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30 Special Resume Designs To Impress Employers

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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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                                                              Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

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                                                              Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

                                                              As a recruiter, I have met and interviewed hundreds of candidates who have no idea who they are.

                                                              Without a personal brand, candidates struggle to answer the question: “tell me about yourself—who are you?” They have no idea about who they are, what their strengths are, and how they can add value to the company. They present their CV’s believing that their CV is the key to their career success. In some ways, your CV still has its use. However, in today’s job market, you need more than a CV to stand out in a crowd.

                                                              According to Celinne Da Costa:[1]

                                                              “Personal brand is essentially your golden ticket to networking with the right people, getting hired for a dream job, or building an influential business.” She believes that “a strong personal brand allows you to stand out in an oversaturated marketplace by exposing desired audiences to your vision, skillset, and personality in a way that is strategically aligned with your career goals.”

                                                              A personal brand opens up your world to so many more career opportunities that you would never have been exposed to with just your CV.

                                                              What Is Your Personal Brand?

                                                              “Personal branding is how you distinctively market your uniqueness.” —Bernard Kelvin Clive

                                                              Today, the job market is very competitive and tough. Having a great CV will only let you go so far because everyone has a CV, but no one else has your distinct personal brand! It is your personal brand that differentiates you from everyone else and that is what people buy—you.

                                                              Your personal brand is your mark on the world. It is how people you interact with and the world see you. It is your legacy—it is more important than a business brand because your personal brand lasts forever.

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                                                              I have coached people who have very successful careers, and they come to me because they have suddenly found that they are not getting the opportunities or having the conversations that would them to their next role. They are having what I call a “career meltdown,” all because they have no personal brand.

                                                              A personal brand helps you become conscious of your differences and your uniqueness. It allows you to position yourself in a way that makes you stand out from the pack, especially among other potential job applicants.

                                                              Don’t get me wrong, having a great CV and a great LinkedIn profile is important. However, there are a few steps that you have to take to have a CV and LinkedIn profile that is aligned to who you are, the value you offer to the market, and the personal guarantee that you deliver results.

                                                              Building your personal brand is about strategically, creatively, and professionally presenting what makes you, you. Knowing who you are and the value you bring to the table enables you to be more informed, agile, and adaptable to the changing dynamic world of work. This is how you can avoid having a series of career meltdowns.

                                                              Your Personal Brand Is Essential for Your Career Success

                                                              In her article, Why Personal Branding Is More Important Than Ever, Caroline Castrillon outlines key reasons why a personal brand is essential for career success.

                                                              According to Castrillon,[2]

                                                              “One reason is that it is more popular for recruiters to use social media during the interview process. According to a 2018 CareerBuilder survey, 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process, and 43% of employers use social media to check on current employees.”

                                                              The first thing I do as a recruiter when I want to check out a candidate or coaching client is to look them up on LinkedIn or other social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Your digital footprint is the window that highlights to the world who you are. When you have no control over how you want to be seen, you are making a big mistake because you are leaving it up to someone else to make a judgment for you as to who you are.

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                                                              As Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, once said, “Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room.”

                                                              In her book, Becoming, Michelle Obama writes about the importance of having a personal brand and her journey to defining her personal brand. She wrote that:

                                                              “if you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”

                                                              When you have a personal brand, you are in control. You know exactly what people will say about you when you leave the room.

                                                              The magic of a personal brand is that gives you control over how you want to be seen in the world. Your confidence and self-belief enable you to leverage opportunities and make informed decisions about your career and your future. You no longer experience the frustrations of a career meltdown or being at a crossroads not knowing what to do next with your career or your life. With a personal brand, you have focus, clarity, and a strategy to move forward toward future success.

                                                              Creating your personal brand does not happen overnight. It takes a lot of work and self-reflection. You will be expected to step outside of your comfort zone not once, but many times.

                                                              The good news is that the more time you spend outside of your comfort zone, the more you will like being there. Being outside of your comfort zone is where you can test the viability of and fine-tune your personal brand.

                                                              5 Key Steps to Creating Your Personal Brand

                                                              These five steps will help you create a personal brand that will deliver you the results you desire with your career and in life.

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                                                              1. Set Your Personal Goals

                                                              What is it that you want to do in the next five years? What will your future self be doing in the next five to ten years? What is important to you? If you can answer these questions, then you are on the right path. If not, then you have to start thinking about them.

                                                              2. Create Your Unique Value Proposition

                                                              Create your unique value proposition by asking yourself these four questions:

                                                              1. What are your personality features? What benefit do you offer people?
                                                              2. Who are you and why do people enjoy working with you?
                                                              3. What do you do and what do people want you to do for them? How do you solve their problems?
                                                              4. What makes you different from others like you?

                                                              The answers to these questions will give you the information you need to create your professional story, which is the key step to creating your personal brand.

                                                              3. Write Your Professional Story

                                                              Knowing who you are, what you want, and the unique value you offer is essential to you creating your professional story. People remember stories. Your personal story incorporates your value proposition and tells people who you are and what makes you unique. This is what people will remember about you.

                                                              4. Determine Which Platforms Will Support Your Personal Brand

                                                              Decide which social media accounts and online platforms will best represent your brand and allow you to share your voice. In a professional capacity, having a LinkedIn profile and a CV that reflects your brand is key to your positioning in relation to role opportunities. People will be connecting with you because they will like the story you are telling.

                                                              5. Become Recognized for Sharing Your Knowledge and Expertise

                                                              A great way for you to promote yourself is by sharing knowledge and helping others. This is where you prove you know your stuff and you gain exposure for doing so. You can do this through social media, writing, commenting, video, joining professional groups, networking, etc. Find your own style and uniqueness and use it to attract clients, the opportunities, or the jobs you desire.

                                                              The importance of having a personal brand is not going to go away. In fact, it is the only way where you can stand out and be unique in a complex changing world of work. If you don’t have a personal brand, someone will do it for you. If you let this happen, you have no control and you may not like the story they create.

                                                              Standing out from others takes time and investment. Most people cannot make the change by themselves, and this is where engaging a personal brand coach is a viable option to consider.

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                                                              As a personal brand coach, working with my clients to create their personal brand is my passion. I love the fact that we can work together to create a personal story that defines exactly what people will say when you leave the room.

                                                              Other People’s Stories

                                                              Listening to other people’s stories is a great way to learn. In his article, 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding, Rafael Dos Santos presents the best Ted Talks where speakers share their stories about the “why,” “what,” and “how” of personal branding.((GuidedPR: 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding))

                                                              Take some time out to listen to these speakers sharing their stories and thoughts about personal branding. You will definitely learn so much about how you can start your journey of defining yourself and taking control of your professional and personal life.

                                                              Your personal brand, without a doubt, is your secret weapon to your career success. As Michelle Obama said,

                                                              “your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”

                                                              So, go own your story. Go on the journey to create your personal brand that defines who you are, highlights your uniqueness, and the value you offer to the world.

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