A resume, also called CV or curriculum vitae, is what creates your first impression to the potential employer. When you are in a job hunt, nothing helps you more than an impressive resume. Even though it is such a vital tool of networking, a study shows that over 90% of resumes in the world contain mistakes; and those mistakes cause unemployment. Today we are sharing Microsoft Word resume templates that are designed and crafted so perfectly that you will never have any problem creating a resume ever again. These are the best resume templates Word format.
Mind you, we are not only sharing the Word templates but this article also contains a brief guide for drafting perfect resumes. This guide includes methodology, theory and practical ways of creating captivating resumes.
Here’s what this article contains:
- Modern Resume Templates
- Classic Resume Templates
- Professional Resume Templates
- Creative Resume Templates
- Portfolio Templates
How to Create a Resume
- Which Elements Should You Add in a Resume
- Brief Resume Guide
- Which Words to Choose
- How to Format a Perfect Resume
- What NOT to do?
Resume Templates Word
Since you came here looking for resume templates, here is the list of top 100 Microsoft Word resume templates.
Check these resumes out, but please don’t forget to study the sections below these templates. That part guides you for editing these templates and even creating your own resume template.
Modern Resume Templates
It’s quite a contemporary design, ideal for designers and communication personnel but not that great for managerial staff.
Perfect use of typography to draw attention to your name and a short message.
It does look cool while maintaining a cool outlook, but make sure the hiring company prints out resumes on color printers, otherwise the orange color will just come out as dull gray.
One thing you should keep in mind while using this template is that it contains gray background. It won’t print properly. It should only be used for digital viewing.
The dark colors look really cool but you must make sure that you don’t send it anywhere they have to get a print out of it. If they do, the dark version will eat half of their toner.
And here’s another one from the same producer and same page.
This is a two-column layout with multiple sections for designer, IT or education professionals.
This is a personal branding template for a marketer, public relations, sales, or accountant.
A nice little template for marketing, public relations or communications professionals.
This template comes with flow short design as the main graphical element for the template for you to download.
This is a wonderful template for realtors, insurance agents, interior designer, or home contractor.
These are well structured resumes that also stand out thanks to their unique designs.
This one is an HTML CV but I’m adding it in this list anyway because you can edit it in Notepad or Microsoft Word. The good thing about this one is that it is responsive.
Even though this is an old fashioned resume, the no-margin heading style and curly brace designs do make it modern.
Rate your expertise with the green and gray squared bar meters. This is a template for designers, marketers, and communications specialists.
This is an impressive CV that describes – between the lines – that this person thinks out of the box.
This is more of a functional resume than chronological.
Classic Resume Templates
The first two templates in classic section are the most conventional, most beautiful, yet most unmemorable templates out there. I say this because such designs have been around for quite a long time. Hence, they are not most memorable. However, they do look beautiful, professional and serious.
Large font section in colored font for main focus point, and bulleted list for qualifications summary.
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.
This is a pretty cool design for a one page resume where you can place your work history, awards and skills in plain view.
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.
Pure black and white design. Ideal for newcomers as well.
Very plain, minimalist style. Clear headings covering everything that the reader needs to know.
This template is made by Microsoft itself.
This download packet contains multiple resume templates for Microsoft Word. There’s a general resume and a student resume. Both can be used to create chronological or functional resumes.
This template and the next one are created by the same one who produced the first two templates in classic section.
All hail the St. Peter.
Professional Resume Templates
This is a British styled CV made by a British website. If you are in the UK, this one should be a good option.
This is an HTML template.
There are 7 variations of the following templates, I’m sharing the 2 best ones but you can follow the link and find the other ones.
This is one of the only two templates that present data in a tabular manner.
This is the second tabular resume template.
This is one striking template. Make sure to use some really cool action words with this template.
A two columned layout. This trend is quite in these days.
Compact and to-the-point resume. Ideal design if you are going for a brief one-page resume.
This resume template for Word seems ideal for professionals of IT, customer service or engineering.
Objective and summary sections with centered key competencies cloud.
Ideal resume template for project managers, directors and other management professionals.
Your contact information is printed vertically from top to bottom down the right side of the page. I personally don’t like this idea that the reader would have to rotate your document in order to make sense of it, but hey, Microsoft designed it.
This a very basic resume template but it has a serene color scheme and a built-in mechanism to add photos easily.
This resume template is framed by a light gray border and highlights your work experience. This one also includes a Quick Parts menu to select a header with or without photo.
Comes with the same Quick Parts menu.
This is an ideal template if you wanna put an emphasis on your skills.
This is a two-column content heavy design for people who have a lot to say.
This is quite a formal-looking sample with a corporate feel.
This is another responsive HTML resume that you can edit in Notepad, Word or a specialist HTML editor such as Dreamweaver.
