Job hunting is a full-time job. And on top of that, you may be working a full-time job. Prepping for interviews, researching companies, and crafting the perfect eye-catching resume takes up valuable time in what can be an already stressful process.
But how do you take a step back and let someone else do some of the work? By using resume templates, you can create clean, formatted, and easy-to-read resumes in minutes. Instead, spend your valuable time on crafting the perfect content.
Once you’ve mapped out the important talking points around your experience, education, projects, and specific skills, you can identify the right template for you.
Consider the following:
How long is my resume?
At some point in your career, your resume will spill over onto a second page. Your skillset or industry might demand very detailed information that takes up space, i.e. technology languages or frameworks. Evaluate how the template will display the information. Is the most important information displayed first? If the hiring manager doesn’t make it to page two, will you still be in the running for the position?
Is my resume going through keyword-matching software?
If you are conducting your job search on your own, do you know how the resumes are reviewed at the companies at which you are applying? Are you joining the black hole of keyword-matching software or is a member of staff looking at individual resumes?
What file type do I need?
If you know the companies you are targeting, take a quick look to see what file types they accept. It’s frustrating to craft the perfect resume, just to realize that the file extension isn’t accepted.
Is the format right for parsing?
We’ve all been here: ‘Please upload your resume’
‘Now, please type in almost the exact same information – even though you just uploaded your resume’
‘Or, let us pull the information from your resume’
If you’ve ever allowed resume parsing, you know that it rarely matches the fields exactly and you must retype your resume information anyway. If parsing is a standard in your industry – opt for simple, clean formatting without all of the bells and whistles.
What type of template matches my job aspirations?
Your resume is a reflection of you as well as the type of work that you do. Your resume is the first glance into your abilities. How creative, organized, long, or colorful does it need to be to catch and retain the attention of your future hiring manager?
If you have a Google account, you have access to Google’s library of templates. Sign into your Google account or navigate to https://drive.google.com/templates to access resumes, cover letters, and more in your Google Drive.
LinkedIn Resume Assistant in Microsoft Word:
Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn helpted the two join forces to bring better resume templates and a resume assistant to Microsoft Word. If you are an Office 365 subscriber on Windows, customized templates and resume writing help are at your fingertips. Check out LinkedIn’s Blog or get started in Word by opening a new document and choosing a resume template.
If you’re looking for a template to give you more creative license, sign up for a free account on Canva and get started with more free templates. Or, sign up for the pro-version to get custom-tailored designs.