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How to Make a Resume from a Free Word Template

written by: •edited by: Bill Fulks•updated: 4/12/2009

In this economy, you can never be positive that your job is stable. If it has been a while since you updated your resume, now is the time to do so. Fortunately, Microsoft Word makes it easy by offering dozens of free resume templates. So don't wait! Get started on your eye-catching new resume now.

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    Use the Wizard

    If you appreciate Microsoft's simple-to-use wizards, this might be the resume template option for you. If you are using Word 2003 or earlier, the resume wizard is already available to you. Word 2007 eliminated the resume wizard, but if you are a Microsoft Office 2007 user, do not despair. There is a resume wizard template download available here.

    To access the resume wizard template in Word 2003 or earlier, go to the File menu and click New. The New Document task pane will open on the left. Click On My Computer to open the Templates dialog. Go to the Other Documents tab and double click Resume Wizard.

    Article Image In Word 2007, click the Office Button and then click New. Go to My Templates and select the Resume Wizard (after you download it, of course)

    When the Resume Wizard opens, click Next to begin. Choose the style you prefer; your choices include Professional, Contemporary and Elegant. Click Next, then select the type of resume you want, such as Chronological or Functional and then click Next again. Enter your contact information, click Next, and then select the headings you want to include. Click Next a couple more times, add any other headings you want to include and click Finish.

    Article Image Once the wizard is complete, a resume template will open as a new Word document. Type your information into the fields provided.

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    Templates on Your Computer

    Another way to make a resume using free templates is to utilize the resume templates already installed in Word. To access these templates in Word 2003, go to the File menu and click New. In the New Template task pane, click On My Computer and go to the Other Documents tab. Double click a resume template to download it as a Word document.

    Article Image If you are using Word 2007, click the Office Button and then click New. Select Resumes and CVs from the list of available Word templates. Choose the resume template you want to use by clicking on it, and then click the Download button. The resume template will open as a Microsoft Word document.

    Article Image Select the sample text in the resume template and replace it with your personal information.

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    Resume Templates Onlin

    There are also many more free resume templates available for all versions of Word on the Microsoft website. Visit the Microsoft website and view the resume templates available. View a resume template by clicking on it. Once you have found the template you wish to use, click the Download button. The resume template will download from the Microsoft website and open as a new Word document.

    Learn more about working with templates in Word, check out the Bright Hub collection of Word template articles at Let Word Templates Do the Work for You. The Bright Hub series Word Resumes also offers more tips on making a resume from a template or freehand in Microsoft Word.