Why am I seemingly contradicting my own advice not to use a resume template?
You’ll notice that these templates provide you with graphic design elements and layout only. Beyond that, they don’t offer much serious content for your resume.
This is intentional, as “being inspired” by another person’s achievements, job descriptions and profile is a sure-fire recipe for being ignored by recruiters.
A cookie-cutter resume isn’t going to get you very far.
Instead of plagiarising a resume template, I strongly urge you to use one of the templates above as a starting point for the following…
2. Write Your Own Resume.
Yes, from scratch.
Let me start with the bad news.
Even if you’re a skilled writer, putting together a stellar resume/CV is a whole different animal to writing a blog, email, poem, short story or content for your LinkedIn profile. It will take time and focus.
Don’t assume it will be a snap because you like to write.
Here’s the good news. My team has created scads of helpful, insightful guides designed to help you write your own resume like a champ. Start with these ones: