An attractive resume template/outline makes it more powerful. Just as dressing smartly helps a candidate in an interview good formatting does the same for a resume. Looks do matter at all places in the real world and on paper. When you present yourself well you get noticed. Similarly when you present a good resume it will be noticed; otherwise it would be very easily find a bin to rest in.
When people apply for positions and send PDFs the employer or recruiter has to open each email download the resume and view it. Since there are many unemployed and underemployed people job hunting there are many job applicants applying for positions and because of the time it takes to view each PDF many applicant resumes may never get seen. When job applicants send a direct link to a resume page its much quicker to view a job applicants resume. If an employer or recruiter likes the resume page they can down the resume right from the resume website site and also view the job applicants complete online profile.
Erin Kennedy MCD CMRW CPRW BS/HR is a Certified Professional & Executive Resume Writer/Career Consultant and President of Professional Resume Services Inc. She is a nationally published writer and contributor of 12 best-selling career books. She has achieved international recognition following yearly nominations and wins of the prestigious T.O.R.I. (Toast of the Resume Industry) Award. Erin has written thousands of resumes for executives and professionals.
Tailor the resume to the job description Make sure that every time you apply for a job that you adjust your resume to the particular place you are applying. Read through the job description and make notes of any areas being focused on. Make sure to add information to your resume that highlights your abilities in those areas and makes you more attractive for the particular position you are applying for.
Add in a list of skills Your resume is no place for modesty. Highlight your skills especially if they are specific to the job youre applying for and list where you gained experience with that skill set. Instead of being general give concrete details and highlights. For example list your experience with Microsoft Office or even a particular piece of software over computer skills. Make sure to include plenty of competency statements.