When you are searching for a new job, an updated, concise resume is crucial. Your resume acts as your introduction to a potential employer. Without one, you probably will not land an interview. While you could pay someone to create and print a resume for you, you could use Microsoft Word to make a free, professional-looking resume yourself. Word offers templates and what it calls a wizard to make creating a resume simple.
Open Microsoft Word. If you are using Word 2007, click the "Office" button and then click "New." In Word 2003 or an earlier version, click on "File" in the toolbar and then click "New."
Select "Installed Templates" in the "Templates" section of Word 2007. Choose the pre-installed template you want to use to create a free resume. You can choose from "Basic," "Job Specific," or "Situation Specific." If you do not see a template you like, click the "Office" buttom and choose "Resume" from the "Microsoft Office Online" section. Choose a template from the Microsoft website and click "Download."
Click "On My Computer" in the "Templates" section in Word 2003 or earlier. Click the "Other Documents" tab and choose a resume style, or click "Resume Wizard." The wizard will walk you through the basic steps of setting up your resume. You can also click "Templates on Office Online" and download a free resume template from the Microsoft website.
Enter your basic information into the template or wizard. List your full name and complete address. Spelling out words such as "Street" or the name of your state rather than using abbreviations lends a more professional air to your resume.
Type in your objective, your summary and your job history. Keep your job descriptions to three bullet points per position. Use action words rather than adjectives when listing your responsibilities.
Print your resume onto high-quality paper. Stick with simple colors such as white, beige or light gray.
Stick with a simple font. While a fancy font may attract attention, it can be difficult to read.