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Do Resume Templates Matter?

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
POSTED: January 16, 2013 at 8:21 am

Many candidates mistakenly believe that the appearance of their resume isn’t as important as the content it contains.

While it’s true that a beautifully crafted resume with generalized data won’t impress any hiring manager or recruiter, it’s equally true that no one will want to read a resume that isn’t aesthetically pleasing.

You Have to Catch the Hiring Manager’s or Recruiter’s Attention First

When you’re competing against dozens, perhaps hundreds, of other individuals for the same job, the first thing that will set you apart is your resume’s appearance. If it’s daunting to read, looks sloppy or unprofessional, it dilutes what you have to offer.

Don’t Make These Mistakes

  • Never try to cram everything onto one page. If you reduce your margins until they’re non-existent, your resume will appear crammed with data no one will want to read.
  • Choose fonts that are easy to read (Times or Arial are ideal). If you choose a designer font, keep in mind that the hiring manager and recruiter may not have the same font on their computers. Their system will substitute a font which will compromise formatting (making a 2 page resume into 3 pages or more).
  • Use plenty of white space. It’s like a pause when speaking. If you’re listening to someone who goes on and on and on without taking a breath, pretty soon you simply want to get away. The same holds true for a resume crammed with information with no white space separating it.
  • Go easy on bolding and italics. Italics are notoriously hard to read. Don’t use them unless you must to emphasize something that’s important. Bolding should only be used for headings.

The Before and After Version of a Resume Makes a Dramatic Statement

Look at these examples. You’ll see which one is easier on the eye and more likely to be taken seriously.




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