Use good quality paper and a laser printer Dont skimp on paper quality with your resume it leaves a bad impression. Poor quality paper creases and wrinkles easier. Use a laser printer to make sure your resume doesnt smudge or smear. Always use white paper for easier photocopying and avoid color in your resume. Black and white is the way to go.
The template of the resume which is actually the outline or the structure of the resume decides the positioning of every element of the resume. If this positioning is clear and clean with an equal weightage given to every element it appears that there is a flow in the format and so the resume appears attractive. Such a resume neither looks like a piece of art which shows that you were keen about the outline of the resume rather than the content nor does it appear as an essay.
Mass production may be suitable for nuts and bolts; however it sure is not the right method to create your resume. This is what the resume mills or factories do - produce resumes that all look the same. When a prospective employer receives hundreds of applications and your resume is similar to the majority of them the impression created is not good enough to warrant an interview. Most likely it will not even be viewed.
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 format is best for those who are switching their career or have large employment gaps on their resume. In this format, you dont have to list the joining or resigning dates of the previous employments. Functional format will hide your employment gaps or your job switching.