I spent some time looking at resumes and after finding a design I liked, I began experimenting on a friend’s.
The original is not bad and is perfectly serviceable:
However he is filled with personality and is involved with Early Childhood Education. I felt that was license enough to have fun and immediately began searching for creative commons artwork of crayons.
Project Time: 30 Minutes
Thanks to a subtle bit of color in the background and some crayons along the bottom, as well as some reorganization, this resume was already bursting with more personality than the one-page black and white sheet generated in MS Word.
He wasn’t so sold on the font, so I sent him to dafont to find something he liked.
He selected fonts reminiscent of Dr. Seuss’ work, as well as a colored pencil looking font that I particularly liked. I also experimented with a more bold color but in the end, the font named Dr Soos won out. I also had the idea that maybe we should try green.
Project Time: 1 Hour, 25 Minutes
But there was still more to add as this was an old resume. There needed to be more on professional experience and he was gaining a certification from his state as well. The crayons just had to go.
Project time: 2 Hours
The hardest part of a resume isn’t so much the formatting as it is the specific language used to describe what you did in a meaningful way.
Here, more was added to the resume and with removing the crayons at the bottom I was able to space out the sections more – adding in lines beneath each heading to tie it all together
Not satisfied with resume alone I turned to putting together a quick cover letter format for him as well.
Project Time: 2 Hours, 30 Minutes
I really like this approach of matching cover letter to resume. Not only does it have personality and clearly informs back to the resume, but it also forces a person to use less text to say what they need to say. I have the distinct impression that people like reading cover letters about as much as people enjoy writing them – that is to say that most people do not enjoy either. Why force them to read 400 words when you’re struggling to pad a MS Word letter to make it appear substantial?
Professional, clean, tied together.
Total Project Time: 2 Hours, 30 Minutes
Tools Used: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Acrobat, DaFont, All-Free-Download, Creative Commons Search