3 Simple Tricks to DIY Your Unique Resume Template

Interior design and resume writing have a lot more in common than you think.

Aesthetics matter. They matter to me in my home, in what I wear and even in resume design. After all, I view all of these things as extensions of ME. I want my home and my clothes to express WHO I am. Same goes for my (and anyone else's) resume for that matter.

When I start a resume for a client, I need to know the format and color first. I like to have the blueprint of the document and then pull in all the furniture and then select show-stopping accessories.

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No matter if you design first or last, how you showcase your professional achievements matters. Remember, a resume isn't a professional activity list, it is a marketing document - marketing YOU! So, ditch the generic, ready-made template and create your own.

Easy Microsoft Word tricks to DIY your own template:

Font. Express who you are, but also use a universal font that every operating system can read. Feel constrained by universal fonts - use two! One for the main text of the document and the other for headings. Ensure font is appealing and readable both on screen and on paper.

Borders + Shading. Draw the eye by employing these two functions to highlight job titles, key skills, headings, and even your name.

White Space. This one is easy but often overlooked. Write succinctly and leave room for your text and format of the document to breathe.

There are a lot of different ways to start a resume, what do you do first?