As creatives, whether we’re writers, designers, artists or some ungodly combination thereof, many of us tend to be a bit laissez-faire about more structured forms of doing things in general, but especially when it comes to looking for jobs and submitting ugh…paperwork.
For artists and writers who are more inclined to excel with creative works, we need to first change our outlook to encompass a project we actually like doing. Think of the resume as your self-portrait or your auto-biography…or even a fantastic mythological tale about your heroic exploits. This is your chance to write your own story.
Following the same metaphorical train of thought, once you have the perfect words or pigments, it’s time to clarify by bringing the components together clearly. There needs to be sentence structure in story, and if you color all over your canvas…your masterpiece may be mistaken for a Rorschach test…and no one wants that.
So be clear in what it is you’re saying and the sections in which you are saying it. And like any good artist or writer, be sure to sign your work. Clearly delineate your contact information so they know how to reach you. Your phone, email, website, and depending on the position, pertinent social handles should all be included right at the tippy-top.
Show highlights of your story. Plump them up…bigger. Bigger! Make your gains and successes monuments to what would make you a great employee and asset to their team. Don’t, however, be long-winded. Keep it simple, the facts…with a flourish (i.e., keywords) that stays in the reader’s mind. Bullet points are always a good idea.
Don’t list things like “objectives” or use generic terms like “dynamic.” These are all antiquated and not really interesting. And this is a time when you want to stand out and be as interesting as possible.
If you’re applying to several jobs, consider having a master template and jumping in quickly to edit it depending on what position you’re applying for before you send each resume out. Label these clearly so you can avoid sending them to the wrong people.
These are just a few of the most important tips you can incorporate in writing a resume that paints a picture of your work experience that is not only exciting, but inviting and is sure to get you noticed. For more information about the ins and outs of resume writing, be sure to take a look at our recent video. And this awesome article which we used as reference material for this article.