Enough talking - now it's time to get to the fine print and see it for yourself. Below are some examples of how resumes can look. Some can be more visually appealing, while others are more business-oriented. Both are fine ways of doing a resume, you have to know which would be best for what kind of job you are looking for. There are perks for each one. For example, visually stimulating resumes can be great to the eye, but you must be careful how much information to put on there. For a more casual resume, using more lines and words to organize than graphics and color, you have more information to work with, but you won't have as pretty a presentation (which isn't necessarily a bad thing if you are applying for a more formal job). Let's go over some additional elements to be aware of before showing some examples:
Use a template if needed: Writing a resume from scratch is a great trait, but using a template can help you make sure you get all the basic information that can help you get the job. It helps you stay focused on what you need so there isn't any unnecessary information left in and necessary information left out. Remember our one-page rule we had this month? A template also helps you keep to one page and not overdo your words. Finally, a template can help you pick and choose what information is most important. Remember: not every little thing you've done in life should go on a resume, or it's liable to fly into the employer's trash bin. It's a process of elimination!
Presentation is key: Presentation doesn't always have to mean you've got vivid colors and fifty pictures on your resume, which I don't recommend. However, cleanliness and organization are the most important factors when an employer looks at a resume. Keep information organized. Don't put two skills involving writing in different places. How you present yourself on that paper matters. Make sure your resume has a clean look and is well-balanced if you decide to use photos. The goal is to guide the employer through the page. Another important thing to remember is to not have too much white space in one area; Hence, a well-balanced resume. Although this point is primarily for those who want a visual resume, these key factors also will help those without visuals in a resume.
Some Key places to find resume examples or templates include:
Due to Copywriting rights, Purdue OWL only allows a PDF view, so below is a PDF of their resume example:
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