BONUS: Creative PSD Resume Templates
Unlike the usual resumes, these resumes edit in Photoshop. After all, they’re really creative and Word can be creative but only to a limit.
I wanted to start this part with something eccentric so here it goes.
This is not really a resume but an application letter to the employer. If you don’t have loads of degrees or work experience, this could really work.
This template comes in when you want to add a personal touch in an ordinary design and make it extraordinary.
Adam is an established designer. This is his CV but he is generous enough to share it with the rest of you.
The producers of this resume are working on a website called Freesumes. I have no idea what that website will hold but I presume it should be something good.
Damn, that’s one cool CV.
We saw a dark one, here are the lighter shades.
Super Marry created a super resume.
These are not really resume templates but portfolio templates that you can edit in Microsoft Word. However, for certain professionals such as photographers, portfolios alone may serve the purpose of resume. Here are the templates.
A visually appealing resume template that highlights photographic ability on a single page.
The incorporated charts and graphs in this template make it easy to showcase your skills as well as your work.
This is an amalgamation of a CV and a portfolio.
This is a high contrast colorful layout template. This one also is a mixture of a resume and portfolio.
How to Create a Resume
If we divide resume creating process into two parts, would end up with:
- Getting the content ready
- Designing it in Microsoft Word
The templates you have seen above can only help you in the second part. Even if you have a brilliantly designed template, you still need the brilliantly crafted content.
A template can only help in the design part; you will have to focus on the content as well. And mind you, content is much more important than the design of the resume!
A standard resume should contain the following elements.
Elements to Add in a Resume
The order of the elements depends on your strong points. If you don’t have any commendable experience, place the experience tab below education tab and vice versa if you don’t have a big degree.
The basic idea is to write a personal statement that describes what you want to become or do eventually. This used to be a very important part of the resume, but now it has become sort of a cliché that almost never contains the 100% truth. So now employers are not much affected by your personal statement. You can leave this out in brief resumes (know more about brief resumes below).
This is the most important section of your resume. Nothing attracts an employer towards you more than your experience. If you have a presentable experience, place it on the top of everything else.
Here are the things you should include about your previous jobs:
- Company Name
- Company Location
- Duration of Job (how many months/years you worked there)
- Your Designation
- A line or small paragraph about the duties you performed
If you have a big time degree from a big time university, you may mention your education even before experience. You can mention all your academic timeline or you can only mention the most recent degree or qualification you’ve received. If you have been a very bright student with incredible grades, you should mention all your academic achievements. If you were just a normal student, you don’t have to mention your grades.
Write down all your skills. For instance, if you a designer, you might write the names of the software you work.
You can also write additional skills. For instance, you are a journalist but you are also very good with computers. Write about your computer proficiency here.
If you have won any awards, maybe in university for your research papers or maybe in your professional life, whatever awards you have won, you should mention them here.
Here, you describe your hobbies. Basically this section describes ‘you’ to the employer. It describes who you are at the core, who you are when you are not working.
Be careful about writing your interests because you don’t want to give a wrong impression about yourself.
Your contact details of course.
How to Create a Brief Resume
These elements should be added to detailed resumes, i.e. routine resumes.
Sometimes, you have to send a brief resume. For instance a company asks you to send your resume, or maybe you already know someone in the company and you just need to send is an official document containing the important facts. In such a case, send a brief resume. Brief resumes are always one page max. The first template in the templates list is a brief resume.
The Word Choice: Action Words
You need to show that you have done things. For that you need to use resume action words, aka resume power words. Here’s a brief list of those words:
Of course, there are many other resume power words in English, but these are the basic ones. For more details, you can of course read a book about creating the perfect resume.
How to Format a Word Resume
The layout of the resume is important. Depending on your field of work, you should choose your resume. For instance, if you are a stock broker, you would want a resume that looks very organized and clean but if you are a graphic designer, you would do something out of the ordinary.
One tip I want to give you is that when you are using hard copies of your resume, make sure the paper is of the finest quality and the paper suits your resume design.
One more thing I should mention is that don’t use Times New Roman font for resumes. That is used too much. Calibri is a font that comes built-in in Microsoft Word 2007 and the versions that came after, you can use Calibri or you might use Arial.
Typography is very important part of the layout and Times New Roman just kills the typography because it is used too much. (But that’s just my personal opinion.)
What Not to Do
Never lie. That’s the worst thing you can do. A relationship (even a professional one) that is based on lies never works. Don’t lie about anything.
Don’t use a generic objective. Be clear, be specific. You may change the personal statement according to the company or job you are applying to… but don’t just make one-goes-for-all kind of personal statement. That never works.
Don’t list a hobby that makes you look lazy or uninterested in your job. I have seen resumes that listed a hobby Facebook. Don’t do that.
And most importantly, never ever write anything that can be offensive to anyone. Always double-check your resume yourself and then get it checked by your friends, colleagues and family members. Try your best to be politically, morally and legally correct.