Applying Resume Templates in Moderation
Be careful using resume templates. If you’re new to resume writing, apply the template to organize your content, but over time, try to ween yourself away from this tool. It’s a reliable tool available in most writing programs, but it can misrepresent those whose rich content needs a respectable amount of page space to communicate their career experiences.
Most people who apply resume templates are restricted to rigid formatting guidelines that prevent them from presenting their work experiences in a consistent fashion. At times people go overboard in word count, making the resume appear so dense that live screeners spend more time squinting at the content than reading it. Don’t let your resume get canned. Other times the resume is so barren that screeners are left wondering if you forgot to attach additional submissions. Don’t allow a template to dictate how well you present your professional history.