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Resume Template FAQ
1. How do you use a resume template?
Think of a template as the foundation on which you can build your resume. Once you choose a template, you can update the content to best fit your situation and the job you’re applying for. Better yet is using a template with a Builder that can walk you through the process, step-by-step, and provide helpful job-specific suggestions along the way.
2. Which resume template is the best?
The best template for you will depend on your experience and skills, and the type of job you’re applying for. If you’re looking at a more senior role that depends heavily on experience, our professional templates are a good bet, as they offer plenty of space to elaborate on your work history. Professional templates are also a good choice if you want to make the right impression with a company that values steadiness and efficiency. If you’re eyeing a job that focuses on creativity and cutting-edge work, go with a creative layout that shows off imagination as well as your credentials. If you’re a first-time job seeker or lack experience, use a basic template that can show off your job-ready qualifications and training, without resorting to visual bells and whistles.
3. Is it bad to use a resume template?
Some might argue that using a template “boxes” you into using a design and shows a lack of creativity on the job seeker’s part, but as long as the template has a solid design that passes muster with hiring managers as well as scans by applicant tracking systems (ATS) that employers use, there’s no downside to using them. If anything, having an employer-ready template saves you from having to create one of your own, or worry about whether the layout will be easy to read.
4. Do employers prefer one-page resumes?
Employers typically only spend a few seconds to scan an individual resume, so if you can keep your resume one-page long while including all the crucial information you want to get across, a one-pager is a good way to go. Certainly, most resume templates look good if they’re only one page long, but what about two? If you’re using a good template, your resume should look impressive even if you run over one page. Our templates are built to look their best whether it’s one or two pages long.
5. Can your resume builder show me how to make a resume?
As mentioned above, our Resume Builder makes use of all the templates on our site. Just select the template you want, and the Builder will walk you through the entire resume creation process, helping you customize it for the job you want.
6. Can you show me how to write a resume?
Not only can we show you how to write a resume, but we break down each section of the resume for you, and give you expert advice and pointers on how to write it. Just head over to our resume how-to section.