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.


Need more advice? Professionals weigh in on learnthesecrethandshake.com.


Creative resumes for inspiration. 

LOVE: How this is nicely organized. Visual representation of skills. DON'T LOVE: Photo.

LOVE: How this is nicely organized. Visual representation of skills.
DON'T LOVE: Photo.

LOVE: The simple style elements.

LOVE: The simple style elements.

LOVE: How this is organized. DON'T LOVE: The bright yellow + logo on the left. Unless you have a personal brand, avoid logos.

LOVE: How this is organized.
DON'T LOVE: The bright yellow + logo on the left. Unless you have a personal brand, avoid logos.

LOVE: Easy to scan. DON'T LOVE: That work experience is listed below education.

LOVE: Easy to scan.
DON'T LOVE: That work experience is listed below education.

LOVE: How well this is organized and the use of bullet points. This is A+. DON'T LOVE: Including a personal address.

LOVE: How well this is organized and the use of bullet points. This is A+.
DON'T LOVE: Including a personal address.

Looking for a resume template? Do a simple search on Pinterest. Or visit Creative Market.

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