I recently had to put together a resume for a non-profit board application. Since I needed to get it done quickly and I wasn’t really trying to impress anyone, I started with a basic template from Apple Pages and modified it. I changed the fonts, adjusted the leading and spacing between paragraphs, switched around a few other details and–voila!–resume done.
That approach will work. But there’s also a case to be made for designing a resume that tells a prospective employer they’re getting something special when they call you in for an interview. And since the main goal of your resume is to move you along in the hiring process–to get you an interview–an attractively designed summary of your qualifications may be just the thing.
Are they all the best choice for every job? Nope. Match your design to the job.
And here’s more recent advice for internship and job seekers.