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What's the ruling: Graphics on a resume

Postby mikey287 on Mon May 06, 2013 11:19 am

Hey guys,

I'm in the process of job searching. Not looking for anything too amazing really because I'm actively pursuing a career in hockey with most of my time but do want to make money/gain other experience, etc. with a "real" job too, naturally.

I'm not after a graphic design job of any sort. And I'm not especially creative in this sense.

I was thinking about using something like Adobe In-Design and just making little highlights around my paragraph headings ("education", "work experience", etc.) maybe stuff them into an opaque oval with a soft color. Just to kind of add some separation to the text and give it a little life...

Then when I started the process, I thought, maybe this isn't such a good idea...the number of people that will view it as a positive will probably be outnumbered by the people that will be put-off by it as childish or too-attention-grabby...

Should I just stick to basics unless the job calls for me to be creative...? I am, I believe, a good interviewee...I'm very comfortable in the interview process and think well on my feet...so should I use that perceived fact to push me over the top and just leave the resume as a standard Word document type of deal...?

Just wondering what the feel is on this...thanks.
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Re: What's the ruling: Graphics on a resume

Postby count2infinity on Mon May 06, 2013 11:25 am

I was always told, basics and no color. If you want to create separation, bold and font size changes. But again, who knows. I would look at a resume with something interesting as you're describing to be a good thing, but I think far too many don't want to see it. Ask shad, I think he's in HR of some sort.
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Re: What's the ruling: Graphics on a resume

Postby mac5155 on Mon May 06, 2013 11:26 am

I have splashes of Maroon on my resume and also lines to break up each section. That's all the graphics I went with.. I wanted something subtle to stand out.
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Re: What's the ruling: Graphics on a resume

Postby mikey287 on Mon May 06, 2013 11:33 am

Yeah, I have a little font change (no color change as of now) to separate things. My name is big and bold at the top, almost like a headline at the top with my contact info underneath.

Then it's like

Experience (different font, slightly gray)
Job (left-aligned) - date (right-aligned)
Where (in italics)
- A bulleted point or two about what I did at the job

Nothing fancy, no long blocks of text, basically one line or two at the most. I think it's pretty clean. But I wasn't sure if it was too mundane in today's social media, look-at-me world...

I thought it was readable and efficient. But maybe others think boring...thanks for the early feedback, guys...much appreciated.
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Re: What's the ruling: Graphics on a resume

Postby Malkamaniac on Mon May 06, 2013 12:37 pm

When I was in school, they preached adding color and branding(web design field). When I got out of school, it wasn't until I was hired at my first job when they HR person let it slip out that they really tend to avoid anything with dramatic color or designs on it.

Just the basics and info from here on out.
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Re: What's the ruling: Graphics on a resume

Postby blackjack68 on Mon May 06, 2013 12:45 pm

Basics.

No color.
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Re: What's the ruling: Graphics on a resume

Postby ShipHockey7 on Mon May 06, 2013 12:51 pm

no graphics, color I can deal with but not a lot of it.
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Re: What's the ruling: Graphics on a resume

Postby meow on Mon May 06, 2013 12:54 pm

My office is beside the HR guy at my company. Resumes with colors and graphics on them end up in the round file 100% of the time.
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Re: What's the ruling: Graphics on a resume

Postby skullman80 on Mon May 06, 2013 12:56 pm

blackjack68 wrote:Basics.

No color.


This is what I've always done. Though I could see if you are going for a graphic arts job or web design that they may be more lenient on creativity that way.
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Re: What's the ruling: Graphics on a resume

Postby Malkamaniac on Mon May 06, 2013 12:58 pm

skullman80 wrote:
blackjack68 wrote:Basics.

No color.


This is what I've always done. Though I could see if you are going for a graphic arts job or web design that they may be more lenient on creativity that way.


