I’ve seen a lot of resumes lately, some have made me cringe and others have made me jealous that mine isn’t as cool. But they all have something in common, even the bad ones!
They’re all unique.
Some are too unique with different colors and images. There are some that are boring black and white, but still have a unique factor that makes you want to look at them.
Check out some ways to make your resume unique…without going overboard.
Add a splash of color. Color is a fun and unique way to make your resume pop. You only need one color (maybe two). And make sure it’s dark enough to read and not too crazy (no neon!). A nice navy, deep pink or purple are always good. If you add a second color, don’t go too crazy – use it to highlight. And make sure the two colors compliment each other. Don’t do red and green (too Christmas-y) or red and blue (love it, but might too patriotic feeling!), for example.
Add a fancy font. Your fancy font should not be used in the body of your resume, but try using it for just your name and maybe section headers if the font isn’t too hard to read. It should be easy to read and not too out there. Try a script font like Lavenderia, Allura or Honey Script. (You can download all for free via dafont.com). Don’t overuse the fancy font, once you’ve used it once (maybe twice) stick to standard fonts like Arial, Helvetica, Georgia, Times New Roman or Tahoma.
Add social media. These days, people want to hire people who have social media experience. Because, well, let’s face it, social media isn’t going anywhere. Take your address off your resume and add your Twitter, LinkedIn or link to your own website to your contact information at the top of your resume. It’ll make employers happy that they don’t have to do too much searching to find you.
How do you make your resume stand out?