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We all know change is inevitable, right? Well, after much thought and consideration, and nearly 30 years of improving resumes for people across the globe, Peterson’s has decided to wind down our interests in ResumeEdge. While the service will be temporarily unavailable to new users, there’s a new strategy in the works, and we hope to introduce a new version shortly – please check back soon for more information.

If you just signed up for ResumeEdge, don’t worry, we’ve got your back and will continue to provide you with our services through March 31st. We know that many of you have come to rely on ResumeEdge, and we want to thank you all for your trust in our product, and encourage you to come back for more information on how to access the new product.

Thank you again, and we’ll see you soon!

Creative Resumes — Are they a do or a don’t?

CATEGORY: Creative resumes, taking charge of your career
POSTED: July 24, 2014 at 9:52 am

For many job seekers looking for careers in media, the arts, and various segments of the entertainment industry, an important aspect of their job search is demonstrating creativity and creative resumes could be the right choice. From time to time, however, job seekers in more traditional roles also want to infuse a little of their own personality into their resume. So how creative should you be?

While it’s true that nearly all resumes contain common elements such as your name, contact information, work history, and education, the main purpose of it is to demonstrate your unique qualifications through skills, training, and quantified results and accomplishments. Therefore, your resume should be tailored to you and, preferably, to your targeted employer. Content is the most important aspect of your resume. Without compelling, quantified information, the reader will not invest more than a cursory glance before moving to the next candidate.

After content, the layout is the next most important aspect. When deciding how creative to make your resume, consider your audience. Take the time to research not only the industry, but how your targeted organization fits within that industry. Obviously if you are applying to be an art teacher at a local school your resume will look different than the candidate applying at a bank. On the other hand, that does not mean that my client with an outgoing personality, who loves working with people, needs to be constrained with a “boring” resume if he is applying for a banking position. Perhaps that bank is local or regional and its main selling point is how it takes care of its customers. My client would be wise to let his personality show through not only in the wording he chooses, but also in the design elements.

When in doubt, take the time to talk with your Certified Professional Resume Writer to determine how to balance quantified content with appropriate design elements to make the resume work best for you.

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