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51 Free Microsoft Word Resume Templates That'll Land You the Job

Lily Herman

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When it comes to resumes, presentation is just as important as the skills and experience that the resume itself spells out. Trying to design a resume from scratch can be a challenge, especially with few design skills.

Need a little help? Check out these 51 free (yes, FREE!) Microsoft Word resume templates that you can easily download to your computer, edit to include your experience, and hand in with your next job application. No recruiter or hiring manager will be able to say no.

Can’t wait to view them one by one? We’ve put together a selection of the best free resume templates in one easy download below.

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Professional templates perfect for any industry

Why use a resume template?

Resume templates are handy tools for job seekers for a number of reasons. Firstly, it allows you to spend more time polishing up the content instead of worrying about the layout and design.

Secondly, it gives first-time job applicants a better idea of how much to write and the sections to focus on. This also applies if you’ve been out of the job market for a while and haven’t had to edit your resume recently.

Before you sprint ahead to the templates, here are some resume dos and don’ts you should know.

Resume dos and don’ts

Do

  • Tailor your resume to each job you apply to
    • Highlight your most relevant experience, skills, and accomplishments
  • Optimize your resume for Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)
    • Include keywords from the job description in your resume where it fits organically
    • Triple check your resume for grammar, punctuation, and spelling
  • Use data specific examples where possible (e.g. “increased sales by 30% by doing x”)
  • Include non-academic and non-professional experiences, such as volunteer work or side projects
  • Use powerful verbs to describe your work (e.g “amplified”, “executed”, “maximized”)
  • Include your contact information
  • Keep your bullet points to under two lines  
  • Ask someone you trust to go over your resume with you
  • Create a master resume. This will make it easier to tailor your resume to any job
  • Include all your relevant credentials
  • Save your resume file as something with your name on it. This will make it easier for managers and HR folk to locate your files
  • Be consistent throughout your application. This means using the same fonts, styles, and naming conventions on your file.
  • Showcase your soft skills
  • Print out copies of your resume for interviews

Don’t

  • Include obvious skills (e.g. gmail)
  • Include irrelevant hobbies or interests. That space can be better utilized for highlighting your achievements and skills
  • Include work experiences during high school unless you’re a recent graduate
  • Use an objective sentence. These are widely considered to be outdated, and only relevant if you are changing careers
  • Hide gaps in your resume. Be confident when explaining the gap and speak on the skills you learned during that time
  • Use cliches or too much jargon. Oftentimes, the first person reading your resume will be from HR
  • Write overly complex sentences. Keep it straightforward and easy to understand
  • Use more than two fonts 
  • Include photos (unless you’re applying for a role in the arts)
  • Include your salary history. Save that for the negotiation process


How to optimize your resume for ATS

If you’re applying for a job, there is a very high chance that the resume will first be seen by some software before it makes its way to a pair of human eyes. This software is called an Applicant Tracking System and it sorts, scans, and ranks job applications that come through to a recruiter or employer.

ATS helps recruiters filter through candidates by scanning for relevant information and keywords in an application. Writing a resume that is ATS optimized is imperative, as you could potentially miss out on opportunities even if you’re qualified. 

Here are some ways to ensure your resume is ATS-friendly:

  • Keep graphics to a minimum
  • Incorporate keywords and phrases used in the job description. Don’t overdo this, as resumes with a high match can be flagged for gaming the system
  • Save your resume as a PDF (you can easily export as PDF once you’ve edited your Word resume template)
  • Some ATS software can’t read data in the header or footer. Ensure all your important information is in the body of your resume
  • Avoid using too much formatting
  • Make your resume easy to read, for robots and humans. This means avoiding overly wordy sentences and abbreviations where appropriate

Customizable Word resume templates

Turning a blank document into an attractive, well-designed resume is hard work, especially when you'd rather put that time to use in your job search. That's where these free Word resume templates come in. You can choose from a range of ready-made designs, whether you're looking for something classic, minimalist or colorful. All of the templates are easy to customize with your personal details, and you can even change the colors and themes if you're so inclined.

