How To: Make an Impressive Resume
Give your future employer something they'll love to read!

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Having an impressive resume to present to an employer is the best way to show off your skills and areas of expertise.

Creating a good resume not only takes time but also thought on how you what to promote yourself by showing your work ethic and strongest points in the best light possible.

These tips below will help you create a resume that will impress your future employer!


Your resume must clearly represent your personal strengths and skills.

Using examples from other resumes is a good source of inspiration, but ultimately the resume should reflect exactly who you are and what you have to offer the company. Jot down a list of your most relevant and outstanding achievements, as well as any expert skills and career goals.


Besides studying your own work, you should have a good grasp on the type of person you’ll be interviewed by. Different employers may look for different skill sets in your resume, so make a resume your future employer will be able to appreciate.

For instance, designers often use their resumes to give people a taste of their creative abilities, but people applying for a technical job may want to keep it simple and to the point. The style of your resume depends on what job you’re applying for.


Your resume doesn’t necessarily have to be limited to a single page, so don’t try to cram too much information together. You’ll end up with a messy and unreadable resume. Keep the layout neat, and if you need more pages to achieve this, then by all means use them.

Use bullet points, diagrams and summaries. Don’t write very long paragraphs that nobody will read. Even if you want to make a minimal layout without fancy graphics and images, space must be used adequately to ensure the resume will be easy to read.


Not only is using colors in your resume a matter of taste, but the colors should also reflect the type of work you do.

If you use color, then make a simple color scheme that you will be able to incorporate throughout the document. Limit your color palette to a few colors to avoid making it chaotic. If you want a minimalist design, then black and white will work very well for you, and it will probably cost you less to print out as well.


Different from a portfolio or a business card, choosing the most expensive paper to print on won’t always be best for printing your resume. Paper choice depends on the overall style of the document.

In general, typical computer paper is usually the best, unless you have a reason to choose otherwise. Resumes printed on expensive paper, such as thick cardstock or laminate stock, may look garish and produce a negative impression.

Some employers, however, prefer digital resumes instead of print nowadays. It just depends on the employer.

After viewing these examples, you probably feel inspired to create your own. Putting extra time and effort into creating your resume will pay off in the long run. Not only will you refresh yourself with all the skills you have, but the interviewer will also be impressed with your presentation.

Resume examples courtesy of Lakomka Studio, Amber van Mieghem, Egotype and Anton Yermolov. 

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