When you use a resume template or copy someone else’s format, you’re allowing somebody else to dictate what you say about yourself and the way you say it. You’re squeezing yourself into a box that will or might not be an honest fit you. That doesn’t make any sense. That’s not to say you shouldn’t take ideas from other resumes. By all means, use our gallery of resume samples for inspiration. But don’t be afraid to require ideas from one resume, in an order that the resulting document suits you and not somebody else. When determining the way to layout your resume, consider what message you would like to convey.
- What are your main selling points?
- Why should employers have an interest in you?
- What causes you to different from other candidates?
Once you recognize these above pointers, you’ll choose a resume style that matches you, instead of trying to shoehorn your background into a group template.