Creative resume templates vs traditional, what are your thoughts on using one more than the other? Recognizing its relative to the firm you’re applying to, which is generally better to leverage?

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Assuming you know Latex, I always recommend using Overleaf pre-built resume templates (can choose traditional or more creative ones). It's a good way of making your resume stand out while looking very clean

Traditional. Easier to parse, easier to read by both systems and humans. The upper left hand quadrant needs to have enough info that it will hook the recruiter into reading more. Otherwise, into the black hole it goes

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