We spend a lot of time talking about all of the nuts and bolts that go into the details of your resume. Your skills, qualifications, education, and most importantly - the highlights of them all. But, it’s not enough just to put all that information down on paper and then send it on it’s way.
No one is going to look at your resume - even with the best information on there - unless it’s designed to catch their eye.
We’re not talking about flashy colors or crazy fonts [because that captures the wrong attention]. We’re talking about formatting.
Consider this: you are in a grocery store looking to buy some apples. You are trying to decide between two apples, which are essentially exactly the same. They are the same price, the same size, and probably will have a similar taste.
Which one do you choose?
Guess what - it’s going to be the one that looks better to your eye!
The same principle goes into resumes as it does when buying apples.
But, exactly how much does design matter when it comes to your resume?
Style is just as important as content
The standard looking resume is most likely crafted with Times New Roman, 12 point font, a few bullet points here and there, and everything left aligned on the page.
To start - there’s nothing technically wrong with this resume. [Trust us - we’ve seen some really bad ones]
But, consider the fact that if your resume looks like the standard, then chances are your competition also looks this way as well.
And how are you expected to stand out from your competition, when you look exactly like them on paper?
Strive for modern minimalistic
When Kayla and I work on the design aspects of resume, less is always more. No two resumes we ever create are the same, but when it comes to adding pops of muted color or adjusting some fonts - we always stick with minimalist themes.
This is because your resume should still be extremely appealing and easy to read. Little areas of color that help break up the different areas of your expertise can actually make you look more qualified than your competition.
And when it comes to fonts - we don’t get crazy. We typically stick with 2 fonts, but no less than 2 and no more than 3. This is because your headers should really stand out differently than your body.
Unless you’re applying specifically for a design related font-focused job, your future employer is not a font fanatic and doesn’t want to see your ability to find the most flashy text for your resume.
Good design shows that you care
When your resume is expertly formatted and design, you understand that clean and appealing formatting for business documents is necessary to succeed in the working world and showcases a high attention to detail.
What this portrays to a future employer is one of two things:
You understand how to craft well-formatted documents yourself, and can add that value to your position.
You understand that crafting a well-formatted document is important, and understand exactly how to outsource this to get the job done well.
Either way, this shows off an impressive level of understanding towards your own abilities, the needs of the company, and your ability to succeed no matter what!