February 10, 2016 by Danielle
Effective Resume Design
When it comes to getting hired for a job, most people do everything they can to present themselves properly and show off their skills. Your resume is the best way to do that, but did you know that the design of your resume is just as important as the information it contains. A resume with a good design could help you get a job just like a resume with a bad design could prevent you from getting hired. Readability Does the font and format you have chosen for your resume make it easy to read and appealing to the reader. When someone reads a resume, they almost instantly decide how it makes them feel, sometimes just by looking at it. Your resume should be simple, clean and easy to read. It should make the reader feel relaxed and comfortable and should not require them to work hard to understand it. Information Overload It can be hard to figure out exactly what you should or shouldn’t put on your resume, but too much can be worse than not enough. The reader doesn’t want to feel overwhelmed by the amount of information they read. Your resume should include basic information about your education, experience and goals and highlight some of your skills. Anything else can be discussed during an interview. Keep It Simple You might think that fancy font or those cute images make your resume stand out, but they could get it noticed in all the wrong ways. Instead of decorating your resume, use information and organization to make it stand out and catch the attention of the reader. Fancy fonts, strange formats and images are just confusing and distracting. You have worked hard to gain the education and experience needed for a job. Make sure you resume demonstrates all of your amazing skills and personality, without confusing the reader or make it seem like you are trying to hard. Don’t let your resume design stop you from getting a job. Take your time, proofread and think about the point you are trying to make and get across. Your resume is a way for you to sell yourself.