I was asked to review a resume recently and I was struck by it’s design. That’s right, it’s design. One of the big downsides of those on-line java resume programs is that you never get to see how a candidate would choose to present him or herself (this candidate was a female, so I will use "she" from now on).
Her design was elegant and personal and yet had all the information we look for. It spanned two pages and contained the following headings:
- What I’m Seeking
- Who I am
- What I Can Do
- Where I’ve Been
- Additional Background
These correlate to the usual – career goal, qualifications, accomplishments, and job experiences, but somehow I responded very well to the words she chose.
The resume had a good design with her name and contact information artistically placed. And she used a small amount of conservative color. Nothing that would get in the way of photocopying the resume.
If you have the choice to send a resume in the mail or as an attachment, do so, but first think about how you are presenting yourself. What image do you want to leave after someone gives it the two minute glance (all anyone gets on the first go ’round)?
We will be talking to this candidate. Her background seems pretty solid and was enhanced by her sense of style and design. She obviously values the and thinks about first impressions.
This same concept applies to reports that are designed to persuade and PowerPoint presentations. Design is important.