Resumes are important, really important. We place so much effort into such a small part of our portfolio but so it is- hiring agencies still put tons of stock into resumes.
A lot of people struggle with resumes for two reasons: they don't know to format them and they haven't worked on one in years. As a result, the resume is unattractive and somewhat bland.
When I'm looking to hire someone, I look at two things very closely:
- The resume
- The cover letter
If the cover letter is nicely written, this is a sure sign of intelligence. If the resume contains a background of experience, the person will likely get an interview.
I recently came across a candidate whose resume was so attractive that it made me think that maybe we need to place a higher value on aesthetics when it comes to our resumes, i.e. how our resume looks.
All of the graphics I use for the blog are made for free in Canva.com. If you have yet to try it, you should! It's easy and fun. Even someone with a slight sense of design can make something beautiful in Canva.
Now to your resume- you may want to use Canva for that as well. I've included a few of their ready-made templates that can be totally customized to draw hiring agencies to you and your strengths.
What will your next resume look like?