If you are a reader of our blog, you know that we repeatedly warn against using many of the two-column resume templates available to job seekers. There are simply too many problems with most of these resume templates.
While the two-column resume layout is and always has been incredibly popular, the vast majority of free two-column resume templates and many of the premium ones too, are constructed using tables. While you might not see the table on the printed resume, or even on your computer screen unless you have “view gridlines” turned on, the tables are used as the foundation for the resume design. The cells and columns of the table are the easiest way to achieve the precise placement of your resume headers and sections.
So what, you might ask? The problem is that when entered into an applicant tracking system, these complex tables cause big issues in the way the text of your resume is parsed. It can become jumbled and incorrectly categorized in the ATS, negatively impacting keyword searchability and the successful recall of your resume from the database, for the jobs you are most interested in.
Are ATS-Friendly, Two-Column Resumes Possible Using Templates?
But, the fact remains that these two-column resume designs are popular for a reason. They are attractive to look at and easy to read.
That is why we sat down with a mission: to come up with a layout that would allow for ATS-friendly two-column resume templates.
The problem behind this resume format, as already explained, is the way the layout is achieved by using a complex table as the foundation. But almost all modern ATS can handle a simple two-column table with ease.
The four new release templates this month are all designed in the popular two-column style, but they are constructed using only simple tables and layouts. While it is impossible to guarantee that any resume will perform well in all applicant tracking systems, these two-column resume templates should work well in most.
You can learn more in this video:
4 New-Release Two-Column Resume Template Options