The most difficult part of writing a CV is getting started.
Not only do you need to think through what you’re going to write, you also need to work out how you are going to create a document that looks professional and stands out (in a good way) to potential employers.
There are many different ways to go about this; you could hire a professional CV Writer, you could watch some tutorials, or you could just give it a go and hope for the best. Be honest, I think most of us have done this at some point.
However, a great option that's often overlooked is using a template. A CV template (or resume template) is a really great way to shortcut the process of creating your CV. Many of the complicated formatting and styling elements are already taken care of, and the layout will give you an indication of what content you should be providing.
CV templates are a cost-effective option that will see you benefit from the expertise of a professional, without paying for a one-on-one consultation. If you decided this is the right approach for you, the next question will be ‘how do I choose the right template?’
Choosing a CV template can be wrought with its own challenges, there are so many options and it can be difficult to distinguish between which templates are helpful and which ones would be a hindrance.
Below, I am going to cover a few points to help you pick the right template, for you:
Choose the creator wisely
There is no limit to who can create and publish a CV or resume template online. The internet is an open marketplace with no rules to entry. Search ‘resume templates’ on Etsy and you’ll return over 20,000 results.
From my research, most creators are either Graphic Designers or CV Writers.
The problem is, you'll find many CV templates created by people who have no professional CV writing or recruitment experience.
Whilst many CV templates designed by Graphic Designers look pretty, proceed with caution. These designs are often very focussed on the ‘look’ of the CV and are not very functional when it comes to making the most out of your content. Whilst you want an attractive document, it’s important the design complements your content and makes it shine, it shouldn’t overwhelm it.
Your best bet, is to choose a CV template that has been designed by someone with expertise in CVs, ideally a professional and experienced CV Writer. These templates are much more likely to be designed with functionality in mind and in line with the most up-to-date recruitment trends.
Do your research to ensure the person you are buying from has expertise in CV writing and the recruitment process before purchasing their product.