Update Your Resume Challenge #2: Create Your Own Resume Template

If you’ve been following the prestigious, quasi-official RezScore blog (we know you have been), then you know all about the fact that September is ‘International Update Your Resume Month’!

That means, this September everyone (yes, even you, Mr. I-already-have-a-job-Jones) should pull out their resumes, dust them off, and update them for those unexpected opportunities around every corner.

To celebrate this month, the team at RezScore has come up with weekly challenges for all the loyal RezScorians, who we all know want to have top-notch resume.

For this week, you are challenged with the task of: creating your own resume template!


What is a resume template?


If you’re not actually sure what a template is, that’s okay. The all-mighty Wikipedia has an answer for us: a template is “a pre-developed page layout in electronic or paper media used to make new pages with a similar designed, pattern, or style.” Think of it as a stencil for your resume. Templates are helpful because they organize content in an efficient and aesthetically pleasing way.

Why should I make my own?


You can find resume templates on your favorite word processor or online. Sometimes they work and sometimes they go horribly, horribly wrong. Keep in mind that, like every job seeker, every resume (template) is not created the same. Different resumes value different sections and are suited for different industries, so you might have a hard time finding the template that is right for you.

How can I make my own resume template?


It’s not as hard as it seems. One easy way to create your own resume template is to salvage an existing template and re-organize it. When you start from scratch, use helpful tools such as tables, text boxes, and columns to organize.

When in doubt, keep things simple. Elaborate templates can become train-wrecks of documents if you don’t watch out. Consider that you might be sending your resume to an employer who doesn’t have the same word processing program as you or doesn’t have the same fonts, which can make your resume unreadable.

Want to ensure that your resume is just as readable on anyone’s computer? All you need to do is convert your .doc or .docx file to a .pdf. Don’t have a .pdf converter program? There are plenty of websites that offer conversion for free, such as doc2pdf.

What do you think? Did you try this week’s challenge? Have you ever created your own template? Would you recommend it? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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