In the world of resumes, there is such a thing as “overkill.” Most resume overkills come in the form of excessive images. Many people who craft their resumes attempt to be original and attempt to gain the attention of potential employees by filling their resumes with bold and eye-attracting images. However, most people who use images in their resumes fail to use them properly and actually end up creating a resume that is cluttered and disorderly.
This is why you must be very careful when using graphics in your resume. There is a time and a place where it is appropriate to use images in a resume. However, the best word of advice is not to use graphics at all. Some employers believe that people who use graphics in their resume are just attempting to distract them from a poorly formatted resume or from a resume that does not meet their standards and requested skill sets.
Don’t use graphics at all in your resume. If you must, use them only where they are appropriate and absolutely necessary. Otherwise you will create a resume that is so loud and bold that an employer will simply not take it seriously enough and will chuck it into the trash bin. If you are serious about your resume and you want to obtain a good paying job, then you must be very careful when you use graphics of any kind.
Are There Any Industry Standard Graphics That I Can Use?
Last but not least, if you are set on using graphics in your resume then use graphics which are small and simple. For instance, having a simple border around the pages of your resume is acceptable. This is of course if the border does not disturb the formatting of your resume or distracts a reader from focusing on the information which you have placed in your resume. Light borders are acceptable as long as they don’t disrupt the formatting and just as long as they are not so loud that they cause distractions.
The majority of employers just want the facts; they don’t want to read a comic book! Therefore, apart from fancy and tasteful borders, there are no industry standard graphics that are considered acceptable in resume writing. Stick with focusing on the content and information that you are placing in your resume and don’t focus on graphics. You should be more concerned with the quality and effectiveness of your resumes ‘objective’ and cover letter, and should be less concerned with the basic artistic look of your resume.
But I Have This Real Cool Graphic That I Really Want To Use!
If you just have to use graphics in your resume, choose very small graphics. In fact, limit your graphic size to images that are quarter size. This will ensure that your graphics are not too ‘in-your-face’ or cause formatting issues with your general resumes layout.
Overall, 90% of all employers frown upon the use of graphics in resumes. Keeping this in mind, you may wish to discard this idea no matter how cool you think your graphics are. It’s just not worth it!