Bad Resume

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Above is an example of a resume that is not helping Craig Kunce find a job. In fact it might be hurting him. Let’s explain why. I will mainly be looking at the design of the resume in conjunction with principles that make an applicant look presentable and professional.  Some of these are: simplicity, harmony, and balance.

The first thing we see on this resume is the apparent lack of variety as far as design is concerned. Everything is styled the same way. Basic black text that is centered. I would definitely consider changing the way a heading is formatted, possibly positioning it to the left, and putting the text underneath it, un-centered. Right now everything is placed inside a bullet point, this makes it very hard to read.

There is something called the quadrant test, which says that the readers’ eyes go from left to right and top to bottom. According to this, your resume should be split into four different quadrants of information. This resume is one big list, which fails the quadrant test.

Another way to design your resume to be pleasing to the eye is to make it divided into different headings and sub-headings based on font. One good way to do this is to use sans-serif fonts for headings, and use serif fonts for the body of the heading. Serif fonts are easier to read, and sans-serif fonts make the eye “stop” on the page. An example of a good serif font is Times New Roman.

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