New Resume: From Dull to Cool!

February 9, 2011 Posted by Alfredo. Category: Journal. Tags: , , , ,

From Dull to Cool

That’s right, I worked all day yesterday upgrading my resume. I am currently looking for a job, so if you hear anybody in the look out  for a cool Spanish accented Web Designer, I am for hire.

I wanted to post about my experience working on my resume, because I thought it might help others who are in the same boat as I am.

I don’t want to pretend I am an expert writing resumes, but I think I did some major improvements from my old resume. Without further ado, here is the list of things I learned re-designing my resume (listed in no specific order).

1. Stay focused:

By this I mean that you gotta remember what is the most imporatnt piece of information you want your future employer to read, and what is is the information relevance hierarchy that follows. In my case (and probably most cases), the most important thing is my name and contact info, then followed by my work experience and skills. Remember,  people in the western world read from left to right and top to bottom. You might think I am joking, but I’ve seen resumes that have the name of the applicant at the bottom, making it very hard to find.

2. Be concise:

I know you want to tell everybody about your ninja skills using  Windows 95 (for those who still remember), but probably who ever is reading your resume, doesn’t have the  time, and most importantly, they just don’t care. Provide the information that is only relevant to your audience, in a way that makes sense for them.

3. Make it memorable:

Among the hundreds of applications your potential employer has to sift through, how can you make sure they will pick yours, well, make sure it stands out. For me as a designer, I was always reluctant to show my resume off, because it looked like an kitchen appliance warranty from the 60’s, in other words it was quite dull. Now, I understand that probably you don’t want to make it too splashy either, but adding colors and cool fonts never hurts .

4. Keep it fat-free (lite):

Now days, most employers will require you to submit your resume online, or you will have it in your website/blog for people to download. Even though, with todays fast internet connections, you don’t have to worry as much, but nothing beats to be able to see a PDF document almost instantly on your screen after hitting the download button. So try to keep your file under 100KB, this doesn’t mean you have to write your resume in  *.txt format (MS-Notepad), but just keep in mind the size of your file, now days there are great ways to compress PDFs.

5. Do your homework:

Give them what they want. When looking for a job, you gotta  ask yourself, where would you love to work? Go out  and do some research, figure out what these companies are doing different, what kind of skills or type of employees they are hiring, then work on translating that knowledge into a resume. Isn’t it weird that when you are in facebook, you see ads that you grab your attention more than usual, this is because they know what you want, do the same with info you put in your resume

There you have it!. Now, I don’t claim that this is the ultimate guide on writing a resumes, there is plenty of great guides in the Internet already (links later), but this is what I learned re- doing mine, by the way, here is the link to my resume, and if you know of anybody looking for a Web Designer, let me know:

My Resume

Here is a list of great guides that you might find useful:

How to write a Resume – HowStuffWorks.com

How  to write a Resume – eHow.com

36 Beautiful Resume Ideas That Work

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