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30 Special Resume Designs To Impress Employers

30 Special Resume Designs To Impress Employers

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.

1. Elegance

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    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.

    2. Personal

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      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.

      3. John Smith

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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.

        4. Chessboard-Style Layout

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          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.

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          5. A Bold Header

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            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.

            6. Personal Branding

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              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.

              7. Dark Background

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                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.

                8. A Different Texture

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                  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.

                  9. Straight to Business

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                    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.

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                    10. Be Picky With Fonts

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                      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.

                      11. Don’t Underestimate the Sidebar

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                        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.

                        12. Try Sticking to a Theme

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                          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

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                            Columns are space savers, and they’re attractive. Why not try them out?

                            14. Elegant font

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                              Grab their attention, fonts are one of the easiest ways to do so. Catch their attention, win the job!

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                              15. Back to Business

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                                Don’t beat around the bush. Some employers like it straightforward. This is the resume for you.

                                16. Make a Profile

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                                  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

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                                    18. Simple Enhancement

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                                      19. Corner Image

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                                        20. Color Splash

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                                          21. Information Boxes

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                                            22. Beautiful Borders

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                                              23. Jazz Up Your Image

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                                                24. Use Graphs

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                                                  25. Get Funky With Graphics

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                                                    26. Notepad

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                                                      27. Impress Your Company

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                                                        28. Advertise Yourself

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                                                          29. The Film Enthusiast
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                                                            30. Creative Layout

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                                                              Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

                                                              Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

                                                              I imagine that like me, you say that you never have enough time and that you just cannot cope with 60 dozen things all at once.

                                                              How on earth do you get out of that spiral?

                                                              Many people never sit down and look at how to work smarter, rather than harder and even longer hours. But not you, you’re smart enough to try to learn effective ways to work.

                                                              So how to work smarter not harder? Here are 12 smart ways you should be following:

                                                              1. Improve Your Time Management Skills

                                                              Easier said than done? Well, no actually, because there are a few simple rules that can really help you to manage time better.

                                                              For example, when setting up a top priority task, you need to switch off the phone and ignore your email first. Then you need to abandon any ideas of multitasking as that will slow you down and ruin your focus.

                                                              Finally, set a reasonable deadline and do everything in your power to meet it.

                                                              “When you’re born, you’re born with 30,000 days. That’s it. The best strategic planning I can give to you is to think about that.” — Sir Ray Avery

                                                              2. Speed up Your Typing and Use Shortcuts

                                                              These days we’re all keyboard slaves. So why not speed up your typing and try to get rid of the two finger syndrome. In fact, when you save 21 days per year just by typing fast!

                                                              This is exactly what I am doing now, so I cannot honestly say I am practicing what I preach!

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                                                              But help is at hand. Try some of these apps and games to help you type fast: 8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

                                                              Using shortcuts on the keyboard is another time saver and can speed up your work.

                                                              For example, press F2 to rename a selected file, while CTRL + I will put selected text in italics.

                                                              There are so many of these. If you make the effort to learn them, they really can be helpful.

                                                              3. Learn How to Use Productivity Tools

                                                              It is well worth downloading all the useful tools and apps that can highly boost your productivity. Take a look at these 18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools and install whatever fits your needs.

                                                              Now that is really a great way of working smarter, not harder.

                                                              4. Use Your Phone Wisely

                                                              Instead of writing emails, sometimes it’s better to pick up the phone and talk to the person responsible. It saves time, especially for important or urgent discussions.

                                                              If that colleague works in the same office, it is even better to go and talk to him or her. It gives you a break, you get some exercise and you actually make human contact which is becoming quite rare in this electronic world.

                                                              5. Keep a Tab on Your Tabs

                                                              If you are like me, you might well find that you have a ton of tabs open at the top of your browser.

                                                              In order to find the one you want, you have to search for them as they are off screen. Having all these tabs open slows down your browser too.

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                                                              One solution is to use OneTab which can keep a neat list on the screen of all these tabs when you want to quickly get to one of them or you want to remind yourself which ones you have open.

                                                              6. Use a “To Don’t” List

                                                              We all know about to do lists and I find that they are generally great. They give me a great sense of achievement as I cross off the tasks done.

                                                              But often, I find that we are doing non-essential tasks or ones that can easily be postponed. That is why many people recommend the to don’t list.[1]

                                                              Some people prefer to savagely prune the to do list while others prefer to have two separate lists, to do and to don’t. You just have to work out what works best for you when you are trying to save precious time to become more productive.

                                                              7. Expect Failure and Fight Paranoia

                                                              When failure rears its ugly head, some people get a bit paranoid and fear that this may become a trend.

                                                              Projects will go wrong and failure should be expected rather than feared. Learning lessons from failure and analyzing what went wrong is the best way forward.

                                                              “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” — Richard Branson

                                                              And here you can find 10 Great Lessons Highly Successful People Have Learned From Failure.

                                                              8. Be Concise

                                                              Rambling on at meetings, in emails and even when introducing yourself to new clients can waste a lot of people’s time.

                                                              One way is to practice and sharpen your “elevator speech,”[2] which tells people in 30 seconds or less why they need your skills and how they can benefit from doing business with you.

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                                                              Just think of the many situations where this could be useful:

                                                              • Making new contacts
                                                              • Talking about yourself at a job interview
                                                              • Meeting people at conferences or parties
                                                              • Phone calls to new clients

                                                              9. Ask the Right Questions

                                                              “You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” — Naguib Mahfouz

                                                              How do you get feedback? The secret is to ask the right questions at the right time.

                                                              When you do this, you are gathering the information you need to help in decision making. This will save you time and you will be able to cut meetings to a minimum.

                                                              Forbes magazine reports on research that they carried out on asking the right questions.[3] When that happens, the positive effects are increased by 400%. There are also other benefits in staff motivation and a positive impact on the company’s bottom line.

                                                              Lifehack’s CEO Leon has shared about how to ask for feedback to learn faster: How to Learn Quickly And Master Any Skill You Want

                                                              10. Learn as Much as You Can

                                                              You should always be on a steep learning curve. Look at your skills profile and determine where you need to fill a gap. Talk to important connections and network in your niche.

                                                              Keep up to date on trends and developments. It is a fact-changing world. When an opportunity arises, you will be the best equipped to seize it because you have never stopped learning. Just another way of working smarter.

                                                              “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi

                                                              11. Look After Your Greatest Resource

                                                              No, your greatest resource is not time. It is YOU.

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                                                              If you do not get enough sleep, exercise and relaxation, you find that you become less and less productive. You begin to work longer and longer hours, which is the exact opposite of what you want.

                                                              What you should be doing is making sure you are in the best shape. It is useful to remember that you need a break of 15 minutes after every one and a half hours of work.[4]

                                                              Taking breaks and getting fresh air and exercise is one of the best ways of working smarter, not harder.

                                                              12. Don’t Fall into the Trap of Working Smarter and Harder

                                                              As a society, we are obsessed with doing everything smarter so we are more efficient and we save time all around.[5]

                                                              But the most important thing to remember is to accept when we are ready to switch off that computer and not fill up the time with even more work!

                                                              The Bottom Line

                                                              The key to greater productivity is to work smarter, not harder. Working smarter saves precious time and energy for the things that really matter — your life goals, your personal growth, your health and your relationships.

                                                              Stop working for more hours and start working smarter!

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