50 Free Microsoft Word Resume Templates for Download


Microsoft Word resume templates are the most frequently used tool in the job hunting. It also happens to be the most pivotal tool of job seekers.

Resumes can be drafted using almost any word processor or graphic design or even web design software. But word processors are preferred in almost all scenarios. And Microsoft Word is the clear winner among word processors. So everybody seeks for Microsoft Word resume templates.

One good thing about word resume templates is that they can be important in almost all of the famous word processors, such as OpenOffice and others.

Why Resume Templates?

It can be frustrating having to create your resume. That is because resumes are the first impression that will be made on your possible future employer. They introduce you, even before you introduce yourself.

So it is clear that your resume has to be absolutely up to the mark. For that, you don’t only need good content but also good layout and design.

You can find tips for drafting resumes, such as which words to use in resumes, and what are the essential design methodologies for resumes.

12 Free Modern Resume Templates

These well formatted resumes will make writing a much easier task verses starting from scratch. It’s important to have your resume stand out from the job competition.
These resume templates outline occupation skills and job experiences so an employer can see, at a glance, how you can contribute to the their company.

12 Free Modern Resume Templates

7 Free Resume Templates Word by Primer

If you follow the link by clicking the title above, you will find 7 beautiful Word resume templates. Below I’m sharing two of my favorites.

Stylish Resume Template for Word

Elegant resume template word

Free CV Templates – Flow Short

Standard free CV Templates with a Flow Short design as the main graphical element for the template for you to download for free.

Free CV Templates – Flow Short1

Free CV Templates – Flow Short2

Free Resume Template for Microsoft Word by Vertex

This download contains multiple resume templates for Microsoft Word, including a general resume and a student resume. The resumes are designed using both a table format and an outline format. They can be used to create chronological or functional resumes. Each template provides structure, examples and tips so that you don’t have to start from scratch when creating your resume. When writing your resume, remember to follow the “5 C’s of Resume Writing”: Be convincing, concise, clear, consistent, and clean.

Free Resume Template for Microsoft Word by Vertex

Ardent Brown

This is an unconventionally modern design. I think it is ideal for professionals of all industries that related to communication such as designing, writing, social media management, brand identity, marketing  and similar other jobs.


I am Important

This Microsoft word template has the best use of typography. I have never seen a resume template use typography so beautifully.


Some Fine Points

This is another one of those modern kind of design. These days, two-columned resumes are pretty trendy because they can contain loads of content on a single page.

Fine Points

Multipurpose Resume Template

This resume template reminds me of old WordPress. So if you are a web developer, you might want to use this one.

Resume template for web developers.

Many Shades of Every Free CV Template for Microsoft Word

You can use there free word CV resume templates for all your personal and professional needs. Download them by clicking on the download links on the page, and open the downloaded file in your favorite writing software and modify it to reflect your own career profile.

1: Free CV Resume Templates 72 to 78

1 Free CV Resume Templates 72 to 78

2: Free CV Resume Templates #142 to 148

Free CV Resume Templates 142 to 148

3: Free CV template #79 to 85

3 Free CV template 107 to 113

4: Free CV template #107 to 113

4 Free CV template 107 to 113

5: Free CV templates #1 to 7

5 Free CV templates 1 to 7

6: Free CV Templates #50 to 56

6 Free CV Templates 50 to 56

7: Free CV templates #43 to 49

7 Free CV templates 43 to 49

Free Professional Resume Templates Word Format

This website offers almost a dozen free word resume templates. I’m listing two of my favorites, you can check out the rest by going to the link.

Professional Elegant Combination Resume Templates Word

IT engineer resume template for word

Stripes Shorts Resume Template

This is a unique resume template. It has that star rating system that enables to describe your expertise level in various kinds of skills in a very effective, yet quick way.


Stripes Resume Templates Word

Harvard Red

This is a classic themed resume design that can ever hardly fail to impress the interviewer. This design shows that you are a serious professional.
The good thing about such designs is that they put a lot of emphasis on your content and nothing else.

Harvard Brick Red

Seasoned Professional

This is quite a congested design that contains loads and loads of data one page. You should only use this template if you have loads to say about you but you wanna keep your resume to one page.

Note: in design industry, congested resumes are not popular. So if you are a designer, I’d suggest you don’t use this template.

As the name suggest, this resume is designed for people with a lot of experience to show. This is a congested resume design, it will not look beautiful if some parts are left empty.



This is a beautiful classic themed template. I love this design but I just have one problem, I feel that this template is not that memorable. Otherwise, it is one of my favorites in this collection.

Chicago Gray

Chronological Resume Template

This simple and free Word template is included in this list not because of its design but because of what the concept and structure of a comprehensive CV should be. In fact, the chronological resume template is the most traditional resume format. Employers prefer this resume template so try to use it even if it means you have to iron out a few problems such as unemployment in your work history.

Chronological Resume Template

Word Resume Templates from Microsoft

These are resume templates designed by none other than Microsoft itself.

These are resume templates made by Microsoft itself. You can download these .dotx files and use them as templates in Microsoft word. You can open this file like any other routine .doc file in Word.

Set of 3 pages for a free word resume template for the entry level.

This is a resume designed for newcomers. The entry level guys who are starting their career.

1: Entry-level resume

Entry-level resume

2: Cover letter for entry-level resume

Cover letter for entry-level resume

3: Entry-level resume reference sheet

Entry-level resume reference sheet

Another set of 3 pages for a free word resume template.

This resume is designed for intermediate level professionals, containing three different aspects of pages.

1: Chronological Resume

Chronological resume template word

2 Cover letter for chronological resume

Cover letter for chronological resume

3 Chronological resume reference sheet

Chronological resume reference sheet

Chronological resume – CV (Blue Line design)

Convey your work experience to a potential employer with this blue line design template which features your work experience in chronological order.

