It's tough writing a resume from scratch, when you don't know what you're doing.
It can take a great deal of time. And there’s a lot of guesswork involved, trying to figure out where your information should go and in what order.
When I wrote my resume for the first time, I struggled with this. I had a hard time getting started.
Then I discovered a great tool that helped tremendously with my resume writing.
Blank resume templates
Blank resume templates saved me time and eliminated the guesswork.
They made the resume writing process so much easier.
To help you get started with your resume, there are four basic templates available on this site that you can download or print, for free.
One for the chronological format, one for the functional format, and two for the combination format.
These resume templates give you a visual image of what a resume is supposed to look like once it’s set up.
You can see for yourself how each resume format should be organized. And where you’ll need to enter specific pieces of information.
Resume templates are also great for brainstorming. When you compare several of them, you can get an idea of the different ways to design your resume.
Bottom line: A template is a helpful shortcut for writing a successful resume.
Resume Writing Tip: Before using a template, decide which resume format is best for you.
A resume template will not be helpful, if you’re using the wrong format for your situation.
If you aren’t sure which type of resume to use, check out the resume format cheat sheet. It’s designed to help you figure that out.
You can also learn more about each layout in resume formats.
Additional help when using the templates
There is a bonus for using the templates available on this site.
You get extra writing help on the resume outline page. It serves as your guide to the templates.
The outline provides in-depth information on what goes in each section of your resume template.
In turn, the templates are based on the outline.
I recommend that you use the two resources side-by-side. There's a brief description in each section of your template. But, the outline clarifies, in greater detail, the information you need to include in your resume.
They are intended to work together to help you even more with the resume writing process.
The outline will also make it easier for you to personalize the template, and turn it into your own unique job search document.
A word of advice
Please keep in mind that a template is meant to serve as a starting point, a guideline for how to set up your resume.
It's not a magic bullet.
You’ll end up with a basic, generic resume, if you simply plug in your information and leave it at that.
To get the maximum benefit from of a template, you need to customize it to meet your specific needs.
I recommend you review the template before you get started. Get a feel for how your resume is supposed to be organized. Then add your information. Here’s where you can use the resume outline page as your guide.
Afterward, play around with the template and edit it. This is an important part of the process. To create a great resume, you need to take it to the next level.
Remember: A winning resume is tailored to highlight your skills, accomplishments, abilities, and experiences.
Free resume templates
Here are four blank resume templates you can download and/or print, at no cost.
Blank Template - Chronological Resume
Blank Template - Functional Resume
Blank Template - Combination Resume - Option 1
Blank Template - Combination Resume - Option 2
Note: For each template, the margins are 1 inch (top, bottom, right, and left). The font is Times New Roman, size 12. The "Your Name" header is size 20. You have the flexibility to adjust these settings and reword the headings, as appropriate.
See the resume outline page for more information about the changes you can make.
To download the templates, you’ll need a PDF reader installed on your computer, preferably the latest version.
A new window will open for both, so you can download without leaving this page.
If you want to open one of the templates in your browser window, you can just click on the link.
Or, if you want to download it to review later, then right click on the link and choose "Save Target As" or "Save File As." Then select where you want to save the file on your hard drive.
Once you’ve saved the file, you can double click it to open.
Want to check out more free templates?
You can find hundreds of basic, job-specific, and situation-specific Microsoft Word resume templates online. They're free and easy to download.
These resume forms are good for brainstorming ideas and figuring out how to design and organize your resume.
Once again, though, please remember, thousands of people use these Word templates.They're a great resource, but make sure to personalize your resume.
Note: To access the templates, click the above Microsoft Word link. Enter "resume" in the search box at the top left of the page. Then select the template you like, and click the "download" link.
The next step
Okay, so you've downloaded the template that works best for you. Great.
The next step is to review resume examples. They show you what a resume "in action" looks like. And they give you an idea of how to design your resume to make it your own unique document.
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