The answer is yes — if you want to.
Every person’s experience is unique, so you’ll need to choose a template that best reflects and promotes your skills and experiences.Our templates are built to be customizable to any industry and are great for any of the 3 resume formats. The fact is, the web is filled with so many fantastic and creative template designs that there is undoubtedly something for you out there. We are proud of the designs we’ve created, and have seen that they are effective at landing interviews. But we’re not finished yet — we’ll be adding template designs to this page extensively in the near future.
If you feel like creating your own, that’s fine too. Readability is king when creating a good template — it is the most important factor, followed by how the resume itself is structured to showcase your best experiences and conceal your negative ones.
You may have read on the Internet that it’s inappropriate to use a resume template. You’ll hear these arguments:
1. It shows you’re lazy and uncreative, and unable to design your own
Wrong, it shows you’re efficient. (Creating your own is fine, too.)
2. Since your experience is unique, a resume template won’t cut it.
Wrong again. Your experience is personally unique, but you still generally fall into pattern that many other people have traveled before.
3. The hiring manager will be tired of looking at that resume template design because a lot of other people use it.
That hiring manager should be fired. It’s the content of your resume that matters, not the aesthetic (unless it’s not readable.)
We hope that clears up any misconceptions you may have had. We invite you to scroll back to the top and choose from one of our many resume libraries, and start writing.