Top 5 Beautiful Resume Ideas That Work

By on June 24, 2013
Beautiful Resume Ideas

For a long time, stark white and cream were the only acceptable paper options for printing a resume. These days, you can produce a beautiful and visually arresting resume on a different color of paper. Try using a cool gray or powder blue, linen-based paper.

Both of those colors will make your choice of ink truly stand out. Stay away from pinks, oranges and neon colors. All of those can be visually jarring – they may even irritate the viewer’s eyes. If the paper you use hurts to look at, you’ll accomplish the opposite of your goal.

In terms of ink colors, you no longer need to stick with basic black. Try colors that coordinate with your paper colors – you may want to try a few different color combinations before you make your final choice.

Again, be sure that your ink and paper combination doesn’t contrast too much or clash, and that the text isn’t difficult to read. If your resume isn’t easily readable, it will not get read.

Make an Infographic

If you are handy with graphic design tools, why not make your resume into an infographic about your work history? Infographics are great additions to your resume because they make an impression on potential employers in one glance.

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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.