Microsoft's Best Resume Templates or Printables

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When it comes to finding a job, a powerful resume is typically essential. Using a template takes out some of the intimidation because the key to any resume is editing and polishing. 

Some people have asked me whether it is a good idea to use a template since it potentially could make your resume look like everyone else's. Keep in mind that templates can be customized. You will like the structure a template gives, so you are not starting with a blank page. You will also end up with a cleaner resume that communicates your information to a prospective employer.

Here are some of Microsoft's best templates for creating and managing resume submissions.

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Recent College Graduate Resume Template

One Page Resume for Recent College Graduate Template

Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

What We Like
  • Downplays work experience by positioning it last.

  • Features academic information prominently.

  • Focuses on skills and attributes.

What We Don't Like
  • Traditional conservative appearance with no personality.

  • Includes an old-school Objective section.

A resume for a Recent College Graduate or Entry-Level Resume Template comes with Microsoft Word.

This is a great way to start gathering information and prospective employers your story.

Open Microsoft Word and select New from template in the File menu to start a new document. In the upper right corner is a Search box where you can enter keywords. Enter Recent College Graduate resume in the search field. The interface updates with template options for those words. Select the template you want and click or press Create.

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Internal Transfer Resume Template

Internal Transfer Resume Template for Microsoft Word

Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

What We Like
  • Accomplishment section is prominent at top of resume.

  • Minimal contact information.

  • Modern look with information about customization.

What We Don't Like
  • No mention of previous department or positions within the company.

  • More space for previous employment than for in-company roles.

When switching roles within a company, a job seeker can highlight specific accomplishments the review committee will be interested in.

With a clean blocked layout, this Internal Transfer Resume Template or Printable for Microsoft Word helps you also capture professional history and other information.

In Word, select New from Template and then search for the template by typing Internal Transfer Resume.

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Chronological Resume Template or Printable

Chronological Resume Template for Microsoft Word

Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

What We Like
  • Focuses on work experience in reverse chronological order.

  • Includes education and interests at the bottom.

What We Don't Like
  • No room to enter skills or accomplishments.

  • Not suitable for entry-level job seekers or others with little work experience.

When putting your resume together, always customize it to your strengths and situation.

One popular type of resume focuses on your experience, such as the Chronological Resume Template or Printable for Microsoft Word.

In Word, select New from Template and then search for the template by typing Chronological Resume in the search field. Select from several options that include Minimalist and Modern chronological and press or click Create.

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Functional Resume Template for Printable

Minimalist Functional Resume Template for Microsoft Word

Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

What We Like
  • Large sections for achievements and skills.

  • Work history is de-emphasized.

  • Instructions for adding sections.

What We Don't Like
  • Education section comes after work history.

  • Two-page resume.

You may have more skills than experience. If so, something like this Functional Resume Template or Printable for Microsoft Word is a great way to tell the story of your strengths. This is just one of many options you can find with these keywords.

Open Word and select New from Template. Enter Functional Resume and choose a template from the search results.

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Teacher Curriculum Vitae Template

Free Academic Instructor or Teacher Curriculum Vitae Template for Microsoft Word

Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

What We Like
  • Lots of room for education history.

  • Teaching experience section.

  • Sections for memberships, languages, and publications.

What We Don't Like
  • Boring formatting for the name and address section.

  • Type size is a little small.

Your line of work may require something more like a curriculum vitae rather than a resume.

If so, you may be interested in something like the Teacher Curriculum Vitae template for Microsoft Word.

Select File and New from Template. Enter Teacher Curriculum Vitae in the search field and click or press Create.

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Free Resume References Template

Free Job References Template for Microsoft Word

Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

What We Like
  • Does one job simply.

  • Covers only what is needed for a reference sheet.

What We Don't Like
  • Plain-looking formatting.

  • Not the best format for someone with one or two references.

Job searching gets hectic. You can save yourself some headaches by having a reference sheet to go along with your resume. That way, you are not scrambling to get one together when some job postings ask for one.

As an example, check out this Resume References Template or Printable for Microsoft Word and similar options by opening Word and selecting New from Template from the File menu and searching for Resume References. Several formats are available, all of them relatively basic.

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Job Application Tracker Template

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What We Like
  • Fields for every aspect of a job search.

  • Includes interviewer and recruiter information.

  • Prompts for a thank you note or a follow-up date.

  • Field for notes.

What We Don't Like
  • Probably don't need that many contact fields.

  • Fields for interviewer LinkedIn Profiles aren't needed.

Finding a job can be thought of as a numbers game. You will probably need to send out so many resumes it may be difficult to keep track of them all.

That's why you may find it useful to keep things organized with something like this Resume Submissions and Job Search Tracker Template for Microsoft Excel.

In Excel, select New from Template in the File menu and search for the template by typing job search in the search field. Select the Job application manager template and click or press Create.

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Color Accented Resume Template

Colorful Resume Templates
Colorful Resume Templates.
What We Like
  • Lots of modern options.

  • Ranges from conservative color to in-your-face color resumes.

  • Filled with personality and good ideas.

What We Don't Like
  • Solid color blocks might not print well on some printers.

  • Color may overshadow the information the resume contains.

Not all resumes have to be black and white. If you feel it is appropriate, consider using a Color Accented Resume Template. Microsoft Word includes many modern resume templates in all sorts of colors and designs.

As with other templates, open Word and choose New from Template from the File menu. Type colored resume in the search field. Select your favorite and click or press Create