Imagine eating at a Michelin 3-star restaurant and the dish you are about to be served is a creamy parmigiana risotto prepared by a world renowned chef. You are sitting at the table and the waiter brings two plates with the same items. You can smell the cream sauce and see the steam wisping in the air as they place the dishes in front of you. The garnishments accent the dish and provide color that compliments the risotto. Both dishes are identical except for one thing. The risotto on the left is served on a paper plate and the risotto on the right is served on a square ceramic plate. The difference in the plate changes the whole experience even though the food is the same.
This is what templates are; they are plates for you to place your selling point.
When looking to land a job or internship you are convincing potential employers and clients to hire you. You are saying “I am a valuable asset that your company needs”. If you are using a generic or overused template your resume is working against you, it’s saying “I lack imagination and creativity”.
There are some different ways to add some pep to your resume:
- Formatting can make a world of difference
- Your resume isn’t just on paper. Make it dynamic
- A picture is worth a thousand words
- Show, don’t tell. Hyperlinks are a great way to show what you can do. You could link to your written work, video presentation, an article you really like that’s relevant to your field
- Avoid using commonly used templates in Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and Pages
- I recommend using Adobe Illustrator to create resumes, but you can use what works for you.
- You can find free templates like this awesome one that’s editable in Adobe Illustrautrator.
- There are templates for resumes and cover letters you can purchase too, just keep in mind the file format. For instance say, you want a particular template in .doc format but it’s only available as .ai file.