Upon completing my undergraduate career, I came to the not-so-surprising realization that the resume I had throughout my time as a student was seriously lacking. Unfortunately, the only alterations that I could make to it were that I had in fact finished my degree and that since I am no longer a student, am no longer employed at my longstanding job at a student newspaper. So to avoid falling into a pit of wallowing despair about my lack of “real” work experience, I decided to focus on something I could control: how my resume looks. This resulting process went something like this:
I probably spent a quarter of the total time it took to finish my new resume just looking at resume examples and templates. There are tons of creative resume designs online, and even more snappy listicles of “200 awesome, creative, unbelieveable resumes that will make you stand out and make employers fall in love with you;” I found these to be particularly great.
I recommend saving your favourites to a folder on your desktop so you can (copy) be inspired by them later. Don't buy templates, because then you'll have to focus on the not-so-fun part of actually filling it out rather than the much-more-fun part of trying to design it yourself. Also, by making it yourself, you can personalize it to hide the fact that you don't need that much space for work experience. You will also save the couple of dollars that the template would have cost you to reward all your hard work with some ice cream or a beer.
After over stimulating my brain with some much needed inspiration, the hunt was on for the perfect font for my awesome, creative, and unbelieveable resume that would make me stand out and make employers fall in love with me. This involved spending more time than I'm willing to admit scrolling through the San Serif category on dafont.com before realizing that I already had my perfect font and should probably give my eyeballs a break.
Next up, I took it upon myself to make my new resume in Adobe InDesign. It's a program that I have never used before ̶ because then if I ended up taking a long time to finish, it's because I was learning how to use the program and not because I was procrastinating. Right?
Bonus: I could feel good about learning a new program.
Extra bonus: I could now list Adobe InDesign under my “working knowledge” skills. Score.
Jokes aside, the snap-to guides in InDesign make symmetry a breeze — and if facial symmetry is biologically associated of health and genetic fitness, resume symmetry is surely associated with good taste and value of #aesthetics.
Finally, after painstakingly selecting the two colors I would use to spice things up, and adding in some cute phone and email icons in my “contact” section, I had completed the basic layout for my new resume. At this point I decided to call it a day and give myself a pat on the back for being productive, convincing myself that spending all this time making my resume visually appealing would make up for the serious lack of experience and various qualifications that might actually make me seem more employable. I figured I'd deal with stressing over the contradictory tips and tricks in the overwhelming multitude of “How to avoid the 500 typical mistakes fresh grads make and write the perfect resume that will make you stand out and make employers fall in love with you” articles, tomorrow.