Ask DN: What does your Résumé (CV) look like?

almost 9 years ago from Jonathan Shariat, Designer @ Google | Author @ O'Reilly | Podcaster @ DesignReview

  • Benjamin KowalskiBenjamin Kowalski, almost 9 years ago (edited almost 9 years ago )

    Curious as to why you've chosen to go with a template for something that is so personally connected to your own experiences?

    I don't think it's bad, just wondering.

    6 points
    • anthony thomasanthony thomas, almost 9 years ago

      The purpose of a resume is to get the interview, not to show off your personality on a piece of paper. Save your personality for the interview.

      All your resume needs is to be clear, structured and easy to scan. This template does that well and is easy to customize.

      Nothing wrong with using templates. Most templates just suck.

      3 points
      • Benjamin KowalskiBenjamin Kowalski, almost 9 years ago (edited almost 9 years ago )

        All your resume needs is to be clear, structured and easy to scan.

        I agree with this. I didn't take a look at the template you referenced, but a resume does seem to be something utilitarian—more a tool than a display of skill.

        If you were applying for a position that was more 'graphic design' and traditional type-setting, I'd imagine a template wouldn't do the job however.

        1 point
        • anthony thomasanthony thomas, almost 9 years ago

          You should look at it first before you make that comment.

          0 points
          • Benjamin KowalskiBenjamin Kowalski, almost 9 years ago

            I actually am not a fan of this resume template.

            You mentioned the resume needing to be clear. However, little bar charts with no actual point of reference as to what they are measured against are absolutely useless and not clear.

            3 points
            • anthony thomasanthony thomas, almost 9 years ago

              You may not like it, but I think it's the clearest, simplest and most effective resume template out there for communicating your information to a hiring manager fast.

              The bars are quite useful and clear to anyone who understands what they're used for. It's important for hiring managers to know where you feel your strengths are. The bars give them a quick overview of what you're great, good and average at.

              I looked at your resume and it lacks two of the most important things every resume should have, a description of what you did at each company and a self-summary. WIthout that you don't stand apart. Anyway, I don't want to argue, but after looking at your resume I don't think you have much room to talk.

              0 points
        • Rosie Ellis, 3 months ago

          My résumé includes a summary of my educational background, professional experience, and any relevant skills and accomplishments. It's tailored to the position I'm applying for and highlights my relevant experience. It also includes any awards or certifications I've earned, as well as volunteer work or internships. My résumé is concise, well-organized, and easy to read. Top resume writers provide expert advice and guidance to create a resume that stands out from the competition.

          0 points