Create an Eye-Catching Resume in Illustrator – part 1 - Introduction

The appearance of your resume can be just as helpful as the content. Most hiring managers don’t read resumes, they scan them. It only takes about 20 seconds for them to scan each resume, if you can make yours stand out from the crowd before they’ve even read a word, your success rate is much higher!

To help people come up to create a professional eye-catching resume, I am putting together a series of step by step tutorials:

Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Creating a Resume Logo
Part 3: Building an Eye-Catching Resume

The tutorials walk you through to design and create a visually appealing resume in PDF format.

The reason I picked Portable Document Format (PDF) is because:

1. They look just exactly what you have created. It won’t be distorted from one recipient to the next.
2. PDF format resume make employer easy to view and download online. According to survey, the resumes sent as an attachment cause high ignorance and rejection. The best way to by pass attachment is to put your PDF format resume online, send out downloadable url instead.
3. PDF format resume offers the advantages of being completely invulnerable to viruses and totally compatible across computer systems.
4. You can set yourself apart from others through create a different style of resume.

Points to Consider

A successful resume should follow these guidelines:
1. In most cases, your resume should be only one page long. As I mentioned before, during initial screening processes, your resume is reviewed at for as little as 20 seconds, the multiple pages of resume will not gain any benefits for you.
2. Make your resume colorful but do not over using colors. Limited to one or two color will get the best result.
3. A professional looking logo can help you stand out from the crowd and give insight into who you are.
4. Don’t use a standard font in your resume like Times, Arial or even Georgia. Choose one or two that is interesting and professional, and use it throughout the resume.

21 Responses to “Create an Eye-Catching Resume in Illustrator – part 1 - Introduction”

  1. James Says:

    Very usefull. Will certainly use this one day.

  2. Danielle Cohen Says:

    This tutorial has helped me so much and improved the overall design of my resume, which has lead to more job interviews.

    Thank You.

  3. hemen parekh Says:

    Customization of resume is an art that does not come easily to every jobseeker.

    Then there is a science of customization which converts a plain text
    resume into 8 graphs, online / automatically / instantly.

    What is a resume supposed to achieve ?

     to capture the attention of the recruiters

     to motivate the recruiters to read it long enough to interpret the jobseeker’s story

    To impress the recruiters, what you need is a graphical / visual / analytical presentation.

    There is only one job-portal on the Web which can do this and FREE


    hemen parekh

    Mumbai - India

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    I have been looking everywhere for some of this information. I also found a free resourse that helped me when writing my resume. It explained why I dont need a cover letter for resume its free so I thought ok to post it here

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    Thanks for posting.

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