Optimized Resume Templates

Many candidates get rejected for using resume templates that are unreadable by applicant tracking systems (ATS) and resume screening software.

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Resume Templates optimized for ATS sysmte

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Experienced Hires   
Recent Graduates  
Students  


Experienced Hires

If you've graduated a few years ago and already have some work experience, you should prioritise your work experience by listing it first and adding more detail to it. You have different options depending on what information you'd like to showcase and the kind of roles you've held. All templates are in Word (.doc) format.

  • A clean, effective template perfect for...
    • highlighting 3-4 roles in your work experience
    • showcasing key accomplishments at university
    distinguishing between multiple roles you've had at the same company

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  • Perfect for...
    • highlighting accomplishments and skills outside your work experiences using a 'Leadership'/'Projects'/'Activities' section.
    • keeping your Education section concise

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  • An effective template that's great for...
    distinguishing between multiple projects you've worked on at the same company. This is useful for consultants/freelancers, who work on a range of unique projects.

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  • This template uses introductory sentences/small paragraphs before your bullet points, to add context to your achievements. This is particularly useful if your company name or role title may be unknown to your target employer, and it's beneficial to give an overview.

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  • This template shows you how to list a remote / telecommute job.

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  • An effective template that's great for...
    distinguishing between multiple projects you've worked on as a freelancer. It also gives you an example of how to list a company you founded in your work experience.

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Recent Graduates

If you've recently graduated (undergrad, masters or MBA), it's a good idea to prioritise your education by listing it first and adding more detail to it. All templates are in Word (.doc) format.

  • A clean, effective template perfect for...
    • highlighting your degrees
    • distinguishing between multiple roles you've had at the same company

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  • This is an alternate template you can use to highlight your recent education. It also shows you an alternate way to listing multiple roles at a company you've worked at.

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  • Similar to the other templates in this category, this template highlights key accomplishments at university and demonstrates how to list your work experiences.

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Students

If you're still in university and/or don't have much work experience yet, these templates are just for you. They prioritise your education by listing it first, as well as show you how to list your university projects and extracurricular activities on your resume. All templates are in Word (.doc) format.

  • Use this template if you have a little work experience and would also like to elaborate on your extracurricular experiences and university projects that are relevant.

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  • This is an alternate template to the previous one, and also highlights your university projects and extracurriculars. It also shows you how to list your study abroad if you have one.

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  • In this template, we show you how to spin your extracurricular experiences into achievements and put these under a combined section called 'Leadership and Work'.

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About these templates



What do hiring managers at top companies think of these templates?


The templates we've brought to you are vetted by recruiters and hiring managers at top companies, and follow all the right resume standards/advice. This includes no objective/summary sections, no images, no graphs, no fancy designs/colors, no tables, meet whitespace requirements and use the right margins/font sizes. They've been used by candidates to get into companies like Google, McKinsey, and Goldman Sachs, and we know these templates work.



What are ATS or resume screening software? And how can I make sure my resume will be properly processed by them?


Companies get hundreds (if not thousands) of applicants for each job. It's pretty unfeasible to expect a hiring manager to manually review each and every application, including those that may not have the right experience for the job. This is why companies use ATS or Applicant Tracking Systems. They are automated software that electronically parse and process your resume, reducing the number of resumes hiring managers have to manually review. Knowing that companies use resume screening software, you need to ensure that your resume is properly parsed by them. Some guidelines include:
  • - Label your work experience and education sections correctly
  • - Consistent date formats
  • - Don't use tables - these often aren't read properly by ATS
  • - No pictures, diagrams, etc.
  • - No scanned documents - document is highlightable and readable
We have a checklist here, which summarizes most elements of what a good resume looks like. You can also use Score My Resume, which is a state of the art resume review tool. If your resume can be properly scanned by Score My Resume, then you can be confident that it will also be read by ATS software that companies use.



I want a more fancy template! What do I do?


We strongly recommend using one of our standard templates we've provided to you above (unless maybe you are applying for a Design role). The main reason for this is that is that most companies use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), which are effectively resume screening software to process your resume. Most multi-column fancy/colourful templates are not properly parsed by these ATS systems, which hurts your chances significantly of getting an interview. This is why all the templates we've provided to you are rigorously passed through ATS systems to ensure they are read correctly.



Can I add graphics to my resume?


We advise against this. As a follow on to the above question, 'creative resumes' waste a ton of space, aren't bulleted in the right way, make it hard for recruiters to skim through, aren't readable by resume screening software, and are costing you interviews.



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