In some of the classes I teach at Lincoln Christian University, I discuss effective job correspondence: resumes, cover letters, and follow-up thank you notes.

The purpose of your resume, of course, is to get you an interview. To do that, it has to stand out from the stack of 50 other resumes the employer receives. So I usually emphasize things like–

  • Avoid Times New Roman and Arial (use Helvetica)
  • Don’t use a Word template
  • Design matters
  • Ensure that you have NO typos or grammatical errors
  • Highlight intangible qualities: show how you are trustworthy, personable–a problem-solving initiator

I’m intrigued, though, by suggestions that the traditional resume may be on the way out. Designer Jesse Desjardins has a visual resume on Slideshare. And the presentation software site Sliderocket recently offered similar advice.

These are great ideas and, for those looking for creative work, may be the perfect approach. Stand out, be different, offer value.