Fundamentals 101: Choosing an Effective Resume Template…

We all know its best to use a resume template when you have the need to customize your bio-data for the job you’re applying to. While most templates allow you to create an original resume image that you can copy and paste into the header, some may require you to use a specific template that has a particular font, color scheme and layout.

If you can’t find a specific template that you like, try using a common resume template that has a chronological or functional resume format. Common resume templates include features to help highlight particular attributes you choose to shed light on.

Once you’ve checked that your resume has the basic elements that are necessary to make an effective resume, you can start adding your own resume content. Add simple bullet points to address the specific skills and experiences you have that are relevant to the position. Rather than re-reading your entire resume, you can read it out loud to help yourself catch any grammatical or spelling errors that may be hiding in plain sight.

When you are writing your resume, avoid adding filler words or unnecessary content. Instead, you should focus on enhancing the content that you can add to it. Adding information to the beginning of your resume can help you fill some empty space, and you may be able to remove some unnecessary information by reordering your experiences or making your experiences more chronological.

If you are about to graduate college, have little or no work experience or are changing careers, your resume should be as relevant as possible to show that you have the skills and experience to be successful in your transition. This covers the importance of adding education and work experience to your resume, how to write a graduate school resume and how to tailor your resume for different types of industries.

  • Add education points by listing your degree and any honors or specializations that you may have received. Be sure to include the name of your school, the location of your degree and the dates you attended the school.
  • If you have received any awards or recognition for your academic or professional accomplishments, you should include them on your resume. This includes awards such as honor roll, GPA and any other academic achievements. You might also consider including any professional achievements, such as awards or special recognition.