CV Templates are great, they help you writing a resume starting with some structure, coherence and style instead of having to face an empty canvas.
Picking a new resume Template is one of the crucial steps when making a resume. A good resume format has to meet the goal of presenting your contact details, skills, academic background and experiences in a way that helps the most important/impressive information to stand out.
Microsoft Word can always be a good ally to create your CV, however, never turn your resume on a Word document, unless you are asked to do so. Remember to always export it to a PDF. If Microsoft Word seems like to much work, which often is, you can always get the help of an online resume Maker, these are new softwares that have been designed to make the resume creation process smoother and download it as a PDF straight away from any modern browser.
Before choosing your template...
Evidently the most important aspect of your resume is writing its content; your experiences, skills and lived lifelessons, as well as the way you compell them. However, in many occasions an impressive and very well written resume isn't enough to make you stand out, and could be discarded without even a recruiter reading it. Why is that? In most of these cases, whether the structure of the resume template didn't highlight the candidate's strongest skills and experiences or the format was completely off, and not designed for the specific industry or role the candidate was applying to.
That is why it is very important to take the time to pick the right resume Template for every occasion, and in order to do so, you have to ask yourself the following questions:
- What's the general tone of the industry you want to work in? Is it a very tradicional industry or an industry that embraces change constantly? Pick your template accordingly
- Is creativity a valued skill in the specific industry / branch of work?
- What's the most important section on my CV?
- Do I have a lot of relevant experience? If you do, pick a resume template with plenty of text space, where the work history is the most important part of the CV, if you don't, pick one that puts this section at the same level of importance of other sections.
- Am I going to include a photo or not?
Answering these questions will help you choose resume template in tune with the position/s and company/ies you are applying to. You will find out if you need a simple template or if you need a more modern one, if icons and graphics are ok or not, to go with darker more plain colors or with something brighter, etc.
Free resume templates
At onlineresume.us, we are committed to help candidates navigate the stressful task of crafting the best possible version of your resume. In addition to using our easy-to-use online builder allowing users to add and sort sections and elements from the editable resume Templates, we have designed a wide range of resume templates suitable across industries and roles.
Many of the new resume Templates in our site are free to download, specifically, all Word templates you'll find in this page are free. To download them just click on Download Template. The same way, all online resume templates available within our resume Builder, can be created and shared for free using our free plan, with the only limitation that background pictures can't be changed.
Finally, our Online resume Builder can help you design a professional resume in minutes with editable resume templates with free download, that you'll be able to identify with a Free sign on them. Additional editable resume templates are available to save as a PDF with a JOB HUNTER account, a paid account that gives users access to premium features an templates.
The best resume template
There is a vast range of resume templates available on the internet, yet there isn't any sort of one-size-fits-all template. The best resume template is the one you as a candidate conciously pick having considered these questions and you feel comfortable with.
It's important to be fexible, sometimes you start with one template only to realize your resume is going to be to long to fit everything in one page with that template. For this specific reason, our builder in addition to allow maximum customization of section and elements, lets you easily change between templates without losing any of your resume Content, as well as duplicate resumes, import content from your Linkedin profile, etc.
In the first phase of a recruitment process, your resume will probably be analyzed by a computer, therefore the only requirement related with the style of your template will be that it contains text and can be read by an ATS machine. However, in the following phases, humans will have to skim it and in the best cases read it, resume templates should make it as easy as possible for them to absorve the most relevant information on your CV, and that's where the format comes into place. Which ones of the 2 resumes is easier to skim?
Use different resume versions
Our final recommendation is to adapt your resume templates as much as you can to the positions you are applying to. This doesn't mean that you can't use the exact same template for 2 different openings, of course you can. However it is important to familiarize yourself with the company and their services / products, and question yourself: Is there any content, section that I should modify to better match my profile with the company?
In every case, read the position description, visit the company site, etc. And try to understand what skills does the position require, not only the ones that they explicitly mention, but also the skills that you can see are needed in addition to them. Then take skill by skill and see where on your resume you are showcasing it. If you are missing any, add a section or a subsection to showcase it.