How to Create a Free Resume in Microsoft Word

By Tricia Goss

Any time you are seeking new employment, it is vital that you have a comprehensive, professional-looking resume. Many job posting websites and companies require that you upload or email an electronic copy of your resume, such as a Word document, before they will even consider you for a position. Fortunately, Microsoft Word offers numerous free, built-in resume templates from which you can choose to create a polished resume quickly.

Things You'll Need

  • Word 2003, 2007 or 2010

Create a resume in Word 2003

Step 1

Go to the File menu and click New. Click Templates on Office Online.

Step 2

Type resume into the Search box. Select and download the template you want to use.

Step 3

Type over the sample resume text using your own information. Save the resume when finished.

Step 4

Use the Resume Wizard instead of a template. Go to the File menu and select New. Select On My Computer under Templates.

Step 5

Go to the Other Documents tab of the Templates on My Computer dialog box. Double-click Resume Wizard to start the wizard. Enter your information into the wizard and follow the steps to create a resume.

Create a Resume in Word 2007

Step 1

Open a new Word document.

Step 2

Click the Office Button and select New.

Step 3

Click Resumes and CVs under Templates in the New Document window.

Step 4

Select the type of resume you want. Click the resume template you wish to use and click the Download button.

Step 5

Enter your information over the sample text in the resume. Save and distribute it as desired.

Create a Resume in Word 2010

Step 1

Start Microsoft Word.

Step 2

Go to the File tab. Click New in the left side of the Backstage View window.

Step 3

Click the Resumes and CVs folder under Templates.

Step 4

Select the folder for the type of resume you wish to use. Click on a resume in the gallery to preview it. Click the Download button to select the template you wish to use.

Step 5

Enter your information over the sample text in the resume. Save and distribute it as desired.

Tips & Warnings

  • The Resume Wizard is not available in Word 2007 or 2010.