Free Resume Template

Free Resume Template

When you need to write your own resume, it’s very nice to have someone guide you through the process of preparing that all-important document.

All resumes must be individual and customized.  Copying from a resume template is only as good as the one adding the individual information.

Here's a free resume template guideline

Here are some guidelines and a free resume template for you to begin.

The process is very simple, really, but you do need to be quite adept with the computer.  I can show you how to create your own resume, following a standard resume template. 

The instructions here are provided using Microsoft Word 2013 and standard US Letter paper (8 ½ inches x 11 inches).

Bond paper.  You must use a very good standard of bond paper – a little better than the standard printer paper that you might already have in your printer.  There are some very nice textures available for reasonable prices.  If you are going to be printing your own resume, then it is probably well worth the effort to spend the little extra to get a good quality bond.

Colour.  Any light colour – beige or white – is most appropriate and formal.  You do need to consider the paper you will be using. Something like these examples would be most appropriate.  Subtle colours.  Very formal.  Very professional.

Personal information at the top.  Consider using a text box at the top of the resume, you will very effectively highlight your name and personal information so that the reader can contact you. Follow this free resume template for success.  

  • Center the information. 
  • Leave a blank line before the text and a blank line after the text for maximum readability.

Then, it’s a matter of adding the necessary sections of the resume.  All resumes will contain the same information sections because these sections provide the information your reader needs to know.

Sections in the resume are:

  • Information section
  • Objective
  • Education
  • Work Experience
  • Skills
  • Achievements
  • Volunteer Activities
  • References

Margins.  The final document needs to look like it is framed – just like a work of art.  So, ensure that you begin with the proper margins.  Leave one inch margins on all sides – top, bottom, left and right.  That will work very well for you.

Spacing.  Set your spacing to single spacing.  Then, you can press the Enter key two times to leave one blank line between paragraphs and between sections.

Try to keep the document to one page or a page and a half.  More than that is certainly not necessary and would indicate that you have written too much.  Follow this free resume template for success.

Second page?  The second page of the document (if you have a second page) must contain a header and page number.  In the event that the two pages would get separated, the header serves to help the reader put the two pages back together accurately.  So, don’t forget the second page header.  When you put the header on the second page using the Word Automatic Header/Footer feature, remember to check the box “Different first page” to ensure that the header does not appear on the first page.

Make the final document easy to read.  Try to leave 2 blank lines between the major sections to make the document easy to read.  Text that is crammed together is very difficult to read.  You will have your reader “working” to read and understand your document, and if that’s the case, the reader is in a negative frame of mind from the start.

Write only what you need.  If you have several jobs that are similar spanning several years and several companies, consider combining and shortening the presentation. 

For example:

Something like the above would save you much space on your resume document by combining the information.  You would not have to include duties because the name of the job would be quite self-evident.  The fact that you have a total of 14 years’ experience would be very clear in this format.  The list of schools makes your work history very clear. 

Summary.  The combined and succinct format above provided in this free resume template would be preferable to setting out each teaching stint individually.

The top text box sets off the document, and makes a very good beginning.

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Here is another example below. 

Note the format above.  The side headings (the major side headings) are presented in solid capitals and bold lettering. 

  • There are 2 blank lines between the major sections. 
  • There is one blank line after each major section title.
  • The entries are spaced – Leave one blank line between each entry.
  • Indent the second line of each entry.

At the end of the first line, use parentheses to provide the year.  Because of the consistent format for each entry, the year jumps off the page at the reader.  The result is a very easy-to-read presentation.

The position is highlighted because it’s in the first line and begins at the margin.  The reader will clearly see each of these positions very easily.

In the example below, much the same format is used.  Because of the length of this document and the first page, only one blank line has been left between the main section titles.

Note the format below.  The creator of this resume below decided that the overall readability was still very good with only the single blank line between the sections.

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