Beware of the Resume Template

No two people are the same. No two resumes should be either.

Resume templates are extremely easy to find on the internet, and even MS Word offers a variety of resume templates in their project menu (I used one to create my resume in college). A resume template may help you get going if you are creating a resume from scratch, however it they are definitely not designed with you in mind. When working from a template, it’s too easy to fall into the trap of making your work history fit into the template’s framework, when it should be the other way around. There are many templates out there – including the one I used – that utilize tables, columns, and other elements that are difficult to manipulate and employ outdated strategies such as objective statements and “References Available Upon Request.”

Your specific objective must drive your entire resume’s strategy and format, so it is highly unlikely that a general template will meet your exact criteria. If you are using a resume template to create your very first resume, let it serve as a guide only. Look for strong resume examples for professionals in your field and with similar career histories.  Research professional resume writing strategies and formats that best suit your objective. Resist the temptation to let a template do all the work for you if you want to land your next great opportunity.


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