I’ve been looking around for good resume examples to get inspiration for my own resume. My old one was made very quickly in Microsoft Word and I guess as a designer you’re obliged to use InDesign.

What I was looking for a resume design that was both visually appealing and effective in its design. With this I mean, resumes that don’t use too much graphics and images, but rather focuses on good grid layout design and typography to present your content.

I came across a website which listed 45 very creative resumes http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/creative-designer-resume-curriculum-vitae/. All of them look very nice graphic-wise but my question is are they effective? Is the person in charge of the job application department going to even consider these fancy documents?

Some examples:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/paumorgan/4028700199/ http://arianedenise.deviantart.com/art/MY-RESUME-127748729http://itudor.deviantart.com/art/curriculum-vitae-109339727http://dizzia.deviantart.com/art/Curriculum-Vitae-PDF-69050981

I think someone from Human Resources, who has to go through hundreds of resumes, will immediately throw these resumes away since they all require a vast amount of cognitive power to decipher the actual meaning of the content which makes the decision making even harder.

Instead, I would say to keep it simple and traditional, but this doesn’t mean you can’t use any graphics or play around with color. Resumes that I found on http://jobmob.co.il/blog/beautiful-resume-ideas-that-work/ clearly demonstrates that a traditional and clean resume with a subtle hint of graphic works very well.


The added graphics are complimentary to your content and aren’t dominating or competing for a reader’s attention. I think playing around with grids, fonts and color works is the key for a well designed resume (unless specified otherwise).

I’m still learning how to create nice grid layouts and make use of good typography, but here’s my tryout for my new resume. Let me know what you think!
My new resume - Elwin Lee