Do you have strong graphic skills? Many graduates or people entering the work force may feel the need to polish their resume with fantastical visuals, in order to balance a shorter resume, however, they might had fell into the “Style over Substance” trap!
We chatted with some of our community collaborators and many had commented that, when reviewing job applications, elaborate visual design could be considered as deterrent – many prefer a clean, clearly formatted, 1.5 spacing, 11-14 font, 2-4 pages resumes.
Some jobs applications, for example graphic designer, may be benefited by wonderful visuals. But even HR managers from these industries would like to see the content of someone’s career journey before moving over to the visual portfolios.
Too early in your career journey? Why not including a short paragraph outlining your skills? There’s no harm to include some volunteering works and if there’s any point of relevancy to the job that you’re offering, write a short paragraph and describe how the volunteering experience may be beneficial to the job that you’re applying for. If you had covered your experience, skills and education in 1-page resume, let it be but make sure your cover letter is sincerely describing how your experience, skills and education would be compatible to the job that you’re applying for.
Don’t fall into the trap, make sure you’re “Substance over Style”.