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Using a Template to Create a Resume WD 183
Using a Template to Create a Resume
The next step in this project is to create the resume (Figure 3–2 on page WD 148). Although you
could compose a resume in a blank document window, this chapter shows instead how to use a
template, where Word formats the resume with appropriate headings and spacing. You customize
the resume created by the template by fi lling in blanks and by selecting and replacing text.
Craft a successful resume.
Two types of resumes are the chronological resume and the functional resume. A chronological
resume sequences information by time, with the most recent listed fi rst. This type of resume
highlights a job seeker’s job continuity and growth. A functional resume groups information
by skills and accomplishments. This resume emphasizes a job seeker’s experience and qualifi cations
in specialized areas. Some resumes use a combination of the two formats. For an entry-level
job search, experts recommend a chronological resume or a combination of the two types
of resumes.
When creating your resume, be sure to include necessary information and present it
appropriately. Keep descriptions short and concise, using action words and bulleted lists.
Include necessary information. Your resume should include contact information, a clearly
written objective, educational background, and experience. Use your complete legal name and
mailing address, along with phone number and e-mail address, if one exists. Other sections you
might consider including are organizations, recognitions and awards, and skills. Do not include
your social security number, marital status, age, height, weight, gender, physical appearance,
health, citizenship, previous pay rates, reasons for leaving a prior job, current date, high-school
information (if you are a college graduate), and references. Employers assume you will give
references, if asked, and this information simply clutters a resume.
Present your resume appropriately. For printed resumes, use a high-quality ink-jet or laser
printer to print your resume (and cover letter) on standard letter-size white or ivory paper.
Consider using paper that contains cotton fi bers for a professional look. Select envelopes
that are the same quality and grade as the paper. If you e-mail the resume, consider that
the potential employer may not have the same software you used to create the resume and
thus may not be able to open it up. As an alternative, you could save the fi le in a format,
such as a PDF, that can be viewed with a reader program. Many job seekers also post their
resume on the Web.
Saving in the PDF
To save a Word document
in the PDF format, you
need to install the Save
as PDF add-in from
Microsoft. Use Help to
search for the term, PDF,
to assist with this process.
Once installed, the PDF
or XPS command will
appear when you point
to Save As on the Offi ce
Button menu. Both the
PDF and XPS formats are
intended to enable users
to share documents easily
with other users.
To Use a Template
Word installs a variety of templates for letters, fax cover sheets, reports, and resumes on your hard disk. The
templates are grouped into fi ve styles: Equity, Median, Oriel, Origin, and Urban. The templates in each style use
similar formatting, themes, etc., enabling users to create a set of documents that complement one another. In this
chapter, you will create a resume from the template in the Origin style. The following steps create a new document
based on a template.
Display the Offi ce Button menu
(Figure 3–52).
Offi ce
cover letter fi le
remains open
New command
to be selected
Offi ce Button
Figure 3–52
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