When it comes to looking at job applications, your average recruiter’s attention span is literally shorter than that of a goldfish. According to a 2012 study by The Ladders, they only spend around 6 seconds reviewing each resume! This means that you really need to have an eye-catching resume if you want to shine among the crowd of other applicants – even more so if you work in the creative industries, where employers will often expect you to think outside the box.
Luckily, there are a number of online tools that can be used to make appealing resumes in no time at all. This article will share 3 easy-to-use and, most importantly, FREE platforms that you can use to build an eye-catching resume without having to use complicated and expensive design programs.
Before you start, make sure you’ve finished writing and proofreading the text for your resume. These online design tools won’t check for your spelling mistakes, so you definitely want to ensure those bases are covered before you get going.
Canva is a piece of “amazingly simple graphic design software” that allows users to make custom graphic using a wide selection of templates. Many great resume templates are available here for free, and you’re easily able to add your own images to them. You’re bound to find something suited to your personal aesthetic/brand, and editing is a piece of cake since their interface isn’t much different to that of Microsoft Word!
ResumUP offers a variety of easily-customisable resume templates, including one that lets you present your attributes in the form of an infographic. This will definitely help break the stereotype of drab resumes and help you present yourself as a creative-minded candidate!
KickResume is another online tool you can use to create a resume that will shine – it also offers “pixel perfect” templates for cover letters, which is always great if you want your documents to look cohesive!
By Saki Abe