A clean clear and attractive template for a resume is appealing showcases the important sections of the resume in a proper way and catches the attention of the readers in a way that they will read all that you have in it rather than reading just a few lines. The more time you gain from a recruiters attention the more are your chances of getting an interview call.
In-all a good template makes the resume stand out from the crowd a raw template made before-hand saves your time when you need to make some quick changes or wish to make the resume target a specific job opportunity and is appealing. So in a world where looks have the power to hide the content why not take the benefit?
Focus on achievements Employers not only want to know what you have done in the past they also want to know where you have excelled. If you have awards achievements or on the job highlights make sure to add them. If you were part of a team you were part of the success. If your project increased production by 20% and you played a part in it add it on your resume!
Functional resumes are good when you have little to zero work experience (or new grads). This type of resume allows you to showcase skills that fit in with the job requirements. Fair warning: most recruiters and hiring managers dont like this format and feel as though you may be hiding something. If you have a chronological resume you do not want to have one part chronological and one part functional because it will throw off the entire formatting and may confuse the employer about your skill set.
There used to be a day when you could create one generic resume and then blast it to a wide range of jobs you were interested in applying to. Even if you are using a resume service this practice of blasting is generally frowned upon. HR professionals are inundated with resumes and they want to see that applicants have read the ad and are responding directly to it. One-for-all type of resumes are easily spotted and are generally discounted by HR. So work with a resume service to see how you can best tailor yours for each job you are applying to.
The next thing you need to do to get a searchable job-winning resume is to incorporate keywords. Resume services can help you best weave keywords throughout your overall piece. Otherwise you can match up keywords from the job ad and integrate them into your resume. Using a core competencies section in your resume writing where you list out keyword phrases is also a good idea.