Free All-Purpose Basic Resume Format (Downloadable)

We all know that a well-written job resume can get you that all-important interview. But how do you even get started? Well, sometimes all it takes is a good resume format (template) to help guide you through the sections of a basic resume.

I get emails all the time from job seekers asking for resume help. Some sign up for my resume writing services; some use my Ready-Made Resume product. But I decided to write this for those of you just looking for some free resume writing help — with a handy-dandy general resume format you can download (or copy and paste).

What Can a Basic Resume Format Do for You?

Well, for starters, it can get your started! Instead of looking at a blank screen, you have a structure that's ready and waiting for you to type in your info. And, the formatting is all done for you: the indents, bullet points, bold, spacing, at that good stuff that makes your resume easy on the reader's eyes and helps him or her pinpoint your job qualifications quickly. Sure, you can change the formatting to suit your taste and situation, but the basics are there for you to play with, if you want.

How to Use This Free Resume Format

Using the following resume format/template is as easy as 1-2-3. Here's what to do:

  1. Copy and paste the text below into a blank document in your word-processing program or download the MS Word template by clicking on the "Download This Basic Resume Template" link below.
  2. Replace the text in the resume format with your words.
  3. Adjust the formatting (indents, margins, and whatnot) if needed.

Basic Format for Creating Your Own Resume

Here it is! My all-purpose basic resume format! It's free for you to copy and paste into your own blank document, or you can download it as a Word resume template.


Name
Street
City, State Zip
Phone
Email

 

Your Career Title

 

SUMMARY

 

  • Your most important Summary statement that supports your career objective.
  • Your second most important Summary statement that's relevant to your career goal.
  • Your third most relevant Summary statement.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

COMPANY NAME, City, State, 20xx-present
Job Title

  • The achievement statement that's the most relevant to your career objective.
  • Another achievement statement that's relevant to your career goal.
  • Another relevant achievement statement.

COMPANY NAME, City, State, 20xx-xx
Job Title

  • The achievement statement that's most relevant to your career objective.
  • Another achievement statement that's relevant to your career goal.
  • Another relevant achievement statement.

COMPANY NAME, City, State, 20xx-xx
Job Title

  • The achievement statement that's most relevant to your career objective.
  • Another achievement statement that's relevant to your career goal.
  • Another relevant achievement statement.

COMPANY NAME, City, State, 20xx-xx
Job Title

  • The achievement statement that's most relevant to your career objective.
  • Another achievement statement that's relevant to your career goal.
  • Another relevant achievement statement.
EDUCATION

Degree, Major, 20xx
School, City, State

Relevant certificate, 20xx
Relevant seminar, training, or workshop, 20xx

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Organization, Position held, 20xx-present
Organization, Position held, 20xx-xx


Download: All-Purpose Basic Resume Format in MS Word.
 

Looking for Extra Help?

Need more than just a basic resume format to follow? Check out these EXTRA goodies and services:

  1. Ready-Made Resume Builder: When you sign up for Susan Ireland's Ready-Made Resume Builder you get a one-year membership to a resume writing system that guides you through the whole resume writing process, step by step. Got special problems? This resume builder helps you figure out what to say and how to handle sticky issues such as employment gaps, a career change, and dates that could trigger age discrimination.
  2. Personal help: You can hire a professional resume writer on Susan Ireland's Resume Team to take the lead in writing your resume. She'll create a resume (and cover letter) that's unique to you and highlights your very best job qualifications.
  3. Lots of free stuff: Browse this website, Susan Ireland's Resume Site, and you'll find lots of free info, samples, and answers to difficult questions that I've been asked over the many years I've been working with job seekers.

You're not alone in needing help with writing a resume. Thousands of job seekers come to this site every day looking for solutions. My team and I are here to help!

More Free Resources

Here are some more free resources to help you create a great resume:

10 Steps: How to Write a Resume
This guide is the perfect companion to the basic resume format above. It takes you step by step from the top of your resume to the very end. And if, like most job seekers, you find resume writing overwhelming, this guide allows you to break the project into 10 bite-size pieces so you can get through it easier.

Lots and Lots of Sample Resumes
Looking at resume samples is one of the best ways to get good ideas for your own resume. You can see how others solved work history problems and how they presented their job qualifications to meet the expectations of employers. All of the resume examples in this group were either written by or critiqued by members of Susan Ireland's Resume Team, so you know they're good!

525 Examples of Resume Statements, Phrases, and Sections
If you get stuck on one of the resume sections, wondering what to say — take a look at this group of examples from real resumes. You'll find sample Job Objective, Summary, and Achievement statements, as well as whole Education sections for a range of educational levels (from no degree to Ph.D.).

Susan Ireland Resume Author Susan Ireland is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Perfect Resume and creator of Susan Ireland's Ready-Made Resume Builder.