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Video:Make a Resume in Word

with Don Schechter

Need to update your resume? Get a professional-looking product in less time by using Microsoft Word templates to create your resume.See Transcript

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Transcript:Make a Resume in Word

Hi, I'm Don Schechter for About.com Money. Today, I'm going to show you how to create a resume using a Microsoft Word template. This is the simplest way to create a resume during a job search.

Select a Resume Template

Go to the File dropdown menu and click 'New.' A task pane called New Documents with templates should open up. Under the Templates menu, click on 'My Computer.'

In the new window, select the Other Documents tab for a variety of resume options. You can choose Contemporary, Elegant, or Professional to begin quickly.

Use the Resume Wizard

To use the Wizard to help you create a resume, double click on the 'Resume Wizard.' Click 'Next' in the introduction window that pops up.

In the second window, you can choose to create a Professional, Contemporary, or Elegant resume. I'll choose 'Professional,' and then click 'Next.'

Now, you can select an Entry Level, Chronological, Functional, or Professional resume. I will select 'Professional' resume, and click 'Next.'

Enter Your Contact Information

In the next window, you can type your personal information including your name, address, phone number, fax number, and email address. Click 'Next' when you're done.

Select Headings for Your Resume

Now you can choose headings for your resume from the list. I will check off 'Education,' 'Professional Experience,' and 'Languages.' Click 'Next.'

Now you can add some optional headings. I'll check off 'Objective,' 'Hobbies,' and 'Awards Received' by clicking on the box beside each option. Then click 'Next.'

Customize or Remove Resume Headings

In this window, you can add custom headings by typing them in the space provided. I will type in 'Relevant Coursework.' Then you can scroll down to see all of the headings you've chosen.

To remove headings, select one of your headings in the list and click on 'Remove.' Click 'Next' when you're finished.

Fill in Your Information

If you are satisfied, click 'Finish' in the last window. Now you will see your resume template as a document. Click, highlight, and begin typing in each section to fill in all of your information.

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