Free Resume Templates for Microsoft Word

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Do you need to write or update your resume? A resume template can help you create a document that will impress every employer, whether you're writing your first resume or revising your current one. Microsoft Word has resume templates available for users. All you have to do is find one you like, click on it, and start writing.

Here's information on how to use a resume template, how to find the best templates to use, and tips for using a template to write your own resume.

Key Takeaways

  • Microsoft Word resume templates are available for download via your computer or their online templates resource. 
  • Many templates are free, but some premium versions are available only to Microsoft 365 subscribers.
  • Carefully customize your resume by matching your qualifications to the job description.

Why Use a Resume Template?

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 up your resume so it's perfect.

Free Microsoft Word Resume Templates

Download a free resume template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) to use to write your resume. 

Resume Template

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How to Access Microsoft Resume Templates

There are two ways to access Microsoft resume templates: on your computer or online through Microsoft’s templates page. 

To access these resume templates from your computer:

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

To access Microsoft resume templates online:

  1. Visit Microsoft's templates page.
  2. Click Resumes and Cover Letters.
  3. Choose a resume from the list. Many templates are free, although some will require a Microsoft 365 subscription for access.
  4. Click Download to save the resume template to your computer or click Open 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 document to create your own, personalized 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 fonts may get lost when you upload or email your resume document. A basic resume is also easier for the hiring manager to read.

Be Concise 

Your resume doesn't need to include everything you ever did. If you have a lengthy employment history, 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 one page, if possible, 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:

  • Contact Information
  • Employment History
  • Education
  • Skills and Qualifications

Add a Profile and Headline

You may also want to include a profile and a headline, though these sections are options.

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 involve teaching others or leading a group of people. Include keywords from the job application in your document, as well. This is another way to connect your resume to a specific job.

Choose a File Format

The employer may request your resume in a specific file format. Typical options are Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or a PDF file.

Give It a Unique File Name

Save your resume with your name as the file name. This way, employers will know to whom it belongs. 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 proofread your resume before you click upload or send. A polished resume will impress an employer.

More Microsoft Resume Templates

More free Microsoft resume templates are available as a download for Microsoft Word users to use to create their resumes. Microsoft also has templates for cover letters, curriculum vitae, and more career-related correspondence.

Microsoft Word resume options include:

  • Basic resumes
  • Job-specific resumes (marketing, tech, etc.)
  • Career-specific resumes (college student, recent grad, internal transfer, etc.),
  • Resumes labeled by format (chronological resume, functional resume, etc.).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are Microsoft Word resume templates free?

Microsoft offers some resume templates online for free. Other templates require a Microsoft 365 subscription. 

Is it OK to use a Microsoft Word template for a resume?

A resume template can be a useful tool. Use a template to guide your writing and to ensure that your formatting is consistent and professional. However, your finished resume should be entirely your own. Take care to customize your resume for each job application. 

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