When you're done filling out your template, make sure to save your file as a Word .docx file (or .doc for older versions of the program), so you can always come back and make changes. When you're ready to send your resume, be sure to attach it in the requested format, for example PDF or .docx. To export as a PDF from Microsoft Word, go to the File menu --> Export --> Create PDF.

You can browse the free resume templates below, and get a selection of the best templates delivered straight to your inbox.

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1. The basic resume template

Want a basic resume to get yourself started? This is a great one for inputting your objective statement, experience, and skills. Download

2. Skill-based resume template

What makes this resume template great is that it has a little color but it’s also perfect for any industry. Download

3. The chronological resume template

Want a resume that makes it easy to put your jobs in chronological order and send it off? This is the straightforward template you’re searching for. Download

4. Another traditional resume template

Want to spruce up your resume without changing too much of the formatting? Try putting either your headings or subheadings in a different font. Download

5. The black-and-white resume

microsoft-word-resume-templatesThis black block will stand out amongst a sea of white resumes. Download

6. Orange resume template

This resume layout is actually optimized for applicant tracking systems, so you’ll be able to pop in keywords for the position you’re applying for and get yourself to the next round. Download

7. Peach resume template

Adding in colorful lines to your subheadings or your personal logo can add special touches to your resume without taking away from the content. Download

8. Creative resume template

Microsoft-word-resume-templatesBorders are an easy way to add more color to your resume and also take up space without being distracting. Download

9. Formal resume template

If you’re working in a more formal industry, resumes like this one give you the ability to add color while still being professional. Download

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10. Profile resume template

This resume is another universal option that’ll help you look great no matter the field you’re applying for opportunities in. Download

11. Colorful resume template

You can add a little color on your resume without making it the color of a highlighter. Download

12. Grey and white resume template

Microsoft-word-resume-templatesThis resume template is made for professionals who want an elegant yet modern resume. Download

13. Newspaper resume template

Microsoft-word-resume-templatesJournalists and copywriters can lean on this template to both showcase management experience and also their skill sets. Download

14. Monogrammed resume template

Microsoft-word-resume-templatesWant to stand out? This template is great for catching the eye of hiring managers. Download

15. Technical resume template

Technical resumes can be difficult to format, but they don’t have to be impossible. Download

16. Pink resume template

Elle Woods isn’t the only one with a pink resume; if you work in an industry where creativity and color can get you a long way, why not try it? Download

17. Visual resume template

You can use visuals to show your expertise, which might come in handy when you’re applying for jobs where you need to flaunt what you’ve got. Download

18. Creative peach resume template

Adding a few icons can be a nice touch to a resume, especially one for creative or design positions. Download

19. Minimal resume template

Want a more minimalistic resume design but don’t have a ton of experience to show? This template makes your resume look a little more chic. Download


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20. Light pink resume template

Pastels are your thing? Then you’ve found your perfect resume. Download

21. Bold resume template

Feeling bold? Submit a black resume and see what happens. Download

22. Long profile resume template

Want to add a longer profile about yourself to your resume? This template lets you do it. Download

23. Plain, but trendy resume template

This resume is called “plain but trendy,” and it’ll make you look put together. Download

24. Green resume template

A little splash of bright green color can’t hurt, especially if you’re applying to more creative positions. Download

25. Light pink resume template

If you’re applying to jobs where showing off your personality more is an asset, this resume template could do the trick in landing you that perfect gig. Download

26. Colorful blue resume template

This resume is colorful, straightforward, and easy to read. What’s not to love? Download

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27. Unconventional resume template

You’ll wake up a drowsy recruiter with this red and black template. Download

28. Fancy emerald resume template

Feeling blue? A hiring manager sure won’t after checking out this resume template. Download

29. Simple resume template

Don’t let this simplistic resume fool you; it can help you go far in your job search. Download

30. Splash of blue resume template

This template flips the typical resume setup on its head, which could work in your favor during the application process. Download

31. Creative resume template

The color’s a little unorthodox, but now’s not the time to bore recruiters. Download

