How to Convert MS Word to the CV Format

By Olivia Collette

You can't convert an MS Word document to CV format because you have to open MS Word to access the CV templates in the first place. The good news? MS Word takes the guesswork out of creating a CV. In a few clicks, you can have a ready-made resume template with all the tabs and indents in the right place. All you have to do is fill in the blanks.

Access CV Templates with MS Word 2007

Step 1

Launch MS Word 2007.

Step 2

Click on the Microsoft Office button at the top left corner to reveal a drop-down menu.

Step 3

From the drop-down menu, click on "New." It will launch a dialog box.

Step 4

On the left column of the dialog box, you'll find various document templates. Scroll down until you see "Resumes and CVs." Then click on "Resumes and CVs."

Step 5

You'll find three options: basic resumes, job-specific resumes and situation-specific resumes. Click on any one of these to browse the resume templates. To view a resume template, click on it once and it will appear in the right column of the dialog box.

Step 6

To select a resume template, double-click on it. It will then open as a new document in MS Word.

Step 7

Fill in the fields in the resume template.

Access CV Templates with MS Word 2003

Step 1

Launch MS Word 2003.

Step 2

Click on "File" on the top left corner to reveal a drop-down menu.

Step 3

Click on "New" from the drop-down menu. A "New Document" dialog box will appear.

Step 4

Under "Templates," click on "On My Computer," then click on "Other Documents."

Step 5

You'll see three resume templates: contemporary, elegant and professional. To see what they look like, click on each template once and it will appear in the preview box on the right.

Step 6

Double-click the template you want to work from. It will open as a new document in MS Word.

Step 7

Fill in the fields in the resume template.

Tips & Warnings

  • While the resume templates select fonts for you, they're not set in stone. You can change the font once the template is open and you're working on it.
  • Delete fields in the template if they don't apply to you.
  • These templates can be a little stubborn because of the formatting.
  • If you make a mistake, remember that CTRL+Z or Apple+Z will undo it.
  • There are many more templates to choose from in MS Word 2007.

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