Perhaps you already have a job or are thinking of getting a new one. Your resume will be essential to your success, regardless of the occupation title.  It should scream that you’re full of outstanding ideas, and have the imagination, vision and creativity to be a positive and irreplaceable element in any work force.

Did you know that a recruiter spends about 6 seconds on your resume? That’s the length of a Vine video! This is precisely why the design of your resume becomes crucial, I dare say more crucial than the content itself. If you can impress your potential employer with your impeccable taste and aesthetics in under 6 seconds, there’s a chance you might just get a job with no qualifications :) 

“Your resume should be treated as one of your major design jobs.”

– Phil Clever from the book What They Don’t Teach You in Design School

Why, you might ask? Because your resume is the face of you, on paper. That’s right, your resume represents you to your potential employers. Creating an aesthetically pleasing and creative resume should be of a particular interest to you, regardless of whether you’re a graphic designer, a lawyer, or an economist.  

In this article, you will find resumes of different styles, from very sophisticated to highly creative. 

20 Resume Designs To Inspire and Motivate You

1. Personal Stationery by Alysa Choudri

Personal Stationery by Alysa Choudri

Personal Stationery by Alysa Choudri 2

2. Infographic Resume by Lim Zhiyang

Infographic Resume by Lim Zhiyang

3. Graphic Designer Resume by Chuck D. Lay

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4. Resume Design by Tushar Ghei

Resume Poster design by Tushar Ghei

5. Self Promotion Done Right by Tai Hsiung Huang

Self Promotion by Tai Hsiung Huang

Self Promotion by Tai Hsiung Huang 2

6. “Top Secret” Job Application by Vidar Olufsen

Self Promotion Resume  Job Application by Vidar Olufsen

Self Promotion Resume Job Application by Vidar Olufsen 2

7. Curriculum Vitae by Zi-Huai Shen

Curriculum Vitae (CV) by ZI-HUAI SHEN

8. Self Promotion Package by Adrianna Napiorkowski

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9. A Package Designer’s Resume by Kenny Barela

Kenny Barela Resume Design

Graphic Designer Resume Design

10. Resume Design by darthkix

Business Insider Creative Resumes

11. Self Promotion by Siri Lonvik

Sometimes you can be really blunt…

Self Promotion by Siri Lonvik

12. Graphic Designer Resume by Lenka Kubisova

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Graphic Designer Resume Design 9

13. Creative Resume Self Promo by Joshua Fein

Josh Fein Creative Resume Self Promo by Joshua Fein

14. Resume Design by Wap Martinez Mercader

My CVResume 2013 by Wap Martinez Mercader

15. Infographics Resume by Chen Zhi Liang

Infographics Resume by Chen Zhi Liang

16. Minimalist Resume With a Touch of Color by Jess Gerrow

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17. One Color Resume by Evelien Callens

The One-Color Résumé

18. Simple Resume Design by Stephanie Bullock

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19. Simple and Powerful Resume Design by Kelly Haller

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20. Resume Redesign by Ankur Patel

These last examples just go to show that although you might not have the time to undergo major redesign, a few tweaks here an there could drastically improve the look of your resume. 

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“Every detail counts, and the sum of these details gives an impression of you as a designer.”

- Phil Clever

The current job market is more competitive than ever. This might sound harsh, but your MSWord resume is highly unlikely to land you your dream job in the creative industry. Like I’ve mentioned before, you’re sending a piece of yourself when you send your resume. It must sell you like that tempting, delicious brownie at the bakery next door. Creating an eye-catching, memorable resume is your main task right now. You are your personal brand. 

Take it a step further! Show your employer that you’re bold and daring, and are not afraid to take risks and be innovative. If you manage to impress them with your ideas, you’ve just been hired. Congratulations.

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