Are recruiters looking more into creative (colorful) or formal (black and white) resumes?
I am a current student looking into applying for social media marketing jobs and other positions in the marketing field. I have had submitted my minimalistic creative resume but I have always been curious if one option is better than the other in the eyes of a recruiter. Oh, and how do we know which to use? #marketing #resume #student #july20
Jessica recommends the following next steps:
For ex: to show your expertise, maybe you should have a well developed LinkedIn page that you would reference, or provide a QR code to your site.
Here is a link to some relevant resumes for you from the "Resume Genius" site: https://resumegenius.com/resume-samples/social-media-resume-example
Remember to also try and include key words from the job description in your resume so your resume can pass any automated software a company may use to screen initial applications. Good Luck!
Happy job hunting....
You can find a variety of Resume templates for free on Canva. They have different types of layouts depending on which field you are in! Like others mentioned is you are in a role like marketing you might want a more creative resume vs accounting you might want to be more simple.
If you have resume paper that is an unique color that helps make your resume sand out. Then I highly recommend trying to use it.
Every little bit helps. If your resume color makes your resume stand out against 100 others then you should keep using that paper.
Try using a fun color resume paper and if you get a call back, then keep trying that paper.
I'm all for a minimalistic resume, and have always made it a point to try and make my resume a one-page document - and I'm a marketing communications professional myself. Play to your strengths more than anything, if social media is your interest, how would you leverage social media to showcase your skills? How would you incorporate this in your resume? It would also be good to do a bit of research on resumes that are successful in the field of marketing.
Hope this helps. All the best!
Whatever resume you decide on, make sure you copy and paste it into a text editor (*.txt format) and format it accordingly. Some applicant websites are rudimentary and only allow you upload basic text formatting. It will save you a lot of trouble if you already have the "format" ready and waiting.
As someone that has experience applying to various roles at different companies I would say it differs. Sometimes a larger company will use an automated process to scan over hundreds of resumes and look for key words. What I would suggest is that you keep multiple resume formats for different positions that you apply for. If you are applying for a large company my suggestion is to go with the minimalist black and white resume since it will be possibly scanned at first without an actual human looking at it. Another point is that sometimes when you use different margins and colors and system gets confused and might change the format of your resume. You can always try to find a point of contact in the company and send the creative resume directly to the recruiters email.
However if you are applying for a local company with a small amount of employees you might be better of by sending them your creative resume since you are in the marketing field.