Have you found the perfect job and are getting ready to write your resume? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve left no stone unturned, sifting through all the information on how to make a resume in Microsoft Word, and will tell you all that you need to know. We’ve condensed all of that into a simple blog post below.
How to Build a Resume or CV in Microsoft Word
There are two primary methods for making a resume in Microsoft Word. The first would be to use the “From Scratch” method, which is kind of like starting from a blank slate and requires a lot of time and creativity. The other method is to use a Word template and just fill out the required information, which is probably better if you’re working on a tight deadline.
- Choose a Template
- Create a Resume Header
- Add a Summary/Objective
- Add Education, Experience, and Skills
1] Choose a Template
Using a template is a great way to create a resume quickly and painlessly.
From the File menu, select New, and then go to the Resume and Cover Letter section to choose a Template.
Select a Template that most closely matches your needs and click on it.
Once you create your resume, you will see it as an editable Word document, where you can customize your information and experience.
2] Create a Resume Header
Have your personal information at the top of your resume. Include your name, job title, phone number, and email. Make sure to include any online sites where you can be found.
3] Add a Summary/Objective
Create a section for your objective or summary, which can be larger than the rest of the text. This section should also be bold and should include a couple sentences about your resume’s summary or objective.
4] Add Education, Experience, and Skills
A resume reflects your skills and experience. It also gives the prospective employer a glimpse into your education and training. It’s important that your resume is free of errors, and it should accurately reflect the level of expertise you have to share.
Use the LinkedIn Resume Assistant in Word
The Linkedin Resume Assistant is a very useful tool when it comes to creating resumes on MS Word. You can use it either with a blank document, an existing resume, or with a resume template.
Simply go to the Review tab and click the Resume Assistant button in the ribbon as shown above. A sidebar will pop up on the right of your document.
The sidebar on the right has a statement that you should take note of before proceeding. If you agree, go ahead and click Get Started.
Choose from a list of job titles and optionally, the industry. As you start to type, the list will narrow to the specific positions that match your request best.
Check out the remaining portion of your sidebar for helpful information to help you with your resume.
This post will show you how to convert your LinkedIn profile to a Resume.
How to Format Your Resume in MS Word?
Formatting your resume can be a tricky task. Before you start, make sure you have the right font size and style. 14-16 pt is a good size for the text in your name. Bolding your name will help make it stand out from the rest of the text. It’s also important to draw attention to your credentials by bolding titles.
Is a Resume a CV?
A resume is a short summary of your profile. A CV is a detailed document of your experience, publications, etc. Usually, applicants use a resume when they are less experienced and a CV when they are more experienced. The options you get with MS Word are usually for resumes, but you can extend the pages to add experience.