How to Write a CV in Word

Updated March 16, 2017

Word processors, such as Microsoft Word, are handy tools you can use to create professional-looking documents, such as curriculum vitae (CV for short; also known as a resume). Microsoft Word, for example, includes CV templates (built-in and available for download) which simply need to be filled out. When drafting your CV, use an easy-to-read text (such as Times New Roman) and appropriate spacing between sections to make it readable.

Click on "File" and "New Document." Choose "General Templates." A new window will open.

Select "Resume Templates." Scroll through the list and choose a resume template the fits your personal style (such as an "elegant" resume or a "professional" resume).

Follow the on-screen instructions to fill out the CV. The templates in Microsoft Word come with wizards that provide step-by-step instruction on completing the form. For instance, in the "Contact Information" section, you must fill in your name, address, and contact information by typing the information on the provided lines. Finish the CV wizard and click "OK." Microsoft Word will automatically create a CV with your information.

Review the information. Correct any mistakes or add new information by positioning your mouse before or after a word or sentence and clicking your mouse to move the cursor to that position. Type in the information you want to add or use the "delete" or "backspace" key to remove information.

Click on the Office button and select "New."

Choose "Templates" from the options. This will direct you to the templates section. Click on "Installed Templates."

Select a template from the list available. Note that you can download more templates by visiting Microsoft Office Online and searching for "resumes" or "CVs."

Follow the on-screen instructions to create your resume. Type in the information to create your CV.


Note that Microsoft has created several versions of Word. The steps in this article may vary slightly depending on which version you are using.

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About the Author

Based in Traverse City, Mich., George Lawrence has been writing professionally since 2009. His work primarily appears on various websites. An avid outdoorsman, Lawrence holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in both criminal justice and English from Michigan State University, as well as a Juris Doctor from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he graduated with honors.