The Visual Impact Of Your Resume

By: Sarika Kabra

Your resume creates an impact in twochief ways: that of content and the visual impact. Your resume must therefore,score highly on both counts because in many situations that resume is the firstimpression of yourself that you create on a person, so you should make itcount. You should avoid making the oft made mistake when creating a resume, ofconcentrating only on content and not the overall design and layout.?

Typeface / Font: When you talk aboutvisual impact, one of the main things to take care of is the kind of typefaceor font to use. Of course what is very important in determining what typefaceto use is its legibility. The clearer and more legible the font, the easier itis to read. Fancy flourishes and stylish fonts are not for your sampleresume. Perception of your level of professionalism, maturity andtrustworthiness is based on typeface appropriateness. So if the typeface usedin your resume sample is inappropriate it canhave a negative visual impact on the reader. Choose a standard font ortypeface, which is streamlined and straightforwardrather than decorative, and keep it consistent throughout the whole document.

Layout:?The resume has to be clear, appealing and easy to read at first glance,thereby prompting the reader to read further. Rather than structure longparagraphs, make it easier for the reader to read by making short to the pointitemized paragraphs which can be separated by bullet points. Bullet points canbe used to great effect when drafting your sampleresume, they make clear and concise points, and differentiate itemswith clarity, increasing the level of readability for your resume. However youcan err on the side of too much bulleting, bullet only those points which youwant to draw the reader’s attention to at once. So it is a good idea to combinethe paragraph and bullet layout for the resume.

Spacing: The text of the resume shouldbe well spaced, in a sufficiently large and easy to read font size. A pagecrowded with words is both unappealing and difficult to read, thereby making ita turn off for the reader. It is a good idea to strike a correct balancebetween white space and text so that neither appears dominant on the page. Alsoif you can, try and make your resume concise enough to fit into one page;however if this is not possible let it carry on to the next page (or 2) ratherthan cram it all into one page.

Choose good quality stationery: This isan investment that will be worth its while: that of top quality stationery.Good quality stationery makes an immediate and positive visual impact,instantly conveying a good impression, which in turn makes the reader morewilling to read your resume. You should also be carrying several pristinecopies of your resumeFree Articles, lest you are found wanting when in need of an extracopy.

Put some effort into the visual impactthat your resume will make and make that first impression count for something!

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