I'm an European CS student, looking to apply to a few companies for a summer internship. I am building my resume, but I'm wondering whether I should go with the standard Europass format, or a custom format - and by custom, I don't mean a different structure, but maybe a lighter, more padded table structure, different formatting, maybe a different font, etc.
Would this have a particular (positive/negative) impact? Would it help my resume stand out (I personally (optimistically) think that this shouldn't matter, that only the content and actual experience should matter, that it's not some fancy font and center-aligned subsection titles that should make the difference, but I feel that I should ask anyway), or would it hurt my chances? (one example of custom template would be the one described in this article)
I've seen a lot of debates regarding this topic and no definite answer. So, should I stick to the already existing resume templates, or should I roll my own.
For what it's worth, I'm using XeLaTeX to typeset it.
Right now, I've just went with the Europass format (edited in OpenOffice Writer based on the official templates), and sent it both to the US and European companies. I don't think that the Europass format would influence my result that much. After all, it's still a problem of whether a company based in the US or Canada is willing to also give me a work permit there (a.k.a. extra hassle).
As an extra tip, I've checked out Google's Resume writing tips, as seen on their students page. It's nothing out of the ordinary, but it's a good idea to clearly state the main accomplishments and the technologies used in every position you had as a programmer.