Thursday, June 28, 2007

Resume writing

It's a funny thing when you have to update/rewrite your resume. OK - not really. (What's actually funny is when headhunters call it a re-ZOO-mee. But that's another story.)

I'm not sure if it's standard or we're just told it's standard to keep your resume to two pages. Is this because it's generally accepted that a human will become bored after reading (skimming really) two pages or is it to try and keep the verbose people tamed down? I like making lists and that means that one whole side of the page is open, but lists get long and boring... how am I supposed to know if I'm over two pages if my resume is in HTML?

Resumes are weird. You don't know who is going to read them or what they like - you get too generic and you don't seem special, but if you're too specific then people will be lost. It's all words in the end and if you try too hard to be a word-smith you seem transparent. Which makes me wonder if I need a degree in psychology to write a resume.

Which leads me to the graphic layout of resumes. Having a history in visual communication I want to spice it up a bit, but I'm told I need to use certain fonts at certain pt sizes (Times Roman at 12pt) which seems really bootleg to me - I don't like serif fonts and have decent enough vision to see 10pt - I mean, going down to 8pt would be a bit much I suppose. Anyways, I'm sticking with Arial at 10. Well, 11 in some areas for you challenged readers. If I go too standard, you'll just pile me up with all the other resumes. In the trash.

How about having your name on both pages? That seems like an utter waste of space to me and if you can't keep the two pages together then I don't really think I want to work at such a disorganized place - but maybe that means you NEED me there.

*sigh*

What's FUN is trying to code indents and bold type in HTML - talk about visual noise! It's like a pile of < / crap >.
Yeah - I'm a bit wonky.

Check out this crazy resume - WOAH! Do you think he has more of a chance to get hired because his personal logo looks like Jesus?!?! The text balloons remind me of a disemboweled body, lungs, heart and kidneys there...

7 comments:

Hose Head said...

Hey, I'm an Arial guy too. Go figure. Actually I started using the font because I thought it was from the Little Mermaid movie, but then found out I was wrong. Oh, well.

robyn said...

I think Mark Reilly is a weirdo. Must be kinda nice to sit back and think about all the things you've done... Keep us posted!

Kerri said...

It doesn't matter what your resume says. When people meet you they LOVE you, and you will get hired ASAP if not sooner.

I think you should just be your creative self, if it's a little different than the norm - cool. Maybe your personal logo should be a VW bus. :-D

Miss you guys!

shun chu said...

Speaking of cool resumes... This one has always stuck in my head:
http://www.wiredatom.com/blog/2005/07/20/3d-resume/

shun chu said...

I mean, this one....

spaceJASE said...

woah - that's crazy! I'm intrigued by the design, but that doesn't make me want to read it at all...

Nini said...

Mark Reilly gets work doe to his graven image being very close to a certain man-god, doubtful if he gets it because of that thing, looks like it's '92 and someone just got a copy of AppleWorks and went to town. Will give him props on his use of Trade Gothic, fine font family if you ask me, better than Arial set at 10pt.

That 3D one, nice but impractical, more a proof of possibility type thing.