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Resume Toolkit: July 2019

A resume is no doubt one of the most important and individualized documents of one's careers and entire adulthood. They promote our own achievements and qualifications from the past and present, while also emulating our aspirations for the future. And because they are completely different from person to person, most everyone strives to customize theirs as much as possible.

 

Depending on your current or desired industry, your resume might be constrained to certain well-known, or unspoken, guidelines, limiting you to a simple Times New Roman, black and white page. However, for the most part, most professionals are free (and often encouraged) to tailor their resumes and present themselves in the most personal and unique ways possible to stand out from the large pool of other applicants with similar backgrounds and skill sets.

 

Even so, there are some universal rules and faux pas when it comes to resume writing. Whether you actually take them to heart is all up to you.

 

This template design has a special spot for a headshot—which is probably the biggest faux pas out there. There are lots of mixed reviews regarding whether headshots belong on resumes (and sometimes for good reasons, like minimizing chances of discrimination), but of course lots of people out there still embrace them so we figured we should offer a template that does the same. 

Paired with a scripty font for your name that appears on all your stationery, you'll have the personal touch you crave while also still getting all your information across in a clear fashion. Creative-types especially can use this template as a base and make their own, with different fonts, colors, and even swap out the headshot for your own logo or other graphics.

instructions: 

  • Click the document you want to use (or the full set) to open in Google Docs.

  • Go to File > Make a copy...

  • In the dialog box that pops up, change the name of the document as you please and select the folder in My Drive that you would like to save it to. Do not check any boxes before clicking "OK."

  • Now that the document is saved to your personal drive, you can insert your name, contact information, and other details into the template.

  • Once satisfied with your changes, you should Download as... a PDF document (.pdf) from the File drop-down menu. This ensures that the document is displayed as intended when uploaded to job applications, when printed, and when emailed to recruiters. 

  • Also make sure to keep your documents in your Google Drive so you can easily come back and update details or tailor for specific opportunities.

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