If you're preparing a resume for a job and you expect there to be a lengthy list of applicants, it's understandable for you to want to make your document catch the eye of the hiring manager as he or she peruses a stack of resumes. It may, thus, be tempting to use different elements that will help your resume to stand out—without necessarily realizing that these things could be hurting your chances of getting called for an interview. As much as you might be tempted, keep these distracting elements off your resume.
Logic dictates that if a section of your resume is printed in red ink or in ink of another bright color, the hiring manager's eyes will immediately move to this section. You might feel compelled to use different colors of ink to essentially highlight your best qualifications. Indeed, this approach can make your resume stand out among its counterparts, albeit because it looks somewhat juvenile and a little gaudy. It's always best to strictly use black ink when you print this document.
Some job applicants include a photo of themselves, often, a professional-caliber headshot, on their resumes. On one hand, it's easy to think that doing so is a good idea. For example, if you feel that you're friendly and approachable looking, you may believe that a hiring manager will view you in this manner and feel compelled to call you for an interview. However, it's not normally appropriate to include a photo with your resume, and doing so can give an amateurish feel to your document. Additionally, the photo will take up valuable space, which means that your resume will be longer than it has to be.
You might also fall for the idea that a border around your resume can help the document to stand out from others sitting on the hiring manager's desk. Sometimes, you may even be tempted to look for a border that related to the job for which you're applying. For example, if you're applying to be a teacher, a border with graphics of apples and pencils might seem appropriate. While your creativity, on one hand, is admirable, this is another element that is mainly distracting and not beneficial for your job prospects. The border also reduces the amount of usable space on your resume, which may push the document to a second or third page unnecessarily.
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