As stated in our previous post Is Your Resume as Creative as You Are? we expressed the importance of creative professionals incorporating design on some level. But exactly how much design, and what are the guidelines you should follow to create the perfect balance between traditional and creative formats?
As promised, we’ve gone back into the lab and concocted the perfect blend just for you!
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of it all, keep in mind that the creative job you are applying for should dictate the level of design you include. For example, a resume being tailored towards a PR specialist position would have less of a design component in comparison to a resume for a graphic or web designer position. Below is a list of some basic, yet highly effective techniques to integrate into your resume.
• Your Resume is a Design Project – Utilize clear-sighted colored types, screen-tinted background graphics, bullets, interesting fonts, and logo-like treatment of your name.
• Review Print and Electronic Versions – Your layout and design needs to look great both as an electronic resume as well as in print, so always print your resume before sending it out to ensure that the design works.
• Career Summary – Save it for a well-crafted cover letter and think of your resume as a tool that further reinforces your brand/talents. It’s also not a bad idea to customize each summary to appeal specifically to the job to which you’re applying.
• Experience – Not only should you chronologically organize your work experience, but applying industry terms that a hiring manager may be looking for when searching through an internal database is a great idea as well.
• Education – Honesty is always the best policy here since it’s such a small world, so if you didn’t graduate or complete the coursework, then using the word “attended” is fine
• Awards and Affiliations – Only include those that are relevant to your career
• Proofread, Proofread, and Proofread! – After spell checking, read your resume out loud for content and flow. Walk away, and then do it again. You can also enlist the help of a few friends to do the same. A sure-fire way to get your resume on the top of the recycle pile is typos.
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