While making your resume in the second decade of the twenty-first century particularly for the years 2013 and 2014, the first thing to remember is that reader will spend about ten seconds flat on reading it. Therefore it is strongly recommended to choose a template which is simple, short and to the point! The reader or employer wants to know about your transferable skills, experience, qualifications, achievements and if there’s anything about you that sets you apart from other people, that makes you special. Everything else they ask you at the interview.
Be very careful with your objective. Think it out carefully because it tells the reader what you’re all about, what is your career goal. A resume has to sell your skills to a potential employer, so it has to be professional: it has to reflect your personality. Having said that, remember that a good resume is always something standard, a format that people are used to and won’t have to spend time trying to decipher. Use standard fonts, don’t get bogged down by prettily designing the page unless you’re a graphic designer and have to showcase your talent.
Be completely honest. If you haven’t held down a good job or you’ve been job hopping, or if you’re just of college, don’t try to hide it. If you do, they’ll see it and just throw out your resume. If you write the truth they’ll respect you for being honest.
Originality is extremely important. If you copy your resume from somewhere and get caught, there’s all your credibility gone. And look out for grammatical mistakes! These say you’re terribly careless, and nobody is going to hire a careless employee.
A simple template might be this: write your objective, achievements, experience, qualification and skills. Don’t forget to add full contact details, so you don’t annoy your prospective employer when he/she wants to contact you. And write a different and tailored resume for every organization you apply to: don’t send a standard resume to everyone. Let the organization know you’ve worked hard at researching it and modifying your resume to it.
The following resume templates will be very effective in the years of 2013 – 2014.