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Table of Contents
- Basic & Simple Resume Templates
- Career & Life Situation Resume Templates
- Creative Resume Templates
- Can You Use a Template? (Hint: The answer is yes)
#1: Basic & Simple Resume Templates
Browse Through All 40 Basic & Simple Designs
For nearly a decade, job seekers have been using our tried and true Basic & Simple Designs. And guess what — they’re still landing people tons of interviews. If you’re wondering about the names, well, our resume experts happen to be animal lovers — who isn’t? But don’t let the fun names fool you. Our Microsoft Word templates are Applicant Tracking System bulletproof, and consistently perform for job seekers. No matter what level of job seeker you are, there is a design in this library that’s best suited for you.
#2: Career & Life Situation Resume Templates
Browse Through All 40 Career/Life Situation Designs
No two job seekers are alike — from executives and students to career changers and stay-at-home moms, everyone has their own unique challenges. So, sometimes the “standard” resume format just won’t cut it. Depending on your life and career situation, you may need a unique resume that best fits your experience.
That’s why we built our second resume design library to target specific types of job seekers. We considered the issues that each type of job seeker encounters when creating a resume, and tailored a specific template that’s best suited to help them overcome these challenges.
#3: Creative Resume Templates
Browse Through All 40 Creative Designs
Even with a professionally written resume, standing out from a crowd of thousands of job seekers is tough. Depending on the industry or position you are applying for, it may require you to add some personality. If you’re curious about how to tweak the visual elements in Microsoft Word and add a little flair to your resume, check out our comprehensive guide on resume aesthetics.
To give you a better chance of capturing the attention of employers, we created eight innovative designs. Each design utilizes stylistic elements that are meant to spotlight specific sections of your resume, and present you as the best candidate possible.
Can You Use a Resume Template?
For those of you worried about using a template, don’t be.
Using a resume template has become an acceptable and smart practice for a number of reasons.
We know that you may have some concerns about using one, so we’ve taken the liberty of debunking the biggest myths about using a templates below.
Myth 1: Hiring managers look down on candidates that use them
Hiring managers want a resume which is professional, well-written, well-formatted, and comprehensive. We’d know, because those are precisely the requirements the HR professionals who design our templates work with. Each and every one of our templates is made by HR professionals who know the best resume qualities that will capture a hiring manager’s attention.
Myth 2: Using a Microsoft Word template won’t allow you to stand out from the crowd
Put yourself in the shoes of a hiring manager. Would you rather read:
a) Yet another resume that was poorly structured and patchy (but made from scratch) or,
b) A cohesive and professional resume?
If you chose b), you’re on the money. There is no doubt that a resume which is both cohesive and professional will have a far better chance of standing out of the crowd – even if it’s made using a template.
The give you a framework for creating your individual, unique resume. Once you add your personal ‘stamp’ to it through imputing your unique skills, professional experiences, and wording, it will stand out of the crowd for all the right reasons.
Myth 3: For such an important document, it feels lazy not to make it from scratch
Using a template doesn’t make you lazy by any means. It makes you efficient, and resourceful.
Making use of a resource that will not only save you time, but is proven to elevate your chances of scoring a job simply makes sense. You could try to navigate the perilous lands of Microsoft Word formatting, develop a solid resume structure, and come up with line after line about why you’re the best candidate.
Or you could use one of our HR-approved templates. It’s your choice.
Free Cover Letter Templates for Microsoft Word
A good cover letter can mean the difference between catching the hiring manager’s attention and languishing in job search limbo. But many job seekers find it hard to stare down that blank page. How do you summarize your most important qualifications in way that makes it clear that you’re the best candidate for the job?
Cover letter templates can help. A template will give you a "fill in the blank" format you can use to create your own letter to send with your resume when you apply for a job.
It will save you a few steps and help you structure your letter in a professional way.
Free Microsoft cover letter templates are available online from Microsoft Office Online, as a download for Microsoft Word users, or are available within your Word program, to use to create cover letters for jobs. Note that not all templates may work with all versions of Word, so check before you download. There will be a message next to the download button advising if there are restrictions.
Not a Microsoft user? Google Docs also has free template samples available for letters and resumes. Using any of these templates can help you to feel confident that you are properly writing and formatting your cover letter.
Free Microsoft Word Cover Letter Templates
There are a variety of templates available for Microsoft Word. Template options include general cover letters and both job- and career-specific cover letter samples.
For example, there are cover letter templates for professionals, temporary workers, and candidates who are sending in their resumes unsolicited.
Microsoft Word also offers a variety of different cover letter template designs, with resume templates to match. Note that if you choose one of these fancier template designs, you’ll want to choose a resume template to match.
It’s important to be consistent in your application materials, whether it’s matching your cover letter to your resume or choosing a font or format. Ideally, your experience should stand out to the hiring manager, not your stylistic choices.
To Access Cover Letters From Your Computer:
Open Microsoft Word, then click on:
Then, search for online templates by typing your keywords (e.g., “cover letter”) in the field provided.
How to Access the Microsoft Cover Letter Templates
If you don’t own a copy of Microsoft Office or a subscription to Microsoft 365, you can still access cover letter templates via Microsoft Office Online. These templates are free and editable online.
Visit the Microsoft Cover Letter Templates website, browse the cover letter templates, then click on the title to preview the sample. You'll need to sign up for a free account to edit the document.
Once you find a template you like, click Edit In Browser, then follow the instructions to customize and save your cover letter.
There are also sets, which include matching resumes and cover letters, available to use.
Use the Template to Create a Customized Cover Letter
Once you have downloaded or opened a cover letter template file, type over the text in the file to create your own, personalized cover letter.
The template will include all the relevant information that you need to include in your document. Simply change the generic version to include your personal and professional information.
It's a good idea to include additional details about your qualifications and experience. Take the time to match your qualifications to the job description. Include keywords related to your skills and achievements.
To customize your cover letter further, look for a contact person at the company, ideally the hiring manager or HR contact, and address the letter to this person. If you have an employee contact at the company who is willing to refer you, be sure to mention them as soon as possible in the cover letter. Employee referrals carry a lot of weight with hiring managers.
Double-check to make sure there is none of the template information left in your final saved version.
Carefully proofread for grammar and typographical errors before saving and sending your cover letter.
To avoid sending a blank template or the wrong version of your cover letter, choose a file name that’s easy to remember. It should always include your name, and may also contain the name of the position to which you’re applying. Avoid version numbers and cutesy nicknames.
More Templates for Resumes and Letters
More Microsoft Letter Templates
Microsoft letter templates are available as a free download for Microsoft Word users or are available within your Word program, to use to create a variety of letters. There are letter templates for cover letters, resignation letters, reference letters, thank you letters, interview letters, and a variety of business letters.
Microsoft Word Resume Templates
Microsoft resume templates are available as a free download for Microsoft Word users to use to create a resume. Microsoft Word resume options include basic resumes, job-specific resumes, and career-specific resumes.