Resume, as important as it is, as the main tool in selling yourself to employers, is often either overlooked or overworked. For the first timers, using the old template our grandparent’s parents have used would most likely be the case. For the “pros”, it is something they put time to think and work on to.
I personally had my own struggles in making my own (harder because I’m on a creative industry thus putting a lot of extra pressure). Generally, no template nor exact rules are followed in making one. There are just essential contents that really has to be in it for it to be effective. By the word effective, I mean the whole resume package itself. We should see it as the paper that would represent us to the employer, because on most case, it is what they see and check first long before giving us a call for a personal interview.
Enough of the technical side, what we put on it i.e. achievements, skills and personal data is one, but the way we present it is another, meaning adding a little creative touch to it would not only make it interesting to look at, but also would tell a little more about you more than any compressed word can. I had a couple of trials, once even making a 3-page resume which is a big fail.
I am not a pro with it technically, but whenever you are about to make one, just remember the grade school tip your teacher gave you (that is if you listen!), KISS – Keep It Short and Simple. But the tip never said that you should present it boring-ly and not to show it with class. Having a decent resume really helps your (and soon to be) career. It really pays off.