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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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                                                              5 Types of Leadership Styles (And Which Is Best for You)

                                                              5 Types of Leadership Styles (And Which Is Best for You)

                                                              It takes great leadership skills to build great teams.

                                                              The best leaders have distinctive leadership styles and are not afraid to make the difficult decisions. They course-correct when mistakes happen, manage the egos of team members and set performance standards that are constantly being met and improved upon.

                                                              With a population of more than 327 million, there are literally scores of leadership styles in the world today. In this article, I will talk about the most common types of leadership and how you can determine which works best for you.

                                                              5 Types of Leadership Styles

                                                              I will focus on 5 common styles that I’ve encountered in my career: democratic, autocratic, transformational, transactional and laissez-faire leadership.

                                                              The Democratic Style

                                                              The democratic style seeks collaboration and consensus. Team members are a part of decision-making processes and communication flows up, down and across the organizational chart.

                                                              The democratic style is collaborative. Author and motivational speaker Simon Sinek is an example of a leader who appears to have a democratic leadership style.

                                                                The Autocratic Style

                                                                The autocratic style, on the other hand, centers the preferences, comfort and direction of the organization’s leader. In many instances, the leader makes decisions without soliciting agreement or input from their team.

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                                                                The autocratic style is not appropriate in all situations at all times, but it can be especially useful in certain careers, such as military service, and in certain instances, such as times of crisis. Steve Jobs was said to have had an autocratic leadership style.

                                                                While the democratic style seeks consensus, the autocratic style is less interested in consensus and more interested in adherence to orders. The latter advises what needs to be done and expects close adherence to orders.

                                                                  The Transformational Style

                                                                  Transformational leaders drive change. They are either brought into organizations to turn things around, restore profitability or improve the culture.

                                                                  Alternatively, transformational leaders may have a vision for what customers, stakeholders or constituents may need in the future and work to achieve those goals. They are change agents who are focused on the future.

                                                                  Examples of transformational leader are Oprah and Robert C. Smith, the billionaire hedge fund manager who has offered to pay off the student loan debt of the entire 2019 graduating class of Morehouse College.

                                                                    The Transactional Style

                                                                    Transactional leaders further the immediate agenda. They are concerned about accomplishing a task and doing what they’ve said they’d do. They are less interested in changing the status quo and more focused on ensuring that people do the specific task they have been hired to do.

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                                                                    The transactional leadership style is centered on short-term planning. This style can stifle creativity and keep employees stuck in their present roles.

                                                                    The Laissez-Faire Style

                                                                    The fifth common leadership style is laissez-faire, where team members are invited to help lead the organization.

                                                                    In companies with a laissez-faire leadership style, the management structure tends to be flat, meaning it lacks hierarchy. With laissez-faire leadership, team members might wonder who the final decision maker is or can complain about a lack of leadership, which can translate to lack of direction.

                                                                    Which Leadership Style do You Practice?

                                                                    You can learn a lot about your leadership style by observing your family of origin and your formative working experiences.

                                                                    Whether you realize it, from the time you were born up until the time you went to school, you were receiving information on how to lead yourself and others. From the way your parents and siblings interacted with one another, to unspoken and spoken communication norms, you were a sponge for learning what constitutes leadership.

                                                                    The same is true of our formative work experiences. When I started my communications career, I worked for a faith-based organization and then a labor union. The style of communication varied from one organization to the other. The leadership required to be successful in each organization was also miles apart. At Lutheran social services, we used language such as “supporting people in need.” At the labor union, we used language such as “supporting the leadership of workers” as they fought for what they needed.

                                                                    Many in the media were more than happy to accept my pitch calls when I worked for the faith-based organization, but the same was not true when I worked for a labor union. The quest for media attention that was fair and balanced became more difficult and my approach and style changed from being light-hearted to being more direct with the labor union.

                                                                    I didn’t realize the impact those experiences had on how I thought about my leadership until much later in my career.

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                                                                    In my early experience, it was not uncommon for team members to have direct, brash and tough conversations with one another as a matter of course. It was the norm, not the exception. I learned to challenge people, boldly state my desires and preferences, and give tough feedback, but I didn’t account for the actions of others fit for me, as a black woman. I didn’t account for gender biases and racial biases.

                                                                    What worked well for my white male bosses, did not work well for me as an African American woman. People experienced my directness as being rude and insensitive. While I needed to be more forceful in advancing the organization’s agenda when I worked for labor, that style did not bode well for faith-based social justice organizations who wanted to use the love of Christ to challenge injustice.

                                                                    Whereas I received feedback that I needed to develop more gravitas in the workplace when I worked for labor, when I worked for other organizations after the labor union, I was often told to dial it back. This taught me two important lessons about leadership:

                                                                    1. Context Matters

                                                                    Your leadership style must adjust to each workplace you are employed. The challenges and norms of an organization will shape your leadership style significantly.

                                                                    2. Not All Leadership Styles Are Appropriate for the Teams You’re Leading

                                                                    When I worked on political campaigns, we worked nonstop. We started at dawn and worked late into the evening. I couldn’t expect that level of round-the-clock work for people at the average nonprofit. Not only couldn’t I expect it, it was actually unhealthy. My habit of consistently waking up at 4 am to work was profoundly unhealthy for me and harmful for the teams I was leading.

                                                                    As life coach and spiritual healer Iyanla Vanzant has said,

                                                                    “We learn a lot from what is seen, sensed and shared.”

                                                                    The message I was sending to my team was ‘I will value you if you work the way that I work, and if you respond to my 4 am, 5 am and 6 am emails.’ I was essentially telling my employees that I expect you to follow my process and practice.

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                                                                    As I advanced in my career and began managing more people, I questioned everything I thought I knew about leadership. It was tough. What worked for me in one professional setting did not work in other settings. What worked at one phase of my life didn’t necessarily serve me at later stages.

                                                                    When I began managing millennials, I learned that while committed to the work, they had active interests and passions outside of the office. They were not willing to abandon their lives and happiness for the work, regardless of how fulfilling it might have been.

                                                                    The Way Forward

                                                                    To be an effective leader, you must know yourself incredibly well. You must be self-reflective and also receptive to feedback.

                                                                    As fellow Lifehack contributor Mike Bundrant wrote in the article 10 Essential Leadership Qualities That Make a Great Leader:

                                                                    “Those who lead must understand human nature, and they start by fully understanding themselves…They know their strengths, and are equally aware of their weaknesses and thus understand the need for team work and the sharing of responsibility.”

                                                                    The way to determine your leadership style is to get to know yourself and to be mindful of the feedback you receive from others. Think about the leadership lessons that were seen, sensed and shared in your family of origin. Then think about what feels right for you. Where do you gravitate and what do you tend to avoid in the context of leadership styles?

                                                                    If you are really stuck, think about using a personality assessment to shed light on your work patterns and preferences.

                                                                    Finally, the path for determining your leadership style is to think about not only what you need, or what your company values, but also what your team needs. They will give you cues on what works for them and you need to respond accordingly.

                                                                    Leadership requires flexibility and attentiveness. Contrary to unrealistic notions of leadership, being a leader is less about being served and more about being of service.

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