How to Do a Resume in Microsoft Word Format

By Bonnie Conrad

No matter what you do for a living or how long you have been in your current job, it is important to keep your resume up to date. If you have access to Microsoft Word, you can use the program to create a compelling resume that will get the attention of would-be employers and help you land the job you want. Whether you use a resume template or build your resume from scratch, Word can help you craft a winning document.

Step 1

Open Microsoft Word. Open a new document and save it to your computer.

Step 2

Open the Word Resume Wizard to start building your resume. Click the "File" menu and choose "New," "Templates" and "On My Computer." Click the "Other Documents" tab and choose "Resume Wizard." You can also use a resume template to create your resume in Word.

Step 3

Download a resume template from Microsoft (see Resources section), or from a third-party vendor. There are a number of ready-made resume templates available online, many of them free. These custom templates make the process of creating a resume a lot faster and easier.

Step 4

Double-click on the generic text in the resume template and replace it with your own information. If you want, you can change the font by highlighting the text, clicking the "Format" menu and choosing "Font" from the list. When using a template, it is a good idea to make some font and formatting changes so your resume won't look exactly like others built on the same format.