Tips for a Stunning ResumeJoseph Wu
Resume building can be daunting, but what seems to go unrecognized is that it can also be very amusing. If you think about it in terms of job hunting, you’ll be bored. If you think about it in terms of a creative exercise, however, the possibilities are endless. Designing a resume is an awesome way to explore and showcase your creative leanings. (If design isn’t your thing, we can help with that too!)
Choose your font early on—before you’ve made 18 text boxes. It’s important to remember that legibility trumps creativity. A beautiful design can’t come at the expense of clarity. Yet, you want something that’s elegant and tasteful as well as something that speaks to the field you’re applying to.
MAKE USE OF ALL THE SPACE YOU HAVE
While we’d normally tell you not to fear white space, a resume is slightly different. You have one single page to illustrate your entire work history (and we suggest you don’t make it two). Because of this, it’s crucial you make the most of it. It’s a good idea to put your profile on one side of the page and your work history on the other (as seen above). Divide them with a line as to avoid confusion.
CHOOSE A NICE PAPER
If you don’t plan to print your resume, this doesn’t apply. Having said that, when going to an interview the interviewer will oftentimes expect you to have a copy of your resume. (When that happens, you’ll be happy to have read this tip!) Choose a nice paper stock. After you’re gone the interviewer will go through resumes and yours will (quite literally) stand out. This tip applies to all industries. Incidentally, we have a bunch of papers to choose from here! 😉
ONLY INCLUDE WHAT’S RELEVANT
Including every single job you’ve ever had doesn’t really do you any good. It just crows an already crowded space. Plus, if it’s not relevant, it serves no purpose.
Last, but not least, your name should stand out. Not only is it good for clarity, it’s a good starting point for the eye. (Plus, it looks really good!)