Microsoft Word resume templates can be helpful in crafting your next resume, but a Microsoft resume template MUST be customized if it is going to stand out from all the other resumes made from a free Word resume template.
The problem is, total control, in any aspect of life, tends to choke the vitality out of whatever a person attempts to control. That’s certainly the case with resumes. While a Microsoft Word resume is a living, breathing, document, a PDF resume isn’t.
50 Free Microsoft Word Resume Templates for Download
I understand that some recruiters will request a Microsoft Word resume so that they can add notes or remove applicant contact information before submitting to an employer. I've recently had such a request, and I'm reluctant to do so, given my past experiences. (they already have the PDF version)