CareerSifu’s best tips for picking a resume template

Resume template

  • Keep it clean, simple, and logical. Great design gets out of the way and instead does a fantastic job of focusing the reader’s attention to content. So stay away from pretty layouts and graphics. 2 main reasons why:
  • A complex layout or image-heavy document is difficult to process on Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) and makes it less likely you will rank high on the job match score.
  • These templates take up a lot of precious space that can otherwise be used for solid content.
  • It should be free. Remember the 1st rule about only picking clean and simple resume templates? If someone on the Web is spending considerable time and thought designing something elaborate for you, you’re on the wrong track.
  • Make sure the template carries the bare essentials of any strong CV: Your name, contact details, education, and work history. Not sure if your hobbies, languages, or projects should show up in your resume? Ask us!

Tricks

Whether writing your CV for the first time, or looking to revamp your resume as your current one looks nothing like how we just described a good template, feel free to download any of these 3 free resume templates. Customize as you like to make it work for you.

Not keen on any of these templates? Continue looking on Google and tweaking around until you find the perfect one.

Selecting the right template for your resume is the first step towards crafting the perfect resume. Expect to spend the bulk of your time writing it, editing it, and seeking professional feedback to tweak it to perfection.

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