The resumes I provide here are generally solid designs. I try to point out key
design decisions when I can. Don't use these as absolutely perfect models, but
do use them to get a general idea of how to proceed. Although I designed all
of these resumes, I did them several years ago. There are at least subtle things
that I would
change about most of them.
- Model 1.
This resume shows a basic format and provides explanation of what
kind of information to put where.
- Model 2.
This is another model that shows a different arrangment of text on
This resume was designed to represent my general background to potential
clients for consulting work. It is a top-down design, meaning that
there is very little horizontal formatting. That marks it as more
traditional, more conservative. It is the kind of resume that I might
send out now if I knew that the document would be scanned and fed
into a database. Note the clearly defined patterns in the text and
in the overall visual design.
I designed this resume for my brother (thus the similarity in names).
Again, note the patterns in text and in design. The lines mark breaks
between sections. Headings are prominent and obvious, if not very
descriptive. One flaw in design is obvious to me now; the most important
bit of information according to this design is the dates that Greg
worked where he worked. Although this is necessary information, it
is certainly not the most important information he can provide. I
would now move the job titles he held out into the space where the
dates appear, and shift the date over the far right of that first
line of each entry.
The two Jenson resumes together represent a good example of one person
putting together two resumes for different kinds of positions. In
this case, Kirsten was looking for work as a high school teacher
or as a laboratory researcher. Note the similarities in content,
and the differences in how information is prioritized by the format
These two resumes present the same information in slightly different
formats. I encourage you to play around a little bit with visual
formatting, generally looking for a "look and feel" that you find
comfortable. There are many standard formats, and many possible innovations
on design. Again, I recommend that you stay generally conservative,
but that doesn't mean that your design has to look exactly like everyone
Planning a Search
Designing a Resume