One of the most common uses for Microsoft Word is to create a resume or CV (curriculum vitae). With your employment and education history recorded in a document in this manner, you can of course interest potential employers – but as the job markets become increasingly competitive, it can be more difficult to get any form of interest, let alone a response.
While having a well laid out and perfectly presented resume won’t guarantee an interview, it will at least give hiring managers one less reason to discount you.
So how to you make sure your Microsoft Word resume is up to scratch? While you can play around with various styles to tidy up your resume/CV, Word already has several templates included for you to use!
Finding the Word Resume Templates
There are two types of template available to you as a user of Microsoft Word 2010 – those included with the application, and those available via Office Online.
To browse the Microsoft Word resume templates, go to File > New > Sample Templates – here you will find a list of pre-formatted templates, some of which will be described as resumes.
You will probably find something of use among this list, but if not, don’t worry, a better selection is available via Office Online.
Get Word Resume Templates from Office Online
To find the Word resume templates provided by Office Online, you will need to make sure that your PC or laptop is connected to the web. Proceed by going to File > New and in the Office.com templates section, view the selection of templates available in New resume samples.
You should also browse those listed under Resumes and CVs – here you will find a selection of resume templates split into types: Basic resumes, Job-specific resumes and Situation- specific resumes.
Resume templates all have previews that are displayed on the right-hand side of the window – you should make your choice based on what resume layout you feel is suitable both for you and the job you are applying for.
Once you have selected a resume template, click the Download button beneath the preview – the template will be downloaded from Office Online and opened in Microsoft Word 2010.
I’ve Downloaded a Template – What Now?
Once you have downloaded a Word resume template and it is open on your screen, it is time to start overtyping the content already provided with your own details.
If you already have a CV or resume written in Word, you could copy and paste information from your existing document into the new one. Alternatively you could style your existing document to match the downloaded template, although this might be rather time consuming.
Whatever you do, remember to save your changes to the template as a document (.docx) file rather than as a template (.dotx). Also remember that there are other options online for resume formats – various job search websites such as Monster provide suitable templates for Word, while a search on Google will find some interesting alternatives.