What do we all think about resume formats? Do you go with the typical white/black, or do you try to be creative to help spike your resume out?

Anybody on the hiring side, what do you think when you receive both of these kinds?

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Prefer the right. I’m going to be honest I don’t really care what your personal interests are at that stage, I want to know how you align to the role in interviewing you for.

If I uncover we have similarities in the ending Q&A then that’s great


A lot of the resumes on the left are tailored more towards creatives where things like interests matter. If yore able to make the left clear, organized, and gets your experience/expertise across in a concise way then sure. But I don’t think I’ve ever remembered someone off of their resume.

Whenever I’m being given a resume for an interview it’s already been screened, so I am looking for

- where are you
- where are you
- where have you worked before
- project types & experience

If those don’t jump out at me then the resume is a wash.


Agree with D2. Wharton format (like on the right) or 9/10 recruiters will toss it in the trash. The sole exception is design centric roles where your resume serves as part of your resume.


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Unclear as to what the resume on the left could be used to apply for. I don’t know what job application would benefit of thumbnails of books that the applicant didn’t write and multiple mentions of coffee and running.

Also agree with others - hard pass on the picture.


Too much white space that’s not spent on actual experience. I want numbers, outcomes, metrics, some measure of success rather than your self-evaluation of skills in the narrative about each role.

I stick to the format on the right as much as possible. As someone who reads a lot of resumes, there’s something to be said for the information you’re looking for being in a place you expect it to.

I’m very technical and have a very large skills section. I think it’s to put this as a column on the left-hand-side with headings for easy skimming, but I wouldn’t diverge more than that.


Prefer the one on the right for most intents and purposes

The only exception for preference for the left is for graphic designer type roles


I don’t mind a little color but pic on left seems too much. I also think I would laugh if I got a resume with a heart on it. But that might just be me. I don’t prefer any resume with a picture of the person because it opens a window to someone thinking I chose them for something other than their skills. That is just my opinion. I used to be a labor manager and get tons of resumes but it’s been years.


I stick with one more like the right. It allows for more details about what you have actually accomplished. The other looks good but can be shallow on accomplishments/details.


As a member of a creative hiring team (UI/UX/Motion/Graphic), the left one is too much for even a creative application

The Bad:
- Books & "Most Proud Of" are ENORMOUS and communicate little professional value
- the photo poses all kinds of discrimination risks
- a pie chart is poor data visualization and it negatively colors my perception of this person's data viz abilities
- I debate whether a GPA is appropriate to include AT ALL, let alone allowing it to take up an 8th of the page.

We haven't hired anyone with the resume like the one on the left in my 4 years in this role.

That's not to say that a resume needs to be starchy and sad like the one on the right, either.

Bestfolios.com/resumes has great examples of resumes that demonstrate personality and design skill, yet remain professional and classy.


Clarifying point, if you are not a creative you DO need a starchy Wharton format resume

Two sides:
One on the left if you’re applying to a creative role (UI/UX, graphic design). Takes too long to find the relevant skills and experience due to nonstandard format but has nice bells and whistles to demonstrate knack for aesthetics and design for those in that role.
One on the right for most everything else. It’s easily legible and will filter through the ATS system better. For anyone interviewing you or scanning for applicants, makes it easy to make a quick determination if you’re a fit for the role.
Source: Not on the hiring side, just from experience / putting myself in a hiring manager’s shoes. When it comes to staffing, time is money. With all respect, don’t make it hard on the person reviewing your resume. If you want to stick out, highlight your special skills/experiences/interests.


Keep it simple unless you’re applying to a marketing/design/creative job


Always one page, format on the right. Even if you are applying for a creative role, use your portfolio to show off your skills, not your resume. Resume needs to be clean and sell your experience as a fit for the role, nothing else.


Yep, 1-3 bullet points for past roles, up to 6 for current, if I run out of space after that, I will write a short summary sentence or two to encompass multiple past roles. 8 yoe and space hasn’t been an issue so far


Holy crap, the left one is bad.


Yea it was only meant as an example, obviously no one should really use this. I was saying it to paint the example of some of these non traditional formats (like I always see for FAANG examples)

No comment to your question, but curious how you made the creative resume. Template or custom made?

While that's not mine above, I use either canva or PowerPoint to create it with a custom template. I just refer to the ones online and pick and choose what I want


Wharton format (right)

There have been a lot of tests done, resumes that get more creative and colorful like the one on left consistently perform worse at getting interviews. They are rejected more often by the computer before a person ever sees them.

Right one is ATS friendly, I used to have a left one but changed it now

Look into ATS, because if it is highly recommend a standard one

There is absolutely no benefit to “creative” resume formats. Recruiters will often see your resume through their applicant tracking system, which may have a hard time parsing the resume on the left (or any non-standard resume for that matter). Amy Miller (tech recruiter for Amazon who is active on LI) has some great insights on all this. She, and basically all other recruiters I’ve seen at the major companies, prefer the straightforward resume. Content is what they care about

No. I don’t have enough time to try to read through random formats to get to the information that I need

What do you think about multiple versus one page? Sometimes i struggle to fit all on one page.

2 is fine. Again, watch/read some stuff that Amy Miller (Amazon tech recruiter) puts out. Her and a bunch of other recruiters regularly sound off on this topic.

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