Hi I’m Lisa Rangel with Chameleon Resumes The premier executive resume writing company and thank you so much for joining me today! Today we’re gonna talk about resume templates and specifically how to choose the right resume template for you and your job search I want you to have success and I get that everyone can’t hire someone like me a professional executive resume writer to write their resume but that doesn’t mean you don’t need your resume done right so I want to help you and I want to make sure that I give you some pointers on how to choose the right resume template for you and the success of your job search because I’m going to tell you all resume templates are not created equal not all of them are good and some of them are awesome so I want to make sure that I give you some pointers that help you make the decision of choosing the right resume template for you so I have five tips that I’m going to give you here today on How to Choose The Right Resume Template for You so first you want to make sure that it’s an MS word Microsoft Word that is the most used you know word processing platform in corporate America of course there are exceptions to every rule where you might have to use Google Docs or a text form, a text document, txt document but you want to make sure that generally speaking the template that you’re going to be using is in Microsoft Word that is the most universally accepted and therefore by the odds will make your resume the most digestible to applicant tracking systems to email systems or you know your resumes openness and attachment and just it’s the most digestible that’s what you want to do secondly, you want to make sure that it is not a graphic heavy resume template now there’s you know a lot of discussions about infographics and New York Times even recently did an article on having you know resumes that look like Tinder profiles and and Instagram profiles and contrary to popular belief you know these texts these graphic heavy resume templates are really not favorable and they’re not effective and the reasons why are many one most infographic or graphic heavy templates they’re not digestible to applicant tracking systems so that’s number one and these are not necessarily in particular order but in the second reason why you don’t want a graphic heavy resume template is recruiters don’t really like them now I was a recruiter for 13 years and I still have a very strong network of recruiter friends and contacts and I’m telling you simple is best and these really heavy
graphic templates they can come across as is too showy too much flash and not enough meat in the document they sort of lead the eye in weird places they often share information that’s not really relevant you know ranking your own skillset is is subjective and doesn’t help the hiring manager know what you’re able to do in a concrete manner so if they’re just so many reasons why these graphic heavy templates aren’t wise to use and even in that New York Times article they interviewed a few different recruiters and they can often seem juvenile and you know it doesn’t mean they’re not effective in some cases maybe for some entry-level positions and you know especially if you are a graphic artist that could actually be a good reason to use a graphic heavy template but you still need to know that the drawbacks are that it’s not going to be well received in a lot of electronic databases and electronic email systems so shy away from those graphic heavy templates as much as you can in my opinion on the third point that I want you to do that I want to keep in mind when you’re choosing your resume template is you want to make sure that you’re choosing a user-friendly resume template and by that I mean that you as you know average job seeker are able to update it manipulate it you know move things around in an easy quick manner you know professional and professional resume writers they are awesome at doing all the advanced functions in Microsoft Word and all the different, you know functions and doodads and treatments and you know tactics and in many cases the average user doesn’t know how to manipulate these different tactics and tools that you’re able to use in Microsoft Word and it winds up becoming a burden when you have to edit or customize your resume for a particular
job so I would choose templates that are very simple and again if they’re in Microsoft Word and they’re using borders and shading function not a lot of graphs or text boxes or tables or anything to that effect which is really simple you’re going to be able to use it it’s not going to be this you know big burden for you to edit and change your resume to customize it for different positions so you want to make sure that you have a user-friendly resume template when you’re choosing one for your own resume point number four is you know don’t underestimate the power of a simple layout with powerful content most people get that wrong and they do the opposite and they want this big, flashy, crazy you know catch your eye impressive or what they think is impressive layout but then the content is completely shallow and and really doesn’t say much and that is a big mistake because you know frankly you know you can’t have all you know you know you can’t have all sizzle and no meat you know you need to be able to have concrete achievements that speak to specific skills that are relevant for the job that you are targeting you know if it is just all flashy graphics and and cool fonts but then when you actually read the content you know it’s it’s basically telling somebody that your Girl Scout or a Boy Scout you know that you’re responsible and you’re you know on time and you know you can do strategy but you don’t say how well it’s not going to affect it it’s not going to leave an impact if anything it’s going to give the impression that you know you’re all sizzle and no steak so you need to make sure that I’m telling you as a thirteen-year recruiter who has a strong network of hiring managers and recruiting managers you know simple layouts that have powerful content that speak to the achievements that you do that are relevant to the job you’re applying to that’s the way to go so you want to make sure you’re choosing a template that allows you to do that type of format again with a simple layout and instruction on how to write powerful content and then number five is don’t be so focused on ATS compliance now that’s not to say that you know your resume that it’s not important that your resume is in ATS compliant of course it’s important but too many people put too much emphasis on ATS compliance applicant tracking system compliance when only about twenty to twenty-five percent of hires happen that way you want to make sure that you’re choosing a resume template that will work with the way 70 to 75 percent of hires are made which are employee referrals, social media connections personal contacts you know people hire people and you know I can tell you as a former recruiter you want to make sure that you were you know when I did a search I would put it out to my network first I would look at you know contacts I would see who knew who you know and go to 3 – 4° into my network before you know and then if I couldn’t find anybody I would maybe put up an ad you know now obviously there are HR depts that part of their policy is to put up an ad but I’m telling you they’re putting up that ad in many cases out of compliance and they want to find someone through their network you know employ referrals, social media connections or personal contacts you know and only then are relying on
the ad if those three options don’t yield the candidate that they want to hire or they already have somebody earmarked internally and so by simple of you know simply to follow their recruiting process they put up the ad to be compliant with their internal process so that’s why a lot of times people are frustrated by job postings because they’re often the fourth or fifth tools a company uses to find a candidate or they’re simply putting it up for compliance purposes they already have some of the earmarks for it so you know you want to make sure that you’re using a template that isn’t just ATS compliant and you’re not only searching for a job through job postings you to make sure you’re choosing a template that is going to be digestible and readable by eyeballs of hiring managers of recruiting professionals we’re going to see your resume because you’re reaching out to them and again going through employer referrals, social media connections and personal contacts are how most hires happen so don’t forget to design your resume and use a resume template that’s appealable appealing to those individuals because that’s again how seventy to seventy to seventy-five percent of hires are happening so so I hope those points help you choose your own template and if you go down to the description below I have a link to two things actually first is I have a link to the free resume training that I’m going to be holding and you can register for that through the link that I have in the description box below and I’ve also designed my own resume template so you can also check those out and see if those are something that you’d be interested in purchasing for a nominal fee but again designed by me a recruiter who you know has followed these five points that I mentioned today but again the free training and the ability to purchase my templates are in the description below if you found this helpful I encourage you to like it share it if you have any comments or questions Feel free to put them either below the description or you can email me at LR @Chameleon Resumes .com and I read and reply to every email and every comment that I get and don’t forget to subscribe to Chameleon Resumes YouTube channel I want to make sure that you get the next video that I’ll be putting up next week so again thank you so much for joining me today! and good luck choosing your resume template Take good care!