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Creating a CV/Resume with Indesign

Date November 2, 2010 | Published by |

indesign Spyre Studios has pretty good article about creating a resume using Adobe Indesign. Spyre Studios is a website that I read frequently and I have to say I was a bit disappointed in some of the suggestions that their article covered. First off it is a good idea to have different versions of your CV/Resume. The two core file formats to have your CV/Resume in is Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) and Adobe PDF. A lot of the times clients and employers are okay with opening PDF files, but I have had cases where they want your CV/Resume in a Word format so it is always a good idea to have one prepared.

Spyre Studios Article

1. What mistake is Spyre Studios making?

I wouldn’t call it a “mistake”, but more of a “not a good idea” for what their article covers. I like everything about the article about using Indesign (or you can honestly use Illustrator) to create a nicely designed CV/Resume. But one thing to remember is that CV/Resume is all about information and not about design. Your resume does not need to show your employer/client how well you design.

One “not so good idea” that their article posted was the idea of putting your picture on the CV/Resume. Stop right there. Go back and delete that picture you posted up. There is no reason to post a picture of yourself on the CV/Resume. It is completely irrelevant and what you look like has nothing to do with your skill! It not only makes the PDF file big but it is giving someone an opportunity to judge you before they even contact you. Yes, not every employer/client is judgmental but it’s not necessary.

Another “not so good idea” is that the resume has unnecessary icons and design elements. There is no need to have icons to show off your skill. Not only is it a distraction, its not always that everyone knows what the icons stand for. Sure for us, designers, it makes complete sense what the big “PS” stands for, but what if you work for someone who has no idea what Photoshop is? It is better to list words instead of pictures. The “skill meter” is also unnecessary. Use words such as “Beginners”, “Intermediate”, and “Advanced” instead.

Next “not so good idea”: Try not to exceed a page in length. It is important to remember that employers/clients do not want to spend a grip load of time on one person. Usually when they are looking through a CV/Resume, it is because they are hiring and looking for a potential candidate. That also means that they have more than one CV/Resume they are going to look at. Let’s not waste their time and keep it simple and straight to the point.

Then the last not so good idea is the fact that the resume posts a mini-portfolio. You should create a separate file for this and send it out to employers/clients if they ask for a downloadable file that shows your work. Do not merge it with your resume. It not only makes the resume file size big, it distracts the reader.

2. Keep it very simple… period

One important thing about your CV/Resume is that anyone can find what they are looking for. According to my business class that I took during my undergrad program is the most important element of your CV/Resume is your education and your experience in your field you are applying for. A good particular order for a resume is as follows:

Header: Your name, Phone Number, E-mail Address (Contact)

First Section: Education (Do not include high school)

Second Section: Past experiences in your field. Do not put Mcdonalds in this section. Stick to about 3 to 4 companies that you have previously worked for. No more, no less.

Third Section: Previous experiences in other companies. This is where you write other companies or volunteer work that you have done that may or may not have any connection with your field of work.

Forth Section: This is where you list your skills relevant to your field of work. If you have other skills that communicate who you are as a person, list it after the relevant skills for your field.

Fifth Section: This is quite optional, although I do have it included in my CV. This is where you can post your interest or hobbies. This can be a good opportunity for your employer to get to know you slightly as a person and for them to know what you enjoy doing outside your field of work. Again, it is optional.

Again, I want to make note that I am not talking down on Spyre Studios and the author of the article. I wanted to point out what I felt was important about what to include in your CV/Resume. If you have a better suggestion or idea, please comment. Hope this article was helpful.

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