32. Mint resume template

This resume is so cool, recruiters will be stunned with amaze-mint (get it?). Download

33. Purple resume template

Purple is an unconventional resume choice, but it may serve you well in some professions. Download

34. Yellow resume template

This resume’s surprise is the pop of color at the bottom. Download

35. Classic resume template

This design’s a little more classic than others but still has an interesting neutral color scheme. Download


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36. Simple pink resume template

Simple Pink resume templateThis resume template includes a summary section, which is ideal if you are changing careers or have recently graduated. Download

37. Creative profile resume template

Creative profile resume templateThis template is particularly customizable – the header image, activity icons, and fonts can be changed fairly easily (especially if you’re proficient in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop). Download

38. Dark sidebar resume template

Dark sidebar resume templateThis sleek design keeps your personal branding consistent across the board. It comes with both a resume and cover letter template. Download

39. Light resume template

Light resume templateIf you want a creative resume that isn’t too colorful, look no further. This light resume template features clean lines and ample white space to let your credentials shine. Download

40. Colorblock resume template

Colorblock resume templateThis colorblock template is ideal for creatives who want their resume to stand out. Download

41. Minimalist resume template

Minimalist resume templateIf you’re looking for a role in a more formal industry, this template is ideal. Its text-centric layout coupled with colored headings makes it professional, but not too serious. Download

42. Bold Blue resume template

Bold Blue resume templateIdeal for jobseekers who have a myriad of information to present. There is a section for a summary, education, experience, awards, skills, social media, and contact details. Download

43. Appleseed resume template

Appleseed resume templateThis clean template has a section to chart your skillset. Download

44. Timeless resume template

Timeless resume templateIt’s named the ‘Timeless’ template, and it’s easy to see why. The understated, yet elegant, layout is something you can use throughout your career. Download

45. Modern resume template

Modern resume templateThe large heading font and logo makes your name stand out more. Download

46. Colorful infographic resume template

Colorful Infographic resume templateBest suited for jobseekers in less formal fields. Download

47. Mint block resume template

Mint block resume templateThis stylish resume features a calming blue header and comes with a matching cover letter template, too! Download

48. UX resume template

UX resume templateYou can use icons and progress bars to visually demonstrate your skill set, language ability, and hobbies. Download

49. Venn diagram resume template

Venn diagram resume template

This template features a unique way of presenting your professional skill set – a Venn diagram! It also comes with an accompanying portfolio and cover letter template. Download

50. Monochrome resume template

Monochrome resume templateThis comes with an accompanying cover letter template – perfect for design-minded employers and jobseekers. Download

51. Organic shapes resume template

resume templateThis word resume template walks the line between funky and professional. Ideal for those who intend on applying to a creative role. Download

Download your free Word resume templates

Need a variety of resumes at your fingertips? We’ve put together a selection of the best free resume templates in one easy download below. And don't forget to check out our handy cover letter template too!

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Professional templates perfect for any industry

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Lily Herman

Lily Herman

Lily Herman is a New York-based writer and editor. Her work has been featured on Forbes, TIME, Newsweek, Mashable, Fast Company, Teen Vogue, ELLE and more. Follow her on Twitter.

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  • Michael Liguori

    This is stupid why can't I download them form the web page. #fakenews

  • Alex

    Great article, but please never add photo to your resume! It's a huge no-no. I would also recommend to check the www.fullstackresume.com service to build your Full Stack Resume in less than 30 seconds. Instead of writing all the content by yourself the service will generate it for you based on your unique experience using minimalistic A/B tested template.

  • Muhammad

    Fantastic collection, I like it. Find few more free and premium templates in Microsoft Word here: https://usedtotech.com/templates/

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  • Ryan Walsh

    You rock! But, you MUST already know that. =) I hope you have a great rest of your summer. Thank you.

  • Alejandro Rodríguez Suárez

    Thanks Lily! I fould also this website https://www.my-resume-templates.com with Free Resume Template for Word.

  • Abid

    I would like to request to include few more templates from another free web resource; http://www.wordstemplates.org/category/resume-templates/