If it’s your first time writing a resume, it can be hard to know where to start. Looking at templates can help give you an idea of what to include, and the general format, but they should not be used for your actual resume. Here are the top 2 reasons why…
1. They can be difficult to customize
Being a template, they often have a set format of categories for you to fill. For example, if you don’t have volunteer experience, it can be hard to either remove that section or change the title to something that you do have. Adding in more sections can also be a challenge.
Most importantly, doing all the fine detail editing to get your resume to fit on one page.
2. It’s hard to be unique
If you come across a beautiful template that you really think will stand out in the applicant pool, chances are at least 5 other people you are competing against for a job have the exact template you do. If this happens, all the employer will see is the template, not your information. You run the risk of your content blurring together with the other applicants’, or not even being looked at because the employer thinks it’s just a second copy of the first time they saw the template.
Alternatives to using a template that still let you be creative!
Canva and Photoshop are both great tools to help you design a graphically pleasing resume while still letting your personal style shine! There are many tutorials online to help you get started while still letting you create a document that is as creative as you are!
As always, if you are struggling with how to set up your resume and what to include, call Career Services or come to drop-ins!