Everyone is looking for a way to make their resume stand out in today’s job market. One way to do that is by giving your resume some visual appeal. Well-designed resumes with color and images can attract attention over those with plain old text. That’s not to say everyone should add pictures to their resume. A graphical layout might not be for everyone, nor appropriate for every profession and industry.
Today, Penelope Trunk blogged about the value and importance of the visual. She explains in her post, Next phase of your career: Design ,”This means that you will be more valuable and more relevant if you can think in terms of visuals.” This topic has been on my mind for the past several days, especially, as I have been reviewing Visualize .me, the same infographic tool Penelope highlights in her post.
When anybody hears the word “ Resume ” or “ CV ” (Curriculum Vitae) , the images of 3 paged document containing academic records, employer details, project details, personal details and some other blah blah flickers in their minds. Traditionally from 265 B.C.
As a freelancer I spent quite some time updating and sending my CV to different parties. Most recruiting companies ask me for a MS Word version of my CV without any markup. I understand why, they put on their own logo and copy and paste the relevant parts for the company they propose me to. To me this feels rather awkward.