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Top 5 Beautiful Resume Ideas That Work

By on June 24, 2013
Beautiful Resume Ideas

It’s said that the average recruiter spends somewhere between 2.5 and 10 seconds to determine whether or not your resume is worth reading. To make the most of those precious seconds, it’s important that you present a resume that is as visually attractive as possible. Unattractive resumes, no matter how informative, won’t receive a second glance.

If you Google “top 10 beautiful resumes” or “beautiful resume ideas” you will see tons of inspiring options for creative and attractive resume layouts, but unless you are applying to jobs in a creative industry, many of those ideas won’t be appropriate to your field. If you’re worried that you resume won’t hold a recruiter’s attention, spruce up your resume with one of these 5 versatile ideas:

Choose Your Colors Wisely

For years, former applicants have sworn that they received more invitations to interview when their resumes included navy blue or gray text instead of (or in addition to) traditional black.

While this information is purely anecdotal, it seems obvious that prudent use of color can go a long way toward getting your resume noticed. There are two ways to use color on your resume: colored paper and colored ink.

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  • billy_bob_tweed

    Top 5 Beautiful Resume Ideas That Work:
    Make an Infographic

    What about . . .

    Top 5 Article Ideas that _DON’T_ Work

    Here’s a clue:
    Recommending graphic ideas — e.g. “Make an Infographic” — and failing to provide, y’know a “graphic” example of that “infographic.” (To say nothing of the colored papers and inks you recommend – where are the examples??)

    Show us, don’t tell us.

    This article was pretty much a USELESS and POINTLESS exercise.

    You tell us that employers only have 2.5 – 10 seconds to get an impression on a resume?

    Well, so do readers and job-seekers looking for advice.

    Garbage in; garbage out.

  • Helena Handbasket

    From the employer’s perspective, I have to say you’re taking a huge risk trying any of these approaches unless you work in a creative field. As an extremely busy manager, I just don’t have time to sift through people’s art projects. An infographic makes it more difficult for me to immediately find the key information I’m looking for. A resume that looks like a Facebook page tells me you spend too much time on Facebook. And how am I supposed to make notes on a t-shirt or mug–or make copies of them to distribute to the rest of the hiring committee?

    Also, be warned that a headshot means you’re willingly providing an employer with the potential means to discriminate against you based on your appearance, age, race, etc. without even having looked at your work history.

    I’d like to see less emphasis on attention-grabbing tricks and more emphasis on clearly articulating the experience, skills and accomplishments that show me what a good fit you are for the job. If you want to be taken seriously, show professionalism. It takes a truly creative person to construct a stand-out resume without using gimmicks.

  • eloise

    Uh people still mail physical résumés? I have never encountered a company that did not want an online submission that they can just keep on their computers and print only when needed.