If you Google “resume writing examples”, you’ll be faced with an ubiquitous resume format which has been the staple of resume writing since the late 1990s.
In a nutshell, it looks like this:
The biggest problems here are:
- cramming of text on to the page
- insufficient white space, and
- no design cues to create a sense priority and logic
Don’t Be Stuck In The 1990s.
This style harks back to an era when lots of text on a page was a good thing. Unfortunately, it’s still adhered to by most professional resume writers.
In the 1990’s, people weren’t drowning in information as much as they do now, so they had more patience for cumbersome, overloaded-with-text documents.
The Internet looked somewhat similar back then, too. You do remember those days, don’t you?
Times Have Changed.
We live in a digital age.
Chances are, the first person who casts their eyes on your resume will be a recruiter or HR manager who is in their late 20’s or mid 30’s.
It means that they’ll be a time-pressed Millennial who probably isn’t used to reading books, but has spent the last 10 years of their life skimming through web content.
It’s also likely that the first time they’ll see your resume will be on their mobile device, while they’re driving to/from work, waiting for a client, etc.
If your resume looks dated, clunky or simply like “hard work”, this recruiter will struggle to give it their attention (even if the content is great).
Design For The Web.
It’s important to realise that your resume will probably never make it to paper. It will be consumed on digital devices amidst a sea of other digital content that the recruiter is trying to juggle that day.
This means your resume needs to conform to contemporary Web design rules. It has to flow. It has to clearly communicate which details are critically important and which are secondary.
It has to pull a reader in – one bit of information at a time. Here’s one example of a professional & contemporary resume style we use here at Arielle:
It’s no longer the 1990s. Don’t jeopardise your chances of getting noticed by making your resume look like it’s still stuck there.
Great Design Is Just The Beginning.
An effective design simply gets you in the door; it removes some of the reasons for a recruiter to stop reading.
Giving a recruiter a reason to stay engaged by making you look markedly superior to your competition is the the next challenge which your resume’s content must achieve for you.
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