Although they can look tempting, we recommend avoiding resume builders or fancy templates because they are difficult to edit or change (or they might charge you!). It is generally best to create your resume from scratch in Microsoft Word, Google Drive, or Microsoft OneDrive. If you're not sure how to create a formatted resume on your own, we have free templates below.
If you haven't made a resume before (or if it's been a long time), use our resume worksheet to get organized first.
Most jobs in the US will ask for a 1-2 page resume, with a few notable exceptions: most academic positions and some industry-specific jobs will ask for a CV (curriculum vitae) and federal resumes have their own specialized requirements.
Struggling to find just the right words? These power verbs and power adjectives lists can help you create bullet points with real impact. You can also do a search online for "(career) + sample resume" and explore the results.
We've put together some simple, streamlined resume templates that anyone with Microsoft Word can download. These templates are free from funky formatting, wacky fonts, and crazy colors and show you how to organize your information so that any potential employer can find what they're looking for.
These are resume tips curated by the resume and career help librarians for helping you craft a document that will hopefully be noticed by the hiring manager.