Infographic Resume Design

By CRAIG KUNCE

You are applying for a job as a professional designer—your resume is the first step to showing them that you are a professional designer.

  1. Once you have written and re-written and re-written and polished your resume, type all your information into InDesign and design it.
  2. You must design your own unique resume to help set you apart from the competition. Remember your main focus is legibility. Do not over-design your resume.
  3. Choose your font wisely! Do not choose fancy, decorative fonts, or fonts that are out-dated and hard to read. You are a professional designer—your resume should prove it.
  4. Choose your fonts wisely. Make sure they are easy to read and not too small. Do not create a resume that you need a magnifying glass to read. 9–11 point type is best.
  5. I strongly recommend that you do not use art, photos, or drawings on your resume. Most hiring managers don’t like them, most don’t look good, and most will not help you get noticed or interviewed. Let your samples page or Web site show your artistic talent, not the resume.
  6. Remember to use white space effectively. Since most of your resume will be text-based, you will have to draw upon your typography skills to create an outstanding resume that is readable, communicates your skills and abilities, and lands you an interview..
  7. Choose your paper wisely. Your resume must be on paper you purchase yourself at the campus bookstore or at an office supply store. Office Max and Office Depot have a good selection.
  8. When choosing a paper and envelope, make sure they are not too dark and do not have a coarse texture. Coarse textures do not allow the ink to print flat and the type will be blotchy and broken.
  9. I would recommend using the large, 9” x 12”, professional resume envelopes. You will not have to fold your letters or samples page when you mail them.
  10. Use watermarked resume paper. The package should state “watermarked.”
  11. Basic guidelines to follow. One page only. One-sided only. Black ink only. Color is okay if used professionally (minimally). One color paper only, (no rainbows, clouds, bright-pinks, etc.) Paper size: 8.5” x 11” only

 

resume sample

 

Sample resumes to get you started

The following samples show different resume designs you can use as idea starters. Be sure to notice how the indents and categories are set up. Clarity of design and delivery of information is the most important aspect of your resume’s layout.

Infographic Resume

 

Type-Heavy, Resume

resume1

 

resume 4

 

NOT SO GOOD!

resume bad