11 Google Docs Resume Templates You Should Check Out
Creating a resume from scratch can be daunting. Fortunately, there are a variety of Google Docs templates available to make your life easier. All you have to do is modify the resume template data to match your own profile, and your resume is complete. We’ve picked the best free Google Docs resume templates for new grads, teachers, students, professionals, and more. Let’s take a look at them.
1. Google Docs Resume Templates
To get started, you don’t need to look anywhere else, as Google Docs has five free resume templates. Open Google Docs in a browser and click on the “Template Gallery” option at the top.
You will find resume templates in the CV section. Included: Swiss, Serif, Coral, Spearmint and Modern writer. There are some with two columns and others with only one. Click on the one you want to preview and/or edit.
2. Hecuba Model
The Hecuba Google Docs Resume template features a box design with your profile section on the left and education on the right. This template is suitable for people who want to showcase their skills in an assessment format. The skill box is present in the lower left corner.
To note: If you don’t see Google Docs resume templates, you need to change Google Drive language to English. To do this, open Google Docs, then go to “Settings icon -> Settings -> Change language settings -> English”.
3. Muse Resume Template
The Muse resume template is a good choice if you are looking for a very simple resume template to get started quickly. It also has sections for volunteer work, skills and education. This model is ideal for educators and professionals.
Click the link above to view the model. If you want to modify it, click on “File → Make a copy”. This will create a new copy of this template in your Google Drive/Google Docs. Open it up and start editing, making sure to remove all instructions from the template. Select the instructions and press the Remove key.
4. Khanya Resume Template
Khanya Resume Template is an elegant two column resume template. Along with basic information such as name, number, and social media profiles, there are placeholders for experience, education, goals, and skills. The top and bottom edges of this template have borders that you can easily remove if you wish.
Click on the link to open this model, then on “File → Make a copy”. This template can be used by all kinds of people, including students and professionals. Students should remove the title “Experience” and replace it with “Volunteer Experience”.
5. Harvard Resume Template
If you prefer classic one-column resumes, the Harvard resume template is for you. This is a simple resume template with bullet points. Work experience, education and additional skills are included in the native sections.
To use this template, click on the “Create a copy” button when you open the link. Also check out the Chicago and Classic models, which are two versions of Harvard.
6. Black and white resume
This black and white resume is an elegant template that focuses on your photo and the “About me” section. Both, along with your contact information, take pride of place in the left column, while Education, Experience, and Skills are listed on the right.
Open the link and click the “Edit Template” button. Select between the US letter and A4 template for the size, then click “Create a copy”.
7. PAVLOS Resume Template
The CV Pavlos model is best described as chic and modern. Accented with different shades of teal, sections for profile, experience, education, references, and skills are provided in this two-column resume template with a photo placeholder.
The only downside is that the elements were added via Google Drawings. Therefore, when you edit data, all content opens in Google Drawings. Remember to remove the last page of the resume template after reading the instructions.
Click on the link and press the “Create a copy” button. If the direct link does not work, get the model from the official site. Also check out other cool Google Docs resume templates at resumgo.com.
8. Grigie Resume Template
The Grigie resume template is divided into three sections: the header, the sidebar, and the main section. The header also includes a placeholder to add your own image. If, however, you don’t want to include an image, delete the image box.
To get this template in Google Docs, use the link above. Scroll down and click “Open in Google Docs”, followed by “Create a copy”.
9. Standout Resume Template
If you are an experienced professional, this standout resume template will provide you with enough space and format to list your previous roles. The Standout-cv website lists various examples of this template in use.
10. Stylish Resume Template
Another option is the Classy resume template from Beamjobs. In addition to your work experience, your skills can be highlighted more prominently in this template which can be used by software engineers, teachers, and managers, among others.
11. TOTH – Portfolio Summary
Toth is a beautiful Google Docs resume template to showcase your portfolio as it features image placeholders. It is suitable for artists, graphic designers and similar users who want to preview their work through images in their resumes.
Bonus: How to Use a Word Resume File in Google Docs
There is a very limited collection of free Google Docs resume templates available. However, if you search the internet for Microsoft Word resume templates, you will find a plethora of them, so why not use a Word template in Google Docs?
To do this, follow these steps:
- Download a Microsoft Word template to your device. It will be in .docx format. Some of the websites that offer free Word templates include:
- Open Google Drive in a browser. Click “New”, followed by “File Upload”. Add the Word template you downloaded.
- Open the resume template. Click “File → Save as Google Docs”. A new Google Docs version of the template will be created. Return to Google Drive and open the newly created Google Docs template.
If you’re having trouble following the steps above, check out our in-depth guide on how to convert Word to Google Docs. You can also create your own resume in Word.
How to Share a Google Docs Resume
Once you’ve edited the resume details to match your profile, it’s time to share it with recruiters. You can either send them the Google Docs link or download it as a PDF.
1. Share a Google Docs Resume
- Open the resume you want to share and click the “Share” button at the top.
- The “Share with people and groups” window will appear. Enter the email addresses of the people you want to share the resume with. This way, only added people can open the link.
Alternatively, you can create a link and share it. Note that anyone with the link can view the resume. To do this, click on “Change to anyone with the link”. Copy the link and send it via email, messaging apps, etc.
2. Convert Google Docs to PDF
The best practice is to convert Google Docs to PDF and share it with others.
- Click “File → Download → PDF” in the Google Docs document. Select the desired location on your computer where you want to download the PDF file.
- Attach the PDF file to your email and send it to potential employers.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. If I use one of these templates, will my resume be ATS compliant?
Using one of the templates above or any other template will not automatically make your resume ATS compliant.
Keep in mind that an ATS or Applicant Tracking System analyzes resumes based on keywords. It also removes formatting. To ensure your resume is successfully parsed by an ATS, it’s important to tailor it to closely match the job description and keep formatting simple.
If you start with a fancy template, you’ll have to do some extra work to get the formatting right. Failure to do so will result in your data being displayed incorrectly when passing through an ATS. We recommend running your resume through a resume scanner to ensure it is ATS compatible.
2. What file format do most employers prefer for resumes?
Usually a resume in PDF format is preferred. But there is no absolute rule as such. You can also send a Word document or share the Google Docs link. It’s best to check with the employer and have your resume ready in multiple formats to share at any time.
3. How do I attach a Google Doc resume to an email?
You need to convert and download the Google Doc into a PDF file and attach it to an email. Alternatively, simply copy-paste the link into your email to send to the recruiter.
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