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How creative can you be with your resume?

Creativity in resumesWith my company name as Design Resumes, the name implies creativity. I didn’t plan it that way but I have always had an eye on being innovative.

What about color on resumes?

In 2003, Design Resumes started using color on resumes. I had very top-end printers at the time because of my work with non-profits who needed newsletters, fliers, and brochures and printing in color was ideal.

As I started finding ways to inject color into the resumes, I was pleased to find that my colleagues in the industry as well as leading experts who were teaching resume writing also recommended the tasteful use of color and design in resumes. If you review the resume samples on this site, this is the tip of the iceberg. My resumes are as creative as the industry and client preferences. I work with clients to select a style that works for them and their industry.

Why are my friends saying no color and no creativity?

If you are working with a career professional and then going back to your friends or your brother-in-law for advice, you have to be ready to filter it. I am working with a great client right now who really wants an innovative resume and I believe her industry targets will be willing to work with innovation. However, when she shared her first draft, she got feedback from people that wasn’t very positive. To be fair, in her case, her contacts understood she was working with a pro and that resumes do change through the years.

This is not the norm. You could get someone who insists your resume style, wording, or format is very wrong and that your expert is crazy. You then need to understand that though your family and friends are looking after your best interest, they may not trust the career industry expert you hired. Their background in resume writing may come from education in the 1980’s.

Filter career advice you get from non-experts

In this case, I have a great client who understands my expertise and can filter her friend’s advice. On the other hand, we didn’t dismiss their thoughts but looked at the recommendations and changed the style. It was still very creative but the components were different and as we played with the style, we addressed her friends’ concerns and created a resume that actually resonates even better with her message.

A creative resume is a process and you may have to create different versions. I created this resume  with a virtual client who was an active participant on Skype looking at my screen as we played with options. My LIVE writing process allows that interaction no matter where my clients are in the world. This one was in Wisconsin but recent clients in Texas and the United Kingdom have remarked on how fun this process is and how well it works.

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3 Responses to How creative can you be with your resume?

  1. […] My husband is still laughing as I tell him that on a given day or week I can have more clients virtually than I can in my office. Global business, I guess so. The clients I love working with most are the ones who understand this type of collaboration and have fun with the process. The combined creativity allows us to capture their value and talent in ways that showcase their personality. […]