Jan 12
Does your resume stand out for the right reasons?
Rick M

Job seekers today have a plethora of resume templates, designs, and guides to choose from.  Too often, they get mesmerized with the style or template of their resume and forget that content and readability are often the more critical components. 

Michelle Kruse at CareerCast.com published an article asking a simple question:  “Are creative resumes a good idea?”

We believe that unless you’re working in a design-related industry that expects your resume to be a piece of your portfolio – you’re likely better served focusing on traditional resume design with exceptional content.  Mrs. Kruse agrees, and adds that you should have a good reason to mix your resume design up.

Your resume is the most critical piece of information a Hiring Manager can have to make an informed hiring decision.  The goal with your resume should be to show the Hiring Manager why your mix of education, experience, and abilities make you the ideal candidate.  In an environment where businesses are looking to reduce their risk, squeeze their margins, and appease shareholders – your creative resume may present you as a potential risk.

“…But, why?  My resume is so beautifully designed!”

Your experience should speak for itself.  A distraction or “gimmick” to get the attention of a Hiring Manager may be seen as just that.  If your future employer uses an Applicant Tracking System that analyzes applicant resumes, the creative resume design may cost you the job because of how these automated systems “score” resumes.

The best advice, says Rick M. from CoverLetterPros.com, is to “…make sure your resume stands out for how well you match the requirements of the vacant job posting.  If the first half of the first page of your resume doesn’t articulate this, you will want to address this immediately!”

While Rick doesn’t advocate for designed resumes, he was also quick to point out that there are very few rules when it comes to the creating the “best” resume.  “The quality of a resume comes down to the subjective bias and perception of Hiring Managers and the hiring processes within their companies” says Rick. 

He suggests researching the company through Glassdoor.com, Indeed.com, and other communities where you can read candid reviews from other job seekers and employees about their company. 

“Once you have an idea of the style of interview, types of questions, and overall culture of the company or department, you will be better equipped to showcase the kind of content you need in your resume to get that interview!  One size never fits all” says Rick.



Published in January 2017 by CoverLetterPros.com

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