I am proud to say that I have recently left the world of job hunting to now enter the door of employment. It brings a good feeling but this transition has also made me look back at the process that got me here. I know I messed up a lot. I wish I networked more and worked harder to make an impression. I just never did it.
Nonetheless, I have a couple of friends who are about to start on the journey of making resumes and writing cover letters and they have inspired me to think about resumes again. They are truly beautiful projects if you think about them as a design problem. They are unique because you have to creatively display so much hierarchy and information.
Well, after all of this thinking about resumes, I decided to make one. I took up the Steven Stevenson Challenge and made a resume for a fictitious web designer. I was approaching the project from a user interface perspective where I wanted potential employers to look at the resume and easily see a story. To do this I created a simple timeline showing education, experience, and freelance. Then to easily show Steve’s skills, I created a graph in the bottom left to show his strengths and weaknesses.
I like the concept behind the resume but I’m not sure about the execution. Looking back at the project, I wish I made the arrow out of Museo’s letter V and had more personality over all to the project. I also want the timeline and skills graph to interact with each other more and visually show the arrow pointing at the name. I was thinking of angling the title.
Either way, this would be a very different resume that doesn’t follow the trends that my teachers in school taught. It would however leave a lasting impression on your potential employer.