Tech tip: Give online resume templates a try

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Studies have shown that most resumes are discarded after only a 10-second review. How can your resume get a longer look? An aesthetically pleasing and professional template is the key.

Organizing your employment history and writing a resume are the first steps. But giving your resume style and professionalism takes some additional effort. Here are a few resources to create simple, clean and professional resumes that will appeal to potential employers:  

Metro State’s Career Center

The Career Center provides a downloadable, comprehensive resource packet on writing resumes. It has an in-depth guide for formatting your resume with detailed instructions on each section, and five resume samples that you can replicate. Download the packet and schedule a one-on-one resume review at Metro State’s career center webpage.

CakeResume offers 50-plus resume templates with modern, clean layouts. The site has a drag and drop feature to quickly build and customize your resume with predesigned components. It provides a web address for your resume so it can be shared online. Your resume can also be downloaded as a PDF. A basic plan is free.

Creddle’s main feature is an automatic one-page fit that adjusts font size and formatting as you add contents. This saves you from constantly tweaking your format to fit your text. You can share your resume on the web and download it as a PDF. The site is free to use.

This web app offers 12 professional resume templates that follow the resume best practices of human resources departments. Start by selecting a template and filling in the sections, and the app does all the rest of the formatting. The basic plan is free but your resume can only be downloaded in .TXT format.

Standard Resume provides modern and professional designs without using templates. The site makes clean, focused, readable and scannable resumes. Your resume is public and viewable online unless you choose to make it private. It can be downloaded as a PDF. You can import and convert your LinkedIn profile into a resume. A standard plan is free.