Can Beautiful Design Make Your Resume Stand Out?

Apr 03, 2014

The amount of time a recruiter spends looking at your resume is roughly six seconds .

“Visual design is a great way to differentiate yourself from other job candidates,” says Dodd Caldwell, cofounder of Loft Resumes. “Design in general is increasingly important in the business world.”

Companies are always looking for candidates who will go the extra mile, and your resume is literally your first point of contact — your first chance to put yourself in the “yes” bucket. And what recruiters are looking for can mostly be narrowed down to science, as TheLadders found last year in an eye-tracking study on resumes.

Recruiters spent 80% of their time looking at six data points:

  • Name
  • Current title and company
  • Previous title and company
  • Current start and end dates
  • Previous start and end dates
  • Education

The key is to keep these important data points clear.

While presenting information visually is a plus, especially in a time when Pinterest, Instagram and other visual experiences are winning our time and attention — it’s still not a good idea to put a photo on your resume (unless your industry requires it). Research from TheLadders on online profiles found the human eye is naturally drawn to photos, in this case the profile photo, which prevented recruiters from looking at more relevant data such as experience.

Here are some examples of resume makeovers by Loft Resumes:

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