I'm currently in the process of applying to summer internships and thought I'd share a recent discovery with all of my fellow soon-to-be college graduates. We learn in school that resumes must be clean, concise, and professional. i.e. boring, boring, and more boring.
The problem with business resumes is that they're often dull and unoriginal. I've taken countless classes on perfecting resumes and have found that there really is no "correct" way to boast your credentials. Don't get me wrong, I want a professional resume...but I also want that resume to be visually appealing, reflect my personality if at all possible, and basically go above and beyond the typical 1-2 page word document that 400 other people are going to submit.
With a little online exploring, I actually found a way to do this. I started by downloading a free trial of Adobe InDesign and went to work...
(You can download it HERE)
*Note: My personal information has been altered.
|Standard Word document|
This was my first design for the straight-laced internships that demand a more professional layout. It's clean, concise, and original in layout. It's also easier to read and visually appealing.
|Creative Resume 1|
|Creative Resume 2|
This resume was just for fun but I really like the way it turned out. I decided to apply to a couple artistic DIY/design and advertising internships.
Just a few helpful tips for applying to internships:
1. Write a cover letter....even if it's not required. Include any important information that can't be fully explained in your resume. It's also a chance to demonstrate your writing skills.
2. Apply to multiple positions. There may be one or two internships that you want more than the others, but internships are competitive and you need something to fall back on in case your first choices don't work out.
3. Don't go overboard. It's okay to put a creative design or image on a resume, but keep it as simple as possible. Unless you're applying to be a graphic designer or photographer, keep it to a minimum.