After being critical of the bold, four-color resume of a senior I met during a visit to the University of Kansas, I recently received a toned down resume from him–but it still looked like an Oscar-nominated movie ad in the New York Post. The resume was cluttered with too many type faces and sizes, and featured a 2″ x 3″ photo.
My advice: Stick with traditional resumes. Don’t be misguided into thinking that sizzle replaces the “steak” of education and experience. The folks at Microsoft offer excellent free resume templates for basic resumes, job-specific resumes and situation-resumes.
If your creative flair requires more than a one-page standard resume, then develop a quality online portfolio. But do not substitute the online portfolio for a resume, which some job seekers have attempted to do. Include the link in your cover letter and resume. Regular Culpwrit reader Jamie Kim has designed a low-key, yet clever and elegant online portfolio. Provide a link to your online portfolio in Comments below.
Chris Spooner of Spoon Graphics provides an excellent review of 10 sites, including my favorite–Carbonmade, which help guide you through the process of building an online portfolio.