I used to completely redo my layout every year while I was in school and had success with it. Especially at the collegiate level when many resumes are the same in practice, something new for the recruiter to look at goes a long way.
On quite a few occasions I have walked into an interview and been greeted with some variant of "oh wow so you are the person with the cool resume!" or "we have all been talking about how we love how your resume looks!"
I have never gotten negative feedback on my layouts and the positive feedback has been a huge confidence boost in those interviews.
I spend hours and hours attempting to build a unique layout provides personality and the information needed—this means no pie charts or arbitrary skill ratings. I view the design as a way for me to communicate something about my passion for typography and layout while giving an insight into my personality. I always want my resumes to be friendly and have a clear hierarchy.
I'm still on the fence about using paragraphs instead of bullet-points but it looks so much better with justified paragraphs that I think it is worth the trade-off to stand out in a positive way.
Of course, all of the work into the design goes to waste if you don't write clear, concrete supporting information. Too often I see resumes that contain factual but boring/non-contextualized data. Why did you do X thing? What problem was it solving? How did it solve it? What did YOU do that that was special? Use numbers to give a sense of scope and size.
If you really are contacted and complimented over this, I’m puzzled at how the recruiter mind works, I would like a recruiter comment on this.
(This is entirely not directed against you, but towards trying to understand if my way of conceiving resumes has been all wrong so far)
I haven't updated the layout since I have been at Stack Overflow because I like it and I don't need a resume. If I were to redesign my resume right now it certainly would put more emphasis on the last two years of full-time employment.
Plus, even if it might create some confusion I hope it communicates that I can be trusted to not totally screw up the UI side of things if left by myself haha
Yeah, that's a question I get a fair amount.
Many people have an instinct to leave things off of their resume because they aren't "professional" or "tech" enough. Do not sell yourself short! If you feel like you don't have enough for your resume, include anything that covers the soft-skills portion. A good first rule of thumb is to look at anything that occupies a lot of your time or did so in the past. There are a lot of skills that apply to any job or social arrangement: time management, initiative, planning, leadership, etc. It is optimal of course to demonstrate those through internships and full-time jobs in your chosen field but there are other ways too. Mowing lawns, working with a club/charity, working at coffee shops, washing windows and volunteering at the library can all demonstrate different important qualities that will translate to a new role. Don't leave them out if you are looking for more things.
The layout needs to be fit to your personal story—not the other way around. If you feel like you still have less content than you would like, use a touch more whitespace or use less terse wording (but not fluff). If you have one major thing you are incredibly proud of, make sure the design reflects that—don't let it sit and have it match all the boring things in visual appearance. I usually go through a bunch of different sketches before I find something I like. It is definitely not "one-size fits all".
There's lots of ways to vary the appearance of something: bolding, italicizing, different font, border, whitespace, color and the position on the page. There's no magic combination but you generally don't want to use more than two or three of the techniques at the same time. If you use too many things will look out of place.
I'm not entirely sure what to fill that space with to balance the line if I remove it haha. Maybe I could expand BS out to Bachelor of Science? Still probably wouldn't look balanced though...
It started as something I used as a freshman in college to grab their attention and plead my case before the recruiter realized my age (I also took my graduation date off resumes given in person). I had mixed results but, hey, I was a freshman and getting some conversations was better than none.
I also "decorate" my CV with e.g. different alphabets of languages I speak and some headhunters told me it's perfect. No issues getting interviews at top companies, smaller ones hesitate more often.
Template that I have also seen being used by many professional software engineers both applying and currently working at some of the big corporations like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon. It is clean, easy to read, easy to parse by most ATS (Application Tracking System) .
For anyone interested in what I’d consider cleaner: here is my Latex resume
I worry now it’s not ATS optimized though.
- Templates: https://www.rpi.edu/dept/arc/training/latex/resumes/
- For generating the resume, and minor custimizations: https://www.sharelatex.com/
- For generating the resume, and advanced customization: http://pages.uoregon.edu/koch/texshop/
https://practicaltypography.com is a pretty nice introduction on the topic, but overall, if there's any one major thing to keep in mind,
Use white space.
The difference between something that looks thrown together and something that looks professional often come down to simply giving a shit about where text is and where text isn't. Does it look good? No? Try again.
Beyond that, don't go crazy with fonts. Two-maybe three weights/variants of one typeface will probably be sufficient -- I've generally found it's a lot easier for an amateur to make things that don't suck when they aren't trying to pair fonts.
