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Building a resume from scratch takes a lot of time. Instead of using your energy formatting and aligning your experience, skills, and education, why not start with a template? Here are several Google Docs resume templates to get you started.

Google Docs does offer free resume options in its Template Gallery. However, you’ll only find a handful. For additional options, we’ve included some third-party templates you can download to Docs or Drive and use for free.

Google Docs Template Gallery Resumes

If you want to look at the offerings in Google Docs before venturing to a third party, you can pick from five resume templates.

Visit Google Docs and select “Template Gallery” at the top. If you changed your settings to hide recent templates, hover your cursor over the plus sign on the bottom right and click “Choose Template.”

Template Gallery link in Google Docs

Scroll down to the Resumes section to see the options. You can pick from Swiss, Serif, Coral, Spearmint, and Modern Writer.

Resumes in the Google Docs Template Gallery

Choose any template to open it in Google Docs. Give it a name on the top left like any other Google Doc and then simply replace the placeholder text in each section with your own.

Google Docs resume template

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Canvas Resume Template

If you have a lot of details to include in your resume but aren’t sure of the best format, the Canvas resume template is ideal. It offers clearly divided sections making it easy for potential employers to read and find what they need.

Canvas resume

To obtain the template, visit Resume Genius and scroll to the Canvas Resume Template. Select “Create a Copy of This Resume” below the image.

Create a Copy below the Canvas resume template

Then, pick “Make a Copy” on the subsequent screen.

Make a Copy of a Google Docs file

When the template opens, just name the resume and swap out the details with your own.

Windsor Resume Template

Another option from Resume Genius is this Windsor resume template. It offers a splash of color with a single shade of blue. This is a good option if you have one educational item to include which is highlighted right at the top with the professional profile. The section for work experience is nice and big with a spot for additional skills at the bottom.

Windsor resume

To get the template, visit Resume Genius and scroll to the Windows Resume Template. Select “This Free Resume Template” below the image and then like the template above, click “Make a Copy” to get started.

Create a Copy below the Windsor resume template

Give your resume a name and replace the information with your own.

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Creative Resume Template

If you work in the creative field, you may want a resume that offers some pizzazz. This Creative resume template does just that while remaining professional and useful. You have a designated spot at the top for a summary statement which a great introduction to the rest of your resume details.

Creative resume

To use the template, visit Beam Jobs and scroll to the Creative template. Click “Creative” to open the template in Google Docs.

Link to Creative to open the template

Once in Docs, select File > Make a Copy to copy the template for your own use. Give it a name and pick “Make a Copy.”

Make a Copy of the file in Docs and name box

When the template appears, swap out the placeholder text with your own.

Glimmer Resume Template

If it’s your skills that you want to highlight rather than your job experience, check out the Glimmer resume template for Google Docs. You have contact details and a summary at the top. Then, the skills area lets you use a star system to display your expertise and experience for each skill. Finish it up with your work history at the bottom.

Glimmer resume

To obtain this template, visit Hloom and click “Download Template” on the Glimmer option.

Download Template for the Glimmer resume

Once the file downloads, head to Google Docs to upload and open it like any other file. You can also upload the resume template to Google Drive and then open it in Docs. Give it a name and replace the sample details with your own.

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Golder Resume Template

One more resume template for Google Docs you’ll want to look at is the Golder template. With a subtle gray background, the template uses pops of gold color for the experience, education, and a skill star system.

Golder resume

To use the template, visit Zety and scroll down to the Golder option. Select “Copy” beneath the image and then “Make a Copy” on the subsequent screen.

Link to Copy to get the template

Give your template a name, replace the sample text with your own, and you’re set.

Gathering your details, wording them attractively, and finalizing your resume is a job in itself. You don’t do it all from scratch with a Google Docs resume template to help.

For more, look at how to use the LinkedIn Resume Assistant if you use Word in addition to Docs.

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