Resume Tips for the Uninitiated: Part 2

Not too long ago, I wrote a post about how to start writing the all important first resume. In this second part of that series, I tackle the issue of whether or not to use a template for the document.

When unfamiliar with writing a resume, it can be tempting to simply select a template, and then plug the required information into the format and leave it at that. However, doing this can be problematic, for a couple of key reasons.

One, it is often obvious to the experienced reader that the resume writer used a template. They tend to have a “canned,” and impersonal look and do nothing to differentiate the resume from the sea of resumes that have likely been submitted. Since a well crafted resume can help the applicant to stand out, using a template seems counterproductive.

Two, writing a resume without the use of a template demonstrates computer skills that might be very valuable to an employer. So many jobs today require workers to be computer savvy, and submitting a formulaic resume could give the wrong impression about the applicant’s knowledge in that area.

So what should an inexperienced resume writer do? I suggest looking online for various resume examples (a quick Google search will turn up more than you probably need), and then taking the elements you find most appealing from those and applying them to your own unique document.

Taking the extra time to craft an original looking resume might seem inconvenient, but will likely pay off for the job seeker in the long run.

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