We typically see one type of resume in the job hunting world - white paper, black font, and probably not much (if any) color.
While this is the standard and will work for its intended purpose, it often doesn’t have a lot of personality. Certain jobs require more formality, so the standard is your best option, but for those jobs that ask for creativity in the job description, or simply demand something unique - add some personality!
Here are some of our favorite ways to do just that:
Change the design: Most resumes follow the same standard layout, but they don’t have to! You could put your document into unique, colorful sections, or simply add blocks of color for each section heading.
Add some color: Color is just more fun to look at! If you’re keeping it conservative, simply add color to your name at the top so it stands out. Or, you could really go all out and do your whole resume in one color. Of course, ensure that this is still easily readable, and also send over a copy that doesn’t include so much color in case they’d like to print it.
Be conversational: Formal language has its place, but it’s not always in a resume. You can still talk in a conversational way that uses layman’s terms. Be sure to include all relevant data and qualitative data, but present it more casually. For something extra fun, you can even include charts or graphs with your numerical data!
Make it fit: Are you interviewing for a position at an art gallery? You could change your resume to look like an easel, or feature a paint palette in a way that’s relevant. You can always tailor your actual resume to the job position in a memorable way.
Add something unexpected: Most hiring managers are used the same old thing. Surprise them! Add a creative drawing or graphic, use a custom font, or simply present it in a unique way.
Try a different format: Resumes don’t always have to be on paper! You can try a video or slideshow resume. Of course, make sure this is okay with the hiring manager, and possibly leave these for the job positions that say they’re actively seeking something different in your application.
Add a photo: It can be nice to put a face to a name. In some cases, you might want to include your photo. You could also include a photo of something you accomplished, whether it was a build in your job work, or an event photo from something you planned.
Include what’s needed: No matter how you choose to add personality to your resume, it’s important that it still includes important information. Be sure you’re not leaving out any important and relevant job positions, accomplishments, or education. At the end of the day, that will still be the most important part!
We all know the importance of a resume when you apply for a job, but there’s often more to the application than just that. There’s the cover letter, recommendation letters, resume, and anything else requested by that particular position.
We’re sharing our best tips to keeping your whole job application professional and effective, so you’re ready to apply when those ideal positions come along.
Even if you’re not actively job searching, sometimes the right position just pops up. Be ready for these opportunities! Every month or so, take a few minutes to update and review your materials. This will keep things fresh, keep you from scrambling, and help you avoid losing future opportunities due to time.
This is also a good time to prepare all potential documents. If you only have a resume so far, draft a cover letter and seek out at least 2-4 professional recommendations to have on file.
A professional application is short and sweet! You may think you need to elaborate or sound wordy to be impressive, but employers receive a ton of applications. They will greatly appreciate that you kept to the most essential information.
Along with keeping things short and sweet, don’t be afraid to use bullet points liberally! It allows employers to easily scan your information for items that jump out, and keeps information in bite-sized pieces.
You can utilize bullet points in all areas of your application - the cover letter and resume, as well as any other documents required by the posting.
If you want to submit a professional application, it should be free from spelling and grammatical errors. Take the time to really proofread well, and ask a friend or family member to take a look as well. We can miss small errors by seeing the same piece of writing so many times, so don’t be afraid to have several sets of eyes on it.
Errors and mistakes can make you come across as careless, even if that couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s worth the extra time to ensure that all of your materials are perfect!
These days, not all job postings are standard. Some of them require additional writing samples, tests, and so on. You need to read very carefully! They’re often looking for someone who follows directions.
Be sure that you include everything that is asked for, and don’t include other things that are not. Each employer usually has a very specific skill set and documents that they’re requiring, so it’s best to stick to that.
To start, ensure that you have a cover letter, solid, updated resume, and recommendations, which can either be attached or ready upon request. This will give you a foundation, and any other requested materials can be created quickly!