Using standardized resume templates, either a free template or a general step by step resume software product, can simplify the resume writing process. However, many sample resume templates are only as good as the examples they provide.
A free resume template is a great way to initially begin the resume writing process, but they are only the first step in how to write a resume. Resume templates are just as their name defines a box template that your information is placed into. Very little concern is given to the order and flow of your information, and specific qualifications you can provide to your employer.
For example, many resume templates will use a resume objective, often displayed right up top. Although, in nearly all cases we highly recommend not using a resume objective, but rather use a summary of your qualifications and skills that best matches the job position, career field, or your professional industry. We put together a free resume writing video specifically on this topic here.
Overall, any resume writing templates or examples should be used as a basic guide in helping you pull together your professional experience, education, and skills. But to compete in this highly competitive job market you will often be required to further develop and customize your resume to uniquely fit your specific qualifications and employment situation.