Writing a CV from scratch can be a daunting task for even the most self-confident person. Where do you start? What do you include (and what don’t you include)? Should you write about that time you did a 1 week work experience placement in high school? With so many things to worry about, a CV Template might seem like an oasis in the job-search desert, but are they just a mirage? (Don’t worry, that’s the end of the desert analogy).
The internet is awash with articles discussing the advantages and disadvantages of using a template when writing a CV, but there’s no definitive consensus within the job-search community to suggest they are good or bad; and rightly so — job applications are anything but an exact science.
Perhaps the most commonly cited argument against CV templates is that they result in a loss of uniqueness; how can you stand out from the crowd if the entire crowd is using a variation of the same template?
That being said, they are clear pros and cons that come with using a template. Perhaps the most commonly cited argument against CV templates is that they result in a loss of uniqueness; how can you stand out from the crowd if the entire crowd is using a variation of the same template?
That doesn’t mean templates should be avoided at all costs, though, as they do have their uses. A good template can provide a starting structure from which to create a compelling and individual CV or it can provide you with insight into a certain field’s CV expectancies.
Ultimately, it is surely far too simplistic to suggest a job application’s success depends entirely on the decision to use a CV template or not; there are far too many other factors to consider! The actual content of the CV is arguably the most important thing to get right but if a template gives you a nudge in the right direction then who is to say they are inherently wrong?
With all the stresses that come hand-in-hand with the job-search process, a good CV template can help ease those pre-application nerves even if they are used as the guidelines rather than the rules.
CV templates might be an ongoing cause for debate among careers experts but HeadSetGo’s stance on the matter is clear-cut. We believe they can be a useful addition to the toolkit of a would-be job applicant as long as they’re used as a foundation for greater things. Each person is unique, so why should your CV be any different? Yet while standing out from the crowd is vital, there’s no harm in using the overall content structure of a good template as long as it is sufficiently altered to reflect you and your skills.
Applying for a job isn’t an exact science and varies from job to job. That is why, rather than offer a template or an all-in-one CV writing service, the core aim of HeadSetGo’s Career Assistance service is to give you the confidence, knowledge and encouragement to perfect your own CV. We want to work with you when crafting your job applications, not for you.