Resume Design: Why Great Content is No Longer Enough


Over the years resumes have evolved, rather significantly.

Back in the 1930’s, resumes were used as a formality in the job search – if they were required at all.

In the 1950’s some of the more professional fields requested a resume that was written using a typewriter.  Many job seekers hand-delivered resumes to a company of interest or used traditional ‘snail mail’.

By the 1980’s, the digital age was well on its way. Resumes were written using word processors and began to take a more professional approach. The fax machine entered the scene as a popular means to deliver the document.

Later in the 1990’s job seekers could sit at home and search for jobs using the World Wide Web.  Online applications started to appear and resumes could be uploaded or emailed.

In the 21st century, we see the traditional resume of today has evolved well beyond the basic career chronology it used to be. Job seekers employ savvy branding strategies and concise impact statements to help them stand out in tough markets. Although online job applications remain a popular choice, they aren’t the most successful strategy.

Today’s resumes now include visual aids and resume design to support more popular – and more successful – job search tactics: networking, in-person applications, and referrals.

Although the traditional resume remains the most important tool in the job search toolbox, times have changed. Content alone is no longer ‘king’.  Design matters too.

Modern resumes demonstrate how content and design can work together, complementing one another to better position and promote job seekers.  Design can be leveraged to guide a reader’s eye, segregate key content, and draw attention to important facts.

How can you create a resume that gets your clients noticed?  With the help of design.

Your job as a resume writer is to arm your clients with the best possible tools and strategies to support individual job searches.  With referrals and networking generating the greatest response, clients require marketing tools to support these opportunities…and with this in mind, a design resume is required.

Are you interested in learning more about resume design?  Unsure where to start, or what strategies you might be lacking?   Need a few pointers to elevate your files?

Our new tutorial Resume Design: Secrets to Success demonstrates design capabilities and walks you through the application of basic to bold design, using simple, strategic steps.

Gain first-hand insights from 2 award-winning resume writers, learning how to create award-winning, eye-catching resume creations of your very own. Access the complete tutorial details here.

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