Your resume represents you; it is one among the many things that define you to your potential recruiters. When you send your resume to apply for a job, it’s the same as putting half of yourself out there for assessment. It is totally in your hands as to how you would like to project yourself to others. Including and highlighting details such as your contact details, education/work experiences, your core strengths and your talents are things that don’t even need any briefing anymore. It is a given that strong headlines to your resume will boost your chances to land the job. However, we at Career Marshal would like to tell you how the designs and colors you choose for your resume will best impress the onlookers to an extent that they go through it, not just once but twice!
- Resume with white spaces
HR/employers have to go through hundreds of resumes once they announce a job vacancy. In order to allow them an easy and relaxed read, do not try to compress everything into one page. Free the spaces in order to give more white background that will in turn give the employers a more relaxed view. It is advisable to send a neat resume that is 2 to 3 pages long rather than sending a 1 page resume with compressed fonts and details. This way, recruiters wouldn’t mind going through your resume over and over again.
- Play with colors
This is an apt idea to incorporate some highlighting to your resume. You can co-ordinate the colors that you use, for example yellow and green are colors that make a great combination, this design is sure to catch attention and grab some eye balls.
- Use of pictures
Here is where you can have some serious fun with preparing a resume for yourself. Add some pictures to your resume, use pictures that support what you have written on your resume; for instance you can use pictures of a briefcase and a coffee mug right adjacent to details of your work experience.
- Throw in some shapes and figures
This is for the graphic lovers. Design your resume in such a way that you put your details within different figures and arrange/align them in a way that you think would be perfect. For example, you can keep your basic information like your name and contact details within a circle shaped figure, then you can put your education qualifications and experiences in a triangle shaped figure and so on. This will show the effort you put in into making the resume.
- Themed resume
Transform your resume into your canvas. Pick a theme, the theme you pick could be that of a season or even the theme of an office interior. Let us take the example of an office interior; you can pick a subtle image of an office interior which will act as a light backdrop to your resume. Then you can start off by putting your name at the door image of the office and your contact number right where a telephone is stationed. You can place your core strengths in the meeting room portion of the interior and you can proceed further by mixing and matching your details with various parts of the office backdrop. Design to impress!