One of my clients read an article on yahoo talking about what not to do on your resume. He wondered about the point they wrote about the use of color on your resume. He sent me an email with the link for the article to ask my opinion.
5. A fancy design. Here’s what most hiring managers think when we see a resume with unusual design or use of color:
Does this candidate think that their skills and achievements won’t speak for themselves?
Do they not understand what employers are looking for? Do they put an inappropriate emphasis on appearances over substance?
Who did they ask about color on your resume?
I always love the “most hiring managers” kinds of statements. Is that a scientific survey? Did they ask 1000 hiring managers and 998 said that or did they ask two hiring managers who just are stuck in the 1980s versions of resumes? You can skew any statistical support by asking the wrong sample. In addition, you can use one comment to make up your opinion.
Here’s a fact. Design Resumes has been using color on resumes for more than 15 years. Clients love color on their resumes. Moreover, hiring managers love color on their resumes. How do I know? Hiring managers who hired my clients told me.
Should you put color on your resume?
Check out these comments from former clients:
Julie worked diligently to work through the challenges I struggled with when writing my own resume. She did not offer the standard cookie-cutter solution so many before her had offered. Instead, she perfected a resume that generated several interviews and job offers immediately. Interviewers gave me many compliments on my well-designed and clear resume.
I just wanted to let you know I accepted a position at XYZ School District. I know I already thanked you once, but I want to do it once again. Thank you! Helping me redesign my resume and cover letter allowed me to get the looks I needed to get interviews. I will recommend you to anyone on the job search!
I was able to send my resume to a lot of great companies like Syngenta and Pioneer Seed in Hawaii and was able to get interviews. Best of all, I got an opportunity to apply for the parks supervisor with the city of Beverly Hills California. They were so impressed with my resume and application they invited me to interview for the opening. With 300+ applications from all over the United States, I came out to be their #1 candidate.
Julie – just wanted to thank you again for all the work you did with me. I love, love, LOVE my new job. Perfect fit for me. Almost like the job was tailored around my resume!
Will using color on your resume get you hired?
No, but neither will leaving it off. Your resume needs to be written with clear accomplishments proving your value in the position you want to the hiring manager. Check out my samples.
Will some hiring managers not like the color?
Sure, but some hiring managers won’t like something no matter what you do. If you create a résumé that resonates with quantifiable and qualifiable results, you will get read and noticed.
By the way, after I answered my client’s question on Facebook message and responded to the 10 points in the article, he said: “OK thanks, just thought I would check with you. I trust your word over yahoo’s any day!”
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