Don’t use résumé templates. I want to type that again Don’t use résumé templates.
Now, I will tell you why.
First of all, for the glaringly obvious reason that most still include an objective. Talk about behind the times. Objectives are obsolete. Nobody cares what you want. Blunt but true. Remove your objective if you have one. Some alternatives include a headline and/or a strong (but brief) summary. If you are experienced and accomplished, you don’t need one at all. Let your background speak for you.
Second, résumé templates are full of elements that are not compatible with Applicant and résumé Tracking System software. They are more likely to “choke” the system and cause it to discard your résumé. Imagine if the position for which you applied was the perfect fit for you and nobody even realized it?
The point of my post is that if you are going to list Microsoft Word as a skill on your résumé, you should know how to format a résumé in Word. Without templates and without tables.
MS Word is full of ways to make your document stand out if that is your goal. I will recommend having a résumé with a simple format for readability, but if you are set on a “designer format” – make it yourself in Word. Your designer format won’t look like everyone else’s and THAT is what will stand out. I guarantee you that the format that caught your eye is being used by thousands (if not more) of candidates – what do you think a hiring manager or recruiter thinks of your creativity and Word skills when presenting a résumé using a template? Don’t use templates.