Get Your Resume Template! (three for free)

This article is part of a series called How to Write a Resume. To start this series from the beginning, read the introduction.

Ever search around for a free resume template just to find some unhelpful career advice website burying their stingy resume tips under heaps of bull$hit? It’s annoying – especially when you’ve got time commitments and need to write that resume yesterday. So the BS stops here. I know the economy is cool and your resume has got to be hot to get noticed amongst the competition.

Resume Writing Series:
  1. What is a Killer Resume?
  2. 10 Resume Do’s
  3. 10 Resume Sins
  4. Resume Anatomy
  5. 6 Sucky Resume Words
  6. 6 Resume Action Words
  7. 8 Resume Keywords
  8. 3 Resume Formats
  9. Free Resume Examples
  10. Free Resume Template

To help, I’ve put together 3 free Microsoft Word resume templates to help you get writing. Check out the article about resume formats to help you choose the right resume template for your situation. You might even find these resume examples helpful.

Now, I’ve never been a fan of the generic blank resume template since they lack character – so if you’ve got the time, do try to add your custom spin on these templates to liven things up! Now get downloading ’cause there’s a job out there waiting for your greatness!

Chronological Resume Template

Choose the chronological resume format if you have a steady work history with few breaks, if you’re staying in the same field, or if your job titles show increased responsibility and higher position levels. See a chronological resume example for some additional ideas.

Chronological Resume Template

Free Download: Chronological Resume Template


Functional Resume Template

Consider using the functional resume format if you want to highlight specific skills, if you’re re-entering the job market after an absence, when you have a wide variety of different or unrelated work experiences, or if you’re looking for your first job as a new college graduate. Here’s a functional resume example if you need to see this resume template in action!

Functional Resume Template

Free Download: Functional Resume Template


Combination Resume Template

Use the combination resume format to highlight your transferable skills from numerous jobs or volunteer work, when your work experience differs from your desired career path, or if most of your work had been short term. Check out this combination resume example to help you decide if this resume format is for you.

Combination Resume Template

Free Download: Combination Resume Template


I’ve had a lot of fun (and I’ve spent countless hours) blogging the How to Write a Resume series for your reading pleasure. While being “squawky” and entertaining throughout the series was my way to make a stressful task more fun, my ultimate goal is to hopefully help all you job hunters find work in this miserable economy. I fully admit that landing a job interview isn’t easy, but putting your best foot forward with an exceptional resume is a sure fire way to get some face time with a hiring manager.

The Resume Critique Contest is now CLOSED!

The resume critique contest is now closed. Thank you for your interest.

To celebrate the completion of this massive resume writing series I’ve decided to do something a little different here at Squawkfox – I’d like to give TWO readers a free resume critique! So if you’ve been sending out your skills with no employer bites, now’s your chance to get a little resume advice for free!

Just to be clear I’m not writing your resume, but rather sharing some ideas on how to make it killer. I’ve never run a contest before and I have no idea how many entries I’ll get, so I’ve got some simple requirements to make this fun and fair. Here are the rad contest rules:

  • In 140 characters (or less) tell me why I should critique YOUR resume. If you’re on Twitter you may have some practice with writing short.
  • Your 140 character sentence can be serious or humorous.
  • Enter by commenting on this post or by privately sending me an email.
  • The deadline is Monday May 4th, 2008. 5PM Pacific Daylight Savings Time. Seriously enough time to write 140 characters.
  • If you’re shy and don’t want to comment, send your entry to: squawkfox [at] gmail [dot] com
  • One entry per person.
  • Please DO NOT send me any resumes at this time.

Update: Yes you can enter via Twitter (I’ve had a few Tweeples ask). Just be sure to @squawkfox with a “w” in “squawk”. :)

I’ll pick my TWO favorite 140 character submissions on Tuesday May 5th and contact the winners privately to send me their resumes. I’ll then write up a private resume critique to help the winners improve their resume and hopefully get them closer to landing that job interview.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what you can do in 140 characters to convince me to critique your resume! If there’s enough interest (and with your permission) I may even write a post to share the best 140 character entries!

