How To Spice Up Your Resume And Stay Professional
It can get a little difficult to achieve that balance
The working world isn’t like it once was—whether or not people have accepted it. There’s a large pool of educated and talented people that want the same job you do. And when there’s only one piece of paper that can set you apart from your competition, you need to take advantage of it.
Choose a distinguished font
If you learned how to make your resume in school, then you know how important it is to choose a font, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with it either. It all depends on what you’re trying to get across. Serif fonts a la Times New Roman appear more professional. Conversely, sans serif fonts appear blockier and tend to be more upbeat. You can also play with different fonts to separate segment of your resume. The rule you can’t ignore, however, is that it needs to be easy to read.
Play with colors
One of the easiest ways to make your resume standout is to add color to the paper. We don’t mean go crazy, but do add one or two colors to make your application different. Use these colors for accents and not necessarily for the text itself. You never know who will read your resume or what kind of eyesight they have. And when they can’t read your resume, they’re sure to pass on to the next one.
Be smart about your layout
Your resume needs to be reader-friendly, but this doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Work with a vertical framework, but add columns to make it more fun than the traditional and standard resume. Don’t add too many shapes because this might confuse your potential boss as well. On the other hand, if you’re applying for a more creative job—like a graphic designer or artist—then you can go all out, as long as the necessary information still gets across.
Put in the time
A cover letter is not always a requirement, but it does tell companies that you spent time personalizing your resume to suit their needs. That said, they can also tell when you’ve just copied and pasted the same letter for all the companies you applied to. So add in some of their specific details to make them feel special and make yourself standout.
This may not really be a spicy trick, but it’s a trick you should master before sending out any documents. These companies take the time to read your resume and they’ll notice if it seems like you didn’t put in the time on your application. There’s only a one letter difference between hiring and firing.
Make sure to inject as much you as you can when making your resume. Work within the logical norms and push when you can. The only thing you need to remember is that it needs to be easy to read, it has to make sense and you need to put the necessary information—education, experience, skillset and contact details.