I'm quite particular when it comes to resumes. And while I do love all the creative resume designs out there, I still think it's important for a resume to be clean, simple, well-organized and easy to scan. This post features some rad resume designs, personal DOs and DON'Ts, advice from a few pros, and additional resources. Enjoy.
- Keep your resume to one page.
- Pay attention to the details and check that formatting is consistent.
- Use present tense when describing your current job and past tense for previous positions.
- ALWAYS send a PDF version.
- Use bullet points.
- Use descriptive verbs. Need help coming up with powerful verbs to use in your resume? Check out this infographic.
- Tailor your resume to the company that will be receiving it.
- Keep it minimal.
- Include a link to your online portfolio.
- Include your address.
- Include your picture. A resume should be about your skills, not your appearance.
- Repeat the same words over and over again or start all sentences the same way.
- Get too crazy with color. I personally think black and white is the most professional. However, if you're applying for a job in the creative industry, I think you can get away with some color. But use it sparingly. More than one or two colors and your resume is no longer simple.
- Use script fonts or any font difficult to read. Remember, keep it easy to scan.
- Have any typos. Proof read several times and have a few friends take a look at it, too.
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Creative resumes for inspiration.