Graphics on Your Resume…Where Do You Draw the Line?
Resumes have come a long way. Because Microsoft Word® has made formatting documents even easier, resumes are more stylish in appearance. Even a touch of color is common. What about graphics? Is it a good idea to use graphics on a resume? Check out these tips:
- Your industry and occupation will drive the style of resume that is right for you. Compare this more creative resume for an art director with an accountant’s more conservative resume.
- We see many technology resumes loaded down with logos from industry certifications. A simple listing of your relevant certifications is more appropriate. The logos distract from your achievements and skills.
- What about graphic charts? These are eye-catching and impactful. However, many application tracking software applications used by employers will not pick up this data. A safe solution would be to create a version of your resume with the graphic chart for presentation at the interview. Prior to the interview, it is wise to send and use a resume that is compatible with application tracking software.
- Simple lines and shaded areas to divide categories are great to give the reader’s eyes a break. A framed border is another discreet way to introduce a little color and graphics into your resume.
- For some candidates personal logos or monograms are appropriate. For example, if you are a consultant or freelance designer, you may want to include a logo from your business.
- In some professions, such as broadcasting, it is the standard requisite to include a small photo on the upper portion of the resume, or to print the resume on the backside of a headshot.
The most important advice regarding graphics is, don’t go too far. How far is too far? It’s similar to decorating your home…it is objective. If you don’t have an eye for this, ask a resume writing professional.