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Best Pre-Formed Template Does Not Mean Perfect Resume Message

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Why would you do your best to create a resume if you can also use a pre-formed (format) document for this?

If you google on 'resume template' you will find dozens of providers of cv templates (another word for resume template) within no time. You have templates in all shapes and sizes: from flashy and colorful to very tight.
What I sometimes worry about is that many people confuse design with effectiveness. Because what many applicants fail to realize is that a 'slick' resume is not the same as an effective (perfect) resume.

Let me explain to you what I mean.

Even if a monkey carries a golden ring ...
'Even if a monkey carries a golden ring it is and remains an ugly thing' is without doubt the favorite proverb in my family. The meaning can be guessed.
Although this proverb is about people (or even apes?), It is no different for resumes.

A good resume is a strategic marketing document that presents you as an excellent candidate for the position you are applying for. The message of this document is 'I am the right candidate!'. Although a resume template can rigorously improve the appearance and readability of your CV/resume, it will in many cases not change anything much.

If the message is not clear, it does not change the effectiveness of your application.

Of course, a resume that looks professional at first sight will probably get a little longer attention from the HR employee or recruiter who sees your resume. But if the message is not clear, it does not matter if someone reads your resume for five seconds or five minutes.

In short, a slick document does not mean that you profile yourself optimally; it only tells the reader that you have used an interesting resume template.

The danger of resume templates


The 'form follows function' principle has become known by Louis Henry Sullivan. Louis was an American architect and is considered by many to be the 'father of the modern skyscraper'. The essence of this principle is that the shape of an object must primarily be based on the intended function or purpose.

The same approach is necessary for a good resume: the structure, the sequence and the layout that you use, attune to the function of the document: to convey the message as well as possible 'I am a suitable candidate!'.

The 'danger' of a resume template is that you fill in information on the basis of the preconceived lay-out. You think less critically about important matters such as the order of information or, for example, the choice between a number of lines of text or a short list of bullets.

In other words: the use of resume templates often causes the situation that the form determines the function.

That is where it goes wrong. On the one hand because it makes it so easy to follow the instructions (after all, it has already been designed in such a way why would you change it if it looks good?) And on the other hand because it is not always easy to convert a resume template so that it perfectly matches your situation.

For many people, a resume template is simply a (sometimes expensive) sham solution.

So resume templates are a bad idea?


Not quite. A resume template is an excellent way for some to embellish the CV resume. But this is under two important conditions:
- The design of the template fits well with your situation.
- You realize that a beautiful design is not the same as a good message (and the message is what makes the invitation!).

I hope you got my point!

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