As the most popular and widely used word processor, Microsoft Word makes it easy to download or create professional resume templates. You can easily elevate your job search and application materials by using our Microsoft-friendly templates and writing guide.
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If you’re short on time and unfamiliar with Microsoft’s formatting, consider using one of our builder’s exclusive templates. Our professional designers and certified resume writers worked together to create ATS-friendly or applicant tracking system templates to help you land your next interview.
If none of these ready-made templates appeal to you, you can find additional templates in our Resume Builder or find additional free templates in our vast download library. If you’d like to flex your creative muscles and craft your own resume template, here are a few simple design elements to help you make an elevated resume in Microsoft Word.
You can break up your resume sections and make additional space for your work history, skills, or resume objective by adding columns.
If you’d like to add columns of equal widths:
If you’d like to customize the width of each column:
We recommend starting with a 2- to 4-inch balance while retaining the “0.5” spacing margin between each column. You can customize further once you add your personal information and see where the columns need to be adjusted.
You can add additional organization or emphasis to your resume sections with the strategic use of tables. You can use tables to rank skills proficiency or break down your responsibilities based on specific tasks.
We strongly advise caution and restraint when using this design feature — too many tables can quickly overwhelm a design and make it difficult to read your resume. ATS programs can also fail to accurately scan and parse a table-laden resume, leading to an automatic disqualification before a hiring manager can see your resume.
If your resume is running out of page space, you can quickly summarize information with graphs. You can specify the number of years dedicated to your career, education, or skills development or rank your proficiency for job-requested requirements.
A resume quickly summarizes your professional accomplishments and potential –– hiring managers use them to quickly rank your hiring potential.
Your attention to detail and ability to spot and correct errors before submitting projects are valuable assets to any company. If your resume includes any grammatical errors, it indicates a lack of awareness or attention to detail that could cost you your job.
It’s essential to check your resume for any typos or errors. Proofread your resume, ask a friend to review it, read it out loud to make sure it flows correctly, and check again before submitting. This close attention to detail could help you land your next job.
Although all of our resumes are Microsoft-friendly, you can find additional ready-made resume templates through your Microsoft program.
Microsoft 365 does feature matching resume and cover letter templates. You can find them through your Microsoft account by clicking on the template option in the top navigation menu.
There are two methods to find additional Microsoft Word templates, depending on if you have a permanent licensed program on your computer or an annual subscription to an online Microsoft 365 account. Here’s how to find those templates.
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Your resume length will vary depending on the length of your experience. We generally recommend that you add one page for every ten years of experience that you have.
Although Microsoft Word is a well-known word processor, free alternatives feature similar or reduced features.
Apache’s Open Office: This free office suite is a collaborative effort by a community of developers, students, and businesses to create user-friendly and free tools. We adapted our most popular free templates to fit within the program.
Google Drive’s Google Docs: Google features a free online storage system and limited word processor. Although the program offers limited formatting tools and features, you can still create or find elegant free templates.
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