In good and bad economic times, you may find yourself in the position where you want to create or update your resume. Whether you've been laid off, are having to go back to work after being at home or are looking for that golden opportunity, you want to strike while your inspiration to create is hot. Technology and Microsoft Word keep changing and adding new templates for resumes. Take a look at the choices you have to get your resume up and operational in short order.
Open Microsoft Word 2007 and click on the Office Button in the upper left-hand corner of your screen. This is the round orange with a Microsoft Office icon inside of it.
Click on "New." A new screen opens. On the left-hand side, you will see a column with templates listed. Click on "Installed Templates."
After you click "Installed Templates," you will be presented with a variety of templates to choose from for resumes, letters, reports, faxes and more. For the purpose of illustration, choose the "Urban Resume." Click on "Urban Resume" and then on "Create."
Watch your new document pop up. Save your document and title it. Save it after every few edits to the template as well. Begin by making sure your name is correct. Next, place your address in the proper field at the top left. Don't use any abbreviations. Type "Street" instead of "St." and "North Carolina" instead of "NC," etc. Fill in the phone number field. You'll see fields for a fax number and a website URL to fill out or delete.
In the "Objective" field, create an objective statement that gives a good first impression. Be specific and succinct, using the job title for the position you are applying for and listing the main qualities you possess that would be of interest to the employer. You might say that your objective is "To work as an information specialist in a company that would benefit from a team player with five years of experience in web programming."
List specific software, management systems or problem-solving techniques that you know how to use in the "Skills" field. You might prefer to change this section from "Skills" to "Areas of Strength." Use whichever heading you feel best represents you.
List your schools, dates of attendance and degrees in the "Education" section. You may need to copy and paste the format if you have more than one educational institution to list.
In the "Urban" format, the final section is "Experience." List all companies and organizations where you have gained experience, paid or unpaid. Make yourself shine.
Take time to edit your resume and tighten up the wording. Make sure that everything is accurate and that it represents you in the best way possible. If you can, have others proofread your resume and make suggestions. When you like what you have, your final edit is done; don't keep reviewing and revising beyond the point of satisfaction.