Let your main point breathe.
Also: use a professional typeface. Recruiters look at Times New Roman, Arial, and Computer Modern all day. Try Avenir, Garamond, or San Francisco. Maybe even pay for a font license.
> And finally, font choice. The fastest, easiest, and most visible improvement you can make to your typography is to ignore the fonts that came free with your computer (known as system fonts) and buy a professional font (like my fonts equity and concourse, or others found in font recommendations). A professional font gives you the benefit of a professional designer’s skills without having to hire one.
(pdf format is linked there as well)
Template originally used by https://resume.stavros.io/
Which seems like he's not using anymore. His current one looks good too.
It gets annoying to justify and align the paragraphs though.
It's built using Standard Resume , a tool that I built with two designers to answer exactly this question.
I would love any feedback on the resume style, as we are contemplating adding a few alternate styles to choose from.
I noted, though, that the Linkedin import didn't seem to work flawlessly – after uploading, I was redirected to the resume list and I have no clue of what actually happened.
Would you like more feedback?
would love any other feedback you have. did you end up completing a resume?
The only problem is that when I add new stuff, I have to keep adjusting it so that it all fits in one page
My one page is similar.
Not as nice but editable in the browser.
 http://docs.xstatic.site/ or http://public.docs.xstatic.site/
Disclosure: my site.
Keep it short. As short as possible anyway.
Keep it readable. Plug what you write into Microsoft Word, or some other tool that measures readability, and aim for like a 9th grade reading level. Grammarly can help.
Keep it relevant. Use a tool like JobScan to make sure the keywords line up. Why? Because recruiters are lazy and use these tools to sift through the applicants.
Talk about your achievements, using numbers. Not: I did the thing everyone with the role does... Instead: I wrote code that improved page load weights by 50% and times by 75% using Foo and Var for website that got 20M views a month; this will save BumbleCo over $7M next 24 months in AWS charges.
List some reviews. Don't assume they're going to go to your LinkedIn. People are lazy. Recruiters are people. HR generally doesn't know anything about the subject matter at hand, and can only read into personality, accolades, and "culture" fit. Your first goal is to get past them.
* Resume of First Last (Template) - Google Docs || https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YvUmlAKF-mlx2zNDITfV_VWC...
Sample [Image]: https://imgur.com/a/1Ldov
If you have a key skill that is in demand then you can have a very old CV, not updated for years, in some old text only format on some database somewhere, and still get the work with no problems.
This I manage to do, with a CV that lists projects done with dates, but with no alphabet soup of skills, no mention of what I might do in my spare time and no fancy colours. Oh, and no Github either and certainly not on LinkedIn.
Ultimately CVs end up in some database that is text only to all intents and purposes. The goal is to get the interview and if you are dealing with recruiters then they look for different things and probably only ever send a mangled text only version of your CV to the client.
So there is reverse psychology in not being apparently available. Sometimes employers want the employee that is already spoken for and too busy working to have such a thing as an up to date CV.
I’m a dev myself, but I liked to chat with some customers and some had amazing stories like “landed a job at spotify thanks to your resume” or “wanted to drop several k dollars on a consultant, but liked this tool so much I just used it instead”. Great stuff :)
And as a testiment to them I used the resume I built with the tool to find my next job :-D
It got me interview at hacker friendly unconventional companies while most Enterprisy or non hacker friendly companies rejected it , some complained they dont want to compile the ruby code to get the resume. Two companies where i applied one was C42.in and other ThoughtWorks were among the only two companies which actually compiled the code. and then gave a call back.
The CV is linked there too.
I believe white spaces play an important role
That's my take:
My resume is, admittedly, overboard. I created it back when I needed to stand out. I used InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.
It is not very creative, but I believe it shows a great space management and certainly looks professional. It is very similar to some other CVs already mentioned. I've used only the Microsoft Word template, but there is in LaTeX.
But thank you, based on your comments, I wouldn't want to work for your organization or ones that you are hiring for. I get job interviews on the website alone, so thanks I'm doing fine. Basically the website is recruiter repelant.
A click & show resume
Sr. PHP Developer
I don't like resumes that are too slick looking. It makes me feel like the applicant is trying to hide something.
On other hand, a truly ugly resume hurts the applicant. There's a sweet spot in the middle.
Disclosure: I'm the Co-Founder of Resumonk.