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.
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.
Sometimes its a matter of luck if an employer contacts a job seeker for an interview based on this document. Resume websites provide a more detailed look into a job seekers qualifications and accomplishments. When a job seeker has the necessary qualifications and provides an employer with a link to a resume website the employer will be intrigued because the job applicant is utilizing the latest technology and going over and beyond what is required. If the resume website is done right and includes a resume page an about me page (bio) accomplishments page and images (pictures are worth a thousand words) it will greatly increase the job seekers chances of getting an interview.
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?
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.