How to do automated resume formatting using Microsoft Word 2013 or greater

Formatting a resume in Microsoft Word 2013 in 2021 seems like a tricky thing, especially because this version of Microsoft Office is ancient now.

However, we are well aware that many recruiters are familiar with it the most, and it is convenient to stick to something familiar.

Here we will go over two topics that will help you format resumes in Microsoft Word 2013:

  1. How to Manually format resumes in Microsoft Word 2013 – which is a hard, time-consuming way
  2. How to do automated resume formatting using Microsoft Word 2013 – which is an easier, time-effective way

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How to Manually format resumes in Microsoft Word 2013

Use Bullets

Bullets and numbers make everything seem more organized and scannable.

You can showcase candidate skills, hobbies, and similar information in the form of bullets and numbering.

Set Margins

Margins play a considerable role. You need to have just the right amount of white space on the paper tojustify paragraphs make it easier to read and consume information.

Make sure that your margins are not non-existent or too big. Stick to the usual and conventional page layout.

Format Paragraphs

Resumes will look incomparably better and more professional if you set line spacing at single 1,5 and make paragraphs justified.

Put your logo in the header/footer section

The header is the ideal section where you should put your logo and all the necessary company information.

You can put contact information in the footer too.


It is intuitive that all the resumes should be written in the same font style. You can manually by selecting CTRL+A the whole text apply the right font.

How to do automated resume formatting using Microsoft Word 2013 or greater with the Help of iReformat

We are happy to announce our resume formatting software has been approved and is available in the Office App Store. Here is a link to the app.

In this post, will detail how to add the app to Microsoft Word and make use of all of the features available in our resume formatting software.

NOTE: The app in the Office App Store works for Office versions 2013 and greater including Office 365.

The first thing to add the app, go to the Insert tab in the ribbon and click on “Get Add-ins” like shown below:

How to add the iReformat App from App Store in Microsoft Word 2013 How to add the iReformat App from App Store in Microsoft Word 2013

Once the app store dialog is open, search for “iReformat” app in the store, once you find it. Click on “Add” to install the app like shown in image below:

iReformat: Adding the ireformat app from office app store

Once the app is added, next time if you want to use it, it is available from the “My Apps” ribbon button. The “My Apps” button is right below the “Get Add-ins” button.

Once the app is added and opened, the app opens up in the right hand task pane like shown below:

iReformat Office app Login Screen

If you do not have an iReformat account on, you can click on create account, which will lead to the page on for signing up.

Once you signup for the iReformat service. You can login using the email address and password in the login screen above.

NOTE: Please contact support at recruiteze dot com, if you need a custom resume template. One custom resume template is created free for each account, when you signup for the service.

Once you login, you will see the Reformat screen like below.

iReformat Office App Reformat Screen

If you have used our web-based resume formatting software, you will see that it looks exactly like the screen in the web application. Here in the “Reformat Options” section, you have the ability to pick a resume template.

Once you have the resume open, and logged in to the ireformat office app. The only selection you have to do is pick a resume template. If you always use just one template, you just have to click on the “Reformat” button.

The other optional features are the ability to highlight(bold) skills/keywords in the formatted resume.

Once you pick a resume template, you can add the skills you like to be highlighted(shown in bold) in the formatted resume. You need to enter skills seperated by commas.

The next option is to pick the highlight options; you have 5 highlight options:

  1. Remove all Highlight – This option removes all the bold formatting in the resume.
  2. Keep all Highlight – This option retains all the bold formatting and does not make any changes.
  3. Highlight Skills/Keywords – This option highlights the skills and keywords entered in the skills field.
  4. Highlight sentences with Skills/Keywords – This option highlights the entire sentence which has the skill/keyword.
  5. Remove all Highlight and Highlight Specified Skills/Keywords – This option removes all the bold formatting in the resume and highlights only the specified skills in the skills field.

Recruiter is another optional section; here, the logged-in Recruiter is selected by default.

Once the required options are selected, clicking on “Reformat” will format the resume, which is available for download. The Download Formatted Resume popup opens within the Word Addin. You will need to click on the “Download Formatted Resume” button to download the formatted file.

Download Formatted Resume from Word Add-In

After saving the formatted resume, clicking on open will open the formatted resume. Once you open the formatted resume, you can edit it if you need to or email it using pre-defined email templates. The next picture shows the email tab of the iReformat Office Application, the world’s best resume formatting software.

Emailing a formatted resume using pre-defined email templates using our resume formatting software

Emailing a formatted resume using pre-defined Email Templates using our resume formatting software

From the Email tab, you can pick one of the email templates and send the email.

The next tab is the Support tab; please feel free to use this tab to contact us for Support or provide Feedback. We are always looking to improve our product, design, and service. We welcome all suggestions, so please feel free to provide your feedback or let us know if you run into issues.

Hope this information was helpful to you and looking forward to keeping providing value to our users. We’re always looking for feedback, so don’t hesitate to let us know how we can make our resume formatting software better.

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Happy Formatting!

Additional reads:

  1. Guide to getting started with Recruiteze
  2. How to create a careers page
  3. How to manage user accounts
  4. How to search for candidates in the database
  5. How to use the job application feature
  6. How to set job title for email communication