Sure I’m employed at the moment but I’ve been around long enough to know what it feels like to be out of work in a down economy—and it’s no fun—I remember that very well. When you haven’t put together a resume in awhile it can be tough sledding.

Even if you have a job at the moment, the current economic climate can make looking for that next big opportunity a little like swimming in wet cement. In the job hunting world, you’re what is known as a passive seeker.

Whether you’re an active or passive seeker, I have one little piece of good news for you. Monster.com, a leader in career advice and job placement, has teamed up with Microsoft Office Online to make looking for a new job a little easier. You can build that killer resume from a Word document template and then quickly publish it on Monster—where it can do you some real good.

There are lots of Word resume templates types and formats to choose from. All you need to do is download the one that makes sense for your situation and start entering your information. The templates are all very clean and professionally formatted. They look great, so you don’t have to spend time remembering all the little tricks in Word for polishing you resume’s visual appeal. Even better, you can download a Word 2007 Add-in to go along with your templates. It’s called EasySubmit. Monster provides you with an extra tab on the Ribbon that allows you directly upload your finished resume directly from Word to Monster. How easy is that?

Here’s a link to a great little video blog from the Office Online folks that walks you through the process:

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If you follow the directions carefully, everything is pretty much automatic. When you get through and pick a resume template it will look something like this:

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To submit your resume to Monster, all you have to do is click the “Upload Resume to Monster.com” button on the Monster tab.

Here’s a couple of quick gotchas you should know about. Don’t use the 64bit version of Internet Explorer to download your templates. (I know, only a geek like me would try that anyway.) Also, if you don’t have the Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) already downloaded, you might have some extra steps; but no worries, the tools are free and the download process will walk you through this part too.

By the way, if you’re not certain which type of resume is right for you, Monster makes that a little easier as well. You can submit up to five resumes with different slants and formats,  and then see which one works best for you. Good hunting.