You're making it too flashy
With resumes making the jump from paper to digital, a wealth of flashy, customizable options have risen to the surface of the web. But Levit warns to exercise caution and make sure you know your audience.
"Start-ups might eat this kind of stuff up because it shows creativity, but larger companies that run their resumes through a screening process might be turned off by anything too confusing." She adds, "Most people design their applications as if the CEO was going to look at it. Well, he might -- but not before it goes through HR, and they might not have the same appreciation for a flashy design the way a Creative Director would."
... or it's way too boring
On the flip side, landing the job is all about standing out from the pack, and it's important to strike the right balance. Use bullet points, bolding, and light color variations to spruce up a mundane resume. "Content is always more important than presentation," said Leavy-Detrick, "and you don't want to detract any attention away from the core message of the resume: your accomplishments and experience." Use a font sized somewhere between 11 and 13, and choose a font that's easy on the eyes. Sorry to all you Comic Sans fans -- whoever you are.