Be honest Never lie or stretch the truth on your resume. If your employer finds out later you will probably be terminated. If your resume is lacking in some areas build those areas up honestly by increasing your skills instead of pretending. The truth will always come out eventually and it usually hurts you in the end.
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.
Avoid being vague If you have references include them. Dont say available upon request. If you have gaps in employment explain them clearly. They will probably come up in the interview anyways. Being prepared in advance by giving complete information in your resume is better than being caught off guard in the interview or worse skipped over all together.
Chronological format is most commonly used. It is best format for recent graduates and fresher applicants. The details in such CV are presented in the bullet-ed points and are categorized into different sections. The skills are generally listed after the career objective and before professional experience details as fresher applicant will not have any eye catching experience details to grab the attention of the employer.
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?