Trying to create a resume from scratch can be a real chore, particularly if you’ve just been laid off. We’ve written in the past about free resume templates that can help you develop a professional looking resume. Microsoft has updated its site that provides literally hundreds of free resume samples and templates. And the site has some really useful features that are worth checking out if you’re looking to update your resume.
Resume Samples by Experience Level and Industry
Perhaps the best feature is that Microsoft sorts the resume templates and cover letters by experience level and industry. It offers resume and cover letter samples in the following categories (with number of available templates in parenthesis):
- Basic Resumes (85)
- Entry-Level & College Students (85)
- Experienced Professional Resumes (100)
- Job Specific (76)
- Situation-Specific Resumes (e.g., career move)(15)
There are many sub-categories, and the resume template collection can be searched. Users can rate each template on a 5-star scale, so you immediately see user feedback on every resume.
Post Your Resume Online
You can also post your resume online. Microsoft has partnered with monster.com, an online employment site. If you are new to monster.com, you can get started by clicking here.
Resume Building Tips and Articles
Microsoft also offers several articles on how to build an effective resume and general job hunting tip. Here are some of the articles that caught my eye:
- Five Resume Tips for College Students
- Keyword Challenge Find the Right Ones for Your Resume
- Sample Cover Letter for an IT Professional
All in all, Microsoft offers a great resource if you are in the market for a job or just want to update your resume. If you use the service and find a resume template you really like, please leave a comment below to let us know.
And if you’re fortunate enough not to be hunting for a job, check out this great personal finance articles and carnivals from the last week:
Personal Finance Articles
- Readers Share Favorite Cash Back Programs (@My Dollar Plan)
- Current Coupon Codes and Money Savings Offers (@Cash Money Life)
- 15 Low Cost Ways to Beat Stress (@Wise Bread)
- Percentages are the Way You Think (@Bad Money Advice)
- How to Budget for Medical Expenses (@The Wallet – WSJ)
- Obama’s 2009 Robin Hood Health Care Reform Plan – What’s in it for You and How Much Will it Cost Tax Payers (@Saving to Invest)
- Dave Ramsey And The Power of Behavioral Finance (@Moolanomy)
Finance & Investing Carnivals
- Carnival of Personal Finance #214: United States Presidents Edition (@Poorer Than You)
- Carnival Of Money Stories #11 – Money Quotes Edition (@Bible Money Matters)
- Carnival of Personal Finance: New Zealand Edition! (@Man vs. Debt)
- Carnival of Pecuniary Delights: Sweet 16 Edition (@Wise Bread)
- Carnival of Twenty Something Finances for July 13, 2009 (@Money Under 30)