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.
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 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 devices’ app store.
Google Docs is part of a suite of business software, along with Google Sheets and Google Slides – Google’s spreadsheet and presentation office products.
Using Google Docs, you can create and edit resumes, cover letters, and many other types of documents.
Docs is also 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 Compatability
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 Use Our Google Docs Resume Templates
This guide will help you import our resume files into the Google Docs software.
Once you’ve downloaded the resume template you like, follow these quick steps to open and edit our templates in Google Docs:
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.
How To Find More Google Docs Resume Templates Through Google Drive
If one of our resumes doesn’t meet your needs, that’s okay! Google provides it’s own set of resume templates directly through the Google Docs App.
These Google Drive and Google Docs resume templates are free to use and download.
To check out the available templates, follow the guide below: