Making a great first impression is always important when you search for the perfect internship or job. One way to set yourself apart from other candidates is by creating a striking resume that any employer will be impressed with.
Here are 15 impressive resume designs that will inspire you to revamp your own.
1. As soon as I look at this resume, the candidate's personality pops out to me. The colors, patterns and typeface all easily communicate her qualifications. I enjoy the slightly illustrative nature of the design, too.
2. I like the subtle use of gray in this resume. It’s a nice break from all of the white space but doesn’t compete with the yellow accent color.
3. Didn’t think paint had a place in resumes? Think again. Here’s one that uses splashes of yellow and red as a gorgeous accent. It immediately catches my eye!
4. The design of your resume depends on what type of job you’re applying for. If you’re working in the creative field, then a hand-lettered resume could be the best tweak that makes you stand out from other candidates. When done tastefully, they’re charming and a lot of fun.
5. Here’s another hand-lettered resume but paired with a photo. I like how the designer placed her image sideways. It’s unexpected and helps guide your eye along the text.
6. Your resume doesn’t have to include bespoke lettering or illustrations to look great. This is a simple design that uses the M’s stem to divide the page.
7. I love the hexagonal accent that’s used throughout this resume. It provides the reader with valuable information for the column that he or she looks at.
8. This resume doesn’t use any color, but that doesn’t mean it’s boring! The designer used several fun graphics that, coupled with the fonts, give the entire resume a retro feel.
9. Symbols are more minimalistic than text, so this resume doesn’t bog the reader down with too much text. Instead, it uses a series of small graphics and charts to convey the candidate's traits. It’s organized and very easy to read.
10. I like the typography used in this resume. It uses a script font that’s easy to read, along with a handwritten one that gives us a sense that this person is quirky and fun.
11. If you’re not a designer, then the standard resume may not show off your skills the best way. That’s what this chalk-artist thought! Instead of typing words on a paper, she wrote her qualifications on a chalkboard and took a picture. Very clever.
12. Everyone is so used to the standard resume format, so why not try something different? This person did! He or she created a small folder that holds a CV and examples of his or her work. It’s creative and easy to read.
13. Nowadays so many resumes are only submitted digitally. This one takes advantage of that by inserting photographs and handwritten text. The potential employer can look at this and instantly know what kind of qualifications the candidate has. I could imagine this working as a webpage, too!
14. This design is reminiscent of a filing form. It organizes information so neatly. The reader can learn so much about the candidate, and the resume doesn’t feel cluttered.
15. Never underestimate the power of cordiality. Even if you forget to say hello, this resume does it for you! On top of that, the design is beautiful and simple.
Impress your future employer!
Resumes can be a daunting piece of paper to design. Fitting pertinent information about yourself onto one sheet is hard, and you don’t want to say too much or too little all into a relatively small space.
Luckily, there are many great ways to approach this problem. You can go for a minimalist look, add some photography or even write your entire resume by hand!
Whatever you choose, make sure it’s true to yourself. That way, it’s lasting a reminder of how great and well-qualified you are.
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