Free Microsoft Resume Templates for Word

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Whether you’re writing your first or revising your current one, a resume template can help you create a document that will impress any employer. Microsoft Word has a number of resume templates available for users. All you have to do is find one you like, click on it, and start writing.

Why Use a Resume Template?

Screenshot of an online resume template from Microsoft

A template can serve as a useful guide when creating or revising your resume. A template provides the basic structure for a resume. All you have to do is simply edit the document to include your personal information.

By using a template, you get a sense of what information to include in your resume and how to arrange it. You also get a sense of what information you do not need to include.

Using a template can reduce the amount of time you have to spend formatting your document, which allows you to focus on adding content and polishing your resume.

Free Microsoft Word Resume Templates

(compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) to use to write your own resume. 

More free Microsoft resume templates are available as a download for Microsoft Word users to use to create their resumes. Microsoft also has , , and .

Microsoft Word resume options include basic resumes, job-specific resumes (sales manager, computer programmer, etc.) career-specific resumes (career change, entry-level, etc.), and resumes labeled by (chronological resume, functional resume, etc.).

To access these resume templates from your computer:

Screenshots showing how to find a template in Word
  1. Open Microsoft Word and go to File > New.
  2. Type resume into the search box.
  3. Click a resume template that you want to use.
  4. Click Create to open the resume template in MS Word.

To access the Microsoft resume templates online:

Screenshots showing how to find free Word templates online from Microsoft's website
  1. Visit .
  2. Click Resumes and Cover Letters.
  3. Choose a resume from the list.
  4. Click Download to save the resume template to your computer, or click Edit in Browser to open the template in Microsoft Word Online.

Tips for Using a Resume Template

Once you have downloaded or opened a resume template file, type over the text in the file to create your own, personalized resume. Read below for tips on how to successfully use a template to create a personalized, polished resume:

Keep It Simple

When picking out a template to use, choose a simple template that's easy to edit and format. Fancy formatting and  may get lost when you upload or email your resume document. A basic resume is also easier to read.

Keep It Concise 

Your resume doesn't need to include everything you ever did. If you have a lengthy , you don't need to include it all. Employers typically don't expect to see more than 10-15 years of work experience on a resume.

Try to keep the resume no longer than , especially if you are applying for an entry-level job. However, more experienced candidates might make a longer resume.

Make the Document Unique to You and the Job

Be sure to change all of the information in the template so that the finished document is specific to you and your skills. It should include your personal information, your work history, and a description of your skills and qualifications.

Also, make sure to tailor the document to the job you are applying for. For example, if you are applying to be a teacher, include any work or volunteer experiences that involved teaching others or leading a group of people. Include  from the job application in your document as well. This is another way to connect your resume to the specific job.

Give It a Unique File Name

Save your resume with your name as the . This way, employers will know whom it belongs to. For example, save it as firstname.lastname.doc or lastnameresume.doc.

Check the Details

When you're typing or copying and pasting over the content of a template, be sure that you have replaced all the information in it with your contact information, experience, and education. Double check to make sure that everything on the final version of the resume is about you.


Along with checking the details, take the time to carefully your resume before you click upload or send. A polished resume will impress an employer.

Microsoft Resume Assistant

Microsoft and LinkedIn have announced that  to review resume examples, customize their resumes, get professional assistance, and connect with recruiters. Here's more .

Resume Assistant uses profiles from LinkedIn as examples. If you want to keep your profile information from being shown in Word, here's .