Google Docs is a free word processing program provided by Google. The Google Docs software can be accessed through your web browser or by downloading the mobile or tablet app from your device’s app store.
Using Google Docs, you can create and edit resumes, cover letters, and many other types of documents.
This page provides free resume templates for download, guides on how to open and edit our resume templates in Google Docs, and how to find more resume templates provided through Google Drive.
Google Docs Resume Templates Menu
About Google Docs & Google Drive Applications
You do not need expensive software to make a great looking resume template and Google Docs is one major reason why.
Google Docs is integrated into Google Drive, a cloud storage service that lets you save your documents and other files online. Best of all, the service provides you with 15GB of space to use at no charge.
Why Use Google Docs?
- All of your documents are saved online and can be edited from almost any internet device.
- Headings and most other formatting is retained when files are opened in other word processing programs.
- Google Docs provides many business related templates, with free and quick access.
- Autosave feature means you won’t lose your work.
One of the biggest reasons we use Google Docs for creating and distributing resumes is because you can import and edit documents that were made in other word processing programs, such as Microsoft Word.
You can also create brand new documents inside Google Docs and send them to recipients who should have no problems opening the files in different word processing programs.
Google Docs & “.docx” File Compatibility
The compatibility across the spectrum of word processing programs will help your resume be seen correctly, no matter what program is used to open it.
The “.docx” format that you are able to save in allows your file to be opened by almost any word processing software that’s out there, including re-uploading it into Google Docs.
It is the default save format for Microsoft Word and .docs has become a very common file format for saving all types of documents.
All of the resume templates on this site have been saved in the “.docx” format and are compatible for use in Google Docs.
With that in mind, let’s get started with a guide on how to use our Google Docs Resume Templates.
How to Upload Our Resumes Into Google Docs
If you’ve created a resume document in a program like Microsoft Word or some other word processing program, you may need to eventually upload or transfer the document online into Google Docs.
Below is a six step guide on how to get the resume document from your hard drive onto Google Docs, ready for you to edit:
If you already have a Google account, you should be able to log-in directly to Google Docs.
Google Docs is part of a larger office suit of software products along with Google Sheets & Google Slides. You will use the same log-in for each of the different office applications, along with the Google Apps you’re used to such as Gmail.
Another Google product, Google Drive, interacts with Google Docs in an important way. Google Drive is a form of online storage that lets you save your documents online, making them available across the entire web & multiple devices. Google Drive provides 15 GB of space free of charge and along with documents, you can save pictures and other types of files.
You can sign up for a free account by visiting https://docs.google.com.
Once you are logged in, the Google Docs homepage gives you many different options when looking to make a resume.
You can create your own, use a pre-existing Google Docs template, or use a document shared to you by a colleague online. Another option still is to use the open file picker to upload a resume document from your hard drive.
Below the Google Docs pre-loaded templates on the right hand side is a little folder icon. It will say Open file picker when you scroll over it. Click on that and a new menu will pop up that lets you pick which file you’d like to upload.
The Open a file menu will open, giving you a number of different options on how you’d like to import your file.
You can open a file for editing that you’ve already saved on Google Docs or Google Drive. You can also open a file that’s been shared with your Google Account.
If the file isn’t online yet, on the very right hand side is the option to Upload. Click on Upload to select your file.
From this menu, you can drag the file into this window if you have the file open in a folder window on your desktop.
You can also click the blue button and a standard menu with your hard drive will come up.
Through this menu, locate the resume file you’d like to open in Google Docs and double click it.
Go to “File” and then “Download As”. There you will see all the options as to what type of file your resume will be saved in.
Of the choices, “.docx” and “.pdf” will be the most common options you’ll select. Once you make your selection the file will be downloaded to your computer.
Free Google Docs Resume Templates For Download
All of the following resume templates are compatible with Google Docs.
Google Docs Resume Format & Layout Features
Whether you are uploading an existing resume into Google Docs or creating a brand new one, you will want to properly format the resume so it can be easily seen by hiring software & people alike.
So now that you’ve found the resume you like, let’s take a look at some tips on how to format the resume to fit your needs.
Google Docs is a powerful word processing program that has many tools and options you’ll be familiar with if you’re coming from using Microsoft Office software.
One key to organizing your resume is to use headings where appropriate.
Headings also help to layout your resume like an outline which can often times make it easier for both human resources employees and applicant tracking software to read.
Standard formatting tools like bullet points, columns, and various font options are all included. If your resume will be sent to people not viewing it in the Google Docs app, make sure to pick a font and style that will be seen across all word processors, but mostly Microsoft Word.
Fonts like Arial, Verdana, and Times New Roman are common and recommended.
Import Your Own Files
You may need to import your resume from Microsoft Word to work on it through the Google Docs app. The Docs software does a great job of keeping most of the formatting just like you had it.
But before you start to make changes, double check to make sure the resume has indeed retained all of your previous formatting. It’s better to fix any errors before you start making new changes that may only make the original problems worse.
If you’re just looking to copy a section or two from a Word document to Google Docs, you can copy and paste. When you go to paste the information by right clicking, be sure to select the option to paste without formatting.
Since you’re only looking to copy the plain-text information, it will be better to have the pasted sections unformatted. Once copied over, you can then format the added sections to match the rest of your resume.
If you have older Word files you’re not sure will be supported, check out Google Support for more information on working with Office files in Google Docs.
HirePowers Resume Formats
The resume templates we have available for download across a broad spectrum of formats – single columns, double columns, bullet list skills sections, and more, all are compatible within Google Docs.
Choose one you’d like and you think would fit with your particular skillset. But do not be afraid to modify these templates and their formatting to meet your specific needs.
