We can all agree that first impressions are important factors in a variety of situations in day-to-day life. One scenario in which they are particularly important is in the search for employment. It’s a tough world of competition in the job market and the best way to beat the competitive rush is by making the best first impression you possibly can. This first impression lies in the good old resume.
The last thing you want is to get knocked out of the playing field by a person with a more attractive resume. To get you started, here a few special resume designs certain to impress any employer.
Some employers will prefer a nice, simple, elegant design, highlighting your achievements in standard text. This resume is well suited for mundane job applications such as secretary/temp work. This shows your employer you are simple and straightforward and can get work done to the utmost efficiency.
Keep it short, sweet and personal. You don’t have to be so formal with this type of resume. You want to come across as trustworthy and easily-relatable. Throw in a thumbnail photo for extra connection. Don’t be afraid to add your own flavor to the layout of the resume.
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This elegant resume design is sure to catch an extra precious few seconds of your employer’s attention. A few splashes of color can do a lot for a plain resume. Throw in some fancy headings and you have a winner. This resume design is extremely versatile and can be used in any situation, making it the ideal universal resume.
Ideal for a creative job, your employer will be caught guard by the stunning layout of your resume. Co-ordinate colors and make sure that the boxes don’t end up unorganized and hard to read, and you’ll have yourself one fancy resume. Make sure the colors highlight your achievements. That’s what you want your employer to be looking at after all.
You want the employer to remember your name. When it gets to the interview stage, wouldn’t it be nice to have your name as the name they remember simply because it stood out on your resume. Don’t be afraid to go big when it comes to identifying yourself. You might just get lucky.
Speaking of making your name memorable, why not jazz it up and turn it into a personalized logo instead? Not only is it attractive to employers seeking entrepreneurs, but it will be able to help you with personal branding later on in your career.
Some employers might be simply sick of staring at white paper. It may be the tiniest of changes, however the change of color scheme is what could potentially make you stand out in the eyes of your employer. Don’t lose their attention for a second. Go dark background for a change.
In addition to dark paper, spend a little more attention with textured paper. Any way you can use to be remembered, use it. Keep the resume professional for business purposes. Use block letters and a monochromatic color scheme to impress any potential employer.
A simple black and white scheme, show employers how professional and efficient you can be. Never underestimate the power of going back to basics. Highlight your achievements rather than your name or other aspects.
Don’t stick to two fonts. Use three or four, depending on how many subheadings you plan to have. It will make your resume less boring and more likely to make an impression. Don’t be afraid to use illustrations. Some employers don’t want to spend all their time reading.
Sidebars are a great way of drawing attention to aspects of importance on your resume. It’s also a great way of using the most of the space on a page. Layout is extremely important when it comes to an attractive resume.
Employers take note of creativity. The themes presented in your resume can be the first chance you get to show off your design skills. Don’t waste time earning extra points in the eyes of your employer.
13. Two Columns
Columns are space savers, and they’re attractive. Why not try them out?
14. Elegant font
Grab their attention, fonts are one of the easiest ways to do so. Catch their attention, win the job!
15. Back to Business
Don’t beat around the bush. Some employers like it straightforward. This is the resume for you.
16. Make a Profile
Outline yourself. Make yourself look attractive. Stand out from the rest.
For the lovers of creative, unique resumes, here are few more that you might appreciate having a look at:
17. Earthy Colors
19. Corner Image
20. Color Splash
24. Use Graphs
30. Creative Layout
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