The resume critique contest is now closed. Thank you for your interest.

Your two cents:

  1. J. Money April 29th, 2009

    Nice idea there Foxy! Hope you get lots of participants :) I sorta-kinda-definitely need to see if I can even find where i last put my resume…I bet i last looked at it before Facebook was even out. haha…

  2. Kerry April 29th, 2009

    @J.Money I’m really excited about this little contest thingy. Readers email me their resumes all the time so I know there are job seekers looking to get some real help. :)

  3. Stephanie PTY April 29th, 2009

    I’m trying to change “careers” from what I majored in during college (just graduated!) and need all the help I can get :)

  4. Kelly from Almost Frugal April 30th, 2009

    I just got a job, but it’s only for 6 months. I have a fancy new CV but would love your opinion on it.

  5. FupDuckTV April 30th, 2009

    Awesome series, Fox.
    What is the next major topic going to be?

  6. Kerry April 30th, 2009

    Thank you Stephanie and Kelly! :D

    I’ve received many email and Twitter entries! Keep them coming!

    @FupDuckTV Oh my gosh. I’m thrilled you liked the series. I get a lot of email from series readers so I’m guessing it’s helping people. :) I haven’t decided what the next topic will be. This one was a lot of work. :D I’m open to suggestions. ;)

  7. TStrump April 30th, 2009

    What do you think would work best for a contractor – in the past few years I’ve worked at places for one to two years, by choice as I’ve wanted to travel and do other things.
    How do you present that without looking like you lack stability?
    Thanks!

  8. Melanie Reformed Spender May 4th, 2009

    Hmmm…where did the used car post go?

  9. FupDuckTV May 4th, 2009

    @Fox- You should consider doing a 10 point series (or have ever many it would take) on how to hire someone; what to look for in a resume. It would be the flip side of this series.

    I have been both the hiring manager and the aspiring candidate. I really believe that being the candidate is easier. Hiring the right person is MUCH tougher.

  10. Meaghan May 11th, 2009

    Great series! Very helpful. Thanks!

  11. Huascar April 3rd, 2011

    I love the website, I was able to help my niece build her resume following your tips. I m looking forward to fixing mine by following the same tips. Thank You!

  12. Saragale June 28th, 2011

    This series landed me my dream job at a major financial institution, thank-you so much. I’ve paid it forward several times over.

  13. leezzy November 28th, 2011

    it’s very kind of you to provide so much help to me, and i think i will achieve my idea job with your advice. thank you!

  14. Glenn March 25th, 2013

    Really useful templates; however I would add something that is definitely becoming even more important, particularly within the UK and EU job markets. Don’t focus purely on the template/ design you use. the content is far more important overall, particularly in light of the information below:

    CV or resume heat map information is now showing that recruiters or employers are now looking at documents on screen for around the 15 second mark. It always used to be 30 seconds so it shows that employers in particular are under severe pressure with the sheer volume of CVs that they need to look at, and simply do not have the time to read each and every one properly

    The importance of highlighting achievements within previous job roles is even more important. When listing achievements, separate yourself prom the crowd through detailing the employer derived as a result of what you achieved. the more tangible the benefit that you delivered, the better. Financial benefits hit hardest so if you have increased sales, profit, gross margin, customer numbers and the like then say so and show how much money your previous employer gained as a result.

    If the reader can see quickly what you have delivered for employers in the past, the chances of making it past the first sift are greatly increased, especially as so many recruiters are time poor.

  15. Leeda July 25th, 2013

    This is SUPER helpful! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

  16. ereca bael March 17th, 2014

    really useful and good source….
    thank you…

  17. Richard Wani April 16th, 2014

    I am desperately looking for a job. I have applied for several positions, but have not been shorted listed for an interview nor have been notified for any. Am satisfied with your tips of writing a resume/cover latter. I will review and rewrite my resume based on what I have learn from your website. and I believed there after I will succeed in my endless struggle for employment.

    Best Wishes

    Richard Wani Clement
    Juba
    South Sudan

  18. andy November 7th, 2014

    Welcome back, great to have you back.

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