Chronological resume - CV (Blue Line design)

Resume (Black Tie design)

Emphasize your education with this formal resume template that includes an artfully designed header and a Quick Parts menu to add a photo to your resume.

Resume (Black Tie design)

Photo resume (Median theme)

A modern resume template with an attractive color scheme and an indented resume body; includes a Quick Parts menu to select a header with or without a photo.

Photo resume (Median theme)

Resume (Essential design)

A basic resume template with an oversized font and a shadowed border; includes a Quick Parts menu to add a photo to your resume.

Resume (Essential design)

Resume (Oriel theme)

In this resume template your contact information is printed down the right side of the page, inscribed in white text against an orange column.

Resume (Oriel theme)

Resume (Adjacency design)

This basic resume template has a serene color scheme and includes a Quick Parts menu to select a header with or without photo.

Resume (Adjacency design)

Resume (Apothecary design)

This resume template is framed by a light gray border and highlights your work experience; includes a Quick Parts menu to select a header with or without photo.

Resume (Apothecary design)

Resume (Equity theme)

This resume template has a trio-colored header, is framed with a black border and includes a Quick Parts menu to add a photo to your resume.

Resume (Equity theme)

Microsoft Word Templates… not exactly resumes

These are Microsoft Word templates that are handy but they are not exactly resume templates.

Resume cover letter for unsolicited resume

Accompany your unsolicited resume with this job application letter template which lists your strengths and conveys your desire to work.

Resume cover letter for unsolicited resume

Employee referral form

Employees wishing to recommend a friend or colleague for a job with your company can use this form template to submit the candidate’s resume to the Human Resources department or hiring manager. Customize the template to match your company’s referral program policies.

Employee referral form

Resume for transfer within company

Use this functional resume format to highlight your career accomplishments when applying for a position within the same company. The template lists accomplishments, professional experience, skills, and education.

Resume for transfer within company

Cover letter with salary requirements

Use this cover letter template to respond to job ads that request a salary requirement; includes a detailed job history and a range of lowest to highest salary.

Cover letter with salary requirements

The simplest way to make your CV in Microsoft word online

Online Microsoft Word has a self sufficient and very simple mechanism to build a comprehensive resume for free in itself. This site explains this procedure before you.

The simplest way to make your CV in Microsoft word online.

Related Read:

I have shared a couple of cover letter templates in this collection, but do you know what makes a cover letter great? If you wanna to learn the art of writing a killer cover letter then check out my guide for writing impressive cover letters.

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  1. Osama Anjum August 4, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Thanks Ayaz, I highly appreciate the aggregation that you have collected, direct links. I liked it bro.

    1. Ayaz Malik August 4, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      I am glad it is useful to you Osama!

  2. Cameron August 27, 2014 at 2:10 am

    Great collection right there! They are really simple and yet effective. I came across this website that has similar resume, I thought it would be worth sharing and maybe it should be listed above: http://www.urbanresume.co

  3. Sandra Gammons February 3, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    These, so called “free” things, AREN’T, hate this

    1. Tayyub February 3, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      How come you’re not finding them free Sandra. There are hundreds of people who have downloaded these without paying a penny. Please elaborate whatever inconvenience you are having so that we can fix it immediately.

  4. John Melvin Lumbao April 7, 2015 at 1:00 am

    Im a fresh graduate from college and this is the first time that Im gonna make my own resume. I dont know what to put, you see I dont have any job experiences .. Oh please can you help me ? I want my resume to be eye catchy. thank you 😀

    1. Ayaz Malik April 7, 2015 at 12:11 pm

      Your wish is my command John.
      Tomorrow evening, an in-depth guide for resume designing will be published. I’m already working on it and it will be a grand article. You will find answers to all your questions and doubts. Just stay tuned

    2. Tayyub April 8, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      Hey John,

      Here’s the article you were promised: http://www.designzzz.com/what-i-learned-after-evaluating-10000-resumes/
      If you need any further assistance, suggestion or feedback, don’t hesitate to comment. We’re always here to help.

  5. Marina April 7, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Glad I found this page! I do employment readiness for individuals just out of prison. These resume templates help a lot. It’s hard finding stuff for free, “for real”!!

    1. Ayaz Malik April 8, 2015 at 10:46 am

      I am glad to hear you find these templates useful 🙂

  6. Jamie Ortega April 8, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    the chronological resume builder leads you to a pay site, definitely NOT FREE!!! going to another resume site that offers FREE resume templates. False advertisement here.

    1. Tayyub April 8, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      Jamie, there is no resource named “chronological resume builder.” Perhaps you are actually clicking an ad.
      But why are you bothering going to homepages of each individual resume, why don’t you just download the whole pack?

  7. CH Ramsey July 12, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to showcase what a polished resume can look like with these templates…

  8. Christian Galipeau August 12, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Hey, thank you very much for such a nice awesome collection of resume templates! Love them all!

  9. Catherine Stomm January 3, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    It’s not free….after I spent all the time creating my resume, it asked me for my credit card info for a fee of $1.95. It wouldn’t let me download it or anything….pissed me off.

    1. Tayyub January 4, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      Which particular link did you click Catherine? I have randomly checked 20 links and they’re all free. Which one did you click?

  10. Mandy Govender August 19, 2016 at 1:07 am

    Thank yo so much for the Free Templates, really useful.

    1. Tayyub August 22, 2016 at 12:19 am

      You’re most welcome 🙂

  11. Nirzari Sen September 10, 2016 at 8:59 am

    amazing and very helpful collection. Glad you are helping so many people.

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