The generally accepted guideline for preparing a resume is to keep the appearance conservative and business-like … original, but conservative. But when you’re in a profession that values creativity, it could actually prove to your benefit to have a little fun in developing your resume. After all, the reader will eventually make a decision based upon your creative talents.
If you are only distributing printed and email attachment versions of your resume, then you can play with fonts a bit, using a little more flair in its styling. Of course, if your resume is going to be scanned, you may want to rethink this. But otherwise, you can have fun with it. Also, how about considering the inclusion of some clip art into your resume? Tasteful insertion of an image or two can add some punch to your resume. To keep them from dominating the document, you can “whitewash” them to give the appearance of a water mark.
William Mitchell, CPRW
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