Resume templates just won’t get you there!
When I speak to clients that use a resume template they usually understand why my suggestions will make their resume better, but they don’t understand why the resume template that they used failed them so badly.
The short answer is, a resume template is a guideline, but many people use it as a hard and fast rule.
If I tell you to go west from Virginia Beach and tell you to meet me in San Francisco, I can guarantee that if you follow a GPS, it is going to at some point ask you to take a road that goes North or South and not West. If you take my directions to go West as a hard and fast rule, then you are going to have to break that rule to get where you are going.
Resume templates are much the same. They are trying to guide you in the right direction, but you need to understand when you might need to change directions to make your resume what it truly needs to be, and that is an honest reflection of your educational, professional and personal experience.
If you use a template you also want to consider that applicant tracking systems might not parse the header and footer, which usually contains your contact information, so do away with headers and footers. If you really want your contact info on all pages then take the extra minute and cut and paste it onto each page.
Best for a successful 2012!
Founder – Night and Day ResumeFree Resume Review