Monday, March 20, 2017

Traditional vs. Creative Resumes?

During my time as a corporate recruiter, I had seen thousands, yes thousands, of resumes. Now that I am an HR Business Partner I see a lot fewer. It's closer to 25-30 a month. One thing I have seen job applicants struggle with the most is the resume. Particularly, many find it difficult to develop a resume that will stand out above other applicants.  Job seekers may ask questions like: What kind of information should be included? What should the layout look like? How many pages should it be? What is the best way to present my skills? There are so many things to consider when creating a resume. In this post, I give a few tips for developing the look of your resume. 

My top recommendation is to understand your job industry. 

Are you in a very corporate job function or a more flexible and creative one? You know the type of corporate job to consider, right? Accountant, lawyer,  banker, HR manager, etc. These professions will have a typical corporate culture, so the resumes in those industries are expected to be very clean and concise. Layout wise this will mean that the resume should be a one-pager (two at most), color-limited, and simply designed. Creative professions like designers, project managers, video editors, marketing and sales managers will have a lot more leeway. Wild colors, varying fonts, and cool artwork are all fair game. For those professional industry jobs previously mentioned, these things should be left out or at least kept at a minimum.  Black, dark blue  and white are about the only colors that should be shown. A clean font, like Arial or Times New Roman should be used to keep things standard and easy to read. Lastly, there should be no distracting design or artwork embedded into the resume unless it is very simple.  

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

How to Love (a poem)

Learning how to love is easy, 
Give of yourself in a kind manner. 
Remove all of your selfishness and 
replace it with affection. 

Learning how not to love is hard, 
to ignore that natural desire to care for another. 
Keeping your distance, 
holding all of your feelings inside. 

That is what must be done, 
In order for one not to give love. 

Love is easy.