hi Sara, the email might have ended up within the spam folder of your mailbox so you might want to check there. Feel free to contact us directly if you can’t see it.
      Thank you

  17. Thank you so much for this beautiful template. However I am having trouble with the fonts. I can only see checkbox. I have downloaded the font awesome zip file. Installed regular and all. When I try to copy from cheatsheet, its still coming checkbox. I really dont know what I am doing wrong here.

    1. Hi Navi, make sure to install the fonts before opening the template. I would recommend to download the template again and start working on a fresh copy. If this solution still doesn’t work for you, open the template and make sure that the current font in the font selector is indeed FontAwesome before pasting the icon from the ‘Cheatsheet’.
      Feel free to reach out directly via the contact form if you have questions.
      Kind regards

    *This explains what font to select and how to change all the font in the document to the correct one in one go*
    1. Download Font Awesome zip from site and in a folder there should be a font called “Font Awesome 5 Free Solid”. Install this.
    2. Open template
    3. On the home tab in word, click the dropdown next to “find” at the very right of the screen and select “advanced find”
    4.In the “find in” dropdown select “text boxes in main document”
    5. In the “find what” box type “^?” then click “more>>” and select “any character” in the “special” dropdown.
    6. All the text in every text box should be highlighted now. Change the font to “Font Awesome 5 Free Solid” and your document should look perfect.
    Hope this helps anyone else. this is how i fixed mine.

    1. Hi Henry, thank you very much for taking the time to give this valuable feedback and help others with your step-by-step instructions.

  19. Why would anyone want to use obscure fonts (for icons no less) not knowing if the recruiter will even have the same fonts installed?

    1. Hey Peter, it is recommended to save your resume in PDF format before sending it to recruiters. This way the recruiter will see your document the same way you do. Kind regards

  20. I have downloaded and installed all the fonts and the icons and tried all the above methods but the fonts and icons that appear on my document are still not the same as the one shown in your preview and the icons are still the question mark blocks, help!

    1. Hi Charmaine, it seems like the font library for the icons has been updated to a newer version, you can download it here. Once installed, I suggest to start with a fresh copy of the template.

      If you have additional questions, feel free to reach out directly via the contact form.

      Kind regards

    1. Hi Jim, be sure to install the fonts mentioned in the documentation before opening the template. If the template still doesn’t look right when you open it, you might need to click on the “Enable editing” button at the top of the screen. Feel free to reach out directly via the contact form if you have questions.

      Kind regards

    1. Hi Arina, this template is for our newsletter’s subscribers only. You can subscribe using the box at the bottom of the post to unlock the download. Kind regards

  21. Hi.
    What an awesome template. unfortunately my CV seems to go slightly beyond a page. How do I go about adding another page?

    1. Hi Fidel,

      Since our resumes are delivered as pre-formatted documents, inserting a page can be a bit tricky. I would suggest to copy the entire document (Ctrl+A then Ctrl+C), insert a blank page, click on the blank page and then paste (Ctrl+V).
      For your convenience, please note that this design is also available as a premium pack, which already include 2-page resumes. You can find it here:

      Kind regards

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