Office hacks: a resume design needs to be “right”

A resume is a door knocker for many people looking for a job, and it is often a great opportunity to “sell” ourselves to the other party when the employer doesn’t know us yet. However, because employers have different requirements for talent, it is best to design a resume that is professionally relevant and shows the talents that the other party needs. In this article, we have designed two types of resume templates for companies that value analytical or all-around talents, which you can use as a reference.

Analytical Infographic Resume

Analytical talents are needed for careers in finance, e-commerce, education, etc. When applying for such companies, we may try an infographic resume. As you can see from the following illustration, infographics can fully reflect our ability to generalize and analyze, making it clear to recruiters at a glance (Figure 1).


Figure 1 Infographic resume example

Because the resume is generally portrait A4 paper, so after starting PowerPoint (this article takes the 2019 version as an example), we first change its default paper settings in the “Design” tab, click “Slide Size → Custom Slide Size “, and then in the dialog box that opens to set the size of A4 paper, the default “landscape” to “portrait”, OK to return (Figure 2).


Figure 2 to change the PPT paper settings

Next, you can use the table function to plan the overall layout, in this case, the table is divided into two columns, the right column is divided into four lines (Figure 3). The left column is mainly text, so you can directly enter the text, set the format and insert the corresponding decorative icons.


Figure 3: Planning the layout with tables

The education experience in the first row and the work experience in the second row in the right column are essentially timelines, but in different presentation forms. The difficult part of the education timeline is the creation of a water drop, which can be achieved by combining a circle and an equilateral triangle overlay. The pointed pentagon of the work experience timeline is much easier to create by drawing a rectangle, right-clicking on it, selecting “Edit Vertex”, and then adding a vertex on the right side and simply dragging and dropping it (Figure 4).


Figure 4 The creation of water drops and sharp pentagons

The remaining items in this example may seem complicated, but they are actually very simple to implement if you use online resources and tools effectively. In the skill items, the bar chart can be directly superimposed by three rectangles, and the skill cloud on its right side can be accessed at https://wordart.com网站, click “Create Now”, and then enter the skill keywords as prompted (such as Word, Exdel, PowerPoint, etc.). ), automatically generate the cloud map, then copy it to your resume and apply it. For the map at the bottom, you can find some existing free images from the Internet, and finally generate the effect shown at the beginning of this article. Of course, there are no hard and fast rules for the design of infographics, so each person can play according to his own actual situation.

All-inclusive list resume

Some industries require workers to have multiple skills, for example, many job advertisements for graphic design will list a large number of related professional software that the candidate must master. When applying for such companies, we may want to list our strengths directly in our resumes (Figure 5).


Figure 5 Example of an all-inclusive list resume

As mentioned in the above example, set up a vertical A4 page and plan the layout with a table first. When the resume design is finished, we can simply delete the table or cancel the table line, so that the table will not show any traces.

This example is a hypothetical graphic designer’s resume without much detail, just a concise list of the candidate’s skills (branding, type design, illustration, etc.), language (Chinese, English and French), professional software used (Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, etc.), as well as interests and educational experience, etc. One of the difficulties in creating this is the dashboard and skill bar that indicates skill or software proficiency.

The dashboard is created by first drawing two circles of the same size and filling them with different colors, then turning one of them into an arc by combining cropping methods, and then superimposing the arc on the other one, with the size of the arc representing the level of proficiency (Figure 6). The skill bar is created in a similar way.


Figure 6 Schematic diagram of proficiency dashboard production


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