Top 10 Microsoft Word Resume Templates

You can create your resume using Microsoft Word’s built-in templates — just pick from this selection from within Word.

Blue Grey Resume

Blue Grey Resume Template

Pros

  • Visually striking
  • Organized two-column layout

Cons

  • Unusual presentation may not fit every job
  • Limited space to present work history and skills
  • Photo of job seeker may be inappropriate for many job applications

Modern Chronological Resume

Modern Chronological Resume Word

Pros

  • Streamlined layout
  • Strong header with job seeker’s name prominently displayed

Cons

  • Easy to get cluttered if you have a lot of information to present
  • Looks a little plain compared to other layouts

Polished Resume

Polished Resume Word

Pros

  • Bold section headings make for quick navigation
  • Color header makes for a strong statement

Cons

  • Icons at bottom are a unique graphic element, but leave less room for the rest of your resume
  • Black font against the header’s red background may be difficult for some to read

Columns Resume

Columns Resume Word

Pros

  • Unusual “homemade” look
  • Each section neatly organized

Cons

  • Might not be appropriate for more professional jobs
  • Large header cuts down on space to feature your qualifications

Color Block Resume

Color Block Resume

Pros

  • Colors jump off the page
  • Summary and contact information prominently displayed

Cons

  • Not much room to feature skills and work experience
  • Color combination might not work for everyone

Clean Elegant Resume

Clean Elegant Resume

Pros

  • Color background helps your resume stand out
  • Creative layout

Cons

  • Layout lacks room for summary and complete skills section
  • Using “skill level bars” may throw off readers and ATS

Minimalist Resume

Minimalist Resume

Pros

  • Intriguing “centered” layout
  • Highlights important skills

Cons

  • Unorthodox sections may confuse recruiters
  • Outdated references section

Geometric Resume

Geometric Resume

Pros

  • Attractive minimalist design
  • Subtle but effective graphic elements

Cons

  • Limited space to present your credentials
  • Packing in information can lead to “unbalanced” look

Swiss Design Resume

Swiss Resume

Pros

  • Streamlined layout
  • Highlights the summary statement

Cons

  • Contact info can be difficult to find
  • Skills section is deemphasized

Contemporary Resume

Contemporary Resume Word

Pros

  • Striking visual design
  • Plenty of space for work experience

Cons

  • Employers and ATS may be confused by “About Me” section
  • Skill “ratings” may not appeal to everyone

How to use Microsoft Word’s Resume Templates

To create a resume using a Microsoft Word template, follow these steps:

Choose your template in Word.

To create your resume from scratch, click “File” in your Microsoft Word menu (you can also hit Alt+F on a PC, or Command+F on a Mac). Click “More templates” to see a selection of resume layouts.

Select Resume

You’ll notice that the next screen also has a “Resumes and Cover Letters” option — click it to see a complete set of resumes. You can also enter “resume” in the “Search for online templates” box.

Choose TemplateSelect Resume

Create your resume.

Once you’ve picked a resume out, click it. You should see this screen. Click “Create” to continue.

Create Resume

Fill out your resume.

Fill in the resume with your own information. If you need tips on writing each section of your resume, check out our Resume Writing page.

Fill Resume

Save your resume.

Hit Ctrl+S (or Command+S on a Mac) to save your document. If you need to save your resume in a file format other than Word, click “More options …” On the next screen you can choose to export your resume in PDF format by clicking “Export,” or save it in a different file format (e.g., RTF).

Save Word Resume

Other ways to create a Resume in Microsoft Word

You’re not limited to the templates within Microsoft Word for building a resume. You can use any of the professionally designed templates in our Resume Builder to create your resume, and save it in Microsoft Word format.

Professional

LogisticsSpecialist Professional Chronological

This all-purpose layout works for almost any job, with clean lines and elegant fonts contributing to its polished appearance.

Emphasized

Graphic Designer Emphasized Combinational

This template provides a streamlined look, topped with an attention-grabbing color header. The two-column layout gives you plenty of space to expand on your work history and skills.

Impactful

Copywriter Impactful FunctionalA

Present yourself as a proactive, strong candidate using this layout, which features bold fonts and a colorful two-column design.

Standout

TeachingAssistant Standout Chronological

“Connect the dots” of your career using this design’s unique dot graphics. Section headings are arranged on the left for quick navigation.

Structured

LineCook Structured Chronological

This classy layout arranges sections in a tab layout for easy access, with subtle but striking fonts and colors.

Original

AdministrativeAssistant Original CombinationD

This eye-catching design is laid out in quadrants, with your summary statement getting prominent placement.

Charismatic

FlightAttendant Charismatic Chronological

As the name suggests, this template presents you as an attractive employee, thanks to its dual-color combination and streamlined layout.

Distinguished

PreschoolTeacher Distinguished CombinationE

You can’t get much more polished than this template, which presents your qualifications in uncluttered style.

Managerial

VideoEditor Managerial CombinationD

Section headings are highlighted using box graphics, while the monogram design for the header adds a unique touch.

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Tips for your Microsoft Word Resume

1. Make sure your formatting is consistent.

The easy way to check your layout is to display all the formatting marks for your resume. Just go to the “home” tab of your Microsoft Word screen and click the paragraph icon:

Now you’ll see how tabs, spaces and paragraph returns are used in your document. Make sure your formatting is consistent throughout, and when you’re ready to save the document, click the paragraph icon again to return to normal view.

2. Stick with simple formatting.

You might be tempted to use special graphic elements in your document to gussy it up, but employers (and the applicant tracking systems (ATS) they use to scan resumes) will find it easier to read your resume if you use simple lines and bullet points.

3. Give yourself some space.

What’s not in your resume can be just as important as what’s in your resume — aim to create a document that has a bit of space and is easy on the eyes. Don’t clutter up your resume with too much text; use peppy bullet points and phrases, and use margins that are at least 1 inch from the edges of the document.

4. Links can be handy.

If you want to point employers towards a job network profile (e.g., LinkedIn) or a professional portfolio site, be sure to link the text. Highlight the URL you want to link to, go to the “Insert” tab on your Word screen, and click on the “Links” icon. Then enter the link to the URL.

5. Focus on the content.

While putting together a resume that looks its best is important, what you put in your resume is just as important. Make sure you have the right resume format (use our formats guide) and make sure each section of the resume addresses exactly what the employer needs — our handy resume-writing guide will give you all the tips you need.

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