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.
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?