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Online Resume Template Guide

written by: Daniel P. McGoldrick•edited by: Daniel P. McGoldrick•updated: 6/23/2011

Looking for a quick way to write a resume simply by inserting your personal information on a sample resume that already has everything pertinent to your field on your computer screen ready to print? This guide to free online resume templates will help you get that done.

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    Customizing a free online resume template is one of the quickest ways for you to write a functional resume that suits your objectives and stands out once it’s filled with the details of your education, work history, and all your awards and accomplishments for whatever field you're in. Just find a template that applies to you and use it like a sample that you can manipulate to make your own.

    With a template, it’s easy to follow the functional resume format and achieve the recognition and results you’re looking for by having a good resume. This template tutorial will give you all the information you need to get one on paper quickly. On the Bright Hub Desktop Publishing channel there are so many articles on specific types of resumes that I implore you to type the kind you're looking for into our search function to see what's available. Many of the templates are offered by Microsoft Office Online so I'll give you the general directions to access them below.

    Microsoft Office Online makes it easy for you by breaking the options down into categories which makes resume writing so much easier. Under Entry-Level you can find your standard chronological, recent college graduate, and other functional options. Professions has specific examples for a career track such as a sales manager, social worker or the banker resume sample here. Just to give you an idea about the other two major categories: Career Moves has samples for company transfers and situations like moving from the military to the civilian world, while Academic has the models to work with for a teacher or professor on any level. It’s worth it to take a gander at all of these if you want to incorporate other ideas into your resume.

    If you’re unfamiliar with the usefulness of online templates, the idea is that the design, layout, and the areas to type in personal text are already done for you so that all you have to do is insert the appropriate information and tweak fonts, colors, and the like. In this instance, you’ll find relevant boiler-plate headings for any career track. Moreover, the good thing about using Microsoft Word for this task lies in the fact that it’s an easy program to utilize and many of the procedures used in Word are already familiar to many. Just follow these simple instructions:

    1) Start by accessing the free online resume templates at at Microsoft Office Online.

    2) Click on the title of the template (it will then appear on its own for a closer inspection), then click “Download” after which you simply agree to their user license agreement to receive the file. (You might have to install an Active X plug in for Internet Explorer if you don’t already have it.)

    3) Open your now downloaded template in Word and follow the simple instructions to enter your specifics in the right category. It’s just a matter of typing over their text with your own personal information and history.

    4) Manipulate the design and layout to suit the extent of information which needs to fit in a certain category (which means bulk up your strengths accordingly).

    Proof the document and print it. It’s always good to have a few resumes in different styles so utilize this collection of samples with that in mind.