Only you know what will be best for your resume and these free resume downloads are just a way to help you get started creating your own.
Resume Templates Available In Google Docs
If one of our resumes doesn’t meet your needs, that’s okay! Google provides it’s own set of resume templates directly through Google Drive & Google Docs.
There are five resumes in total available within Google Docs, with each resume having its own name: Swiss, Serif, Coral, Spearmint, & Modern Writer.
Learn more about each of these different resumes below:
The Coral Google Docs resume is an elegant and more fancy option when it comes to picking a template.
The resume gets it’s name from the reddish & orangish hue of the various headings located in the resume. Coral uses two different fonts throughout the resume: Playfair Display for the headings and Lato for the main content text.
This resume is one of the smaller templates with the main content being a 10pt font and the headings a 14pt font. You do of course have lots of room to make the text bigger with the amount of space left for you.
The Coral resume includes four sections besides the heading information: skills, experience, education, & awards. It does not include an objective or a professional summary but you can definitely add one if you’d like.
The skills section is in a comma seperated format which is best for 3-4 word phrase type of skills.
You can also describe your skills in short sentences if that makes more sense for your line of work. The main goal of this section is to quickly show your best and most relevant skills. The rest of the resume will give you plenty of space to expand on them.
The Serif resume divides up your information into two easy to ready columns. On the left includes your name, a professional summary, your work history, education, and specific project details. On the right of the resume is ample space for a combination of skills & other accolades.
The name of “Serif” comes from the main font used on the resume, the serif font named Merriweather. The section titles and contact area use a “sans” serif font, or a type of font without a serif, called Open Sans.
One thing to keep in mind with this resume is the font sizing. For example, the main content font size is only 9pt, which can be fairly hard to read – especially when printed. The job and school listings aren’t much better, listed at only 11pt.
The resume does make up for the smaller font size by having lots of white space to work with. And if you do end up needing to change the font sizes, make sure you keep all of the different content proportional to one another.
It’s important for employers to be able to quickly tell apart your work experience from the rest of the details, and how you layer font sizes is a key part of making your resume easier to read. With the Serif resume, employers can quickly digest multiple parts of your resume and be quickly informed if you’re a good fit.
One last note with this resume (and all the resumes, really). This particular resume lists awards & languages as accomplishments in their own sections but you can of course switch those titles around and tailor any of the sections to fit your particular needs.
Spearmint is a fun and popping resume that uses a light, somewhat bright green color as a highlight.
The resume uses one font throughout – “Proxima Nova”. The headings are a 14pt font while the main content font is 11pt, making it a little bit larger than some of the other Google Docs resumes.
Spearmint also includes quite a bit of white space to keep the eye moving throughout the resume. It also gives you room to add-on to the resume if you have more than three prior jobs.
Going without an objective or professional summary, Spearmint starts the resume underneath the heading by listing your best skills.
This skills section is a little different than most because it is in list form rather than using bullet points.
Besides experience & education, this resume also has an awards section at the bottom to list additional accomplishments. My personal preference would be to move this section to below your skills, but organize the resume in the best way for you.
You may also want to consider centering the name and contact information section to balance out the resume.
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How to Find These Resume Templates In Google Docs
These Google Drive and Google Docs resume templates are free to use and download. In fact, they are available directly through the Google Docs application itself.
Looking to use one of the resume templates available inside Google Docs? Here’s how to get them:
First, go to your Google Docs account inside Google Drive by visiting the site – https://drive.google.com. This site should be your home base for your online documents.
Next, in the top left corner of the screen under the Google Drive logo will be a button that says “New”. Click on that button and a new menu will appear.
On the menu that pops up, scroll down and select the arrow directly across from “Google Docs”.
You will be given two options: the choice to make a blank document from scratch or to use a template to create your new document. Select the option, “From a template”.
Google Docs Template Gallery
A new page will open up with many different choices of templates. This is the Google Doc Template Gallery.
The first row will be templates that you have recently used, if any at all.
From there on, every row has different types of templates you are able to use for free.
Besides resumes there are other types of documents available through the template gallery as well such as letters, business proposals, legal notices, and school reports.
As for resume templates, the Google Doc Template Gallery contains 5 different resumes to choose from: Swiss, Serif, Coral, Spearmint, & Modern Writer.
Click on the resume template you’d like to use and you’ll be transported to a Google Docs document with the template ready to be edited.
Each of the resumes provides something a little bit different so don’t be afraid to go back through the gallery and try them all out.
Google Docs Resume FAQ
Google Docs frequently asked questions, answered:
Where is the resume template in Google Docs?
Google Docs does in fact offer their own resume templates that are easy to use.
Their resume templates are located in the template gallery, available for free to all Google Drive users.
To learn the complete process on using a Google Docs resume template, click here.
Does Google Doc have a resume template?
Google Docs has a number of templates specifically made to use as a resume.
How do you make a cover letter on Google Docs?
Google Docs also has templates for formatted business letters within their template gallery.
But if you’re looking to make your own cover letter and need some tips, click here to learn more about creating a cover letter from scratch.
How do I find templates in Google Docs?
When creating a new document inside Google Docs, you can choose to start your project using a template. You will be taken to their template gallery, where all of their different templates are organized into different categories.
From there, double clicking on any of the templates should open up your new document, ready for editing.
For a more thorough explanation on how to access Google Docs resume templates, click here.
How do I put Google Docs on my computer?
Google Docs is not a traditional software program and cannot be downloaded to a desktop computer. To use it, you just go to the website address: https://docs.google.com.
Is Google Docs free to use?
Yes, Google Docs is absolutely free!