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Resume Writing Tips: Why Resume Templates Don’t Work

July 17, 2013 by  
Filed under Blog, Resume Tips

If you’ve ever used a resume template, you know it can feel like trying to fit a round peg in a square hole. But the number one reason why resume templates usually fail is different than you might think.

An online search for resume templates will yield dozens and dozens of companies selling these products, but buyer beware. Resume templates are easy to find but are difficult to use, and rarely, if ever, work.

If you’ve ever used a resume template you probably know what we’re talking about.  At times it can feel like you are trying to fit a round peg into a square hole.

The biggest problem most people have with resume templates is the formatting. It can be difficult to get the text and spacing lined up how you want it.

But the number one reason why resume templates fail is that they lack relevant content.

Writing a resume is sort of like cooking a meal. You can have all the necessary cookware — pots, pans, and casserole dishes — but if you don’t have the right ingredients, you won’t be able to make a great meal.

The content of a resume works in much the same way. The most important ingredients for a resume are keywords. Keywords are what hiring managers are recruiters are looking for.

Keywords signify to hiring managers that you have the skills they’re looking for. But the majority of people who create their own resumes using templates simply don’t understand what the most important keywords are. It’s like cooking a meal without knowing what ingredients to use.

That’s the value experienced, professional resume writers bring to the table.

You won’t find this from national online resume writing companies offering resumes for under $100. Those companies don’t bring any real value to the table.  All they do is format the information you provide to them.

But if you use a high-level professional resume writing service like Perfect Resume, resume experts can share with you what keywords must be built into your resume.

A true resume expert will also be able to explain to you how to “optimize” your resume for keywords, which is a process of including important keywords in several different places on your resume.

Keyword optimization is done so that your resume will come up first in searches by recruiters and hiring managers who are looking for people with your skills.

Creating relevant content with keywords and using keyword optimization is how job-winning resumes are created.

Unfortunately, the majority of people who use resume writing templates don’t understand how to do this.

That’s why it’s important to use a professional resume writing company like Perfect Resume.

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