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Who Should Use a Microsoft Word Resume?
When you are applying for work, you should use a .docx or .doc file format if:
- The job post explicitly asks for a resume in a Microsoft Word file format
- You want the option of editing your resume
- You plan to personalize a single resume for multiple roles
- You’d like recruiters to have the ability to take notes on your resume
Resume Templates for Word
All of LiveCareer’s professionally designed resume templates can be downloaded in a Word file format. The question is, with so many to choose from, how will you ever pick a template? Here are some of our most popular and versatile templates. Which one will you choose?
5 Ways Our Builder Simplifies
Writing a Resume in Word
- LiveCareer’s resume templates are easy to use and can be saved as a Word document once you are finished. Here’s how our Resume Builder can make the process of creating a resume for Word quick and simple so that you can concentrate on what’s important: the content:
- Each template is designed to automatically manage the formatting of your document. You won’t waste time lining up text or checking for inconsistencies in font when you use our builder.
- You won’t spend time pondering design elements. Just choose our large selection of resume templates to create a document that right for the job at hand.
- Microsoft Word is great at making chronological resumes but difficult to create functional or combination resume formats, which is problematic for some types of job seeker. Our builder offers templates in all three resume formats. Just choose the one that’s right for you and start writing.
- If you need a Word document for one application and a PDF or Simple Text format for another, our Resume Builder makes it easy to switch file formats and save your resume.
4 Challenges of Building a Resume in Word
Microsoft Word is a preferred file format for recruiters. Job seekers also like this file format because resumes save in Word are easy to edit and personalize for other roles.
However, some job seekers find that writing and formatting a resume in Word can be tricky. Here’s why:
- Creating a Word doc from scratch can be tedious and time-consuming
- Formatting elements like font, margins, and text alignment can be tricky. An eagle eye is required to maintain consistency throughout the document.
- When sharing a resume created in Word with a recruiter who uses a different version of the software, some formatting elements could be lost or changed.
- Unlike a PDF, which is a “fixed” file format, it is possible for inadvertent changes to be made to a Word doc after you’ve sent it to a recruiter.
How to Download Your Resume Template in Word
4 Facts About Microsoft Word
Resume File Formats
- Microsoft Word is a word processor developed by Microsoft. Version 1.0 was first released on October 25, 1983.
- With many user-friendly features, Word makes it easy for a job seeker to:
- Quickly create bulleted lists.
- Track changes
- Convert PDF files to editable Word documents.
- Use the navigation pane to move text around.
- Count the number of words in a document.
- Find past versions of documents through auto-recover.
- Using a Word doc makes it quick and easy to edit your resume and customize it for each job application, which is why Word resumes are popular among job who are applying for multiple roles.
- Recruiters like this format because they can make notes and add comments to your resume as they review your credentials. This allows them to note the parts of your background that they like – or dislike – at a glance when they are deciding which candidates to interview.