There’s nothing wrong with a colorful, creative resume that stands out to the reader if you’re in a traditional profession such as accounting or teaching. Or, vice versa, there’s nothing wrong with a conservative resume style if you’re a musician or graphic artist.
The million dollar question is: Exactly who is viewing your resume?
If you’re applying to a multinational that has a human resources department that spans for miles – and therefore your likely viewer is a suit with an HR degree, you might consider a more classic format.
If, on the other hand, you’re applying to a start-up with a 24 year old CEO who, according to the company website, “prides himself in innovative techniques, ideas and outcomes” – then perhaps something a bit more demonstrative of your inventive pluck is the order of the day.
The reality is that with the extreme competitiveness of today, you’ve got to be prepared for all possibilities. That 24 year old CEO isn’t going to give an old fashioned, centre-margin, black-and white-with-Times-New-Roman-font resume – a second glance. And the suit who can’t wait to get the gold watch after thirty years of conventional service to a company, will balk at a resume that breaks new ground. Most HR people are like soldiers following marching orders.
Today you need a few different “styles” of resume – that hit the target for different discerning audiences.
Of course it’s a headache to create those finely-tuned versions of your resume but in the end you’ll thank yourself for it. It’s really an issue of return on investment – which spells greater and better work opportunities and a happier professional you.