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By James Coleman
Managing Editor 

According to a large survey by Gallup published in 2013, analyzing answers from 230,000 full-time and part-time workers in 142 countries, only about 30% of employees worldwide are satisfied with their jobs. What’s even worse, approximately 25% of people hate their jobs. That raises a very important question. Why do so many people stay in a job where they are not happy? While the answer to that question is multifaceted, we all know that the process of applying for new jobs can be both time consuming and daunting.

Building Your Resume- Where to Start?

Your resume represents you as a professional on a piece of paper – it is your first impression with your future boss. Interestingly, resume writing is not a skill that is generally taught in school so once you are ready to start looking for a job, you are left to fend for yourself. In this age of technology, most people search the internet. There is an overabundance of information available online, yet very little of it is helpful and if you decide to take matters into your own hands, it is difficult to figure out where to start.

Start by putting together the content: work experience, summary of qualifications, achievements, education, keywords and any other important information that makes a powerful resume. (Not sure what and how to write? Get this Resume Writing Guide ebook). Then, chose a format: chronological, functional, or combination. Once you have your content ready, and only then, find the best template to ‘dress up’ your content.

Presentation Matters

While the content of your resume is always the most important part, the presentation is a close second. Consider for a minute the restaurant industry. What are some of the main differences between an average restaurant and a 5-star restaurant? The quality of the food is (or should be!) the main difference, but presentation matters. Our first experience of food is usually how it looks, and if something doesn’t look good, it is less likely that we will want to eat it.
Liken this to your resume. It doesn’t always matter if you are the best person for a particular job if your application doesn’t reflect it. Your resume is your ticket to the next step in the hiring process. A recruiter or a hiring manager spends an average of just 6 seconds looking at a resume and if yours doesn’t catch his or her attention in that time, it is sent straight to the discard pile instead of getting a second look.
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So how do you make sure that you catch the attention of a hiring managerwho has 300 other applicants for the same position? Well, just keep your application organized, easy to read and add a little “wow factor”. Clear headings and concise information is essential as well as the order of the content. The thing about a resume is, you want to stand out and be remembered without going overboard and ending up in the “noticed – but not in a good way” pile in the hiring manager’s office.
When it comes to job search, “any press” is NOT “good press”. If you stand out because your resume is disorganized, cluttered, or just over the top colorful, you may not get a second chance with that company. And people talk. You may not get a second chance with three other companies that they are collaborating with either.
Resume layouts on this page come with “lorem ipsum” content since they are designed to help you with appearance of your resume. We also have examples sample content – be sure to check them out: High School Graduate ResumesHigh School Student ResumesMassage Therapist ResumesMedical Assistant ResumesBiodata,Cashier, and Babysitter.

Using Resume Samples: Good, Bad or Evil? 

A good template can really help you streamline your resume and keep it organized and professional without taking up a lot of your time, allowing you to focus on the actual content, as well as searching for your next job. It helps you add a touch of personality, stay structured and consistent and present your experience in a chronological, easy to read manner.
There are some professionals out there who advise against using templates because they believe it makes your resume look generic and won’t help you stand out from other job applicants. This is certainly true when you use the very same generic sample that everybody else is using, without making any changes. Recruiters and hiring managers see hundreds of resumes every day, and they can spot resume templates a mile away.
Don’t use our samples as a ready-made cookie-cutter solution. Use them as an inspiration, as a foundation of your unique, one-of-a-kind, creation.

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