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How to use a template to complete and print the resume
Considering that the resume acts as your first cover letter, you have to try to stand out among all the other candidates by all means. There are several templates in the web that can help you have a base for your own resume, but it’s important that you know how to complete it in order for it to be acceptable.
First of all, think that the template is only a model for you to have a guide, so don’t copy it. It’s up to you to make it unique and special. You have to be creative and personalize it according to your own work history. Most templates are just an average file, you have to make it your mission to make it ten times better. Only when you’ve modified it enough to fit your profile will it be ready to be printed. Recruiters are more than used to checking standard resumes, if yours is lacking originality it’s probably not going to be considered at all. So making a distinctive and complete resume is definitely worth the effort.
You can always check the tips and recommendations we’ve provided in our site to make sure your resume it’s outstanding.
Writing and Printing the resume with a free template is your starting point
A template will let you know how the format should be
It’ll help you see how the information should be distributed and how long the sentences/paragraphs have to be. This, however, does not guarantee you a perfect resume; you have to check for grammar errors, typos, coherence, and other writing issues. These are mistakes frequently made that can ruin all the possibilities you have of being selected for the interview.
If you’re not sure if you should be using a template to complete your resume, see how your resume is currently distributed. It can be very useful if you have problems completing certain sections or if the resume needs a better writing. It’s actually very helpful to check a few templates and compare it to yours to see if the final result is suitable.
Even people who don’t support the idea of using templates to print can agree that they can be very useful to get valuable information on how to start writing a resume from scratch or how to improve the one we already have. For someone who just started job hunting it can be very tough to know what to write in it or to find out what design is the most appropriate.
Use a template to complete the resume but always modify it so that it has a piece of who you are in it.
You should not use a template without contributing in it with information of your own. Just think about it this way: if someone was looking for products on a magazine, would he/she pay attention to the ads that look exactly the same as the others? Of course not! The ad that will capture the attention of the shopper will be the one that is authentic and stands out from the rest. People who create advertising usually take ideas from what’s already out there and they try to improve it and make it even more striking, if they do what everyone else is doing no one will ever care. This is exactly what happens when you use a template, if you just copy it, no recruiter will ever consider it.
Using a template is your starting point. After making all the arrangements needed, you have to decide whether you want to print it or not.
Before printing your resume ask yourself these 3 questions:
- Did I personalize it enough?
- Is it free of any grammar errors?
- Is the information clear, coherent and striking?
If you answered yes to the three questions above you can consider printing it. If not, go through it again until your resume is mistake free and has a great quality.
The final result has to be a genuine resume, personalized and structured according to the applicants profile with a direct focus on the company’s necessities. You’ll know if your resume is efficient if it provides clear and organized information with defined and complete sections.
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