I personally thought they were, but a lot of the times people from what I understand tried to do too much to stick out.
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Re: What's the ruling: Graphics on a resume

Postby Idoit40fans on Mon May 06, 2013 1:04 pm

I have a pretty plain and straightforward resume.
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Re: What's the ruling: Graphics on a resume

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Mon May 06, 2013 1:07 pm

i just hope for properly formatted resumes
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Re: What's the ruling: Graphics on a resume

Postby Kovy27 on Mon May 06, 2013 1:09 pm

No on graphics on resumes. If you are going for something that involves Adobe products, having a portfolio might be a good idea.
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Re: What's the ruling: Graphics on a resume

Postby columbia on Mon May 06, 2013 1:12 pm

Use a readable sans-serif font. I prefer Verdana.
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Re: What's the ruling: Graphics on a resume

Postby mikey287 on Mon May 06, 2013 1:14 pm

Thanks guys, that ultimately seems right to me. I was just over-thinking it like I tend to do with some things...

As soon as I started, about 10 or 15 minutes into the process of jazzing it up I was thinking, "what am I really doing...? I'm not creative by default, when I do stuff, I ask myself, 'how would Hank Hill do this?'"

Much easier for me too. As I realized it hadn't been since college that I actually used Adobe InDesign anyway and I forgot a lot of the tricks I used to use...

On that note, interview on Wednesday morning...here's hoping...
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Re: What's the ruling: Graphics on a resume

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Mon May 06, 2013 1:15 pm

all the pointers you need: Image
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Re: What's the ruling: Graphics on a resume

Postby ExPatriatePen on Mon May 06, 2013 1:17 pm

skullman80 wrote:
blackjack68 wrote:Basics.

No color.


This is what I've always done. Though I could see if you are going for a graphic arts job or web design that they may be more lenient on creativity that way.


Print it on slightly off color high quality stock though. (Not straight white) It kind of makes the resume stand out from the others.
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Re: What's the ruling: Graphics on a resume

Postby JoseCuervo on Mon May 06, 2013 1:18 pm

Honestly, the graphics on a resume aren't going to make or break getting the job, but if you get it, they'll probably make fun of you for it while you work there.
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Re: What's the ruling: Graphics on a resume

Postby shafnutz05 on Mon May 06, 2013 1:20 pm

Working in the HR field, several times I have received resumes with a headshot on the first page. I generally advise against this.
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Re: What's the ruling: Graphics on a resume

Postby columbia on Mon May 06, 2013 1:22 pm

shafnutz05 wrote:Working in the HR field, several times I have received resumes with a headshot on the first page. I generally advise against this.


This really begs for the existence of an anonymous blog.
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Re: What's the ruling: Graphics on a resume

Postby newarenanow on Mon May 06, 2013 1:23 pm

I personally wouldn't include graphics, but I'm in a the boring profession of accounting and finance.
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Re: What's the ruling: Graphics on a resume

Postby Idoit40fans on Mon May 06, 2013 1:26 pm

shafnutz05 wrote:Working in the HR field, several times I have received resumes with a headshot on the first page. I generally advise against this.


Hahaha they send a headshot? Thats...interesting.
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Re: What's the ruling: Graphics on a resume

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Mon May 06, 2013 1:28 pm

i would be very uncomfortable if i received a resume with a picture
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Re: What's the ruling: Graphics on a resume

Postby Malkamaniac on Mon May 06, 2013 1:48 pm

"Hey you're that guy we didn't hire!"
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Re: What's the ruling: Graphics on a resume

Postby mac5155 on Mon May 06, 2013 1:50 pm

csb time, in college, some dudes on my team thought it would be funny to include a watermark on our final report of the professor (a PHD student I believe) in a scuba diving outfit. Man i wish I still had the email he sent us. He was NOT happy. I had no idea that the guy that did it submitted it that way. I thought surely he was joking.

Needless to say he got a super nasty email from me, and I emailed the prof in addition to my adviser an apology.
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