Hi, my name is Madison Resare and I am a new mom, a freelance writer, and a business owner.
It’s that time – time to update your social media profiles, contact your references, and update the design of your resume(s). Even if you are not looking for a job or an internship right now you want to make sure your social media profiles are up-to-date and that your resume is well-designed and ready to send. You need to be interview ready because you never know when you might make a contact or who might be viewing your profiles.
Here are 5 design hacks you can use to create a great looking resume:
1. White Space
Going through a large stack of resumes is something your potential employers are doing but are not enjoying which means you need to make it as easy as possible for them to skim through your resume, make notes, be impressed, and move on to the next one. Utilizing white space in your resume design makes it much easier for future employers to make notes about what they think about you and your accomplishments.
Using only black and white colors in your resume can make your future potential employers see a haze of grey as they go through page after page of their resume stacks, which means yours may just be another resume in a pile of boredom. Of course using colors like bright pink or neon green is not very professional but you can use a little bit of color in order to make your resume stand out. Colors like dark green, navy blue, and deep maroon look professional and also help your resume stand out among a sea of black and white.
3. Horizontal Layout
Standing out from among the crowd is probably one of the hardest aspects of resume design; after just a few minutes of going through a big stack of resumes your future potential employer will start seeing the same thing over and over again even if each resume is slightly different. Make your resume really stand out by designing your resume with a horizontal layout instead of a vertical layout.
Create a resume and make it unique by designing your own logo using your name or the initials of your first and last names. You can place an amazingly unique logo in the corner of your resume and make a great first impression to your potential future employers. Another way to stand out is to include graphics on your resume.
At most you should only use three different fonts; using just one is boring and can make your resume look flat. Using two fonts, especially if one is a serif font and one is a san serif font, can create a dynamic and more interesting resume design.
Asking for Help
If you are not very good at design and you don’t know how to implement the above resume design hacks then you may want to consider asking for the help of a professional designer. You may also want to ask for help if you do not have the best design programs available to create your resume (like Adobe InDesign or Adobe Illustrator). If you are not a professional designer, at the very least you should ask the opinion of several friends/coworkers as you design your resume.